Top Ways To Celebrate Oktoberfest In Connecticut

September 12, 2013 8:00 AM

Oktoberfest is an annual 16-day festival held in Germany to honor the country’s culture, history and beverages (read: beer). It’s so much fun that many other countries can’t resist celebrating as well, including the U.S. This year’s Oktoberfest takes place from September 21 to October 6 and during that time, there will be several events throughout the state to commemorate it. Here are some celebrations that promise a great time whether you’re of German descent or not.

Quassy Amusement Park
2132 Middlebury Road
Middlebury, CT 06762
(203) 758-2913

Date: Sept. 28-29, 2013

For the 22nd year, Quassy Amusement Park will mark the end of another season by throwing its Oktoberfest bash. Held from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, Quassy’s Oktoberfest is held in its Fieldside Pavilion. Expect food, dancing, kids’ activities and live music from John Stevens’ Doubleshot. Admission is free, though food and drinks are not.

The Old Heidelberg
55 Stony Hill Road
Bethel, CT 06801
(203) 797-1860

Dates: Sept. 14-30, 2013

The simple, inviting Old Heidelberg is one of the state’s best German restaurants. Lovers of German cuisine can choose among a variety of schnitzels, wursts and other classic dishes. It also boasts an impressive selection of over 30 kinds of German beer (or bier). You can sample all of it at the restaurant’s Oktoberfest, taking place on the weekends of September 13-15, 20-22 and 27-29 in the Beergarten. Stop by for great menu items, music and a German store.

Two Roads Brewing Company
1700 Stratford Ave.
Stratford, CT 06615
(203) 335-2010

Dates: Sept 21-22, 2013

In 2012, Two Roads opened its brewery in Stratford’s old U.S. Baird Building. During the past year, thousands of craft beer lovers have toured its factory, tasted its creations and relaxed in its beer garden. Now Two Roads is holding its first Oktoberfest, or “Oct2berfest,” on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22. There will no doubt be plenty of its German Pilsner Ol’ Factory Pils flowing, along with many surprises.

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

Date: Sept. 27, 2013

This is the sixth straight year you can party at the home of onetime Hartford resident, author and beer enthusiast Samuel Clemens at the Tapping Into Twain Oktoberfest. The event raises money for the Twain house while allowing you to sample beer and food from dozens of the state’s best breweries and restaurants. Listen to great live local music and receive a commemorative pint glass. Tapping Into Twain will be held on Friday, September 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.

Harugari Singing Society
66 Highland St.
West Haven, CT 06516
(203) 933-9930

Date: Sept. 22, 2013

Since 1875, the Harugari Singing Society has given German Americans a place to learn about and pay tribute to their heritage. So you know its Outdoor Oktoberfest will be quite the happening. On Sunday, September 22 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., head to the pavilion for an afternoon of fine German food and drink accompanied by the music of the KAZ Rhythm Boys. Don’t miss the Harugari Schuhplattlers, the German dance troupe that performs in traditional costumes. Admission is free for those 18 and under, and $3 for adults.

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