This Weekend

Past Weekends

September 19-21, 2014

Past, Present and Future

Rejoice in the past, present and future of Connecticut agriculture as the Farmland Preservation Celebration reaches its 300th farm saved. The festivities will take place on the historic Lebanon Green (Saturday). Stimulate your senses with live entertainment, activities while showcasing the city’s abundance of history and culture at ENViSIONFEST Hartford (Saturday). Browse the more than 100 craft and artisan boutiques for a new family heirloom at Arts & Crafts on Bedford Street in Stamford (Saturday–Sunday).

Climb aboard the ships, ride a horse and carriage, take a ride down the Mystic River on the Sabino steamboat; and the Charles W Morgan, the oldest wooden whaling ship in the world with the Mystic Seaport Family Package at the Howard Johnson Inn – Mystic. Package includes: two adult and two child tickets to the Mystic Seaport Museum; welcome gift in the room upon arrival; and family accommodations for four in room with two queen beds. Rates from $160.

More unforgettable activities:

Guilford Fair – Guilford Fairgrounds, Guilford 06437
Enjoy Connecticut’s second oldest fair. Competitive exhibits for livestock, baking, canned goods, fruits and vegetables, flowers, needlework, arts and crafts, photography, educational exhibits and demonstrations; a farm museum, stage entertainment, novelty contests, commercial exhibits, carnival midway and petting zoo, and a variety of food booths (Friday-Sunday).

Season Finale: The Trans-Am Series – Lime Rock Park, Lakeville 06039
Thrill in a Trans-Am race – 100 frantic miles of wheel to wheel, nose to tail, hardcore, powerful production-bodied sports car, American-style racing (Friday-Saturday).

Cornfest – Broad Street Green, Wethersfield 06109
For the young and young-at-heart there will be food, inflatable rides, a pumpkin patch, pony rides, hay rides, a photo booth and dunk tank. Witness Wethersfield’s up-and-coming musical acts and dancers, cheer on the Wethersfield High School Band, and enjoy a great day of entertainment on two stages (Saturday).

Garlic Festival – Olde Mistick Village, Mystic 06355
Sample all types of garlic related foods and items for purchase. Live musical entertainment both days, children’s activities, live birds of prey program, martial arts demonstration, reptile show and more (Saturday–Sunday).

Orange Country Fair – Orange Fairgrounds, Orange 06477
Stroll through the fair’s craft exhibits, antique cars, tractor pulls, children’s games, country music, contests, flower and vegetable exhibits, carriage rally, and much more (Saturday-Sunday).

Jazz Cruise – Departs at the Connecticut State Pier, Haddam 06438
Relax during seven hours of continuous live jazz while cruising on the scenic Connecticut River. Bring your own picnic baskets, drinks and cooler, hot dogs available on board; ice and cold drinks available (Sunday)

Old Fashioned Flea Market – Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk 06850
Delve into antiques, collectibles, jewelry, household items, clothing, furniture, toys and plenty of bargains. Also, offering traditional American barbecue and home-baked goods. Also includes an outdoor exhibit of classic and antique cars and a concert on the South Lawn (Sunday).

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 on the right side of the page.


This Weekend in Connecticut
September 19-21, 2014

September 12-28 – The Big E – Eastern States Exposition - 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, MA 01089. Time: Gates open 8 a.m., most exhibits and buildings open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The Big E, New England's autumn tradition and the largest fair in the northeast. Be sure to stop by the Connecticut Building on Connecticut Day, Wednesday September 17th! Admission: General admission: adults $12, children (6-12) $8, 5 & under free. (413) 205-5109

September 18-21 – Norwalk Boat Show - Norwalk Cove Marina, 48 Calf Pasture Beach Rd., Norwalk, 06855. Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Boating novices and lifelong enthusiasts can see and shop some of the best deals of the season with exclusive show specials and competitive bargains on hundreds of the latest luxury motor and sailing yachts, sportfishers, family cruisers, performance boats and sailboats, plus the largest selection of marine accessories during four days of family fun on the water. Admission: Adults $15, children (under 15) free when accompanied by an adult. (212) 984-7007

September 19-21 – Apple Harvest Time - Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm, 461 Cornwall Bridge Rd., Sharon, 06069. Time: Daily 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Pick-your-own apples, shop at the store for apples, cider, cider donuts, cheese, and more. Cash only when making purchases. Admission: Free. (860) 364-0025

September 19-21 - "Manufactured Rarities" - Paul Mellon Arts Center, Choate Rosemary Hall, 332 Christian Street, Wallingford, 06492. Time: Daily, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (when school is in session). Celebrating artists in the area: Will Lustenader & Blinn Jacobs.  This joint exhibition includes recent paintings and mixed media works. Admission: Free. (203) 697-2398

September 20 – Celebrating Agriculture – Woodstock Fairgrounds 281 Route 169, Woodstock, 06267. Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The event includes agricultural displays, events and demonstrations, hay rides and farm tours, scavenger hunt for the kids, forestry fair and logging competition and a variety of farm animals. Admission: General admission $5, children (under 10) $3. (860) 779-0557

September 20-21 – The Connecticut Cycling Festival – Downtown, 2225 Trumbull St., Hartford, 06103. Time: Call for schedule. Exciting professional level bicycle racing comes to the heart of downtown Hartford along with a full day of amateur racing and a family friendly expo area to explore. Admission: Free for spectators. (860) 538-9369

September 21 – Tavern Trot – 20 Union Street, Windsor 06095. Time: 12:30 p.m. A 3.5 mile road and trail race through the historic Windsor Center. Features live entertainment, free refreshments, food and beverages. Admission: Free for spectators. (860) 683-2899

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