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Late summer/early fall is country fair time in Connecticut. Across the state, you’ll find authentic country fairs that have been an annual event here for generations. From midways to music, livestock competitions to deep-fried everything, there’s no better way to spend a day, night or weekend than at the fair! Here’s a short list of just a few of the fairs happening in August and September.
Featuring: City of Norwalk | Town of Berlin | Town of Bethlehem | Town of Brooklyn | Town of Durham | Town of East Hampton | Town of Goshen | Town of Guilford | Town of Harwinton | Town of Hebron | Town of Somers | Town of Woodstock
Connecticut is filled with things to discover, from natural places to explore to cultural treasures to enjoy. And it’s important to our state that as many as possible of our hotels, attractions and experiences are open to as many visitors as possible. That’s why we’re working to reduce barriers and create new experiences designed to welcome visitors with disabilities, their families and friends. From wheelchair access to sensory-friendly events, here are just a few of the places in Connecticut already offering programs and services dedicated to welcoming guests of all ages and abilities.
Featuring: American Legion State Forest Campground | Black Rock State Park Campground | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Flight Fit N Fun | Hammonasset Beach State Park Campground | Housatonic Meadows State Park Campground | Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center | Kettletown State Park Campground | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lake Waramaug State Park Campground | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | New England Air Museum | New England Science & Sailing | Rocky Neck State Park Campground | Ski Sundown | Stepping Stones Museum for Children | The Discovery Museum & Planetarium | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | Town of Hebron | Town of Old Lyme | Town of Ridgefield | Yale Repertory Theatre
End of February and throughout March is the maple sugar season in Connecticut! Cold nights and warm, sunny days are necessary to provide good sap yields. Local sugar makers and their many loyal customers eagerly await this annual rite of spring. Visit a local sugarhouse or attend a maple sugar festival to see firsthand how maple syrup is produced!
Featuring: City of Bristol | Northwest Park & Nature Center | Roaring Brook Nature Center | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Sweet Wind Farm Sugarhouse & Farm Stand | Town of Hebron | Town of Plymouth | Welles-Shipman-Ward House (c.1755)
Overview: There’s no classic, late-summer experience quite like a country fair. The sights, sounds and smells conjure images of a time when life was a little simpler. Recapture the magic this summer at a few of Connecticut’s favorite fairs!
Featuring: City of Norwalk | Town of Berlin | Town of Bethlehem | Town of Bridgewater | Town of Brooklyn | Town of Chester | Town of Durham | Town of Goshen | Town of Guilford | Town of Guilford | Town of Harwinton | Town of Hebron | Town of Lebanon | Town of Ledyard | Town of Lyme | Town of North Branford | Town of North Haven | Town of Orange | Town of Plymouth | Town of Portland | Town of Somers | Town of South Windsor | Town of Wolcott | Town of Woodstock
Overview: This March, find celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day all around Connecticut, from parades to performances, festivals to 5ks.
Featuring: American Clock & Watch Museum | American Museum of Tort Law | Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry | Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum | Boothe Memorial Park & Museum | Bruce Museum | Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut | Christy's Irish Pub | City of Bridgeport | City of Bristol | City of Danbury | City of Hartford | City of Meriden | City of New Haven | City of New London | City of Norwich | City of Stamford | City of Torrington | Connecticut Air & Space Museum | Connecticut Art Trail | Connecticut Children's Museum | Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum | Connecticut Freedom Trail | Connecticut River Museum | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut State Museum of Natural History & Connecticut Archaeology Center | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Connecticut Women's Heritage Trail | Connecticut's Old State House | Custom House Maritime Museum | Danbury Railway Museum | Donahue's Madison Beach Grille | Donovan's | Duffy's Tavern | Eli Whitney Museum | Eric Sloane Museum and Kent Furnace | EverWonder Children's Museum | Florence Griswold Museum | Genius Museum at Nature's Art Village | Harp and Hound Pub | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Hill-Stead Museum | Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum | Housatonic Museum of Art | Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center | Infinity Music Hall (Hartford) | Institute for American Indian Studies | Institute for American Indian Studies | Ireland's Great Hunger Museum | Ireland's Great Hunger Museum | Kidcity Children's Museum | KidsPlay Children's Museum | Knights of Columbus Museum | Lutz Children's Museum | Lyman Allyn Art Museum | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Mattatuck Museum | McKinnon's Irish Pub | McLadden's Irish Public House | Museum of Connecticut History | Mystic Seaport Museum | National Helicopter Museum, Inc. | New Britain Museum of American Art | New England Air Museum | New England Carousel Museum | New England Civil War Museum | New Haven Museum | Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society | Northwest Park & Nature Center | O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant | Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine | PEZ Visitor Center | Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant | Prudence Crandall Museum | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Roaring Brook Nature Center | Slater Memorial Museum | SoNo Switch Tower Museum | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Stanley-Whitman House | Stepping Stones Museum for Children | Stony Creek Brewery | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Barnum Museum | The Children's Museum | The Discovery Museum & Planetarium | The Lansdowne Irish Pub & Music House | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Public House | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Town of Colchester | Town of East Lyme | Town of Essex | Town of Fairfield | Town of Greenwich | Town of Hebron | Town of Mystic | Town of Plainville | Town of Plymouth | Town of Putnam | Town of Southington | Vaughan's Public House | Vintage Hi Fi Museum | Vintage Radio & Communications Museum of Connecticut | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Welles-Shipman-Ward House (c.1755) | White Horse Country Pub | William Benton Museum of Art | Windham Textile and History Museum | Yale Center for British Art | Yale Collection of Musical Instruments | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History | Yale University Art Gallery
Overview: Nothing says summer in New England quite like a good old-fashioned country fair. Here are some of the major fairs coming up this summer in Connecticut.
Featuring: City of Norwalk | Town of Berlin | Town of Bethlehem | Town of Bridgewater | Town of Brooklyn | Town of Chester | Town of Durham | Town of Goshen | Town of Guilford | Town of Harwinton | Town of Hebron | Town of Lebanon | Town of Ledyard | Town of North Branford | Town of North Stonington | Town of Orange | Town of Portland | Town of Somers | Town of South Windsor | Town of Wolcott | Town of Woodstock