Top Spots To Celebrate Oktoberfest In Connecticut

September 9, 2014 8:00 AM

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For over two centuries now, Oktoberfest has been held in Munich, Germany. A 16-day celebration filled with cold refreshing beer, hot delicious food, music and dancing, Oktoberfest is so irresistible that many in the United States – including Connecticut – like to recreate a version of it here. You don’t have to be of German descent to attend these upcoming festivals in the state.

CT Oktoberfest
Downtown New Britain
New Britain CT 06050

Date: Sept. 12-14, 2014

The second annual CT Oktoberfest promises to be a weekend filled with great entertainment, great food and drink, and great feelings when it takes over downtown New Britain Sept. 12-14.

More than 20 food vendors will be In between the stages more than 20 food vendors, highlighted by German specialties from East Side Restaurant, Polish from Baltic, Puerto Rican from Criolissimo, hot dogs from Martin Rosol, fried dough, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, pizza from Max Pizza 2, much more. If it’s stuffed, fried, baked, broiled or grilled, you’ll find it downtown this weekend.

Thirsty? Try the traditional German beers – there will be some American favorites, too, poured by members of the New Britain Lion’s Club. More of a wine drinker? See a New Britain – Berlin Rotary Club member pouring the fruit of the grape, German-style.. And, of course, Avery’s unique sodas. Let’s not forget the kids. The Rock Cats’ Kid Zone will have games, activities, special food and visits from Rocky the Rock Cat, Guida’s Super Cow , and magicians. too. Don’t be surprised to see a lot of painted faces, too.

Stop in at the Spaten Beer Hall for a special experience all weekend long. Special foods and entertainment, as well as beer and wine will be available indoors when you want to take a break. Plus, there will be live music, contests and more great events all weekend long!

Milford Oktoberfest
1 Shipyard Lane
Milford CT 06460
(203) 306-5172

Date: Sept. 27, 2014

Milford’s annual Oktoberfest sponsored by the Devon Rotary takes place on September 27 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fowler Field. A traditional German bier garden will be set up providing a variety of brews. Live music will be provided by local bands like HitList and Rumrunners, and there will be performances by German dancers. If you’d like to win some money that will be donated to your favorite charity, get a team together and enter the festival’s bratwurst eating contest.

Harvest Festival
New Canaan Nature Center
144 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT 06840
(203) 966-9577

Date: Oct. 4, 2014

The New Canaan Nature Center will be holding its third annual Oktoberfest-style Harvest Festival on October 4 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Held outside under lit tents, the 21-and-older event costs $65, with the money going to the Nature Center. Local craft brewers and vintners will be there pouring samples of seasonal beers, wine and cocktails while representatives of nearby restaurants serve up their most delicious food (included in the ticket price). Indulge in great food and drink while enjoying live music and playing outdoor games.

Old Heidelberg Oktoberfest
55 Stony Hill Rd.
Bethel, CT 06801
(203) 797-1860

Dates: Now through Sept. 28, 2014

Bethel’s German restaurant Old Heidelberg will be again throwing its Oktoberfest celebration during the weekends of September 19-21 and September 26-28. The event is held outside in the Beergarten and will get started at noon each day. It’s an all-ages affair with music, children’s entertainment and a German store. Plenty of German beer will flow, and its Oktoberfest menu contains everything from sausages (weinerwurst and krainerwurst) to pork (kassler rippchen and schwineshaxe), with lots of sauerkraut to go with them.

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New Haven Country Club Oktoberfest
160 Hartford Turnpike
Hamden, CT 06517
(203) 634-0947

Date: Oct. 11, 2014

Connecticut’s longest-running AIDS/HIV service organization AIDS Project New Haven holds its fourth annual Oktoberfest charity fundraiser at the New Haven Country Club on October 11 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. La Cuisine will cater the event, providing tasty German and autumn-inspired food, and dozens of different beers will be available for tasting. Bid on great items during the silent auction or get something from the wine grab bag. Tickets cost $65.

Tapping Into Twain Oktoberfest
Mark Twain House and Museum
351 Farmington Ave.
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 247-0998

Date: Sept. 26, 2014

The Mark Twain House and Museum is one of Hartford’s cultural treasures, and you can help it raise money while having a blast at the popular Tapping Into Twain Oktoberfest. Held at the Twain House on September 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the seventh annual event costs $45 in advance, $50 at the door. When you arrive, grab your souvenir pint glass and start sampling beers from over 20 local and regional craft breweries. Food prepared by the chefs of some of Hartford’s best restaurants along with live music add up to a party Mark Twain would no doubt be proud of.

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Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on

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