Top 20 Things to Do in Spring in Fairfield County, CT
By Chris Chagaris

Top 20 Things to Do in Spring in Fairfield County, CT

June 23, 2014   |   News & Tips  

Enjoy spring in Connecticut with our top 20 best spring activities in the Fairfield, CT area, including activities in Greenwich, Westport, Norwalk, Danbury, and Bridgeport. Find fun, local things to do in Fairfield County this spring, including the St. Patrick's Day Parade, a local Bridgeport Bluefish baseball game, and stop by the big top when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus comes to town.


1. Tap a tree and make maple syrup.

maple sugar festival

Learn how sap is harvested and made into that sweet stuff we all love to put on our pancakes during the Maple Sugar Festival weekend at Stamford Museum & Nature Center in early March. The weekend includes crafts, music, scavenger hunts, and, of course, a pancake brunch. Find similar events in the area.


2. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

Approaching its 40th year, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Greenwich is sponsored by the Greenwich Hibernian Association and held on a Sunday near the Irish holiday. The parade features bands, scouting groups, cultural groups, and more that march from Town Hall down Greenwich Avenue. Check online for more St. Paddy’s Day events.


3. Smell the daffodils

The Meriden Daffodil Festival at Hubbard Park (in nearby New Haven County) is a must in the spring. Highlights include children’s activities, entertainment, and a parade.


4. See Sesame Street Live.

sesame street live

The Sesame Street Live tour typically stops at the Palace Theatre in Stamford in mid-April. Get your tickets early to see Big Bird, Elmo, and the whole beloved gang. Find the full schedule at here.

 

5. Go on an egg hunt.

easter egg hunt ct

Hop to the Spring Celebration and Egg Hunt at Woodcock Nature Center in Wilton, where kids go on an egg-hunting hike and then color their eggs and create spring-themed crafts. The timing of this event depends when Easter falls. Search for more Easter egg hunts on our calendar.


6. See Disney Live!

Experience the magic of Disney Live! at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, where you can catch some of your favorite characters performing in mid- to late April.


7. Celebrate Earth Day.

Party for the Planet at Bridgeport’s Beardsley Zoo in mid- to late April, in celebration of Earth Day. Hang out with the animals, enjoy live music and entertainment, and learn about local, organic, earth-friendly lifestyle choices from a variety of environmentally friendly vendors. You can also bring your Earth Day spirit to community cleanup events—check our volunteering guide for details.


8. Catch a baseball game.

bridgeport bluefish baseball

Catch the Bridgeport Bluefish in a minor league baseball game at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. The season usually kicks off in late April and runs through the end of the summer. Find more area ballparks here


9. Attend the Maker Faire.

The Westport Mini Maker Faire at Westport Library in late April showcases invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, celebrating the maker mindset in a hands-on environment.


10. Check out the Danbury Kids Expo.

At the Danbury Kids Expo in late April or early May, parents can explore a vast array of local child- and family-oriented products and services. There are also shows and entertainment for kids in attendance. 


11. Spend a day at an amusement park.

quassy amusement park

Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury opens for the season in late April or early May. Get your thrills on The Wooden Warrior roller coaster and Free Fall ’N’ Drop tower, or check out Splash Away Bay Water Park and Quassy Beach for some water fun. Find more amusement parks in CT and beyond.

 

12. Spend a night at the circus.

human cannonball ringling bros

See amazing acrobats, awesome animals, clever clowns, and much more when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus stops by the XL Center in nearby Hartford in early May. 


13. Build a sand castle for a good cause.

sand castle contest

Who doesn’t love to build sand castles? At the annual Castles in the Sand event at Compo Beach in Westport, adults and children are invited to bring shovels, buckets, and whatever else they need to create castles, frogs, cars, and anything else they can imagine. Proceeds from the event—typically held in mid-May—benefit the programs of Homes with Hope, which include local shelters for women with children.

 

14. Celebrate National Train Day!

thomas the train

Celebrate National Train Day (typically the second weekend in May) with a ride on the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat in nearby Essex (Middlesex County). If you’re lucky, Thomas the Tank Engine might stop by for a special visit! Find more places to take a train ride in our area.


15. See May flowers in bloom.

May’s Fairfield Dogwood Festival at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church showcases the beautiful dogwood trees in bloom. The festival features concerts and activities include a barbecue, kids’ crafts, and games.


16. Visit animals on the farm.

stamford museum and nature center

Stamford Museum & Nature Center has hosted its annual Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend for more than 50 years. This popular event is typically scheduled for mid-May and includes sheep-shearing demonstrations, storytelling, face painting, crafts, a plant and herb sale, hayrides, and a chance to meet the new baby animals on Heckscher Farm. Find more nature centers, zoos, and gardens in our area.


17. DIY crafts.

The Bruce Museum’s annual, weekend-long Outdoor Crafts Festival in mid-May features fine contemporary crafts for sale as well as family craft activities, live music, and delicious food.


18. Honor veterans on Memorial Day.

Watch the Memorial Day Parade as it marches through Fairfield, honoring our national and local veterans. After the parade, bring your picnic baskets and blankets to the Fairfield Museum and History Center for its annual Memorial Day Community Picnic.


19. Eat lobster!

mystic seaport

Take a crack at your first lobster of the season at Mystic Seaport’s annual Lobster Days over Memorial Day weekend. Visitors eat picnic-style under the museum’s open-air boat shed and watch the boats cruising down the Mystic River. Proceeds from the event support the Mystic Rotary Club’s community organizations and projects. Check out more fun in Mystic.


20. Robin Hood Springtime Festival

Visit the old English village of Nottingham and Sherwood Forest right here in Guilford, along the Long Island Sound shoreline, when the Robin Hood Springtime Festival returns to the Guilford Fairgrounds (nearby in New Haven County). Held over several weekends in May and June, this family-friendly Renaissance fair features continuous shows, games of skill, jousting, a knighting ceremony, and a marketplace filled with handcrafted goods.


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