If wiener dog racing, Oompah dancing, and bratwurst-tasting tickle your fancy, you need to attend the Savannah Oktoberfest this year! There’s no better way to celebrate the arrival of fall in the South. Read on to learn all about this festive event, then be sure to access our complimentary Vacation Guide to the Lowcountry for even more local insight! This resource is packed with all of our best dining, event, and adventure recommendations.
The Savannah Oktoberfest: Germany, Savannah-Style
What You’ll Experience
For over 36 years, the Savannah Oktoberfest has brought German culture to the Southeastern U.S. At the event, there will be a beer garden featuring suds from around the globe, authentic German cuisine, and, most importantly, a wiener dog race! Look out for other Oktoberfest staples like bratwurst-tasting stations, arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, and games. Find all of the fun along Historic River Street—and enjoy the stunning waterfront views while you’re at it!
The festival takes place on the first weekend of October (Friday through Sunday). The best part? All of the attractions are free to attend! You will, however, want to prepare in advance for crowds and steep cobblestone streets. If you’re driving over from Old Town Bluffton Inn, we recommend using a ride-hailing service like Uber to get to and from the event (especially if you plan on drinking).
Other Fun Things to Do This Fall
This Oktoberfest isn’t the only fun way to spend a fall getaway in the Lowcountry. Here are some of our other favorite autumn happenings in the area:
- Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival
- Beaufort Shrimp Festival
- Hilton Head Bridge Run
- Savannah Bacon Fest
- Savannah Craft Brew Fest.
After getting a taste of Germany and walking around Savannah, you’ll likely be pretty tired. Come back to a beautifully appointed, comfortable room at Old Town Bluffton Inn! Our brand new boutique hotel is only a 30-minute drive away from Savannah but feels worlds away. After all, you’ll want to escape the Savannah Oktoberfest crowds and enjoy some much-needed rest at the end of the day. You’ll love getting a good night’s sleep in your gorgeous room and grabbing a freshly made pastry from our complimentary breakfast bar the next morning! There are even plenty of cozy shopping spots, cafes, and art galleries within walking distance of the inn. Whether you prefer exploring the streets of Savannah or poking around The Promenade, Old Town Bluffton Inn is an unforgettable place to stay.