Carnivals, Fairs and Summer Festivals in Eastern Connecticut
Summer is the start of many sub-seasons here in Connecticut. Beach season, camp season and, perhaps most importantly, fair and carnival season! So, grab the calendar, pack the sunscreen, and put on your most comfortable pair of shoes because it's fair time! Can you smell the fried dough already?
Sailfest 2013 - New London's premiere summer event with over 200 vendors, three stages of entertainment, amusement rides and midway, tall ship tours and more. Kiddos can enjoy their own entertainment at the children's stage! The highlight of the weekend festival is the Saturday Night fireworks display, one of the largest in the nation, over the Thames River. Take it from a local, skip downtown for fireworks viewing and head over to Fort Trumbull for excellent views and a large area for the kids to run around. July 13-15 New London, CT
Ice Cream, Blueberry and Bluegrass Festival at Fort Hill Farms - Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with free samples from The Farmer's Cow ice cream, listen to live bluegrass music, tour the gardens of Fort Hill Farms, and take a wagon ride to see the calves that will eventually become Farmer's Cow milking cows. 260 Quaddick Road, Thompson, CT 860.923.3439
Mystic Outdoor Art Festival - New England's premiere juried art show, right on the streets of Mystic. Fine artists in oil painting, sculpture, watercolors, photography, and more will show their work, along with local crafters and artisans. Stop by the Mystic River Park for the Children's Art Park where the kids can make their own art. Don't miss the delicious food vendors, too. August 10-11, Mystic, CT
Woodstock Fair - It's a Labor Day tradition! Held at the Woodstock Fairgrounds, the Woodstock Fair offers agricultural exhibits (including a birthing center, where you can view a cow birth a calf right before your eyes!), animal and farm equipment competitions, entertainment, music, food, and carnival rides (not to mention, the biggest ferris wheel around). August 30 - September 2 Routes 169/171, Woodstock, CT
Fish Tales Tugs and Sails - A festival just for kids! Come to the New London Waterfront to celebrate children's literature and life on the sea. Meet author's and illustrators, take in live entertainment, and plunge your hand into the touch tanks. Among the boats available for tours are two, real working tugboats. July 27, New London, CT
Ledyard Fair - Pie eating contests, oxen pulls, horseshow pitching and celebrating the town of Ledyard...it's all at the Ledyard fair. Don't miss the Little Miss Ledyard pageant and the Rabbit and Guinea Pig show. September 6-8, Ledyard, CT