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.
For more fun activities, see Connecticut Events page
Bethlehem Fairgrounds, 384 Main Street North (Route 61)
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.
300 Welles Street
October 14-16, 2016
The Glastonbury Applefest features live music, 150 craft booths, fabulous food, a pie eating contest, a pie bake-off, amusement rides, pony rides and family entertainment.
Friday, 6-10 p.m.; $3 per person; Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; $5 per person; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; $5 per person
1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike
October 8-10, 2016
Enjoy free special events at The Dinosaur Place Outdoor Adventure Park during Monty's Fall Festival! Special events include Circle K Farm Petting Zoo, high flying frisbee catching disc dogs, birds of prey demonstrations, April’s Balloon Creations and more. See schedule of events.
Hartford Saengerbund, 719 North Mountain Road
October 8, 2016
German festival featuring German beer, food and live German music. Time: 2 p.m. Admission: $5; children age 12 and younger admitted free.
Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169
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.
Berlin Fairgrounds, 430 Beckley Road
East Berlin, CT
September 30-October 2, 2016
Livestock exhibits and competitions; arts and crafts; agricultural museum; tractor and truck pulls; oxen pull; garden club exhibits; live entertainment; baking, photo, and quilting contests. Live music includes Coconuts classic rock sing-alongs, Craig Campbell, Fast Lane Band, and Diamond Rio. Hours: Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Satuday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $12; seniors, $8; children under age 11, free.
The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive
October 8-9, 2016
More than 85 new artists and returning favorites from across the country will showcase their work this year. All works are available for purchase and artists are on hand to discuss their pieces and process. The event features live music with Ed Wright performing guitar compositions and Annalisa Ewald on classical guitar. Varied menu offerings, including a Farm-to-Truck vendor with wholesome food options, and children’s art activities make this a family friendly experience.
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.
96 Waldo Road
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.
North Haven Fairgrounds, 290 Washington Ave,nue
North Haven, CT
October 1-31, 2016
The Connecticut Renaissance Faire is an amusement park with eight stages of non-stop entertainment, arts and crafts made by local artisans, a jousting tournament and feasting -- all with a medieval theme.
Dates and times: Every Saturday and Sunday, and Columbus Day; 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Adults over age 16, $15; youth, age 7-15, $10.
Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road.
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