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UPDATE: Thread City Hop Fest is SOLD OUT. Only designated Driver tickets will be available for $10 at the event (no alcohol included). Be cautious of Facebook scams and users who claim to have tickets for sale. They probably don't!

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+fee/per person in advance, or $55+fee at the gate (if any remain). Attendees will enjoy samples from 70+ breweries, cideries and distilleries from Connecticut & throughout New England. 

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

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!


  • Chow
  • Cousin’s Lobster
  • Greekin’ Out
  • Jayy’s Trays Food Truck
  • Mac’s BBQ
  • Mamoun’s
  • Red Lion Burger
  • Tacos La Rosa
  • Twin Beaks
  • Cup Cake for Later
  • Dragons Blood Hot Sauce
  • Drunk Alpaca

SOLD OUT! 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. 


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.