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, events, delicious food-themed events, and more, both indoors and outdoors. Often, vendors presents great original crafts, gift items, home-made seasonal and regional food and other great gifts and mementos to take home from your Connecticut vacation.

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Old Grove Park, on Palace Street West Haven, CT Phone: 203-934-2411

July 28-31, 2016

Live bands each night. Food vendors, rides and amusements. Saturday and Sunday there's also a craft fair from noon to 8 p.m. Time: Friday, noon to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. Check event website for list of performers.

New Haven Green New Haven, CT Phone:

August 27, 2016

Listen to the live music and enjoy food and crafts from vendors on site.
6-6:30 p.m. - - Neighborhood Music School Premier Jazz Ensemble
6:45-7:45 p.m. — The Mitch Frohman Quartet
8-9 p.m. — The Christian Sands Quartet

Norton Park, off Route 177 Plainville, CT Phone: 860-747-0283

August 26-28, 2016

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.

Branford Green, 1019 Main Street Branford, CT Phone: 203-208-0547

August 13, 2016

This free all-day music festival is a benefit for the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter. Music by four Connecticut bands, including Jackie Meeker and the Levitating Hubinger Extravaganza. 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: kenengelman@gmail.com. Dogs are welcome! Time: noon-8 p.m. Admission: Free for all; suggested donation of $5 and/or shelter supplies (pet food & toys, paper towels, bleach)

Guilford Fairgrounds, Lovers Lane Guilford, CT Phone:

September 16-18, 2016

Enjoy rides, animals, food, entertainment, and vendors all weekend long! The parade will start Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Live music by Mike Delguidice & Big Shot on Friday night, Nick Fradiani on Saturday night, and Nashville Drive on Sunday. Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $8; children age 6-11, $5. Hours: Friday, 1-11 p.m.; Saturday, 9  a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Route 117 Ledyard, CT Phone: 860-464-9122

September 9, 10 & 11, 2016

Events include oxen and garden tractor pulls, chess tournament, mechanical bull, animals exhibits, redneck Olympics, bingo. Entertainment by Cassadee Pope and Braiden Sunshine. Cost: Adults, $8; seniors and youth age 13-18, $5; 3-day pass, $13; children under age 11, free. Parking: Free at junior and senior high school with shuttle bus to fair. 

Town Green, Main and River streets East Haven, CT Phone:

September 9-11, 2016

Rides, games, food vendors, and arts & crafts exhibitors. Time: Friday, 6-11 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. with a car show at 9 a.m. 

Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market & Winery, 1355 Boston Post Road Guilford, CT Phone:

August 13-14, 2016

This two day festival is a ticketed event that allows you to taste the wines from all of the wineries; take a tour of the Bishop’s Orchards Winery; hear seminars by wine experts, live music and entertainment; and visit with local vendors and artisans. Food offered at the event is an additional charge. Tickets are valid for one day; you may not use one ticket for both days. Adults, $30-$35; Adults VIP, $60-$70; designated drivers,$10. time: Saturday, noon-7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Clinton Town Beach, Waterside Lane Clinton, CT Phone:

August 20, 2016

Clinton Town Beach is hosting a summer fest with music, food, face painting, games, and fireworks. Bring the whole family to partake in this summer evening of fun. Festivities begin at 5 p.m.

122 Mack Road Lebanon, CT Phone: 860-423-1733

August 12-14, 2016

Major agricultural fair with livestock, crafts, carnival rides, continuous entertainment, children’s games, food vendors, monster truck and helicopter rides. Time: Friday, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.,; Sunday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: General admission, $10; seniors, $9; children (under 12), free.

Main Street and Fowler Avenue Durham, CT Phone:

September 22-25, 2016

 Livestock exhibits and competitions; truck and tractor pulls; home arts exhibits; lawnmower racing; Discovery Center; children’s events. Events include demolition derby. Live music. Hours: Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.- 11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10-$15, depending on the day; children age 11 and younger admitted for free.

