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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.

To find more events, visit the CT Events Calendar.

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Sun Wine & Food Fest 2022

1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT Phone:

January 28-30, 2022

Sun Wine and Food Fest at Mohegan Sun Casino reliably warms up winter in Connecticut each January. Choose events from the Grand Tasting, Bourbon Tasting, Cigars and Wine Pairing, Vintage Cru, Brunch Battle and Champagne Brunch. Meet celebrity chefs. Schedule.
Gingerbread House Festival 2021

The Wood Memorial Library & Museum, 783 Main Street, South Windsor, CT Phone: 860-289-1783

November 26 – December 19, 2021

The Gingerbread House Festival at the Wood Memorial Library & Museum began in 2010. The Library has been decorated for the holidays, and visitors can explore a festive wonderland dotted with 150 hand-decorated gingerbread houses that have been created and entered by members of the public. This is the largest gingerbread house display in New England.
Admission: Free
Time: Thursdays-Fridays, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
New England Christmas Festival 2021

Earth Expo & Convention Center, 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, CT Phone: 561-465-3676

November 5-7, 2021

At the largest arts and crafts festival in New England, shop for gifts from over 300 American artisanal pop-up shops. Explore items such as jewelry, fashion, holiday décor, special foods, home accessories, photography, and much more. This is a one-stop-shop for all of your holiday gift-giving needs.
Time: Friday, noon – 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: One-day access, $15; multi-day access, $18
Festival of Trees and Traditions 2021 at Wadsworth Atheneum

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT Phone: 860-278-2670

December 2-12, 2021

Established in 1973, the Festival of Trees and Traditions features trees and wreaths decorated by community members, and transforms the museum into a glittering winter wonderland. Artists, organizations, and individuals volunteer to contribute their decoration projects; each project is for sale, and profits go toward the museum’s exhibits, educational programs, and operating expenses. Bring your purchase home or donate it to charity.
Admission: $5-$20
Time: Noon – 5 p.m.
Fire & Ice Valentine's Festival 2022

Various locations, Putnam, CT Phone:

February 12, 2022

Scores of ice carvings, fire torches, fire performances, and more winter fun, alongside dining and shopping specials in the downtown.
Time: Noon – 9 p.m.