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Events Calendar - 2022

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.

COVID-19 mask and social distancing requirements are still in place at some entertainment venues and live events and festivals in New England. Please check with each venue before purchasing tickets or attending an event.

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Art Walks

Clay Way Studio Tour – South Kent CT

Oct 15, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022 Various locations, South Kent, CT

Live, in-person event! Nine local potters’ studios are showcasing 20 ceramists working in a very wide variety of styles and techniques from monumental sculpture to wee teacups. The tour is free and a great way to enjoy a weekend in beautiful Litchfield and Dutchess Counties during peak fall foliage season. Please bring a mask. 

Festivals

The Harwinton Fair – Harwinton CT

Sep 30, 2022 - Oct 2, 2022 Harwinton Agricultural Society, 150 Locust Road, Harwinton, CT

The Harwinton Fair is almost two hundred years old! The first record of the Fair’s existence dates back to 1853. At this three-day event, guests can enjoy live music, a wood chopping competition, pig races, 3D barrel racing, a women’s skillet-throwing contest, yummy food, and more.

Scarecrow Festival – Wallingford CT

Oct 15, 2022 - Oct 15, 2022 Zion Lutheran Church, 235 Pond Hill Road, Wallingford, CT

The Zion Scarecrow Festival is an annual family-friendly event. Enjoy 40 vendors, food trucks, a scarecrow contest, tractor rides, a kids game area with a bounce house, a bake table, and the special "Make your own scarecrow" activity.

Gardens

Monarchs, Meadows & More! – Newtown CT

Sep 25, 2022 - Sep 25, 2022 8 Commerce Road, Newtown, CT

Explore the wonders of butterflies, bees, birds and pollinators, the plants that sustain them, and learn how to protect these incredible creatures. Line up of activities: Monarch Butterfly tagging with Sandy Schill Meadow; net sweeping and insect discovery with Entomologist, Dr. Rayda Krell; “The birds that call the sanctuary home” with Ken Elkins of Audubon Center Bent of the River; Drawing pollinator flowers with artist, Kim Hossler; Butterfly Puppet Making by Adelka Polak of Sova Dance and Puppet Theater; paint your very own monarch yard marker, and more. 

Guided Tours

Autumn Tree Walk – Hartford CT

Oct 15, 2022 - Oct 15, 2022 Cedar Hill Cemetery, 453 Fairfield Avenue, Hartford, CT

More than 2,000 trees representing 100 species and varieties grace the grounds of Cedar Hill Cemetery. John Kehoe leads this autumn walk highlighting a colorful sampling of the remarkable collection including maples, cherries, beeches, pines, cedars and more.

The Plot Thickens – Hartford CT

Oct 19, 2022 - Oct 19, 2022 Cedar Hill Cemetery, 453 Fairfield Avenue, Hartford, CT

Hear stories that sound like film scripts – leaving you to wonder who should star in the movie – a Communist spy, a runaway Prince, an infamous gambler, and more. Foundation Director Beverly Lucas leads this tour of historic Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Halloween

Terror at Quassy – Middlebury CT

Oct 7, 2022 - Oct 30, 2022 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 try not to pee their pants 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.

Scarrybrooke Park's Haunted Trail – New Milford CT

Oct 14, 2022 - Oct 22, 2022 100 Still River Drive, New Milford, CT

Prepare for the scare. Returning for its seventh year, CT's Haunted trail at Scarrybrooke Park returns with more fearsome delights for your walk through the park after dark.

Spooktacular Celebration – Simsbury CT

Oct 16, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022 22 Iron Horse Blvd Simsbury, CT

The Spooktacular Celebration is back for the 3rd year in a row. Celebrate Halloween at the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center with food trucks, entertainment, costume contests, games and activities for the whole family.

Hallowed History Lantern Tour – Hartford CT

Oct 28, 2022 - Oct 28, 2022 Cedar Hill Cemetery, 453 Fairfield Avenue, Hartford, CT

History comes alive on this lantern-led tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery. Character actors will share tantalizing true stories from some of our notable and not-so-notable residents. Reservations are required for specific time slots.

NorWITCH Halloween Strut – Norwich CT

Oct 29, 2022 - Oct 29, 2022 Downtown Norwich, Norwich, CT

Show off your Halloween costume (or regular clothes) in Downtown NorWITCH - the Halloween Capital of Eastern Connecticut. Strut around Broadway and Bath Streets while you shop and dine in the many terrific downtown establishments. Enjoy snacks from fun CT food trucks and visit assorted crafter booths. Bring a carved pumpkin with you to enter into the jack-o-lantern contest at the City Hall steps. There will be many more fun activities including some spooky surprises. All ages welcome to this family friendly event. Adults over 21 are encouraged to come in costume for the Strut and stay for the Crawl.

Literature

Connecticut Book Festival – West Hartford CT

Oct 1, 2022 - Oct 1, 2022 50 Main Street, West Hartford, CT

Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association presents the first annual Connecticut Book Festival. Come meet authors from all over Connecticut, and more importantly, peruse the multitude of books of every genre written by authors from the Nutmeg State. 

Shopping & Sales

Moxie Market at Stony Creek Brewery – Branford CT

Oct 30, 2022 - Oct 30, 2022 5 Indian Neck Avenue, Branford, CT

A large group of artisans and makers will display their handcrafts inside the popular Stony Creek Brewery on the shoreline in Branford. Come for the Halloween Spirit and enjoy a unique mix of spooky goods, crafted brews, and to get a head-start on holiday shopping.