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October 9-12, 2015

Columbus Day – Harvest Fest

Fall festivals are in full swing this weekend. Bring your appetite to Chowdafest at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. Grab a spoon, ballot and pencil, and vote for your favorite "chowda" (Sunday). Take a spookie, freaky nighttime adventure through the Laurel Brook Forest in Middletown on a Halloween Zip Trip (Thursday-Sunday/evenings only). Shop for something old for the new you at the Washington Depot Antiques & Design Show (Friday-Sunday).

The Hampton Inn Shelton has all the ingredients for a memorable outing or fun-filled family staycation. The Family Fun Package includes: spacious two queen bed accommodations for one night (up to four people); “On the House” hot breakfast buffet; indoor heated pool with 150 foot waterslide; $30 gift certificate for Sports Center of CT; one large pizza with 10 buffalo wings; local shuttle to area restaurants and shopping. Rates: Call/promo code “PYK”.

More autumn activities:

Apple Harvest Festival – Town Green, Southington 06489
Experience a weekend of spectacular fun, delicious food, live entertainment, crafts, parade, and fireworks (Friday-Sunday).

Portland Fair – Exchange Fair Grounds, Portland 06480
Spend a day or evening at this traditional autumn event with competitive, educational, crafts, hobbies and commercial exhibits, food booths (Friday-Sunday).

Riverton Fair – 16 Main St. (Route 20), Barkhamsted 06063
Visit an old-fashioned country fair on the scenic Farmington River with exhibits, animals, vendors, food, midway rides, music, wood chopping events, and more (Friday-Sunday).

Connecticut Garlic & Harvest Festival – Bethlehem Fairgrounds, Bethlehem 06251
Fresh garlic and farm produce, garlic specialty food vendors, crafts, garlic food court, garlic growing lectures, garlic cooking demonstrations. Live entertainment, amusements and plenty of samples make this a must for the garlic lover (Saturday-Sunday).

Outdoor Arts Festival – Bruce Museum, Greenwich 06830
Start or add to your collection with an original painting, sculpture, or photograph at this juried fine arts festival. Live music, tempting food court and free children’s art activities round out the fun (Saturday-Sunday).

Chowder Days – Mystic Seaport, Mystic 06355
Enjoy a hot bowl of chowder on a cool autumn day. The à la carte menu is sure to satisfy all appetites and features a variety of chowders and bisques, clam fritters, apple fritters, seasonal delights, and family fun activities (Saturday-Monday).

These highlights represent just a sampling of the many exciting events taking place across Connecticut this weekend. For more information about these and other entertaining activities, use the Events Quick Search by clicking on the Advanced Search link under the search box on the top right side of the page.


This Weekend in Connecticut
October 9-12, 2015

October 9-10 - "42nd Street" - Palace Theater, 100 East Main St., Waterbury, 06702. Time: Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. 42nd Street is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American dream story that includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42ndStreet.” Admission: $52-$64. (203) 346-2000

October 10 – Fall Festival - Poquonnock Plains Park, 150 Forth Hill Rd., Groton, 06340. Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Activities include arts and crafts show, business displays, farmers' market, food vendors, band concerts and more. Admission: Free. (860) 572-9578

October 10 – Fall Festival - First Congregational Church, 21 Torrington Rd., Litchfield, 06759. Time: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Attic treasures, silent auction, book sale, children's activities, tag sale, baked good, international gift shop, and lunch available. Admission: Free. (860) 567-8705

October 10-11 – "Sleepy Hollow" - Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport, 06604. Time: Noon & 2:30 p.m. The town of Sleepy Hollow has always been cloaked in mystery, but this Halloween, Ichabod Crane and his clever band of young detectives have come to solve the mystery. Along the way, Ichabod and the gang sing, dance, and have fun discovering that things are not always as they seem, and ghosts are not always scary. Admission: Adults $23, children $19. (203) 576-1636

October 10-1 2 – Harvest Festival - Buell's Orchard, 108 Crystal Pond Rd., Eastford, 06242. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Live music, apple and pumpkin picking, cider and donut samples, chicken barbecue, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, face painting, hot apple pies and more. Admission: Free. (860) 974-1150

October 11 – Dogs on the Docks - Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St., Essex, 06426. Time: 1 p.m.-3 p.m. The waterfront lawn of the Connecticut River Museum will once again be "going to the dogs" with the commencement of the annual parade and competition. Dog owners and dog lovers alike are invited to attend rain or shine. Dog participant registration begins at 1 p.m., followed by a lawn parade at 2 p.m. and then individual canine competitions in categories such as best costume, best nautical costume, best owner look-alike, smallest dog, biggest dog, best trick and best dock jumping. Dock jumping dogs must wear a harness to participate.

October 11 – Run the Gauntlet - Hammonasset Beach State Park, 1288 Boston Post Rd., Madison, 06443. Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The "run" features a 5K course with 15 to 20 man-made and natural obstacles along the shoreline. After the race, participate and enjoy a post-race party featuring food, refreshments and live entertainment. Admission: Free for spectators. (203) 458-1639

October 11 – Fall Festival - Paradise Green, Huntington Rd. & Main St., Stratford, 06614. Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. One-mile dog walk, food, pet adoptions, silent auction, canine demonstrations, games, music, local celebrities, entertainment, vendors for people and pets. Admission: Free. (203) 338-7387

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