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

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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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Town Green, at Main Street and Mountain Road Suffield, CT Phone:

September 10-11, 2016

Enjoy food and craft vendors, live music and kids activities at this favorite annual event. This is an opportunity to meet and lean about community, civic and business groups. Time: Saturday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 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.

Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169 Woodstock, CT Phone:

October 15 and 16, 2016

Roseland Cottage Fine Arts and Crafts Festival is one of the leading juried fine arts and crafts shows in New England. This two-day event features 175 artisans and their wares: jewelry, woodworking, pottery, glass, paintings, clothing, mixed media, metalwork, and much more. Visitors, many of whom return year after year, enjoy live music, food vendors, and first floor tours of Roseland Cottage. Time: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Held rain or shine. Admission: $5.

96 Waldo Road Scotland, CT Phone:

October 9, 2016

Scottish music, dance, food, sheepdog demonstration, Highland cattle, clan village. See festival website for detailed schedule. Admission: Adults, $ 15; seniors and students, $ 10; children age 6 to 12, $ 5; children 5 and younger with paying adult.

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.

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.

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.

Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, 40 Jesup Road Westport, CT Phone: 203-505-8716

September 3-4, 2016

Family fun of bouncy amusements, pie and rib eating contests, bull riding, games, cooking demonstrations, barbecue competition, wing contest and music. The Main Stage inside the Levitt Pavilion features performances by Manny And the Mojomatics, Jay Stollman with Matt Schofield, Anders Osborne, Popa Chubby, Marc Broussard, Funky Meters. Also: a gourmet food marketplace and a food court filled with food, handcrafted beer, liquor, wine and other refreshments.
Tickets to the Family Fun Fest and the Main Stage at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts sold separately. Time: Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

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

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.

Fowler Field Rotary Pavilion behind the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Avenue Milford, CT Phone:

September 17, 2016

The Festival kicks off on Friday (6-11 p.m.) with live music. Also, food samplings, beer, Irish Marketplace, a Ceili and children’s from 6 to 8 p.m. A full day of Irish festivities take place on Saturday (11 a.m.-11 p.m.). Live musical performance by The Kerry Boys. Also: Irish dance, Irish Marketplace, tea room, traditional Irish music, step dancing and bagpiper demonstrations, Tara Theatre Company, and exhibitors including Irish history and genealogy and Irish language. Adults over age 12, $5 on Friday and $12 on Saturday; two-day pass, $15

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. 

347 Gilead Street Hebron, CT Phone:

September 8-11, 2016

Hebron Harvest Fair is a country agricultural fair featuring animal displays, various food, animal pulls, truck pulls, country music, carnival midway, and something to do for the entire family. Admission: $12-13; parking, $5. Hours: Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday, noon-11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Veteran's Memorial Park, 42 Seaview Avenue Norwalk, CT Phone: 203-838-9444

September 10-11, 2016

Highlights of this very New England seafood event include musical performances, a competition pit with barbecue galore, kiddie rides and games, harbor cruises, an arts and crafts show, oystering and environmental exhibits and, of course, oysters galore. Hours: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: Adults, $12; seniors over age 61, $10; kids 5-12 years old, $5.

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. 

Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road. Stamford, CT Phone: 203-322-1646

October 15-16, 2016

Celebrate the fall season, bring family and friends, and join us for our annual Harvest Festival Weekend. Enjoy apple cider demonstrations, a scarecrow contest, pumpkin carving, and fun activities for the whole family! Wear a costume and participate in the daily costume parade. Other activities include an apple slingshot, farm animal demonstrations, live music with Jay and Ray, face-painting, storytelling with Ms. Karen, and children’s crafts. Hayride tickets will be available for purchase and food trucks will be at work. Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $10; children age 3 and younger, free

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.

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 Hartford Hartford, CT Phone:

September 17, 2016

This day-long festival of art, theater, music, walking, biking, tours and more offers free admission to the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, the Connecticut Science Center, Connecticut’s Old State House and the Wadsworth Atheneum, along with more than 100 events throughout the city. See festival website for listing of events.

525 Orange Center Road Orange, CT Phone:

September 17-18, 2016

From tractor pulls to homing pigeons, this fair has it all. Be sure to drop by the Main Food Pavilion for Chip's Famous Pancake Breakfast! Hours: Saturday,8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: Adults, $8; seniors, $5; free parking and shuttle.

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. 

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.

Bethlehem Fairgrounds, 384 Main Street North (Route 61) Bethlehem, CT Phone: 203-266-7810

October 8-9, 2016

Nobody will make you taste it, but there is garlic ice cream – among many other pleasures – at the Garlic & Harvest Festival, now in its 12th year. Come to see garlic cooking demonstrations; hear a live band performance; learn how to grow garlic at expert lectures; buy garlic dips, spreads, cheeses, and oils; taste free samples. If samples aren’t filling you up, skedaddle over to the food court for garlic sausage with peppers and onions, garlic steak sandwiches, garlic roast pork sandwiches, deep-fried garlic, and the aforementioned garlic ice cream. Kids will enjoy rides and games! Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Adults, $8; seniors, $7; children under age 12, $1.

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.

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.

Simsbury Perfoming Arts Center, 22 Iron House Blvd Simsbury, CT Phone:

September 17, 2016

Performers are Balkun Brothers, Gracie Curren, The Electrix, Elvin Bishop, Victor Wainwright & The Wildroots, Southern Avenue, Tas Cru, Mark Telesca, Jake Kulak & the Lowdown. There will be treats and refreshments. Time: Gates open at 10 a.m.; music starts at 11 a.m.. Rain or shine. No pets, no coolers, no sun umbrellas, no carry-ins, pop-ups, no refunds. Admission: General admission, $40 and $50 at the gate; VIP, $60; Fun-Pack Four Pack, $120


Fort Trumbull and other parts of the New London waterfront New London, CT Phone:

September 9-11, 2016

Activities of the four-day festival include arrival of schooners from the entire East Coast, a Parade of Sail, live music by Coast guard and Navy bands, 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. Schedule of events.