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.

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Black Bear Americana Music Fest 2018 - Goshen, CT
Black Bear Americana Music Fest 2018

116 Old Middle Street Goshen, CT Phone: 860-469-5081

Folk, country, bluegrass, rock: It’s all at Black Bear! October 4-8, 2018

If you’re yearning to hear Americana music that gets your feet stomping (or your heart broken), head for Goshen, Conn., on Columbus Day weekend for the Black Bear Americana Music Fest. The festival features music that gets to the roots of America, from alt-folk and bluegrass to country and zydeco. More than a dozen bands range from the nu-grass Way Down Wanderers to the gorgeous harmonies of the Sweetback Sisters to the avant-folk artists the Grand Slmbovians to the soulful baritone of singer-songwriter John Gorka. You can come by for a few hours, or load up the camper and stay on the property (tents are fine, too). Buy tickets before Sept. 1 for a merchandise discount.
Festival Times: Friday & Saturday: 11am-11pm; Sunday: 11am-4pm. Follow our link above for music lineup, day/weekend ticket pricing & camping passes.
Brooklyn Fair 2018

15 Fairgrounds Road Brooklyn, CT Phone: 860-779-0012

August 23-26, 2018

Oldest continuously active agricultural fair in the United States. Draft horses, livestock shows, home and garden exhibits, live entertainment, historical displays, special daily events, midway and great food. Please see website for more information. Music by Souls on Fire. Admission: Adults $10, children under 12 free; on Friday Senior admission is $6. Parking is $5 in fair parking lots. Hours: Thursday, 4-11 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Guilford Fair and Parade 2017

Guilford Fairgrounds, Lovers Lane Guilford, CT Phone:

September 21-23, 2018

Enjoy rides, animals, food, entertainment, and vendors all weekend long! The parade will start Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Music by Morgan Wallen; circus arts, children's zoo, magic, The Human Cannonball, and much more.
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $8; children age 6-11, $5; three-day pass, $25
Time: Friday, 1-11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Durham Fair 2018

Main Street and Fowler Avenue Durham, CT Phone:

September 27-30, 2018

Livestock exhibits and competitions; truck and tractor pulls; home arts exhibits; lawnmower racing; Discovery Center; children’s events. Events include demolition derby. Melissa Etheridge performs Friday at 7 p.m. Hours: Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.- 11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10-$15, depending on the day; children age 11 and younger admitted for free.
Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival 2018

Norton Park, off Route 177 Plainville, CT Phone: 860-747-0283

August 24-26, 2018

The annual Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival attracts thousands of spectators. The festival opens up Friday night at 5 p.m. and live music is performed from 6 to 9:45 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Balloon glows from 8:15 to 9 p.m. On Saturday the festival opens at 6 a.m. with a balloon launch (weather permitting), followed by a craft fair from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Classic Car show from noon to 5 p.m.; a balloon launch at 6 p.m.; and live entertainment from noon until 10 p.m. by various bands. Sunday opens at 6 a.m. with the final balloon launch and the festival closes at 9 a.m.
Odyssey: A Greek Festival 2018

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road Orange, CT Phone:

August 31-September 3, 2018

Come enjoy classic Greek cuisine, Greek cooking demonstrations, a Greek marketplace, a giant tag sale, presentations on Greek culture and religion, along with tours of Saint Barbara Church, Greek dance performances and lessons, nightly dancing to Greek band The Hellenic Company, a kids area with rides, games and magic show, raffles. Time: Friday-Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.; Monday, noon-7 p.m.
Ledyard Fair 2018

Route 117 Ledyard, CT Phone: 860-464-9122

September 7-9, 2018

Events include oxen and garden tractor pulls, chess tournament, mechanical bull, animals exhibits, redneck Olympics, bingo. Schedule of events.
Time: Friday, 6-11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wapping Fair 2018

South Windsor Fairgrounds, 75 Brookfield Street South Windsor, CT Phone:

September 6-9, 2018

Special features include animal exhibits, racing pigs, Saturday fireworks, midway, stage entertainment, magic show.
Hours: Thursday 5-10 p.m.; Friday 5-11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $8; seniors over age 64, $4; children 57 inches tall and taller, $8. Parking is free. September 6-9, 2018