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.

Bridgewater Country Fair 2014

100 Main Street South Bridgewater, CT Phone: 860-354-4730

August 15-17, 2014

The Bridgewater Country Fair is a long standing tradition, preserving the character of the country fairs of yesterday, when farmers and other country folk congregated to compete with their prized livestock, produce, and arts and crafts. The weekend opens with the Tractor Mac Show on Friday at 4 p.m. The fair includes displays of livestock, produce, arts and crafts, farm and lawn equipment, midway with rides, motocross, pig racing, and food tents. Cost: $8; children under age 12, free; 3-day pass, $16; seniors, $5 on Saturday and Sunday. Time: Fair opens 4 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Free parking. Information:

Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival 2014

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

August 22-24, 2014

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.

Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival 2014

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Boulevard. Hartford, CT Phone: 860-713-3131

AugusT 16-17, 2014

Welcome to the exhilarating sport of dragon boat racing. This event features Asian entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, educational cultural booths, delicious Asian cuisine, Asian games for kids and much more.

Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival 2014

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT Phone: 860-713-3131

August 2, 2014

The upper and lower areas of Mortensen Riverfront Plaza are transformed into a Caribbean village. Bring the whole family to enjoy musical and dance performances while you sample authentic and world famous Caribbean dishes. Other highlights include a children’s village, domino tournament and salsa, merengue and calypso dance lessons. Parking at Science Center/Riverfront Garage, CT Convention Center Garage, Morgan Street Garage, and Constitution Plaza Garage. Time: 1-10 p.m. Rain date is August 3. Admission: Free.

Blackberry Festival 2014 at White Silo Farm

White Silo Farm & Winery, 32 Route 37 East Sherman, CT Phone: 860-355-0271

August 23-24, 2014

Featuring delicious small plates of food prepared from blackberries grown on the farm. The blackberry festival will feature small plates of food prepared with the farm grown blackberries. Live music, free farm museum, winery and field tours will be held throughout the day. Music on Saturday, 1-4:30 p.m. by Al Rivoli; music on Sunday 1-4:30 p.m. by Martin Meyer and Kayla Schine. This is a family event. Time: Noon-5 p.m. Admission: Free admission; charge for wine and food.

Kent Sidewalk Festival 2014

Various locations Kent , CT

August 7-10, 2014

The town of Kent, CT gathers its best food, shopping, and events for an August celebration. Buy a five dollar raffle ticket for a chance to win $250-1000. Usual annual events include art exhibits, a drum circle, and Car Cruise night with antique cars, a DJ and barbecue. Kiddie entertainment will include a bouncy house, chalk art, and games. Shop your heart out at a town-wide sales event, too!

Litchfield Jazz Festival 2014

The Goshen Fairgrounds, 116 Old Middle Street Goshen, CT 06756 Phone: 860-361-6285

August 8-10, 2014

Mainstage Performers for the 2014 jazz festival include: Cyrus Chestnut Trio, The Gospel According to Jazz with Kirk Whalum, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Jimmy Greene Quartet, The Litchfield Jazz Festival Orchestra Django Reinhardt Project, Mike Stern Band featuring Bob Franceschini, Janek Gwizdalaand Lionel Cordew, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Curtis Fuller and Friends, Mario Pavone Octet - The Accordion Project, Anthony Strong, Carmen Staaf Sextet - Standards Reimagined, and Claudio Roditi Brazilian Jazz Sextet.

Brooklyn Fair 2014

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

August 21-24, 2014

Animal exhibits and demonstrations, homemaking and crafts exhibits, tractor pulls, races and competitions, fireworks on opening night. Music by Collin Raye, Roomful of Blues, Eric Paslay, Danielle Bradbery. Hours: Thursday, 4-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $6 on Friday; children under age 12, free. Parking is $5.

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.

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.

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.

German Bierfest 2014

719 North Mountain Road Newington, CT, CT Phone: 860-953-8967

August 22-24, 2014

It’s time again for the Hartford Saengerbund’s (German Club) Bierfest. Tap your toes to music from the Hornberg Musikanten, a 16 piece Bavarian brass band directly from the German Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, Southwest Germany. Continuous entertainment includes traditional German dance demonstrations by the Schuhplattler Dancers. Tasty German specialties, such as grilled wursts, wiener schnitzel and leberkaese; potato salad and our famous potato pancakes. Offering many imported German beers. Homemade pastries will be served in the “Kaffeestube." Time: Friday, 4-11 p.m.; Saturday, 2-11 p.m.; Sunday, noon-8 p.m.

Milford Oyster Festival 2014

Milford Center & Harbor Milford, CT Phone: 203-878-5363

August 16, 2014

Dive in a sample the oysters at this longstanding food festival, which also include children's entertainment, live music by Bret Michaels, a schooner cruise, a fire department open house, and police K-9 demonstrations. Free admission. No pets. Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

New Haven Jazz Festival 2014

Various locations New Haven, CT

August 15-24, 2014

25 jazz performances in venues throughout New Haven. See event website for detailed schedules.

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.

Peach Fest 2014

Lyman Homestead, 3 Lyman Road Middlefield, CT Phone: 860-349-1793

August 16, 2014

Celebrate peach season at Lyman Orchards with a host of fun family activities. Enjoy fresh baked peach pies, live music, contests with prizes, & horse-drawn wagon rides.

Potato & Corn Festival 2014

Augur Farm, Route 22 North Branford, CT Phone: 203-315-6017

July 31-August 3, 2014

Enjoy three days of food, fun, and entertainment for the whole family at this free community festival, featuring fireworks, a tractor pull, games, rides, and more. Time: Friday, 4-11 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission: Free.

Shoreline Wine Festival 2014

Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market & Winery, 1355 Boston Post Road Guilford, CT

August 16-17, 2014

Taste the harvest of 10 Connecticut wineries; enjoy food from local restaurants and crafts from local artisans. Food and wine seminars will be offered by local experts. Live bands from around New England will entertain.