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.

For more fun activities, see Connecticut Events page

Downtown Putnam and Main Street area and Antiques District Putnam, CT Phone:

February 14, 2015

Carriage rides, ice sculptures, ice luminaries, live ice carving demonstrations, fire torches, fire dancing performances, fantastic food & drink, live entertainment, and more! Time: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Main Street, Chester Village Center Chester, CT Phone: 860-526-1200

February 15, 2015

The town of Chester celebrates its 25th Annual Winter Carnivale, starting with the Ice Carving Competition (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), street performers, free face painting and Mardi Gras beads. The Chili Cook Off is at the Chester Fire House ($5 donation). At 2 p.m. is the memorable Chester Tractor Parade down Main Street. Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

32 Reeds Gap Road Middlefield, CT Phone: 860-349-1793

February 21-22, 2015

Come watch an ice-carving demonstration by New England's best carvers. Taste old-fashioned sugar on snow. Family activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, dog sled rides for children, mini-musher lessons, visits with Siberian Husky dogs, and snow tubing at Powder Ridge. Some outdoor activities subject to weather and grounds conditions. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.