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Dust the salt on your pretzel necklaces and help us celebrate 8 years of cheers and beers on Sunday, May 21st from 1 - 5 pm on Jillson Square (645 Main Street) in Willimantic!

Tickets are limited and subject to selling out!

GA Tickets are $45/per person in advance, or $60 at the gate (if any remain). (Proper ID will be required, 21 and over.) Attendees will enjoy samples from over 55 breweries from Connecticut & throughout New England.

$10 Designated Driver tickets will be available for purchase at the beer fest gate. Cash only

VIP TICKETS - WOW! Have we got a thrilling VIP experience for you! This year the VIP tent is being sponsored by the Norwich Sea Unicorns and they are hitting it out of the ballpark for sure! This opportunity includes early admittance into the VIP tent only, where you will be greeted by representatives from the Sea Unicorns, Epicure Brewing and the Willimantic Brewing Company. You will be among the first to sample the collaboration “Sea Unicorns Beer To Be Named Later” Golden Ale that Epicure and Willibrew have been invited to brew. You will also get to cast your ballot on what to name this new beer and there will definitely be other specialty beers that only those of you in the VIP tent will be able to enjoy. 

Once you are escorted to the VIP tent you will be given your commemorative 2023 Thread City Hop Fest glass, a bistro snack, some complimentary swag because who doesn’t like cool stuff and you will receive 3 raffle tickets to drop into the drawings for these 3 exciting prizes generously provided by our VIP sponsors the Norwich Sea Unicorns. Only those ticket holders in the VIP tent will be in the drawing, that’s pretty great odds if you ask us! 

We can’t wait to see you in the VIP tent on Sunday May 21st from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m! You must be present in the tent to win prizes, the drawings will be slightly before 1:00. 

Prize #1

-A free Luxury Suite for up to 20 guests to any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday Sea Unicorns home game. Food & beverage is not included and should be ordered in advance through the Sea Unicorns Front Office staff. The value of this ticket package is $450.

Prize #2

-Two free Thirsty Thursday mini plan tickets. This package includes a ticket to each of the Sea Unicorns six Thursday home games in the 2023 season, along with the branded beer mug, free parking for each game and the rest of the perks that come with the package. The value of this package is $150.

Prize #3

-One 4pk of reserved tickets to any Sea Unicorns home game during the 2023 season. This package does not come with any extra perks. The value of this ticket package is $44.

The Thread City Hop Fest is organized by Willimantic Brewing Company on behalf of Willimantic Renaissance, Inc the fiscal non-profit for the festival. Proceeds benefit local charities that include but are not limited to The Windham No Freeze Project, Horizons Inc., Click, Covenant Soup Kitchen, Willimantic Renaissance, Holy Family Shelter, First Baptist Church, Grow Windham, Eastern CT Railroad Museum, Windham Textile Museum, WAIM, CATS Northeast and the CT Brewers Guild.  

Please be prepared to show proper ID at the gate as this is an over 21 event. The Hop Fest is rain or shine! We ask that you not bring dogs or children to the event.

Music: Hartford Hot Several and Wild Rice DJ Entertainment!

The full 2023 Thread City Hop Fest Brewery List Is Coming Soon! 

General Terms

Bring valid, state-issued form of identification. All IDs will be checked at the gate. This guideline cannot be bent in any way shape or form.

Refund Policy

All ticket sales are final, unless event is canceled.'s fee is nonrefundable.

Cancellation Policy

The Hop Fest is rain or shine.

Age Restriction

Must be 21 years or older to attend. Sorry, no children or babies allowed.

Miscellaneous Policies

No dogs or pets are allowed.