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 and more, both indoors and outdoors. Often with great seasonal food and mementos to take home.

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16th Annual Connecticut Renaissance Faire Connecticut Renaissance Faire Norwich CT

Dodd Stadium - 14 Stott Avenue Norwich, CT 06360 Phone: 860-478-5954

Now at its new location in Norwich, CT! New England's Old England
Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day, Sept. 27 to Oct. 26, 2014

The Renaissance Faire returns to southeastern Connecticut for five consecutive weekends and Columbus Day. Don’t miss one of the state’s most popular tourist destinations complete with knights in shining armor, fair maids, jousting, comedy, games, archery, rat circus, fire eaters, rope walkers, birds of prey demonstrations, interactive characters from history, contests, and continuous themed entertainment on nine stages – and all shows are included with your admission!

Shop in New England’s largest medieval marketplace featuring handcrafted and unique items you can’t find anywhere else. Feast like a king on turkey legs, bread bowl stews, cheesecake, and many other delectable food options and then wash it all down with an ice-cold craft beer from Thimble Island Brewery.

Make The Connecticut Renaissance Faire your family tradition this fall. It’ll be the event you look forward to all year long.

Hours: 10:30am-6pm. Parking: Free of charge. Tickets: General (Ages 16+) $17, Youth (7-15) $10, Children 6 & under FREE. Call or visit our website for directions, discounts, special events, shopping & more!
Informational Listings Courtesy of VisitNewEngland.com

Blues, Views & BBQ Festival 2014

Leavitt Pavilion, 40 Jesup Road Westport, CT Phone: 917-446-2921

August 30-31, 2014

Three-day festival of delicious food, great music and fun for the whole family that kicks off on Friday with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and continues through the weekend with a full line up great blues including the Spin Doctors and Rick Derringer. Also, amateur barbecue competition and Kid’s Q, food, craft brews, pig races, rib and pie eating contests, inflatables, hoops, toys, magicians, hands-on activities in the Kids Coral, and more.

Newtown Arts Festival 2014

Fairfield Hills, Trades Lane Newtown, CT Phone: 203-417-0862

September 13-14, 2014

Art, music, dance workshops plus 50 artisans from all over the Northeast and plenty of food and candy and ice cream. Entrance is $5 each day; children under age 12 admitted free.

Norwalk Oyster Festival 2014

Veteran's Memorial Park, 42 Seaview Avenue Norwalk, CT Phone: 203-838-9444

September 5-7, 2014

Highlights of this very New England seafood event include musical performances, a competition pit with barbecue galore, kiddie rides and games, harbor cruises, an arts and crafts show, oystering and environmental exhibits and, of course, oysters galore. 2014 festival headliners include Scott Stapp of Creed, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, U.S. Army Band, and Tito Puente, Jr. Orchestra. Dates and Hours: Friday, 6-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Berlin Fair 2014

Berlin Fairgrounds, 430 Beckley Road East Berlin, CT Phone: 860-828-0063

October 3-4, 2014

Livestock exhibits and competitions; arts and crafts; agricultural museum; tractor and truck pulls; oxen pull; garden club exhibits; live entertainment; baking, photo, and quilting contests. Live music includes Coconuts classic rock sing-alongs, Craig Campbell, Fast Lane Band, and Diamond Rio. Featured entertainment includes Dan LaRosa's hypnotist comedy, LuckyBob's magic juggling comedy, mountain bike stunt demonstrations, racing pigs and turtles, and Xtreme Team Bullriders. Hours: Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Satuday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission: Adults, $12; seniors, $8; children under age 11, free.

Four Town Fair 2014

Egypt Road and Billings Road Tolland, CT Phone: 860-749-6527

September 11-14, 2014

Livestock exhibits, car show, live music, skillet throw, midway, antique & farm machinery, agricultural exhibits, demonstrations, children’s contests, bingo. Admission: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, $10; Thursday, $6; children age 12 years and younger, free; seniors all day Thursday and Friday, $5.

