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Join us to celebrate 9 years of cheers and beers!

What’s your favorite thing about the Thread City Hop Fest? We agree it’s hard to choose! Could be that the event is held outside on spacious Jillson Square, could be the 60+ breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries touting their finest libations. Maybe your favorite thing about Hop Fest is that it is a fundraising event that supports 15+ local charity organizations. Whatever your preference, we are just glad that you’re up for joining us again for what promises to be a full on celebratory and lively affair. This is our 9th annual Hop Fest so get your tickets today for Sunday, May 19st from 1 - 5 pm in Willimantic! Tickets are limited and subject to selling out so don’t delay! See you on the field!

VIP TICKETS - This year the Thread City Hop Fest will feature VIP for Veterans tickets. As many of you may already know the Thread City Hop Fest is a non-profit event. All proceeds from our celebration are returned back into the Willimantic and Windham community. This year we want to utilize the revenue generated by VIP attendees to support our veterans and local veteran’s associations. Please join us in the VIP tent from 12:00 to 1:00 for a social hour with representatives from the Military Police Regimental Association Connecticut Chapter and the 102nd Infantry Regiment Association. They will be on hand to answer questions about their organizations and provide information on how to access and support their crucial endeavors. We are also bringing back our favorite story teller and local, vivacious historian Bev York. Bev recognizes that the freedoms that Americans enjoy have been earned and secured by our U.S. Veterans. She will regale us with a lively shout out to one of the military’s greatest morale boosters; the USO, and their most iconic entertainer, Bob Hope. Bob Hope acknowledged that delivering laughter, music and reminders of home were necessities for the men and woman in uniform in all climates, conditions and terrains. We hope you will join us in the VIP tent for what promises to be a respectful and enjoyable fundraising salute to our veterans. We will of course serve up some tasty VIP only beer samples from Willimantic Brewing Company and Epicure Brewing and a bistro bag donated by CLICK Kitchen. A reminder: VIP tickets only access the VIP tent. There is no early admittance into the festival. See you on the field!

GA TICKETS are $45+fee/per person in advance, or $55+fee at the gate (if any remain). Attendees will enjoy samples from 60+ 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, The America 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: Wild Rice Entertainment



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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.