Fairs & festivals of music, food, comedy, arts, ethnic heritage, and more

Fairs and festivals include year-round, multiple-day celebrations of music, food, sports, ethnic holidays, crafts and more, both indoors and outdoors. Often with great seasonal food and mementos to take home.

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The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main Street Hartford, CT Phone: 860-838-4100

December 4-13, 2015

During this ten-day event, holiday trees, wreaths and more decorated by area artists and others are displayed throughout Wadsworth Atheneum. All trees and decorations are for sale, and profits fund the museum’s work.
The Festival opens with First Thursday: "Night of Illumination!" on December 3 from 5-8 p.m. Guests may view and purchase trees or wreaths and enjoy seasonal music by DJ Jon Eastman, a holiday art activity, and a preview of "The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy" by CONNetic Dance. Also: tastings and treats; a screening of the film "White Christmas" begins at 8 p.m.
Entertainment during the Festival will feature visits from Santa & Mrs. Claus on December 6 and 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and December 12 from 2 to 5 p.m. Forty music and dance groups from across the state will perform in the galleries. Performance schedule.
Other special events during the Festival include concerts by the Hartford Gay Men's Chorus on December 8 and 9 at 8 p.m., and performances of "The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy" by CONNetic Dance on December 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. and December 13 at 2 p.m. Second Saturdays for Families: Art Holiday will happen December 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Admission: Wednesdays to Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Museum is closed December 7 and 8.
Time: Adults, $10; seniors over age 62, $8; students over age 13, $5; children under age 12, free; first Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m., $5.