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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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Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Road Fairfield, CT Phone: 203-259-5596

May 12-14, 2017

Blooming dogwood trees, live music, and arts festival, and garden plant show and sale. Activities for all ages. The festival is always held Mothers Day weekend. Time: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon- 5 p.m.

Hubbard Park, 88 State Street Meriden, CT, 06451 Phone: 203-630-4259

April 29-30, 2017

Sixty thousand daffodils create a sea of fragrant yellow blossoms throughout the 1,800-acre Hubbard Park in Meriden. See 61 different varieties of daffodils, and enjoy a parade on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., craft fair, live music, fireworks, food vendors, carnival rides, and shuttle bus service. Plenty of free parking.

Tolland Agricultural Center, 24 Hyde Avenue (Route 30) Vernon, CT Phone: 860-966-9264

April 29, 2017

This agricultural learning experience features fiber art demonstrations and workshops, sheep dog trials, sheep shearing and a wool fashion show. Premier fiber vendors offer a wide variety of handicrafts. Live music, animals, great food and a kids wool craft corner also. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Bellamy-Ferriday House, 9 Main Street North Bethlehem, CT Phone: 203-266-7596

May 20, 2017

Enjoy tea with a fairy godmother, stroll a woodland walk, build a fairy house, visit vendors at the craft fair, make ribbon rings, fairy globes, magic writing, join a fairy and wizard parade. Enter the fairy house competition. Rain date is May 21. Email bellamy.ferriday@ctlandmarks.org. Admission: Adults, $10; children age 6 -12, $5. Time: Noon to 4 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.

Bushnell Park, 1 Jewel Street Hartford, CT Phone:

July 14-16, 2017

New England's largest free jazz festival: Contemporary, straight ahead, smooth, Latin, and more. A variety of food and beverage vendors and an arts and crafts marketplace. Lineup in 2017 includes Nelson Garcia, Aziza Miller, Dexter’s Lab – Dexter Pettaway, Sr., Sez Zion Jazz Band, Fo Mo Deep, Groove Project, Side Street, Decades By Dezyne, Toscha Comeaux featuring Rene Toledo, Donald Harrison, Jazz & Strings. Lineup could change. Time: Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m.-midnight; Sunday, 1-9 p.m.

Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive Greenwich, CT Phone:

May 20-21, 2017

More than 70 artists from all over the country will show and discuss their work. Ceramics, wearable fiber, glassware, wood kitchen ware and furniture, jewelry and so much more, are all available for purchase. There will also be demonstrations, family craft activities, live music and food. Festival parking: Island Beach parking lot, Steamboat Road, Museum Drive Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8; children under age 5 admitted free