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
Guilford Fairgrounds - Lovers Lane
Guilford, CT, 06437
Rain or Shine! Open Saturdays, Sundays & Memorial Day, May 23 - June 7, 2015; 11am-7pm
Experience the "something different” your entire family has been looking for at the Robin Hood Springtime Festival! Enjoy energetic live bands, armored combat, interactive children's shows and a variety of entertainment you won't get at other outdoor events. Explore a medieval marketplace filled with unique treasures, feast on a turkey leg and wash it down with a ice cold beer or fresh squeezed lemonade. Come as you are or as you wish to be – costumes are not required at this family fun spring faire. Fun for the whole family!
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Clapboard Ridge Road
Danbury, CT, 06811
June 12-14, 2015
The festival features traditional Greek food, dancing, raffles, games, and other activities. The Greek food and pastries have proven very popular with festival-goers over the years, and Church parishioners will again be serving souvlaki, gyros, pastichio, lamb, baklava, and all the other traditional Greek favorites. Time: Friday, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, noon-11 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m.
Parking is available at nearby Danbury High School and regular shuttle bus service is provided. Free admission
Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford, and Great River Park, East Hartford
Hartford and East Hartford, CT
July 11, 2015
Atlas Pyrovision will present a giant fireworks celebration at 9 p.m. following a day of live bands, amusements, kids’ activities, great food, and more. Time: 4-10 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission is free.
Parking at Science Center/Riverfront Garage, 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford; CT Convention Center Garage, 100 Columbus Blvd., Hartford; Morgan Street Garage, 155 Morgan Street, Hartford; Constitution Plaza Garage, 109 Constitution Plaza, Hartford. Parking is available throughout the Town of East Hartford. A shuttle will circulate among the parking areas. Boaters may use the Riverside Park boat launch in Hartford.
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.
Jonathan Edwards Winery, 74 Chester Main Road
North Stonington, CT
June 6-7, 2015
This two-day festival offers wine tasting and logo glass, two bands each day, free activities (airbrush tattoo artist, face painting, barrel roll contest, etc.)/ The best of food trucks and gourmet food vendors- come out and enjoy the sunshine, good wine and family! Seating available under the tent but pop tents, picnic blankets and lawn chairs. Tickets are good both days. Time: Noon-6 p.m. Admission: $20 pre-purchase and $25 at the door. Kids under age 12 admitted free with an adult
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
Stonington Vineyards, 523 Taugwonk Road
June 20-21, 2015
Enjoy a day of gourmet food, local artisans, children's activities, wine tastings and more. Picnics welcome but no outside alcohol allowed on premises. Fun as a couple, a family or with a large group of friends. Reservations will be held under your name at the door.
Schedule of music is Saturday: Azelea Road (noon-3 p.m.), Atlantic Avenue Band (3 p.m.-6 p.m.). Sunday: Shiny Lapel Trio (noon-3 p.m.), Rock ‘n’ Soul Review (3 p.m.-6 p.m.) Time: Noon-6 p.m. Admission:
$20 in advance, $25 at the door; children (under 18) free with adult.
Hindinger Farm, 835 Dunbar Hill Road
June 13, 2015
Join us for family hayrides, fun clowns, lots of food and entertainment, and of course, beautiful, delicious red juicy strawberries! Come visit this Century Farm in the hills of southwest Connecticut, just a short drive north of New Haven. Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cheshire Congregational Church, 111 Church Drive
June 20, 2015
Food, live music, kids amusements and juried arts and crafts festival.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Strawberry Park, 42 Pierce Road
May 28-June 1, 2015
This annual festival promises a handful of first-rate bluegrass artists as well as musicians’ workshops, onsite camping, children’s activities and more. Bluegrass Festival, including the return of recent festival favorites such as The Kruger Brothers, The Gibson Brothers, The Steeldrivers, Della Mae, South Carolina Broadcasters, The Lonely Heartstrings Band, Bob Amos & the Catamount Crossing, and The Zolla Boys.
Warsaw Park, 119 Pulaski Hwy
June 20 to July 5, 2015
A world of history and imagination with an interactive village full of music, magic and fun for all ages. Explore an interactive fantasy world set in a time long ago where elves, fairies, orcs, goblins, animal-kin, dwarves, and magic are real. Time : 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 7-9 p.m. General admission, $16; students age 10-14, $11; children age 5-9, $6; 5 and younger, free. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
High Plains Community Center Orange Center Road (Route 152)
June 13, 2015
The Festival offers crafters and fine arts, great raffle prizes, live entertainment, children's games, face painting and hayrides, and tons of food. Pulled pork, hamburgers, hot dogs, and of course, strawberry sundaes, chocolate covered strawberries, and strawberry shortcake. Rain date is June 9. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lyman Orchards, Routes 147 & 157
June 13, 2015
Fun activities include breakfast on the deck, strawberry picking in the orchard, live music by Rock Solid Alibi, free food tastings and demos, pie eating contests, pony rides, and activities for children throughout the day. Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Old Grove Park, on Palace Street
West Haven, CT
July 23-26, 2015
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.
Strawberry Park, 42 Pierce Road
June 4-7 2015
Four days of great music with Cajun cuisine, music workshops, and dance workshops with instruction on the Cajun 2 Step, Cajun Jitterbug, and Basic Zydeco from expert dance instructors and plenty of room to dance to the authentic Louisiana bands. Performers for 2015 include Geno Delafose & French
Rockin' Boogie, Savoy Family Cajun Band, Jesse Lege, and the Bayou Brew, Lil
Wayne & Same O12, Dennis Stroughmatt & the Creole Stomp, and more. Admission: $20-$120.