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Beer Cheers

Special Events

Helen is best known for having the longest running Oktoberfest celebration in the United States, but there are many other events to enjoy throughout the year in and around Helen. See a complete list of events with more details at the Alpine Helen / White County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Celebrate Fasching, German Mardi Gras, with music and dancing. Traditional German costumes are welcome but not required.

Image by Rohit Tandon

BavarianFest over Memorial Day weekend features live German music, dancing, and food at the Helen Festhalle.

Image by Teo Do Rio

Fireworks are set off behind the Alpine Village Shoppes and the Helen Welcome Center. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the fireworks display.

Image by Elisha Terada
4th of July

Christmas in Helen starts with the annual Lighting of the Village in late November. Find unique gifts at the Christkindlmarkt in early December. All season long, Helen will be aglow with lights & holiday spirit.

Christmas Pine Tree

Babyland General Hospital, home of Cabbage Patch Kids, hosts breakfast with the Easter Bunny, Easter Egg Hunt, arts & crafts, and games. An Easter Parade takes place in Cleveland.

Colorful Eggs

The Helen to Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race  features the only long-distance balloon race in the US. Watch the beginning of the race, or view other balloon competitions throughout the weekend.

Hot Air Balloons
Hot Air Balloon Race

Oktoberfest is Helen's largest celebration, running from early September through late October. Enjoy German music, dancing, food, and drinks at the Helen Festhalle.

Waitress with Beers

New Year's Eve celebrations at the Festhalle include live music, dancing, food & drinks, and the annual dropping of the Eidelweiss to mark the start of the new year.

Champagne Glasses
New Year's Eve

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We've mentioned some of the most popular events here, but there are many more throughout the year. Please visit The Alpine Helen & White County Conference & Visitors Bureau and the Helen Chamber of Commerce for more in-depth and up-to-date information on events and activities in the area.

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