Oktoberfest in Connecticut

There’s a number of 2017 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:

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2017 Events

Heidelberg Oktoberfest - Bethel, CT - Sep 18 to Sep 24, 2017
Friday, Sat and Sunday only. There is a beer garden, Oktoberfest beer and foods, music, kids entertainment and German store. Old Heidelberg is a German restaurant with beer garden that serves German beer and wine as well as 40 traditional and craft beers.

Oktoberfest St. Peter Church - New Britain, CT - Sep 23, 2017
6th annual Oktoberfest event will be held 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm come rain or shine. The church green will have a 6000 square foot tent set up. Feature are German music, great authentic German food, and of course polka and other dancers for your entertainment.

Oktoberfest Milford - Milford, CT - Sep 23, 2017
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.


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2016 Events

Two Road Ok2berfest - Stratford, CT - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
Fourth 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. Location: 1700 Stratford Ave., Stratford, CT.

Harugari Singing Society Oktoberfest - West Haven, CT - Sep 18, 2016
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

Quassy Amusement Park Oktoberfest - Middlebury, CT - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016
25th annual celebration of Oktoberfest at this amusement park with food, music and dancing in the Fieldside Pavilion. Two bands perform with dance groups during band intermissions. Traditional German food such as bratwurst, roasted pork and sauerkraut will be available. Admission to the pavilion is free but there is a cost for rides, park attractions, food and beverages. Parking is $6 per car. Quassy is an amusement park with 22 rides and a splash water park on the south shore of Lake Quassapaug that was founded in 1908. Location: Quassy Amusement Park, Lake Quassapaug, Rt. 64 (2132 Middlebury Road), Middlebury, CT 06762

Oktoberfest Brunch - Portland, CT - Sep 25, 2016
An oktoberfest brunch with traditional german entertainment provided by Ludwig and Auntie Hilda. 11 am seating Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Saint Clements Castle & Marina. 1931 portland-cobalt rd, portland, ct 06480

Oktoberfest Pub Crawl - Norwich, CT - Oct 1, 2016
An annual Oktoberfest planned by the Norwich Community Development Corporation.

Gaelic-American Club Oktoberfest - Fairfield, CT - Oct 2, 2016
Location: 74 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT. 06824

Alpenhaus Oktoberfest - New Milford, CT - Oct 2, 2016
The Okoberfest is on October 2nd, from 12 noon until 7pm.

Seehund Oktoberfest - New London, CT - Oct 6 to Oct 10, 2016
Known for great German food, The Seehund offers a wide variety of German foods, a bier garden, featured BBQ, face painting, balloon animals for the kids, Artisan vendors and lots of live music.

Meriden Turner Society Oktoberfest - Meriden, CT - Oct 8, 2016
A smoked pork chop dinner with live music and bavarian dancers performing. Music of the Joe Unger Band. Event starts at 5:00 pm. $25 per person.

Hartford Saengerbund Oktoberfest - Newington, CT - Oct 8, 2016
The Hartford Saengerbund will host an Oktoberfest party from 2 p.m. “until it’s over” on Saturday, Oct. 8, inside and outside of its clubhouse at 719 North Mountain Road, Newington, CT. Come dine on a variety of wursts, sauerkraut, potato salad and more. A variety of Oktoberfest beers and other beverages will be available. Live music will be performed by Scha-Musi and Tommy on the Tuba. Admission is $5 and children under 12 get in free. This event will be held rain or shine.

Trackside Oktoberfest - Wilton, CT - Oct 15, 2016
Enjoy live music featuring Dylan Connor and the Epic Poets, German food and beer, open bar, silent auction, raffles, free gifts and more! Event is 21 and over. Tickets are $55. Food and drinks are covered by admission price. Proceeds go to support Trackside Teen Center.


Oktoberfest on Central Street – Windsor, CT – October 17, 2015
A scholarship fundraiser from the Windsor Exchange Club that will have food sampling, beer & wine tasting and raffle. The Exchange Club is a community service organization composed of 25,000 members with 800 local chapters nationwide. Location: 25 Central Street, Windsor, CT

AIDS Project New Haven Oktoberfest – Hamden, CT – October 3, 2015
This is an annual fundraiser on Saturday evening from 5 to 9 PM 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. Last year, tickets after September 1st were $65. Location: 160 Hartford Turnpike Hamden, CT 06517

Oktoberfest On The Sound – Madison, CT – Cancelled in 2015 due to rain.
A charity event sponsored by the Madison Lions Club starts at 12:00 pm.  Taste the flavor of Munich with a wide selection of Spaten biers including Munchner lager, Dunkel dark, and two Oktoberfest type beers.  Bavarian foods include wienerschnitzel, bratwurst, spatzel, red cabbage, potato pancakes, and apple strudel.  Connecticut’s Frankenmusikanten provides the polka music or watch deutsche dancing by the Heiko, Vera & Thommy Dancers. The Steamrollers band closes out the event around 8:00 pm.   Children invited and activities include Dachshund races, pumpkin decorating, and face painting.  Located at Madison Surf Club, 87 Surf Club Road, Madison, CT.

Oktoberfest Milford – Milford, CT – September 26, 2015
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

Oktoberfeast – Danbury, CT – Sept 26, 2015
OktoberFeast will feature the best in German Music from Bella’s Bartok, Alpaca Gnomes and more, Classic German Fare, Beer, Games…a waffle eating contest…and an antique German Car show! Located at Ives Concert Park.

New Britain Oktoberfest – New Britain, CT – Cancelled in 2015
This event was a hit in 2014 but had to be cancelled in 2015 due to a streetscape project. We haven’t seen any word about it happening in 2016 yet.


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 2014 event when information for 2015 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!

Connecticut, it’s possible that you can easily make it to the surrounding states of Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island for some large Oktoberfest celebrations.

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.

Find other fun things to do in Connecticut in October:

Connecticut Festivals
Connecticut Corn Mazes
Connecticut Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Connecticut
Pumpkin Patches in Connecticut

3 thoughts on “Oktoberfest in Connecticut

  1. Greg Frost says:

    Hartford Saengerbund Oktoberfest
    Saturday Oct 20th noon-10:00 pm
    Live Music by “The Mountain Tops”
    Admission $5.00
    Plenty of German Beer, Food, Cakes, Pretzels and Fun!
    719 North Mountain Rd
    Newington CT 06111

  2. The Seehund German Pub & Restaurnat Oktoberfest says:

    Oktoberfest Under the Tent!

    Under the tent in our restaurant’s parking lot featuring a Bier Garten, BBQ, Live Acoustic Guitar group (FrankenPhil) on Friday, Live Polka band (Daddio’s) on Saturday, and DJs in between, Artisan vendors, face painting and balloon animals for the kids!

    Friday Oct 3: 4pm – 10pm
    Saturday Oct 4: Noon – 10pm
    Sunday Oct 5 Noon – 6pm

    The Seehund German Pub & Restaurant
    345 Bank St. New London, CT 06320

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