Downtown Mystic, CT Phone: 860-572-9578

August 13-14, 2016

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. Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT Phone: 860-713-3131

September 24, 2016

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.

Wolcott Fairgrounds, Todd Road Wolcott, CT Phone: 203-879-5466

August 19-21, 2016

Carnival rides; livestock displays; live music; arts and crafts exhibits; petting zoo and pony rides, balloon art; fireworks each night. Time: Friday, 4-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Cost: $6 on Saturday and Sunday before 4 p.m.; $8 on Friday-Sunday after 4 p.m.

Egypt Road and Billings Road Somers, CT Phone: 860-749-6527

September 15-18, 2016

Livestock exhibits, car show, live music, skillet throw, midway, antique & farm machinery, agricultural exhibits, demonstrations, children’s contests, bingo. Admission: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, $10; Thursday, $6; children age 12 years and younger, free; seniors all day Thursday and Friday, $5.

Florence Griswold Museum, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts & Lyme Art Association, 96 Lyme Street Old Lyme, CT Phone: 860-434-5542

July 30, 2016

Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival is a town-wide celebration of the arts. The celebration takes place at the Florence Griswold Museum, the Lyme Art Association, and the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. A favorite event of the day is Market En Plein Air at the museum. This outdoor market features Connecticut-grown flowers, fruits, vegetables, breads, fine cheeses, herbs and specialty foods in a setting modeled after outdoor markets in French villages. Also enjoy the artisan fair, outdoor concert, author talks and sidewalk sales. Time: Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday,9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Kirtland Terrace, off Route 154 Chester, CT Phone:

August 26-28, 2016

This agricultural family fair features animal exhibits and competitions, a magic show, and fun for kids like frog jumping, reptile ponds, giant bubbles, balloon animals, and a bird presentation! Featuring plenty of interaction with and observation of animals, as well as a full midway with amusement rides. Admission: Adults, $8; seniors on Saturday and Sunday, $6; children under age 12, free. 3 day pass- $21. Free parking.

480 Racebrook Road Orange, CT, 06477 Phone: 203-795-1347

September 2-5, 2016

Four-day celebration of Greek food, music and culture. Featuring authentic Greek cuisines, live music and dancing, marketplace, folk dance performances, giant raffle, church tours, children's activities and much more. Free admission and parking. Time: Friday-Sunday, noon-10 p.m.; Monday, noon-8 p.m.

290 Washington Avenue (Route 5) North Haven, CT Phone:

September 8-11, 2016

Great fun the the whole family with food, rides, entertainment, exhibits, a petting zoo, music, and much more. Also come and enjoy pony, horse, and ox pulling contests.  Admission: $10; senior on Sunday only, $5; children under age 12 admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Hours: Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday, 3-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT Phone: 860-713-3131

August 6, 2016

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.Time: 1-11 p.m.

15 Fairgrounds Road Brooklyn, CT Phone: 860-779-0012

August 25-28, 2016

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.

Evergreen Walk, 100 Cedar Avenue South Windsor, CT Phone:

September 8-11, 2016

Special features include animal exhibits, racing pigs, Saturday fireworks, midway, stage entertainment, magic show. Admission: Adults, $6; seniors over age 64, $3; children 57 inches tall and taller, $6. Parking is free. Hours: Thursday 5-10 p.m.; Friday 6-11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

North Stonington Fairgrounds, 21 Wyassup Road North Stonington, CT Phone:

August 12-14, 2016

The Mystic Blues Festival presents a unique blend of blues and roots-based music at the North Stonington Fairgrounds, a new location for 2016. Headlining the three day festival are six-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Dr. John and the Nite Trippers, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Also: Friday: Roomful of Blues, Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez, The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
Saturday: Tosh Sheridan, Willie J Laws Band, Bad News Barnes & The Brethren of Blues Band, Neal and the Vipers, Greg Piccolo and Heavy Juice, Blackburn, Dr. John & the NiteTrippers. Sunday: Krystal Livingston, Jay Stollman and Debbie Davies, Paul Gabriel.
Admission: Friday, premium seating, $55 and lawn seating, $35; Saturday, premium, 75 and lawn, $55; Sunday, premium, $65, and lawn, $45; weekend pass, $110 and $160.

