City of Helen 100 years

2016 - 46th Annual Oktoberfest

Helen's biggest celebration, Oktoberfest, begins September 8-11, and then continues daily September 15 - October 30. There will be German music, dancing, food & drinks. The kick-off parade will be September 10 at 12:00 noon at Downtown Helen. The "tapping of the keg" follows the parade. For more information, call 706-878-1908 or 706-878-2181 or go to

2016 Oktoberfest Parade

The Oktoberfest Parade will take place September 10, 2016 at 12:00 noon in Downtown Helen. Come celebrate the opeining of Oktoberfest. The "Tapping of the Keg" will follow the parade. For more information call 706-878-1908

2016 Annual 4th of July Fireworks

Join us for our annual display of beautiful fireworks. The fireworks will be held at dusk (between 9PM & 9:30PM) behind the Alpine Helen Shoppes, but can be viewed from almost anywhere in the downtown area. For more information contact 706-878-2181.

Hot Air Balloons Are Back June 2-4, 2016

June 2, 2016, Helen will host the 43rd Annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race. The race will begin at 7 a.m. (weather permitting). While the race to the Atlantic proceeds, other balloonist will compete in local events beginning Thursday evening around 6:00 pm. Local flying events will take place on Friday and Saturday. There will be many opportunities available to the public - assisting with the inflations, being a part of a chase crew, taking a tethered ride in a balloon or a champagne flight over the mountains. For more information, contact the Helendorf Inn at 706-878-2271.

2016 Fishers of Men Trout Tournament

May 7, 2016 Reel Men Ministries from Center Baptist Church presents the 12th Annual Fishers of Men Trout Tournament. The tournament will begin at 7:00 a.m. at the Cool River Tubing. Weigh-ins will be at 12:00 noon. A free lunch will be provided along with door prizes. For more information, go to

2017 Faschingverein's Tubing Parade & Party

January 11, 2017 - Brave the cold weather and join us for the annual Faschingsverein's River Tubing Parade. Parade will start at the Helendorf Inn and proceed to the Riverbend Hotel where participants will then float down the Chattahoochee River to the Festhalle. Activities will begin at 2:00 p.m. Faschingsverein's Party begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Helendorf River Inn. For more information, visit

2017 Fasching

February 18, 2017 - Celebration Fasching, a German Mardi Gras Festival with us, and enjoy a night of dancing and fun at the Helen Festhalle. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. There will be live German music. Dress as your favorite personality or character. Costumes are welcome, but not required. For information call the Helen Chamber of Commerce 706-878-1908 or

2016 Annual Lighting of the Village

Come watch the city come alive with Christmas delight at the Annual Lighting of the Village. This will take place on November 25 at 6:00 p.m. in downtown Helen.