There’s a number of 2013 festivals celebrating Oktoberfest in Connecticut for the 350,000 people claiming German descent in the state. Always a fun time with great food and beer. Here they are:
Two Road Brewing Co.: Oktoberfest 2013 – September 21-22, 2013
First annual Oktoberfest hosted by Two Roads Brewing Company. 2 Days, 2 Bands, 2 Beers. Food trucks. $15 for one day ticket and commemorative beer stein. Noon to 6:30 PM
1700 Stratford Ave., Stratford, CT.
Oktoberfest on Central Street – Windsor, CT – October 18, 2013
Not much information about this Connecticut Oktoberfest yet from the Windsor Exchange Club (9/3/2013).
Location: 25 Central Street, Windsor, CT
Historic Perry House Oktoberfest – Stratford, CT – September 28, 2013
A one day fundraiser in mid-late September at the Historic Perry House. Includes German dancers, beer and wursts, pretzels and other Bavarian delicacies. Tickets are $50 per person.
Location: 1128 W Broad St, Stratford, CT 06615
Old Heidelberg Oktoberfest – Bethel, CT - September 13-15, 20-22, 27-29, 2013
In past years there has been a beer garden, Oktoberfest beer and foods, music, kids entertainment and German store.
Location: 55 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel CT 06801
Quassy Amusement Park Oktoberfest – Middlebury, CT – September 28-29, 2013
22nd annual celebration of Oktoberfest at this amusement park with food, music and dancing in the Fieldside Pavilion.
Location: Quassy Amusement Park, Lake Quassapaug, Rt. 64 (2132 Middlebury Road), Middlebury, CT 06762
Hartford Saengerbund Oktoberfest Dinner Dance – September 28, 2013
Schnitzel Dinner, Dessert, Music & Dancing. Cost: $25
Location: 719 North Mountain Rd, Newington CT 06111
AIDS Project New Haven Oktoberfest – Hamden, CT – September 28, 2013
This is an annual fundraiser for the oldest HIV/AIDS service organization in Connecticut. It includes German and fall-inspired foods, beer tastings, music, and a silent auction. It will be at the New Haven Country Club. Tickets after September 1st are $65.
Location: 160 Hartford Turnpike Hamden, CT 06517
Oktoberfest Milford – Milford, CT – September 28, 2013
A one day Oktoberfest in late September with beer garden, German and American food, live music and a bratwurst eating contest. Admission is $10 per person but kids under 16 are free.
Location: Rotary Pavilion at Fowler Field, 1 Shipyard Ln, Milford, CT 06460
Gaelic-American Club Oktoberfest – Fairfield, CT – September 29, 2013
4-8 PM (no other information available on their website).
Location: 74 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT. 06824
Harugari Singing Society Oktoberfest – West Haven, CT – September 22, 2013
This German American family society holds an annual Oktoberfest with dinner, live music and entertainment. German bier and food is available for purchase. Harugari Schuhplatters will be performing and Bernie’s Orchestra will be playing. Admission is $3 for adults. 18 and under is free.
Location: 66 Highland St, West Haven CT 06516
Meriden Turner Society Oktoberfest – Meriden, CT – October 26, 2013
A smoked pork chop dinner with live music and bavarian dancers performing.
Location: Meriden Turner’s Halle, 800 Old Colony Rd, Meriden, CT
Oktoberfest Pub Crawl – Norwich, CT – October 12, 2013
This Oktoberfest, planned by the Norwich Community Development Corporation, will start at Harp and Dragon, move to Billy Wilson’s, and finish at Chacers Bar and Grill.
Shoreline Oktoberfest – Guilford, CT – October 18-20, 2013
Traditional German food, American fare, and beer garden serving Hofbrauhaus and American beer. Live German music, dancing, car cruise, wiener dog races and Midway by Stewart Amusement. Tickets available on their website. 100% of proceeds benefit three charities.
Location: Guilford Fairgrounds
The Bijou Theatre Film Festival and Oktoberfest – Bridgeport, CT – October 3-6, 2013
German festivities catered by Old Heidelberg, three musical performances and independent film screenings.
Location: The Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Camille B. Perugini Charitable Trust Oktoberfest – Naugatuck, CT
Beer and Wine Tasting, Live Entertainment; German and American Food Concessions. We haven’t seen any evidence as of 9/3/2013 that this Connecticut Oktoberfest is happening this year.
Location: Jesse Camille’s Restaurant, 615 North Church Street, Naugatuck, Connecticut
We have just added these maps with the locations of each Oktoberfest. We may not have had the exact location for each Oktoberfest so in some instances we have placed the marker in the general vicinity of the Oktoberfest. Be sure to get specific directions from another source and do not solely rely on our map at the moment. We have also noticed that the markers may not show up on some mobile browsers. We will work to sort out this bug in the future.
Please confirm dates, locations and activities available at the Oktoberfest before going. That’s one reason that we provide a website address when we find one. We attempt to ensure that the information for each Oktoberfest is accurate but there are bound to be a few errors. If you let us know when you find one, we will fix it. In some cases, we may link to the 2012 event when information for 2013 is not available. Do not be fooled.
The festivals listed range in size. Some events may have hundreds of thousands of attendees. Others may have only a handful. We’re sorry that we don’t have more information about attendance numbers at the moment. We will do our best to add this information as time goes on.
Professionalism varies as well. Some Oktoberfests are professional operations with large budgets. Others are local operations run by volunteers. Do your due diligence before making plans to attend so that you know what to expect. We will happily publish information about your experience with any Oktoberfest so that our visitors will be better informed in the future.
Some Oktoberfests are more family friendly than others. If you have small children, look for an Oktoberfest that has activities for kids. Other events start out with family friendly activities and become more adult oriented as it becomes later in the evening.
Not all Oktoberfest celebrations will be authentic German festival experiences. Some may simply be an excuse to drink rather than celebrate German heritage. Some may call themselves Oktoberfest but provide local or seasonal beer rather than authentic German Oktoberfest beer. Be sure to consider the type of celebration that you are looking to attend when you pick your Oktoberfest.
Activities offered at each Oktoberfest varies. Some activities that you may find are parades, keg tapping ceremony, beer gardens, Miss Oktoberfest or costume contests, stein holding contests, bratwurst eating contest, chicken dance, wiener races, keg toss, live German bands and local entertainment, polka dancing and fairground games. Some Oktoberfest events will just have beer and brats.
Please don’t drink and drive. We want everyone to get home safe. Use a designated driver or take public transportation.
Do you run one of the Oktoberfests listed? Feel free to send us additional information and we will add it. We apologize for any errors: send us corrections when you find them!
We’ve got some other resources that would help you prepare for Oktoberfest as well. Read about the history of Oktoberfest. Learn about Oktoberfest beer. Find the words to Oktoberfest music. Plan your Oktoberfest outfit. And try cooking some of these Oktoberfest recipes.
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