Savannah Oktoberfest 2019
Many cities have Oktoberfest celebrations, but none do it quite like Savannah, Georgia. The event is in its 38th year, so Savannah has had enough practice to get it right!
An official schedule for 2019 has not been announced yet, so we’re going to get you ahead of the game by letting you know what to expect generally so you can plan travel. We’ll add more detail as specifics are announced.
Savannah’s Oktoberfest is a three-day festival held at the Riverfront on October 4 – 6 (Friday – Sunday). Weather in Savannah in October is typically around 80 degrees, so it should be perfect conditions to mill around River Street with beer in hand. There will be plenty of vendors providing German beer and snacks like brats, schnitzel, and spätzle all three days. Beer and brat on a nice fall day? Yes, please!
Wiener dog races might not something you’d find in a Bavarian Oktoberfest, but this Savannah tradition sends the cuteness level off the charts. Dachshunds race in heats according to their weight class and the winners face each other in a final to crown the champion wiener dog! As if that isn’t cute enough, there is also a doggie costume contest, so keep your camera in one hand and beer in the other. Look for the doggies late Saturday morning in Morrel Park (next to the Waving Girl Statue).
Feeling inspired by the wiener dogs’ athleticism (and a few beers), you might want to get in on the action. Oktoberfest provides beer-themed games open to all such as beer stein races, stein pong, and cornhole tournaments, likely on Saturday afternoon.
To add to the lively atmosphere, there is live music each afternoons and evening. Artists have not been announced yet, but typically include an Oompa band as well as local acts. We will update this space as more information is released.
While beer is a major theme here, Oktoberfest really is family-friendly event. No, the kiddos won’t carry around their own steins (unless there are tiny kid-size versions…man, that’d be cute), but there is a KidzZone on Saturday and Sunday afternoons with activities like pumpkin painting. And wiener dogs are rated E for everyone.
Insider Tip: If you love German beer and food, but won’t be in town for Oktoberfest, try Bier Haus on Crawford Square.