Hebron Harvest Fair 2014

347 Gilead Street Hebron, CT

September 4-7, 2014

Hebron Harvest Fair is a country agricultural fair featuring animal displays, various food, animal pulls, truck pulls, country music, carnival midway, and something to do for the entire family. Admission: $12-13; parking, $5. Hours: Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday, noon-11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Old Wethersfield Fall Craft Fair 2014

Cove Park Old Wethersfield, CT

October 4, 2014

Stroll scenic Cove Park in central Connecticut and browse art and crafts from a hundred juried artisans. Fine crafts of every shape and size imaginable can be found at this family-friendly, outdoor event, which also features live music from local talent, local produce like pumpkins and corn, and a kiddie area with pony rides and face painting! Celebrate a New England autumn. This is a rain or shine event. Cost: Adults, $6
Hours:10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Portland Fair 2014

Exchange Club Fairgrounds, Route 17A Portland, CT Phone: 860-342-0188

October 10-12, 2014

An autumn tradition with competitive, educational, crafts, hobbies and commercial exhibits, food booths. Featured performers include Mystery Tour Band,Paragon, Michael Cleary Band, Glamour Girls, Players Club, Gunsmoke, and The Big Six. Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $6; children (under age 10), free. Free off-site parking. Time: Friday, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Renaissance Faire 2014

14 Stott Avenue Norwich, CT

September 27- October 26, 2014

Escape thy cares and experience a romantic age lost to time with jousting knights, period music & dance, interactive characters, magicians, comedy, and continuous live shows throughout the day included with admission. All the Faire is a stage surrounded by the bright colors of fall and pageantry of the Renaissance. Time: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: Adults, $17; youth, $10; parking, free.

Wapping Fair 2014

Evergreen Walk, 100 Cedar Avenue South Windsor, CT

September 4-7, 2014

Special features include animal exhibits, racing pigs, Saturday fireworks, midway, stage entertainment, magic show, Wapping Idol Contest. See Sampson in the Two by Two Zoo. Ride the Avalanche, one of more the 15 exciting rides. Admission: Adults, $6; seniors over age 64, $3; children 57 inches tall and taller, $6. Parking is free. Hours: Thursday 6-10 p.m.; Friday 6-11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Bethlehem Fair 2014

284 Main Street North Bethlehem, CT Phone: 203-266-5350

September 5-7, 2014

Livestock exhibits and competitions, tractor parade, martial arts demonstration. Lumberjack competition; hollerin’ contest, live music, and more. Featuring The cast Of Beatlemania on Friday evening, and John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band on Saturday evening. Time: Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Cost: General, $9; seniors, $7, Saturday and Sunday only; children under age 12, free with an adult.

Garlic & Harvest Festival 2014

Bethlehem Fairgrounds, 384 Main Street North (Route 61) Bethlehem, CT Phone: 203-266-7810

October 11-12, 2014

Fresh garlic and farm produce, garlic specialty food vendors, garlic food court, garlic growing lectures, garlic cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, amusements, and plenty of samples make this a must for the garlic lover. Bring the kids and your appetite. No dogs allowed. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Adults, $7; seniors, $6; children under age 12, $1.

Goshen Fair 2014

116 Old Middle Street (Route 63) Goshen, CT Phone: 860-491-3655

August 30, September 1, 2014

Livestock exhibits and competitions; live music; demonstrations of quilting, spinning, weaving, and basketry; magician; clowns; wood cutting contest; tractor pull; antique barn. Saturday brings a Jimmy Buffet tribute band called Changes in Latitudes and a spectacular fireworks show. On Sunday the fair has a great rhythm and blues band, Apricot Brandy, followed at 7:30 p.m. by Vater's Monster Truck Show starring the Giant Orange Crushstation. There are a multitude of family events like Jester Jim and a comedic hypnotist, a parade and dog shows. Hours: Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Monday, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Admission: Adults, $8; seniors, $5 on Saturday only; children under age 12, free.

Harvest Festival at Haight-Brown Vineyard 2014

Haight-Brown Vineyard, 29 Chestnut Hill Road Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-307-5426

September 20-21, 2014

This annual celebration for the whole family revolves around a vineyard’s most important event: Harvest time. The festival will include hay rides, shopping, grape stomping, children’s activities, locally brewed beer tastings, delicious food, and, of course, wine tastings. Adult admission gets you a whirlwind of early autumn relaxed fun, featuring wine tastings, wine activities, music, a tour of the scenic vineyard, and parking!
Hours: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., both days. Cost: $25; kids under age 21, $10

Harwinton Fair 2014

Locust Road Harwinton, CT Phone: 860-485-0464

October 4-5, 2014

Country store and early Americana display; draft horse exhibit and demonstration; demonstrations of pioneer living, blacksmithing and cooking; antique tractor show; rides and amusements; pig racing; children’s entertainment; magic act; Western horse show; women’s skillet throw; live music by Aces & Eights, and Connecticut Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers. Hours: Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $7; children age 12 and younger, free.

Riverton Fair 2014

Route 20 Riverton, CT Phone: 860-738-4227

October 10-12, 2014

Exhibits include works of live music, art, photography, needle works, floral arrangements, baking, poultry, dairy, wood chopping and more. Rides and games again by Tufano Amusements. Ride Bracelets available Friday night and Saturday afternoon into Saturday night! Cost: Adults, $5; children under age 12, free; parking, free. Hours: Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Pets: Service animals only.

Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival 2014

Fort Trumbull and other parts of the New London waterfront New London, CT

September 11-13, 2014

This festival on the New London waterfront is a celebration of Connecticut’s rich maritime history. The Weekend’s activities will include a schooner race along Fisher’s Island Sound, ship visits, chartered sailing trips, a lighted boat parade on September 12 and 8:30 p.m., dockside education programs for children, the Great New London Chowder Challenge at many city restaurants, range of exhibits along the city’s waterfront park, a Connecticut Made expo with unique Connecticut-made products, waterfront entertainment, and displays by the Flock Theatre.

Harvest Festival at Stonington Vineyards 2014

Stonington Vineyards, 523 Taugwonk Road Stonington, CT Phone: 860-535-1222

September 20-21, 2014

A weekend of food, music, and of locally made wines creates a buzz in the Stonington region, as winos from all over the country drop by to try some fresh gourmet food and Connecticut-made wines. Learn how wine is made, and what makes wine flavors vary. This year's harvest festival features live music by Hoolios, Dan Stevens, Wicked Peach, and more. Picnickers are welcome, but this is not a BYOB event. Hours: noon-6 p.m., rain or shine. Cost: advance tickets, $20; day-of tickets, $25

Ledyard Fair 2014

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

September 5, 6, & 7, 2014

Events include oxen and garden tractor pulls, chess tournament, mechanical bull, animals exhibits, redneck Olympics, bingo. Entertainment by Spirited Soles Irish Step Dancers, the Rhythm Method, Last Bus leaves, Ecam the clown, The JD Band, Stephanie Hanson, Supertones. Cost: Adults, $8; seniors and youth age 13-18, $5; 3-day pass, $13; children under age 11, free. Parking: Free at junior and senior high school with shuttle bus to fair. Hours: Friday, 6 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Pets: Service animals only.

New England Acoustic Music Festival 2014

Main Street between Front (Route 44) and Lee streets Putnam, CT

September 27, 2014

The is a one-day, block party style music festival featuring 10 original acts from New England. This year’s lineup features headliner Ryan Montbleau and special guest Mieka Pauley. The rest of the lineup includes Chris Masson, Christie Leigh, Sarah Borrello, Nate Cozzolino, Christa Gniadek, Laney Jones and the Lively Spirits, Matt Fuller and Muddy Ruckus. Also: food will be available from The Courthouse Bar and Grille, 85 Main, Bella’s Bistro and The Stomping Ground. There will also be a handful of arts and crafts vendors. Time: Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and music starts at noon. Festival ends at 9 p.m. Admission: $15 in advance and $20 at the door (includes one serving of beer, soda or water.

Roseland Cottage Fine Arts & Crafts Festival 2014

Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169 Woodstock, CT

October 18-19, 2014

Roseland Cottage Fine Arts and Crafts Festival is one of the leading juried fine arts and crafts shows in New England. This two-day event features 175 artisans and their wares - jewelry, woodworking,pottery, glass, toys, paintings, clothing, metalwork, and much more. Visitors, many of whom return year after year, enjoy live music, a food court, and first floor tours of Roseland Cottage.Tour Roseland Cottage while on the grounds. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Scotland Highland Festival at Waldo Homestead 2014

Edward Waldo Homestead, 96 Waldo Road Scotland, CT

October 12, 2014

This outdoor day of Scottish culture, history, and food features dancing, piping, drumming and athletic competitions; pipe bands, and folk music. Sample scrumptious Scottish fare and browse handmade gifts at the Clan village, then catch some sheep herding and Highland cattle exhibitions, with a vibrant Welcome ceremony and harp workshops, too. Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission Cost: Adults, $15; seniors and students, $10; kids age 6-12, $5.
Parking location address: 130 Devotion Road, Scotland

Southington Apple Harvest Festival 2014

On and around Town Green Southington, CT 06489

October 3-5 and 10-12, 2014

Southington's buzzing street festival showcases the local apple harvest and live community entertainment. Visitors can stroll downtown to browse and buy apple products galore, like homemade apple butter and apple cider doughnuts; visit the family-friendly carnival for kiddie games, arts and crafts; and enjoy live entertainment like the harvest parade and live music. Celebrate New England's rich farming history! This year's festival theme is "A Deep Seeded Tradition".
Hours: Fridays, 5-9 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, October 5, noon - 7 p.m.; Sunday, October 11, noon - 5 p.m.
Cost: Free admission and parking.

