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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.

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Sailfest 2018

Waterfront area New London, CT Phone: 860-443-3786

July 13-15, 2018

Sailfest has a major fireworks display, amusement rides, free entertainment, Tall Ships, and 200 vendors lining the downtown streets. Sailfest produces multiple stages of free entertainment with musical genres ranging in rock, Celtic, hip hop, and blues. Children's show and entertainment at the City Pier stage. On Saturday night, Sailfest showcases a huge fireworks display above the Thames River. Live music schedule.
Time: Friday, noon to 11 p.m. in Waterfront Park; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Westport Fine Arts Festival 2018

Main Street Westport, CT Phone:

July 14 - 15, 2018

The Westport Fine Arts Festival presents top-caliber national and international fine artists across 10 categories and includes 170 juried artists. In addition to visual arts, the festival will feature artist demonstrations, and an expanded interactive Create area for all-age art activities. Respite areas offer places to relax and enjoy edibles and drinks. Live entertainment will brighten the day, The Westport Library's Book Sale happens adjacent to the festival.
Rose Arts Festival 2018

Chelsea Parade Park (daytime) and downtown Norwich (evening) Norwich, CT Phone:

June 30, 2018

Come to Norwich for a day long festival that begins at 8 a.m. with 5K and 10k races. Live music begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 11 p.m. Rose Bud Parade at 10 a.m. Vendors will be selling food! Enjoy a kid zone, free yoga classes, and free art classes. By day the festival is located on beautiful green of Chelsea Parade. By night the party is downtown. Live music by Ryan Montbleau (12:15 p.m.) and Sister Spasrrow and the Dirty Birds (4 p.m.) See website for details schedule of events.
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.
Guilford Craft Expo 2018 - July 13-15 on the Guilford Green.
Mystic River Jam Festival 2018

Mystic Shipyard, 100 Essex Street Mystic, CT Phone:

June 21-23, 2018

This music fstival at Mystic Shipyard showcases music from rock to reggae, blues to country. Thursday’s admission is free in celebration of Make Music Day. Thursday: Cabin Fever at 6:30 p.m.; Friday: Jay Dempsey Band at 6 p.m. and Sunday Gravy at 8 p.m.; Saturday: The Carleans at 4 p.m.; The Hoolios at 5 p.m.; The Troublemakers at 7 p.m.; Green Tea at 8:45 p.m. Food by Bridge Market and Twins BBQ Co.
Admission: Thursday, free; Friday, $10; Saturday, $15; weekend pass, $20
Old Lyme Midsummer Festival 2018

Florence Griswold Museum, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts & Lyme Art Association, 96 Lyme Street Old Lyme, CT Phone: 860-434-5542

July 27-28, 2018

Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival is a town-wide celebration of the arts. Home decor sale runs Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday evening until 7 p.m., shop the Super Sale at the Florence Griswold Museum Shop. The festival kicks off Friday, July 27, on the lawn of the Florence Griswold Museum with music by Otis and the Hurricanes, playing New Orleans funk. Saturday brings the Market En Plein Air, featuring flowers, fruits, vegetables, breads, fine cheeses, herbs and specialty foods in a setting modeled after outdoor markets in French villages. Original art is sold and visitors enjoy open galleries, author talks and sidewalk sales. Also on Saturday is the dog show and parade. Time: Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday,9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Round Hill Highland Games 2018

Lime Rock Park, 60 White Hollow Road Lakeville, CT Phone:

June 24, 2018

Enjoy traditional Highland dancing, drum major, piping and drumming competitions, pipe band competitions, Scottish country dancing, heavy athletic competitions, amateur sports, children’s games and crafts, song and fabulous food and drink. Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.