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Events Calendar - 2021

Find a multitude of fun events and great things to do, including weekend events, throughout the year, like music; festivals; comedy; outdoor fun; boat cruises; excursions for families and kids; food, wine and beer tastings. Weather is no problem; lots of things to do happen indoors.
Be sure to check out the listings of year-round Fairs & Festivals throughout New England. See also, Great Things to Do.

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Children & Families

Pumpkin Patch at CT Trolley Museum – East Windsor CT

Sep 24, 2021 - Oct 30, 2021 Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road / Route 140 East Windsor, CT

This is family adventure where you ride on a trolley car out to the pumpkin patch field and each child can pick out a pumpkin. When guests return to the museum they may decorate the pumpkins, get faces painted, play in the corn box, enjoy the outside play area and the entire museum. Admission includes the adjacent Fire Truck Museum. Buy tickets online.

Dance -- Participation

Colonial Dance at Noah's – West Hartford CT

Nov 7, 2021 - Nov 7, 2021 The Noah Webster House, 227 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT

The Noah Webster House is hosting a Colonial Dance in honor of the 232nd anniversary of Noah Webster and his bride, Rebecca Greenleaf, who were married in 1789. A dance instructor will teach guests all of the most popular colonial dances of the era. There will also be cake and punch, and live music by James and Willow Sirch of Fiddleheads. Colonial costumes are encouraged but not required. This event is appropriate for ages 10 and up.

Food, Wine, Beer

Small State Great Beer – Hartford CT

Oct 30, 2021 - Oct 30, 2021 Dillon Stadium, 250 Huyshope Avenue, Hartford, CT

All of the best breweries, cideries, and distilleries in Connecticut will be participating in the drinking festival Small State Great Beer. Guests will have unlimited tastings to sample the different brews. There will also be live music, games (including cornhole, giant Connect 4, giant Jenga, giant Pong, lawn and arcade games), and a food truck district. The festival takes place on Halloween weekend, so costumes are encouraged.


Rails to the Darkside Trolley Ride – East Windsor CT

Sep 24, 2021 - Oct 30, 2021 Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road / Route 140, East Windsor, CT

During this haunted experience, ride vintage trolleys into the dark woods for a fear that you will never forget. Listen to old stories of a hastily moved cemetery where bodies were left behind. Will you survive? This experience is rated PG-13 and may be too intense for the squeamish. Recommended for ages 16 and older. Buy tickets online.

Terror at Quassy – Middlebury CT

Oct 8, 2021 - Oct 31, 2021 Quassy Amusement & Waterpark, 2132 Middlebury Road, Middlebury, CT

On the weekends during the Halloween season, Quassy Amusement & Waterpark transforms into a spooky sight! Guests can explore at a variety of frightening attractions, including dungeons, a haunted catacomb, the demons of darkness area, and even a zombie hospital. Plus, there will be live entertainment every night!

Halloween Harvest Half Pint Village – East Haddam CT

Oct 18, 2021 - Oct 30, 2021 Rathbun Free Memorial Library, 36 Main Street, East Haddam, CT

Wander through the squash, straw, and spider webs as you explore a miniature (a.k.a. “half pint”) village in the Reading Garden behind the Rathbun Library. Each piece of the village has been constructed inside a mini planter by a member of the community. On October 22, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., attend a special celebration featuring refreshments, a campfire, a bubble performance, fire dancers, and a scavenger hunt through the illuminated Half Pint Village. Costumes encouraged, and bring your own flashlights.


Native American Survival Techniques – South Windsor CT

Nov 7, 2021 - Nov 7, 2021 Nowashe Village, 783 Main Street, South Windsor, CT

Join Drew Shuptar-Rayvis, (Pekatawas MakataweU “Black Corn,” Pocomoke Indian Nation) at Nowashe Village and learn about the survival techniques of New England’s indigenous peoples. Discover how to start a fire without using matches, hunt, make stone tools, construct temporary shelter, and more.

Outdoor Activities

Glow in the Park – Storrs CT

Sep 18, 2021 - Nov 7, 2021 The Adventure Park at Storrs, 2007 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT

Zip line through a forest set aglow. Brightly-shining LED lights illuminate your way while you zipline, work the ropes, and traverse through the treetops. Enjoy peppy music and fun views at The Adventure Park in Storrs, CT.


Holiday Dazzle Light Parade – Putnam CT

Nov 28, 2021 - Nov 28, 2021 Downtown Putnam, Putnam, CT

Kick off the holiday season in downtown Putnam. This is a reverse parade –the guests will drive along the parade route and explore the floats and performers from the safety of their cars. Dazzling lights, holiday music, seasonal cheer, Santa Claus – this parade has it all.


Howl-O-Ween Dog Party – Newtown CT

Oct 30, 2021 - Oct 30, 2021 Newtown Park & Bark, 21 Old Farm Road, Newtown, CT

Dress up your pooch and celebrate the spooky season. Come spend a Saturday at the Newtown Park & Bark dog park and enjoy games, raffles, and prizes. Tickets cost $10 per dog, and each pup can participate in a costume contest to win in the following categories: Scariest, Most Original, Cutest, K-9 Human Look-a-Like, and Best in Show.

Shopping & Sales

JCC of Greater New Haven 17th Annual Craft and Gift Fair – Woodbridge CT

Nov 21, 2021 - Nov 21, 2021 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT

The 17th Annual Holiday Craft and Gift Fair features over 50 craft vendors from the local community. A fun-filled day of activity for all ages, free admission and plenty of free parking. There is something for everyone at this fair which is conveniently scheduled before Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and the new year to give holiday shopper the perfect chance to find every gift they need this year. 

Workshops & Classes

Gingerbread House Making Workshop – Brookfield CT

Nov 20, 2021 - Nov 20, 2021 Mill Building at the Brookfield Craft Center, 286 Whisconier Road, Brookfield, CT

Learn how to construct a beautiful, delicious winter gingerbread house from instructor Nancy Stuart. Work alone or with a partner. Each team will be provided with prebaked gingerbread house pieces –– along with the original German recipe at the end of the event –– as well as all of the other decorative supplies needed. Materials fee included with registration.