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

July 27-30, 2017

Live bands each night. Food vendors, rides and amusements. Saturday and Sunday there's also a craft fair from noon to 8 p.m. The festival honors old Savin Rock Park, affectionately known as “the Rock.” Time: Friday, noon to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. Check event website for list of performers.

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

August 10-13, 2017

Festival features local, regional and national bluegrass artists, bringing together the finest in bluegrass each. Appearances by Rhonda Vincent, Gibson Brothers, Boxcars, Surly Gentlemen, Cardinal Tradition, Chasing Blue,Barefoot Movement, Mile Twleve, Becky Buller, Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike. 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. Cost: General Admission is $15 to $50, depending on day. Higher fees for camping and premium features; see event website. Email: info@podunkbluegrass.com

Goshen Fairgrounds, Route 63 Goshen, CT Phone: 860-216-6439

July 22-23, 2017

Taste the best of Connecticut's wineries. Sample locally produced specialty foods. Enjoy live music. Browse for handicrafts. Admission: $27 before July 15; $35 thereafter; designated driver and youth age 6-21, $10; children six and younger admitted for free. Time: Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.; Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

Guilford Green Guilford, CT Phone:

August 6, 2017

Jewish music from around the world, children’s programs, Israeli food, and other fair favorites. Jewish book sale, artists featuring Judaica and Jewish art, crafts for kids. Admission and entertainment are free. Food, crafts, Judaica, books are for sale. Time: Noon-5 p.m.

Downtown Mystic, CT Phone: 860-572-9578

August 12-13, 2017

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. 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

August 5, 2017

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.

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

August 4-6, 2017

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. 

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

August 12, 2017

This free all-day music festival is a benefit for the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter. Music by Connecticut bands, including Chewy and the Grateful Friends and Dynamojo. 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)

Harbor Point, 2200 Atlantic Street Stamford, CT Phone: 518- 852-6478

July 29-30, 2017

More than 100 artisans showing one-of-a-kind works of art in ceramics, jewelry, wearable art and other fine arts and fine crafts will be featured. Juried exhibitors specialize in painting, sculpture, wood, wearable and decorative fiber, metalwork, leather, printmaking, glass, ceramics, and art jewelry. There will demonstrations and hands-on art projects. Held rain or shine. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

July 29, 2017

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.

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

August 11-13, 2017

Major agricultural fair with livestock, crafts, carnival rides, continuous entertainment, children’s games, food vendors, monster truck and helicopter rides. Time: Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: General admission, $10; seniors, $9; children (under 12), free.

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

August 12-13, 2017

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. Cost: $30-$70 plus tax; designated drivers, $10. Time: Saturday, noon-7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

The Goshen Fairgrounds, 116 Old Middle Street Goshen, CT Phone:

August 5-6, 2017

Litchfield Jazz Festival presents the best in jazz. Lineup in 2017 includes Ada Rovatti Quartet, Michael Mayo Quintet, Julian Shore Quintet, Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet, Ken Peplowski’s Benny Goodman Tribute, LJO Plays Carly Simon And Carol King with guest Brandon Goldberg, Joe Alterman Trio, Rudresh Mahanthappa Indo-Pak Coalition, and John Pizzarelli Quartet – Plays Sinatra And Jobim.

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

August 25-27, 2017

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.

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

August 19, 2017

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.

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

August 24-27, 2017

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. Music by Jake Worthington, Annie Brobst and Chelsea Carter and Parmalee. 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, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.