There’s a number of 2020 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.
At this point we have checked for 2020 dates on all events. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2020 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
Oktoberfest Milford - Milford, CT - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2020
An Oktoberfest in late September with beer garden, German and American food, live music and a bratwurst eating contest.
Quassy Amusement Park Oktoberfest - Middlebury, CT - Sep 26 to Sep 27, 2020
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
Hartford Saengerbund Oktoberfest - Newington, CT - Sep 26 to Sep 27, 2020
The Hartford Saengerbund in Newington CT presents Oktoberfest once again! Enjoy German food, bier and live music by John Banker and the Happy Five Oompah Band. Admission is $4.
Meriden Turner Society Oktoberfest - Meriden, CT - Oct 10, 2020
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.
Oktoberfest Pub Crawl - Norwich, CT - Oct 17, 2020
An annual Oktoberfest pub crawl through downtown Norwich, planned by the Norwich Community Development Corporation.
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Gaelic-American Club Oktoberfest - Fairfield, CT - Sep 21, 2019
Oktoberfest celebration with live entertainment. Enjoy an Oktoberfest buffet, Spaten Oktoberfest beer on tap, fun and games. Location: 74 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT. 06824
Harugari Singing Society Oktoberfest - West Haven, CT - Sep 22, 2019
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 $5 for adults. 18 and under is free. Location: 66 Highland St, West Haven CT 06516
Deep River Rotary Oktoberfest - Deep River, CT - Sep 28, 2019
Each year, the Deep River Rotary Club hosts Oktoberfest, where visitors may enjoy traditional Oktoberfest fare with a DJ, food and beer and wine. Try your luck at getting the winning bid on one (or more) of the many silent auction items. Enjoy contests, such as: who can hold a full beer stein the longest, eat a jar of pickles the fastest or toss a sausage from cup to cup! All proceeds benefit the non-profit Rotary Club of Deep River, which helps to fund local, regional and international efforts.
We hope you enjoy these celebrations of Oktoberfest. Let us know below which one you've headed to and which one you like the best!
We have added 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 last year's event when information for this year is not yet 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.
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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