Guide to Fall Beer Bashes and Oktoberfests in Fairfield County, CT

6 Sep

People love to drink beer all year round, but once fall comes along something clicks in people’s heads.  We’ll call it the Oktoberfest switch.  It’s the time of year when we think about how we want to be outside, drinking some brews, hanging with friends, and enjoying the crisp cool air.  And while we can’t come close to the madness that is a true German Oktoberfest, we can at least try by celebrating beer with parties and festivals.  You could, of course, go to every single event that we’ve listed, but we won’t be paying for your hospital bills…

From their biergarten, pic from their site

9/13-15, 9/20-22, and 9/27-29

Bethel Oktoberfest @ Old Heidelberg, Bethel

Three weekends of authentic and awesome German food, brews, entertainment, and tons of fun at Old Heidelberg, one of CT’s best (many argue THE best) German restaurants.  Also, check out Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s Oktoberfest on 10/18, they’ll have Old Heidelberg catering!


Two Roads Ok2berfest Oktoberfest flyerTwo Roads Ok2berfest, Stratford

Two Roads has created two special Oktoberfest style beers for this event that will also feature food, games, and live music.  $15 admission gets you a fancy stein that you get to keep and sing songs with for as long as you’d like.


Oktoberfest at The Beer Garden @ Harbor Point, Stamford

Sixteen days of Oktoberfest and pumpkin brews, live music, food trucks like Vanchetta serving up German food, pretzels, specials, contests, giveaways, and even bottomless steins.  Bottomless?  Bottomless.  Lederhosen optional but suggested.


Milford Oktoberfest, Fowler Field (close enough to Fairfield County!) 

Be a part of the action from 12-9 pm with lots of German and American Food, brews at the biergarten, German music, The Rummrunners, and good times.  Feeling hungry and want to do good?  Get a group of three together and enter the bratwurst eating contest.  The winning group will have money donated to their favorite charity!   Tickets are $10 per person, while kids 16 and under are free…though they won’t be drinking any Oktoberfest beer.

Harbor Brew Fest 9/28 2013 Bridgeport CTHarbor Brew Fest, Bridgeport

Now in its second year, the Harbor Brew Fest will have an expanded offering of beer (we’re talking about 50 different breweries) and live music.  Also, there will be more food trucks than last year like Melt Mobile, LobsterCraft, FryBorg, The Local Meatball, Super Duper Weenie, and Farm Boys to help feed the masses.  Tickets are going fast and will most likely sell out like they did last year, so if you’re planning on going, get your tix ($40) today.  See you there!


Oktoberfest 2013 @ Redding Roadhouse, Redding

A month long Oktoberfest party is about to go down at Redding Roadhouse.  We’re talking about rotating Oktoberfest, seasonal, local, and craft brews…all enjoyed under a tented beer hall.  Come by late afternoons on Sundays, too, for the Volkstümliche Musik oom-pah band!  And, you should expect some great german classics to be served up, also.  We’re talking about a variety of wursts (their best), potato pancakes, a charcuterie plate, a German stew, wiener schnitzel, sauerbraten, a smoked pork chop cooked in sauerkraut and apples, and desserts such as apple strudel a la mode and black forest layer cake.  For the full menu and more info, check out the press release on our FB page.


Harvest Festival 2013, Nature on Tap, New Canaan Nature Center

We had a great time at last year’s Nature on Tap event.  First of all, the walk to where the party was awesome with tiki torches lighting the way.  Then, when we arrived there were games like ping pong and bocce, tents full of food and beer to try, and music to jam to.  And, we’re very happy to say that the New Canaan nature on tap harvest festival new canaan nature center 2013Nature Center is back for some more this year.  We’re talking all the same great things that made last year great, but a new brewery that will be represented is Two Roads, not even open this time last year.  In addition, there will also be some wine available if beer isn’t your thing.  Nature on Tap goes on from 7 to 10 and tickets are either $65 in advance or $80 at the door.  We’ll have more details to share soon.


Oktoberfest on the Meadow @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

This marks not only the second year of this festival but also the second year that we are the media sponsor of SM&NC’s Oktoberfest!  Last year was a blast and we got to meet some awesome people like Kelley and Mike…but SM&NC has some awesome things up their sleeves that we can’t wait to tell you about.  The Bavarian Boys are back again this year and the food is being provided by the majorly awesome Old Heidelberg Restaurant (see above) in Bethel, CT!  If you pre-order your ticket, you’ll get a commemorative pilsner glass so that you can remember the good times.  Tickets are $60 for members or $75 for non-members, or at the door $70/$85.  This is adults only, so leave the kids at home and drink up!  The fun goes on from 6:30-9:30.  Hope to see you there.

2 Responses to “Guide to Fall Beer Bashes and Oktoberfests in Fairfield County, CT”


  1. Oktoberfest on the Meadow kicks off Harvest Festival Weekend at Stamford Museum & Nature Center | OmNomCT - September 26, 2013

    […] German fare catered by Old Heidelberg in Bethel including bratwurst, schnitzel, red cabbage, potato pancakes with apple sauce, and […]


  2. This Weekend, Everybody’s Irish @ the Milford Irish Festival | OmNomCT - September 19, 2013

    […] you guys get the coolest things.  You have your own Oktoberfest, Oyster Fest, and you get your own Irish Festival, too!  Aww, garsh, we’re jealous.  Lucky […]


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