Fall Festivals and Fairs in CT (Fairfield County)
For a few glorious weeks, we garner the envy of friends and family in California, Florida, Texas, and Hawaii as sugar maples crown our day-to-day lives with extraordinary color. October is when all those folks wish they were HERE, clutching that steaming cider and cracking up as the kids trip through the pumpkin patches. Aside from all the fantastic farms and corn mazes you can visit, there are several fall festivals popping up all season long, all over Fairfield County.
Most of these have free admission, but charge small fees for their different events or offerings. Pull on your corduroys, and get out there and soak up that waning sunshine!
Oronoque Farms Scarecrow Festival
September 20 & 27, 11am - 6pm
For $20, they'll provide everything you need to build a life-size scarecrow. Don't miss their easy access apple picking, or the cider and donuts. If you're lucky, you may even get to watch them press the cider through their large plate-glass windows.
188 Route 110, Shelton CT 06484 203-925-4237
Dwight Elementary School Fall Fair
September 26th (5:30-9:30) & September 27th (11-6)
Rides, games, and face painting, along with food provided by Christies Country Store of Westport. Wristbands available Saturday ($25). Restaurant raffle and crafting corner, too!
1600 Redding Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 203-255-8312
Christ Church Tashua's 38th Annual Apple Festival
September 27th, 10am - 5pm and September 28th, 11am - 4pm
Homemade apple pies, caramel apples, quiches, fall produce and crafts for sale. A Kids Zone, face painting, games, music and crafts for fun! Animals for adoption. Cool raffle prizes. Proceeds will be given to local charity organizations. Admission free.
5170 Madison Avenue, Trumbull, CT 203-268-5566
Ambler Farm Day
September 28, 12 - 4pm
Descend upon Ambler Farm for it's iconic fall festival. Enjoy the apple slingshot, farm animals, make-your-own-scarecrow, hay rides, trebuchet (aka “Punki'n Chucker”), dhildren’s drafts, pumpkin patch, and food. This one is also a deal at $20/carload.
257 Hurlbutt Street, Wilton, CT 06897 203-834-1143
Hill Farm Fall Festival
October 6th, 10am - 4pm
Vendors, baked goods and crafts, oh my!! Proceeds benefit the Seafarers Ministry and International House.
Our Savior's Lutheran Church 160 Hill Farm Rd., Fairfield, CT 203-366-2108
Fall Festival to Benefit Animals
October 11th, 11am - 5pm
Local celebrities! Local pets! A dog parade! ($10 entry fee) Plus dog demos, food, vendors, crafters, contests, music, games, a microchip clinic and a silent auction. This one's unique if nothing else! Sponsored by the Stratford Animal Rescue Society (STARS).
Paradise Green Huntington Rd. & Main St., Stratford, CT
Plasko's Farm Scarecrow Festival
Create a unique scarecrow for your front porch, visit vendors, get your face painted, say hello to the farm animals, go on a hayride or dare to enter the corn maze. Be darn sure to pick up some cider donuts -- these are the best!
670 Daniels Farm Rd., Trumbull, CT 06611 203-268-2716
Old Greenwich School's Pumpkin Patch
October 18th, 11am - 4pm
Pumpkins, hay bale maze, haunted house, food, games, bounce houses. Admission free. All funds raised support Curriculum Enrichment programs at the school.
285 Sound Beach Ave., Old Greenwich, CT 203-344-1511
Tokeneke Elementary School's Pumpkin Carnival
October 18th, 10am - 4pm (Rain date: October 19th)
This one takes the cake (walk), with amusement rides, a play area for preschoolers, a haunted house, food from local vendors, and raffle prizes you really, really want (these are sold in advance. All proceeds benefit the school's enrichment programs. Free admission.
7 Old Farm Rd., Darien, CT 203-655-9666
Stamford Museum & Nature Center's Harvest Festival Weekend
October 18th & 19th, 11am - 3pm
This one costs a little more than most upfront but here's what you'll get: hayrides, a scarecrow contest, an apple slingshot, apple cider demonstrations, pumpkin carving, crafts, farm animals, facepainting and storytelling. Those in costume are encouraged to join in a parade. Members: $5/person Non-Members: $10/person. 3 and under or Family Plus Members: FREE
39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford, CT 06903 203-977-6521
Auerfarm Fall Festival
October 18th, 11am - 4pm
Bring the family out to the farm on a nice fall day, enjoy entertainment, games, hayrides, food and local 4-H groups displaying their work. Take a walk through our corn maze and enjoy our 120 acres.
158 Auer Farm Road, Bloomfield CT
Jones Family Farm's UNICEF Family Festival
October 25th & 26th
In addition to the usual fall extravaganza they've got going, there will be shows, pumpkin decorating, games, wagon rides, and face painting. Costumes encouraged! A portion of the weekend's proceeds will go to UNICEF. Jones has donated $120K to the cause since 1985.
120 Beardsley Road, Shelton, CT 06484 Farmer Jones Crop Line (203-929-8425)
5th Annual Boo Bash in Bridgeport
October 25th, 2pm
Costumes are encouraged for the games, crafts and treats set up inside Bridgeport's beautiful and historic Arcade Mall. The free event is intended for families with children 12 and under.
1001 Main St., Bridgeport, CT
Originally published 9/30/12.