You'll find plenty of fall fairs and harvest festivals for families in Connecticut, from Oktoberfest celebrations to apple cider festivals. Our list includes fests in Fairfield, Greenwich, Hartford, Middlebury, New Canaan, Stamford, and West Hartford, CT.
When you think of fairs and festivals, summer usually comes to mind. Luckily for Connecticut residents, fall offers more festivities, offering a soft landing to offset back-to-school-blues and the effects that cooler temperatures and shorter days may bring on.
Grange Hall, Fairfield
Head to Fairfield for the Greenfield Hill Grange Fair to see exhibits of flowers, fruits and vegetables, home canning and baking, crafts, and needlework. Enjoy talks on gardening and raising chickens and treat yourself to a sweet at the bake sale. FREE!
At Envisionfest Hartford, young and old can celebrate the state capital’s transformation through daylong activities that include music, tours, free admission to museums and landmark buildings, and a Hodge Podge Street Fair at Bushnell Park. FREE!
1561 Asylum Ave., West Hartford
Head to Elizabeth Park in West Hartford for Peace, Love & Music Together, a family festival celebrating world peace with live music, crafts, and appearances by an array of community performers from around the state. The event commences U.N.-style with a ringing of bells performance by The Conduit Center of East Hartford, signaling a moment to reflect on a wish for world peace. FREE!
New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan
Nothing says fall more than a crisp, juicy apple. At Cider Saturday, there will be cider press demonstrations, squirrel Olympics, apple sling shots, a pumpkin scavenger hunt, and harvest crafts for kids. You’ll even bake your own apple and be able to cook up corn bread on a stick over the fire.
Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury
It may not be Munich or October, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the 22nd annual Oktoberfest at Quassy Amusement Park featuring live music, German dancers, and great food.
Enjoy live animal shows, guided hikes, nature-themed games, environmental exhibits, and eco-friendly vendors at the Annual Hawk Festival & Green Bazaar.
Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford
Celebrate the fall season and enjoy apple cider demonstrations, a scarecrow contest, pumpkin carving, and fun activities for the whole family. Wear a costume and participate in the daily costume parade. Other activities include an apple slingshot, farm animal demonstrations, face-painting, storytelling, children's crafts and more. Hayride tickets will be available for purchase, and galleries will be open. There will be an assortment of local food trucks with food for sale.