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
North Haven Fairgrounds - 300 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT, 06473
May 21-June 5, 2016 -- Open Saturdays, Sundays & Memorial Day, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. rain or shine
Experience the "something different” your entire family has been looking for at the Robin Hood Springtime Festival! Enjoy energetic live bands, armored combat, interactive children's shows and a variety of entertainment you won't get at other outdoor events. Explore a medieval marketplace filled with unique treasures, feast on a turkey leg and wash it down with a ice cold beer or fresh squeezed lemonade. Come as you are or as you wish to be – costumes are not required at this family fun spring faire. Fun for the whole family!
Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, 243 Tresser Blvd.
May 27-29, 2016
Enjoy 2 days of hot Latin salsa dance and music. Watch professional performances or take to the floor yourself for an instructional class or social session. this is a fundraiser for St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
Lyman Orchards, Routes 147 & 157
June 11, 2016
Fun activities include breakfast on the deck, strawberry picking in the orchard, live music by Ian Biggs, free food tastings and demos, pie eating contests, pony rides, and activities for children throughout the day, like necklace-making with the Macaroni Kid. Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cheshire Congregational Church, 111 Church Drive
June 18, 2016
Strawberry shortcake, live music, kids amusements and juried arts and crafts festival. More than 30 juried artisans providing wonderfully hand- crafted items of all shapes and sizes. There are games for toddlers, face painting, and three types of inflatables that all children love.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Strawberry Park, 42 Pierce Road
June 2-5, 2016
This annual festival promises a handful of first-rate bluegrass artists as well as musicians’ workshops, onsite camping, children’s activities and more. Camping in the rough is available. Performers on tap for 2016 include SteelDrivers,
Kruger Brothers, The Gibson Brothers, Della Mae ,The Dry Branch Fire Squad, The Boxcar Lilies,
Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper Bryan Sutton Band,
The Zolla Boys, Hot Flashes, Twisted Pines, Steep Canyon Rangers, and The Stockwell Brothers Band.
Schedule of performances
Mystic Seaport, Greenmanville Avenue
June 9-12, 2016
Hear sea chanteys from many cultures and learn how they helped coordinate work on ships during this one-of-a-kind sea song event that has been a Mystic Seaport tradition since 1979. The Sea Music Festival features performances at various locations throughout the grounds of this living history maritime museum. Concerts on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
All workshops and daytime concerts are included in Mystic Seaport admission of Adults, $26; senior over age 64, $24; youth ages 6-17, $17.
Evening concerts are $32 for adults and $24 or youth.
Long Wharf Pier, off Long Wharf Drive
New Haven, CT
June 4, 2016
This family event will feature delicious food, live music, children's activities, and handmade items from local vendors and featuring beer stations by Thomas Hooker Brewing Company. No pets, coolers, or bikes allowed.Also in conjunction with the festival is the Dragon Boat Regatta. Dragon boats are 40-foot-long canoes with 20 paddlers, a drummer to maintain the cadence, and a sweep or steersman. The paddlers sit side-by-side in rows of two, and work together in unison.
time: Food truck festival is 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; dragon boats race 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Admission: $5 per person, 12 and under free.
Hindinger Farm, 835 Dunbar Hill Road
June 18, 2016
Join us for family hayrides, fun clowns, lots of food and entertainment, and of course, beautiful, delicious red juicy strawberries! Come visit this Century Farm in the hills of southwest Connecticut, just a short drive north of New Haven. Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue
May 28-29, 2016
Come to Mystic Seaport to explore historic vessels, explore exhibits, and take part in fun outdoor activities like 19th-century lawn games; tug-of-war, harpoon throwing, 19th-century baseball and parlor games, whaleboat rowing, “Tale of a Whaler” performances.
Dress up your pup and join a parade around the Village Green on Saturday. Judges will select a winners in three categories: Best Nautical Costume, Most Patriotic Costume, and Best Summer-Themed Costume.
Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $26; youth ages 6-17, $17; children ages 5 and younger, free
High Plains Community Center Orange Center Road (Route 152)
June 11, 2016
The Festival offers crafters and fine arts, great raffle prizes, live entertainment, children's games, face painting and hayrides, and tons of food. Pulled pork, hamburgers, hot dogs, and of course, strawberry sundaes, chocolate covered strawberries, and strawberry shortcake. Rain date is June 9. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.