The Goshen Fairgrounds, 116 Old Middle Street Goshen, CT, 06756 Phone: 860-361-6285

August 6-7, 2016

Litchfield Jazz Festival celebrates 21 years this August 6 and 7. The themed program, Generations Of Jazz, pairs young stars-in-the-making with iconic players. Young lions like saxophonist Albert Rivera and pianist Emmet Cohen will be joined by guitarist Paul Bollenback and saxophonist Jimmy Heath. Other well-known artists includes Steve Johns, Orrin Evans, Dave Stryker, Donald Harrison, Avery Sharpe. Matt Wilson and many more. The festival's Sunday kickoff, Scat & Scramble- A Jazz Brunch, will have a New Orleans with saxophonist Donald Harrison and an all-star band. Email: info@litchfieldjazzfest.com.
Admission; Tickets start at $37 for general admission on the lawn. Tickets are on sale now at LJF2016.eventbrite.com.

Augur Farm, Route 22 North Branford, CT Phone: 203-315-6017

August 5-7, 2016

The festival offers amusement rides, entertainment on two stages, craft vendors, food vendors, and of course, potatoes and corn. Special events include Friday night car show, Saturday tractor pull, Saturday evening fireworks, and Sunday 5K Cross Country race. Time: Friday, 5-11 p.m., Saturday,10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Milford Center & Harbor Milford, CT Phone: 203-878-5363

August 20, 2016

Dive in a sample the oysters at this longstanding food festival, which also include children's entertainment and live music by Blue Oyster Cult and the Marshall Tucker Band. Free admission. No pets. Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Hebron Fairgrounds, 347 Gilead Street Hebron, CT Phone: 860-828-9818

August 11-14, 2016

Festival features local, regional and national bluegrass artists, bringing together the finest in bluegrass each. Appearances by Del McCoury, Alison Brown, Claire Lynch, and Sierra Hull. Thirty-nine acts; two stages; workshops, competitions and more.This is a family-friendly event with camping on site, family fun activities, and plenty of vendors. Time: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Email: info@podunkbluegrass.com

100 Main Street South Bridgewater, CT Phone: 860-354-4730

August 19-21, 2016

The Bridgewater Country Fair is a long standing tradition, preserving the character of the country fairs of yesterday, when farmers and other country folk congregated to compete with their prized livestock, produce, and arts and crafts. The fair includes displays of livestock, produce, arts and crafts, farm and lawn equipment, midway with rides, motocross, pig racing, and food tents. Cost: $8; children under age 12, free; 3-day pass, $16; seniors, $6 . Time: Fair opens 4 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Free parking. 

Goshen Fair 2016

116 Old Middle Street (Route 63) Goshen, CT Phone: 860-491-3655

September 3-5, 2016

The 104th 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.

281 Route 169 South Woodstock, CT Phone: 860-928-3246

September 2-5, 2016

Agricultural exhibition building, civil war camp, Brunn Barn Agricultural Museum complex, barnyard babies, heritage breeds, antique engines, antique cars, craft tents, midway by Fiesta Shows, fireworks, Labor Day parade, antique farm machinery, antique trucks, the living statue, go-kart racing, ceremonial Indian dancing, open horse show, grange exhibits,live music on stage. Hours: Friday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Monday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission: General, $12; seniors age 65 and older, $8; children age 10 and younger admitted free. Parking, $5.

Grange Hall & Fairgrounds, Route 156 Lyme, CT Phone: 860-434-9497

August 19-21, 2016

Old-fashioned country fair with baking contest, pony rides, farm exhibits, animals, demonstrations, games, midway, and small farm animals. Plenty of music and entertainment is provided by local talents. Cost: Adults, $5; seniors,$3; children under age 12, free.

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT Phone: 860-713-3131

August 20, 2016

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. Time: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.