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

October 7-8, 2017

Come to see garlic cooking demonstrations; hear live music; learn how to grow garlic; 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, and more great food. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Adults, $8; seniors, $7; children under age 12, $1.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road Stamford, CT Phone: 203-977-6536

October 6, 2017

Oktoberfest at the SM&NC features authentic German fare, seasonal brews from local breweries, and a fun S’mores bar over an open fire pit. Music provided by Scratch Entertainment keeps the party going all evening. Adults only, please. Time: 7-10 p.m. Admission: $70 through September 21; $85 thereafter. 

The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-869-0376

October 7-8, 2017

More than 85 new artists and returning favorites from across the country will showcase their work this year. Admission includes the Bruce Museum galleries. Parking is available on Museum Drive and Steamboat Road or in the Island Beach Parking lot near exit 3 off I-95. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8; free of children less than 5 years old.

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

October 14-15, 2017

At this weekend festival, watch cider making and antique farm tool demonstrations, take a llama trek,meet farm animals, hear live music with Jay and Ray and storytelling with Ms. Karen. Children's activities include the new Kindness Rocks table and Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe, and a hay bale climb on the Meadow. Feast from food trucks, and watch colonial militia re-enactors. Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $10; children age 3 and younger, free.

Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169 Woodstock, CT Phone:

October 14-15, 2017

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.

Bush-Holley Historic Site, 39 Strickland Road Cos Cob, CT Phone:

October 7-8, 2017

Come to the festival to enjoy a meet and greet with Grover from Sesame Street, Touch-a-Truck construction equipment, a puppet show, games, crafts, food truck, and a scarecrow competition. WonderSpark Puppets will perform "Fox Fables," the story of a fox who loses his tail. Last chance to see the exhibit "Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play." Time: 12:30- 3:30 p.m. Admission: Children age 3 to 18, $5; adults, $10; family, $25

On and around Town Green Southington, CT Phone:

September 29-October 8, 2017

The festival presents live music and entertainment, food, contests, crafts, children’s activities, carnival rides, and more. Also highlighted each year is a parade on October 1 at 2 p.m., the Arts & Crafts Show, and fireworks on September 30 at 9 p.m. Hours.

Main Street Salisbury and Lakeville, CT Phone:

October 6, 7 and 8, 2017

Wander along Main Street to find attic treasures, home-make baked goods, books and jewelry. Enjoy the quilt show. Buy Greek pastries and honey. Sample fresh bread and delicious apple crisp. Visit the many outdoor booths and stop in the local stores for sales. See the art exhibits in the galleries and the environmental exhibit at the Historical Society. Browse book sales at the library and book store. Scarecrows will line Main Street in Salisbury and Lakeville. Schedule.