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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Miranda Vineyard Harvest Festival 2014

42 Ives Road Goshen , CT Phone: 860-491-9906 Make a Reservation

October 5, 2014

Come to this picturesque country vineyard for Harvest Festival. Free admission with non-perishable food donation. Food and craft vendors, live music, wine tasting, grape stomping and more. Noon-7 p.m.

Oktoberfest at Quassy 2014

Fieldside Pavilion, Quassy Amusement Park, Route 64 Middlebury, CT Phone: 203-758-2913

September 27-28, 2014

Two new bands will be performing for the event and there will be festival food in the pavilion: knockwurst, bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato pancakes, roasted pork and steamed vegetables. Complete dinners or individual entrees will be sold. Time: noon to 6 p.m. at the Fieldside Pavilion. Cost: Admission to the park and Oktoberfest are free. Parking is $6 per vehicle.

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.

Blue Slope Country Museum Fall Tyme Fest 2014

Blue Slope Country Museum, 138 Blue Hill Road Franklin, CT

October 4-5, 2014

Hands-on, old-time, historic farm displays, demonstrations, crafts, draft horses, cows, sheep, cars, tractors and archive equipment. Agricultural education for all ages. Operating tools, implements, looms, agricultural equipment. Farmer’s market. This is a fun family day on the farm. time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Adults, $7; children age 4-14, $4

Fall Festival & Swap Meet 2014 at Zagray Farm Museum

Zagray Farm Museum, 544 Amston Road (Route 85) Colchester, CT

October 4-5, 2014

This is a family fall harvest festival at a museum of farming. Kids and adults can enjoy antique sawmill and post & beam construction demonstration, country music by Jane Haynes and friends, free wagon rides & tours of the farm museum, kids sandbox & pedal tractor area, antique cars & trucks, breakfast, lunch, and ice cream vendors, huge swap meet, craft & tag sale, new woodworking building. Time: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. $5 per car

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

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: Everything from jewelry, woodworking, pottery, toys, paintings, to clothing, metalwork, and much more. Visitors, many of whom return year after year, enjoy live music, a food court, and tours of Roseland Cottage. 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.

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.

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

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: