Plant Riverside District to Host Oktoberfest Oct. 4-28

Featuring Savannah Wiener Dog Races, Free Live Music, Festive Competitions and Family-Friendly Fun

Plant Riverside District will host Oktoberfest 2023 October 4-28, featuring the Savannah Wiener Dog Races on October 7, plus special German-themed events, food and live music on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.

Plant Riverside District is delighted to present the third annual Oktoberfest celebration, which will offer a lively blend of old and new German traditions from Wednesday, October 4 through Saturday, October 28, including the return of the popular Savannah Wiener Dog Races. All family-friendly festivities will take place at Plant Riverside District, located on Savannah’s historic riverfront at 400 W. River St.

“We’re thrilled to host Savannah’s biggest and best Oktoberfest event at Plant Riverside District from October 4th through the 28th,” said Richard C. Kessler, Chairman and CEO of The Kessler Collection. “We warmly invite everyone to head down to Plant Riverside District to enjoy incredible live music, authentic German food and family-friendly fun.”

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On Saturday, October 7, Plant Riverside District will host the 2023 Savannah Wiener Dog Races, which will be organized by Savannah’s Waterfront. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; with races starting at 11 a.m. in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. Race heats are open to Dachshunds as well as “Almost Wiener Dogs,” with proceeds benefiting Savannah’s Waterfront. The grand prize winner will receive a special trophy as well as a $100 credit for Yappy Hour at Electric Moon. $25 entry fee per dog. The official entry form is available online at

“We’re thrilled that Plant Riverside District will be the new home for the Savannah Wiener Dog Races and that this exciting tradition is returning to River Street,” said Julie Musselman, Executive Director of Savannah’s Waterfront. “It’s such a fun tradition and an ideal way for local residents and visitors to celebrate Oktoberfest in Savannah.”

Every Saturday from 1-4 p.m., Plant Riverside District will feature a range of free German-themed activities. The Rhinelanders will perform live polka music at 1 p.m., followed by a Cupcake Walk Competition at 1:30 p.m., Keg Bowling Competition at 2:30 p.m. and Stein Holding Competition at 3:30 p.m. Special prizes will be awarded to winners in each category.

Oktoberfest 2023 at Plant Riverside District will officially kick off on Wednesday, October 4 at 7 p.m. with a free outdoor concert featuring the Uni-Big Band Halle in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. This special live performance will feature talented musicians from Halle, Germany, which is Savannah’s “sister city,” and is co-presented by Plant Riverside District and the Teutonic Council of Savannah and sponsored by The Halle Foundation of Atlanta.

Throughout Oktoberfest, the exceptional restaurants at Plant Riverside District will serve specialty beers as well as authentic German food. Featured Oktoberfest beers include Southern Barrel Helles Lager, Yuengling Oktoberfest, Commonhouse Wise One Hefeweizen, Teufel Hunden, Spaten Lager and Sam Adams Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest is a popular annual festival in Munich, Germany that is traditionally held over a two-week period in late September and early October. The event originated in 1810, as part of the official celebration of the marriage of the crown prince of Bavaria, who was later known as King Louis I, to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. All Munich citizens were invited to join in the festivities, which eventually became known as Oktoberfest.

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Plant Riverside District, located at 400 W. River Street, is a vibrant entertainment destination and Savannah’s Entertainment District. From incredible dining and high-end shopping to live music and spectacular performances, Plant Riverside District creates elegantly curated experiences, stripping away the unnecessary to reveal the exceptional. Once an iconic power plant in Georgia, Plant Riverside District now represents the beauty of progress. Whether seeking a romantic getaway or a work hard/play hard business trip, Plant Riverside District provides a setting suited to your needs, blending timeless sophistication with eye-catching details. Experience three unique buildings for a customized atmosphere to match your style: bold, contemporary maritime details in the Atlantic; romantic, elegant styling in the Three Muses; and chic historic architecture in the Power Plant. Complete your experience with numerous dining options, rooftop bars, a concert venue, art gallery, riverfront park and even natural science exhibits to spark your imagination. For more information, please visit and follow @plantriversidedistrict on Facebook and Instagram.


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