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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.

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

September 4-7, 2015

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.

Main Street and Fowler Avenue Durham, CT Phone:

September 24-27, 2015

 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 and Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 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.

Powder Ridge Mountain Park, 99 Powder Hill Road Middlefield, CT Phone:

September 12 , 2015

Performers are Balkun Brothers, Gracie Curren, The Electrix, EG Kight, Biscuit Miller & The Mix, James Montgomery 1 James Montgomery Band with The Uptown Horns and Paul Nelson, John Németh, Shari Puorto, Shaka & The SoulShakers. Powder Ridge’s chef Kevin Cottles—a former contestant on Hell’s Kitchen—and his staff will offer treats and refreshments. Time: Gates open at 9 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

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

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.

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

September 12-13, 2015

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. Email: friends@friendsofsuffield.org

Stonington Vineyards, 523 Taugwonk Road Stonington, CT Phone: 860-535-1222

September 19-20, 2015

Gourmet food vendors, live music, local artisans, wine tastings. Picnics welcome but no outside alcohol is allowed. Festival is held rain or shine. Admission: $20 in advance; $25 at the door; kids under 18 admitted free with parent.Good for both days and non-refundable.

intersection of routes 183 and 182A Colebrook, CT Phone: 860-379-3359

September 5, 2015

Historic Colebrook Fair offers all your favorites from years past: pet show, frog jumping contest (with a rent-a-frog booth), artisans and crafters on the Green, bake sale, pie by the slice at the community center, car show, silent auction, flea market, food vendors, cardboard boat regatta, children's games, pie-eating contest, Colebrook Fire Department truck exhibit. Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., cardboard boat regatta 3:30 p.m.

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

September 5-6, 2015

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 Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Anders Osborne, Dumpstaphunk, Honey Island Swamp Band, Billy Iuso and Restless Natives, Relative Souls, Joe Louis Walker, Matt Schofield, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Sugar Blue, Mark Naftalin and School of Rock. 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.

525 Orange Center Road Orange, CT Phone:

September 19 & 20, 2015

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, $7; seniors, $5; free parking and shuttle. Information:

19 South Burnham Hwy. Lisbon, CT Phone:

September 19, 2015

The day’s events start at 9 a.m. 3.5-mile road race, from Lisbon Town Hall to the Lisbon Community Center. Festival events include touch a truck and knocker ball or bumper ball. The event will also feature over 35 local vendors, crafters, and artists. Time: Noon-6 p.m.; road race at 9 a.m. Follow the event on Facebook at http://bit.ly/LisbonFF

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

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.
September 9
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
September 10
Schooners begin arriving at City pier, open for viewing and some educational programming.
September 11
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
September 12
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.
Schooner Race
Lighted Boat Parade on the Thames River
Musical entertainment dockside and downtown.
Email: cmhf2015@gmail.com

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

October 17 & 18, 2015

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

Haight-Brown Vineyard, 29 Chestnut Hill Road Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-307-5426

September 19-20, 2015

The festival will include hay rides, shopping, grape stomping, children’s activities, locally brewed beer tastings, delicious food, and, of course, wine tastings. Adult admission gets you a whirlwind of early autumn relaxed fun, featuring wine tastings, wine activities, music, a tour of the scenic vineyard, and parking! Time: noon-6 p.m. Admission: $20.

347 Gilead Street Hebron, CT Phone:

September 10-13, 2015

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.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road Stamford, CT Phone: 203-977-6521

October 16, 2015

Bring friends for a casual night out at this adults-only evening, Enjoy seasonal brews, German food,and s’mores. Live music from Green Eyed Lady. Save money and purchase tickets online in advance. Advance tickets must be purchased by midnight on October 15. All proceeds support Stamford Museum and Nature Center.

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

September 4-7, 2015

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.

Blue Slope Country Museum, 138 Blue Hill Road Franklin, CT Phone:

October 3-4, 2015

Hands-on, old-time, historic farm displays, demonstrations, crafts, draft horses, cows, sheep, cars, tractors and archive equipment. Agricultural education for all ages. Operating tools, implements, looms, agricultural equipment. Farmer’s market. This is a fun family day on the farm. Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Adults, $9; children age 4-14, $4

Fieldside Pavilion, Quassy Amusement Park, Route 64 Middlebury, CT Phone: 203-758-2913

September 26-27, 2015

Live traditional German and Octoberfest music for everyone’s enjoyment. Traditional festival food in the pavilion will include knockwurst, bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato pancakes, roasted pork and steamed vegetables. Complete dinners or individual entrees will be sold. Time: noon to 6 p.m. at the Fieldside Pavilion.

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

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.

26 Quarry Hill Road Haddam Neck, CT Phone: 860-267-5922

September 4-7, 2015

Fair events include karaoke, truck pulls, beard contest, dog agility competition, horse show and horse pulling, fife and drum music, oxen pull, antique tractor pull, rides, concessions, petting zoo, food, exhibits, displays, ride bracelets, circus, children’s contests. Admission: General admission, $8; seniors age 60 years and older, $8; three-day pass, $20; children under age 12 admitted free. Hours: Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Monday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: .

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

September 18-19, 2015

The Festival kicks off on Friday (6-11 p.m.) with live music by Kevin McKernon of County Cavan, Americelt and the TheAlehounds. 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 performances by Bobby Morrill, The Druids, Once Removed, CalleyMcGrane and the Exiles, Keltic Kick, and the McLean Avenue Band. 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

On and around Town Green Southington, CT Phone:

October 2-4 & October 9-11, 2015

The festival offers a wide variety of live music & entertainment, food, contests, crafts, children's activities, carnival rides and more. The annual parade is Sunday, October 4, at 2 p.m. Fireworks will be shot on Saturday, October 3, at 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts Show booths will open at 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 11. Time: Fridays, 5-9 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-9p p.m.; Sundays, noon-5 p.m. Shuttle buses to the fair leave from Southington High School, 720 Pleasant Street.