Woodstock Fair 2014

281 Route 169 South Woodstock, CT Phone: 860-928-3246

August 29; September 1, 2014

Agricultural exhibition building, civil war camp, Brunn Barn Agricultural Museum complex, barnyard babies, heritage breeds, antique engines, antique cars, craft tents, midway by Fiesta Shows, fireworks, Labor Day parade, antique farm machinery, antique trucks, the living statue, go-kart racing, ceremonial Indian dancing, open horse show, grange exhibits,live music on stage. Hours: Friday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Monday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission: General, $12; seniors age 65 and older, $8; children age 10 and younger admitted free. Parking, $5.

Durham Fair 2014

Main Street and Fowler Avenue Durham, CT

September 25 – 28, 2014

Performing this year: Tower of Power, Montgomery Gentry, Jo Dee Messina. Livestock exhibits and competitions; truck and tractor pulls; home arts exhibits; lawnmower racing; Discovery Center; children’s events. Events include demolition derby. Live music. Hours: Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 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.

Guilford Agricultural Fair 2014

Guilford Fairgrounds, Lovers Lane Guilford, CT

September 19-21, 2014

Daily entertainment, pony drawing, tractor pull, spelling bee, llama show, horse drawing, donkey and mule show. Cost: Adults, $10; seniors, $8; children age 6-11, $5; 3-day pass, $25. Hours: Friday, 1-11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Haddam Neck Fair 2014

26 Quarry Hill Road Haddam Neck, CT Phone: 860-267-5922

August 29 - September 1, 2014

Fair events include karaoke, truck pulls, beard contest, dog agility competition, horse show and horse pulling, fife and drum music, oxen pull, antique tractor pull, rides, concessions, petting zoo, food, exhibits, displays, ride bracelets, circus, children’s contests. Admission: General admission, $8; seniors age 60 years and older, $8; three-day pass, $20; children under age 12 admitted free. Hours: Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Monday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: .

Milford Irish Festival 2014

Fowler Field Rotary Pavilion behind the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Avenue Milford, CT Phone: 203-874-7275

September 19-20, 2014

Milford's Irish Heritage Society gathers the region's best Irish music, dancing, food and drink, and craft for an all-out Celtic bash. Meander the festival marketplace and browse a full menu of Irish fare, and find gifts and Celtic treasures like gemstones, art, and jewelry. Then, take in the toe-tapping talent of two Irish Dance Troupes, as well as Irish bands like Stone Row, The Fenian Sons, Bobby Morrill, Broken Banjo Strings, and the Highland Rovers Band. Mingle with Irish culture and learn to celebrate the Irish way -- which does indeed include Guinness and Jameson beers! There is no parking at the festival site, so free shuttle service will be available to and from The Westfield Connecticut Post Mall off I-95, exit 39B.
Dates, Hours, and Costs: Friday, 6 p.m. - 11 p.m., $5; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., $12

North Haven Fair 2014

Washington Avenue (Route 5) North Haven, CT

September 4-7, 2014

Great fun the the whole family with food, rides, entertainment, exhibits, a petting zoo, music, and much more. Also come and enjoy pony, horse, and ox pulling contests. Entertainment by Double J Sound, Prop Comic LuckyBob, Bad Mannerz, Cinderella's Tom Keifer, Groovetime, and Krystal Keith. Admission: $10; senior on Sunday only, $5; children under age 12 admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Hours: Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday, 3-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Information: .

Odyssey: A Greek Festival 2014

480 Racebrook Road Orange, CT 06477 Phone: 203-795-1347

August 29-September 1, 2014

Four-day celebration of Greek food, music and culture. Featuring authentic Greek cuisines, live music and dancing, marketplace, folk dance performances, giant raffle, church tours, children's activities and much more. Free admission and parking. Time: Friday-Sunday, noon-10 p.m.; Monday, noon-8 p.m.

Orange Country Fair 2014

525 Orange Center Road Orange, CT

September 20 & 21, 2014

From tractor pulls to homing pigeons, this fair has it all. Be sure to drop by the Main Food Pavilion for Chip's Famous Pancake Breakfast! Hours: Saturday,8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: Adults, $7; seniors, $5; free parking and shuttle. Information:

Orange Greek Festival 2014

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road Orange, CT Phone: 203-795-1347

August 29-September 1, 2014

Festival features authentic Greek cuisine (gyro, souvlaki, moussaka, meze, salads, pastries, loukoumades, more), live Greek music and dancing, marketplace, cooking demos, kids' activities (rides, games magic shows), church tours/lectures. Senior Citizens' Day on Friday offer a 20 percent discount on meals from noon to 3 p.m.). Rain or shine. Free parking, free admission. Hours: Friday-Sunday, noon-10 p.m.; Monday, noon- 8 p.m.