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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: Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center | City of Bristol | Institute for American Indian Studies | Northwest Park & Nature Center | Roaring Brook Nature Center | Stanley-Whitman House | Sweet Wind Farm Sugarhouse & Farm Stand | Town of Hebron | Welles-Shipman-Ward House (c.1755)
The Easter Bunny is visiting Connecticut this spring! Be on the lookout for the Easter Bunny at many Easter-themed and bunny-inspired events throughout the state. Enjoy fun and glorious springtime activities to celebrate the arrival of the new season. Plan a delightful outing and step out with your young ones, your special someone or your friends. It’s time to get hopping! Be sure to check each location's website for times.
Featuring: Connecticut Trolley Museum | Danbury Railway Museum | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | EverWonder Children's Museum | H.C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center | New Canaan Nature Center | New England Air Museum | Olde Mistick Village | Quassy Amusement & Waterpark | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Roaring Brook Nature Center | The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | The Spa at Norwich Inn | Town of Hebron | Town of Ridgefield | Town of Southbury
Maple season is a wonderful time in Connecticut! From early February to late March, you can find Connecticut maple farms hard at work tapping the state’s first agricultural product – and you can find all of Connecticut celebrating alongside them. From fun events, to syrup farms, to signature maple treats, Connecticut is marvelously maple. So, make it a maple day (or month) and check out these great ways to celebrate maple season in Connecticut.
Featuring: A.C. Petersen Farms | Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center | Audubon Sharon | Bats of Bedlam Maple Farm | City of Bristol | City of Norwalk | City of Stamford | Dish Bar & Grill | Flanders Nature Center/Land Trust | Geronimo Bar & Grill | Hungry Tiger Music Club & Cafe | Hydeville Sugar Shack | Institute for American Indian Studies | John Davenport's Restaurant | Lamothe's Sugar House | Litchfield Distillery | New Canaan Nature Center | Northwest Park & Nature Center | Park & Oak Restaurant | Roaring Brook Nature Center | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Stanley-Whitman House | Sweet Wind Farm Sugarhouse & Farm Stand | The Corner Restaurant | The Dudley Farm Museum | The Sloppy Waffle (Bloomfield) | The Sloppy Waffle (Newington) | The Vanilla Bean Café | Town of East Lyme | Town of Fairfield | Town of Glastonbury | Town of Hebron | Town of Manchester | Town of New Milford | Town of New Milford | Town of Plymouth | Town of Redding | Town of Westport | Town of Woodbury
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 |