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
116 Old Middle Street (Route 63)
September 5-7, 2015
The 103rd Goshen Agricultural Fair opens on Saturday with a full 3 day schedule of events. Live Bands, Livestock shows and competitions, a Petting Zoo and Children's shows, Truck and Tractor Pulls, Rides, Contests, Great food and endless fun for the whole family.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Monday, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $9; children under age 12 admitted for free.
Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Boulevard.
August 15-16, 2015
Welcome to the exhilarating sport of dragon boat racing. This event features Asian entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, educational cultural booths, delicious Asian cuisine, Asian games for kids and much more.
Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd.
September 26, 2015
The pipes summon the Highlands to Hartford for a day of music, food and drink, Celtic culture, and more. Produced in collaboration with Olde Burnside Brewing Company, this festival features top traditional and Celtic rock bands on two stages. Pipe bands, Highland games, Irish step dancing, birds of prey, Highland cows, children’s activities, puppetry and storytelling, sword demonstrations, Celtic food and beer, vendors, and more add to the experience.
Milford Center & Harbor
August 14, 2015
Dive in a sample the oysters at this longstanding food festival, which also include children's entertainment, live music by Gin Blossoms, Fastball, and the Rembrants; a schooner cruise; a fire department open house; and police K-9 demonstrations. Free admission. No pets.
Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
15 Fairgrounds Road
August 27-30, 2015
Oldest continuously active agricultural fair in the United States. Draft horses, livestock shows, home and garden exhibits, live entertainment, historical displays, special daily events, midway and great food. Please see website for more information. Admission: Adults $10, children under 12 free; on Friday Senior admission is $6. Parking is $5 in fair parking lots. Hours:
Thursday, 4-11 p.m.; Friday- Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Harbor Point Road and Pacific Street
August 1-2, 2015
Experience all the fun of this waterfront festival to benefit the Young Mariners Foundation. Enjoy food from 20 area restaurants, four America's Cup sailboats, harbor cruises, Pirates Coast, a Battle of the Bands Saturday night, over 70 artisans displaying their fine work, main stage featuring live local talent, Sunday Family Day, a special fantasy fairy tale circus with Chinese acrobats, clowns and a Wild West Show, stunt bicycle riders, paddle boarding and kayaking plus rides and amusements.
Time: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. ; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $15; children age 5 to 12, $5
Fort Trumbull and other parts of the New London waterfront
New London, CT
September 9-12, 2015
Activities of the four-day festival include arrival of the Schooner Columbia, a lighted boat parade, visits by schooners from up and down the East Coast, a schooner race, educational programs for schoolchildren, a juried maritime art show on the pier at Waterfront Park, a whaleboat race, and the popular New London Chowder Challenge. In addition, the Festival will feature vessel visits, displays and demonstrations by the United States Coast Guard, United States Navy and local police departments.
Arrival and fleet reception on board Navy and Coast Guard ships; ships will be open for public viewing at Pier 7 at Fort Trumbull State Park, New London
Schooners begin arriving at City pier, open for viewing and some educational programming.
More schooners arriving in city with a continuation of viewing possibilities and dockside educational offerings.
The Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s official Tall Ship, will be at City Pier. This 200-foot sail training vessel will be open for viewing and touring
Captains’ Ball at City Pier in New London. This gala event will honor UConn President Susan Herbst and members of the Coast Guard
The Great New London Chowder Challenge takes place at local New London restaurants
Whale boats from Mystic Seaport and The New Bedford Whaling Museum will race.
A juried show of maritime art on the waterfront
Strolling historical role players and chanty singers from Mystic Seaport.
Parade of Police Boats prior to schooner race.
Lighted Boat Parade on the Thames River
Musical entertainment dockside and downtown.
Norton Park, off Route 177
August 28-30, 2015
The annual Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival attracts thousands of spectators. The festival opens up Friday night at 5 p.m. and live music is performed from 6 to 9:45 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Balloon glows from 8:15 to 9 p.m. On Saturday the festival opens at 6 a.m. with a balloon launch (weather permitting), followed by a craft fair from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Classic Car show from noon to 5 p.m.; a balloon launch at 6 p.m.; and live entertainment from noon until 10 p.m. by various bands. Sunday opens at 6 a.m. with the final balloon launch and the festival closes at 9 a.m.
Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd.
August 1, 2015
Taste of the Caribbean brings authentic cuisine, spectacular costumes and dance, and island rhythms to Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Riverfront and CAYASCO team up to offer a full day of music, dance, Caribbean games, and children’s activities. For some, the highlight of the day is the Carnival Parade and the dazzling costumes. For others, it’s getting a taste of that fiery jerk chicken.
August 9, 2015
Jewish music from around the world, children’s programs, Israeli food, and other fair favorites. Jewish book sale, artists featuring Judaica & Jewish art, crafts for kids. Admission and entertainment are free. Food, crafts, Judaica, books are for sale. Email: email@example.com. Time: Noon-5 p.m.
Woofstock 2015 on the Branford Green
Branford Green, 1019 Main Street
August 8, 2015
This free all-day music festival is a benefit for the non-profit Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter in Branford. Dogs are welcome! Music by four Connecticut bands, including Jen Durkin and The Business. Four food trucks and Branford restaurants in walking distance. Activities include Hippie Dog Costume Contest; Woof Walk; children's area with moon bounce, obstacle course, dunk tank and hula hopping. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Time: noon-8 p.m. Admission: Free for all; suggested donation of $10 and/or shelter supplies (pet food & toys, paper towels, bleach)
Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market & Winery, 1355 Boston Post Road
August 15-16, 2015
Come enjoy and help celebrate wines from all over Connecticut, There is something for everyone. Along with the wines, enjoy fine foods, s beautiful farm orchard, and tasteful music. Tour Bishop's Orchards Winery or attend wine seminars by local experts,local vendors and artisans. Food offered at the event is an additional charge.
Time: Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $30 to $35; VIP, $60 to $70; designated driver, $10
August 8-9, 2015
One of the country’s finest and oldest art shows showcased along the streets of the historic downtown area. More than 250 fine artists will exhibit oils, watercolors, photography, pastels, sculpture & acrylics. Sixty-one fine crafters will display their creative works. There will be music performances, children's art activities and a great array of food and beverages.