42nd annual Life. Be in it. Extravaganza in Newington

Mill Pond Park 123 Garfield St, Newington

Join us at Mill Pond Park on Saturday, July 20 to celebrate the 42nd annual Life. Be in It. Extravaganza! Enjoy food, games, rides, adult beer garden, arts & craft exhibits and much more! The carnival will be open from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Our Entertainment Stage will feature an exciting line-up of performers including 'Nightshift', 'Vinyl Countdown', and 'Mass-Conn-Fusion'!!! Admission to the park and parking is FREE. The event will conclude with Newington's largest fireworks display EVER! The fireworks show will start at 9:30 pm. For more information  

Paper-Making Workshop at the James L. Goodwin Conservation Center: Hampton

Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center and Museum 23 Potter Rd, Hampton

Interested in papermaking? Visit the James L. Goodwin Conservation Center for a workshop on the wonders of papermaking. The program will go over the steps, tools and materials needed, as well as tips and tricks to make one’s paper unique. This easy and relatively cheap activity can become fun for oneself-or the whole family! All are welcome – Adults and families. Email deep.goodwin@ct.gov to register, or if you have any questions.  For more information

Waterford Family Food Fest at Crystal Mall!

Crystal Mall 850 Hartford Turnpike, Waterford

Come join us at the Waterford Family Food Fest for a day filled with fun, food, and festivities! Enjoy a wide array of global cuisines, live dance performances, and shop from a variety of unique vendors. Don’t miss out on the chance to win great prizes in our raffles! Activities and Attractions Live Petting Zoo Bounce Houses Face Painting Train Rides Live music by DJ Ray Paul For more information

4th Annual Summer Farm Festival with Art & Craft Fair at Hein Farm

The Farm Truck at Hein Farm 303 Meadow Road, Farmington

August 10th & 11th, 2024 Join us for 2  days of celebrating summer with local artisans,  live music (12-3pm),  Greenhouse Tavern Food Truck (Saturday), The Dawg Tour Food Truck  (Sunday),  and Happy Tails Coffee Truck (Saturday).  Also enjoy the  grand opening of our cut your own flower garden, hayrides, face painting, plant sales and  more! For more information  

$14 – $44

Pups and Pints on the Plaza Hartford

Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford

🌌 SET BLASTERS TO ‘FUN’ Strap on your lightsabers, don your capes, and set your blasters to ‘fun’! The Connecticut Science Center is transforming into a galaxy far, far away for an out-of-this-world Star Wars celebration. Join us for a day of galactic fun; whether you’re a Jedi Master or an aspiring Padawan, there’s something for everyone. Immerse yourself in interactive LIVE science demonstrations, themed activities, and special guest appearances. May the Force be with you as you embark on an unforgettable Star Wars adventure. General admission or Membership to the Connecticut Science Center covers your intergalactic travel. For more information

$20 – $28

Open Air Market & Festival at Wadsworth Mansion

Wadsworth Mansion 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown

The historic Mansion will transform its 700 foot vista into a marketplace and festival where a variety of vendors will gather to sell their Connecticut grown or made products. One can stroll from tent to tent purchasing fresh produce, fruit, cheese, breads and prepared foods. Local artisans such as potters, painters and jewelers have been invited to sell their work. Visitors will be encouraged to lounge on the lawn with lunch and listen to live music performed on the patio. Families can bring their children and spend the day. It will be a day to discover the Wadsworth Mansion, enjoy music and art, and experience the tradition of shopping at an open-air market. Parking will be at Wilbert Snow School, Mercy High School, and Vinal High School. The most convenient parking is at Mercy High School.  Mansion parking is reserved for handicap and families with strollers only. Well behaved leashed dogs are permitted outdoors for this event. **A shuttle will run between Snow School and the Mansion and Vinal High School and Mercy High School** For more information

Four Town Fair: Somers

Four Town Fair 56 Egypt Road, Somers

​Sept 12 - Sept 15, 2024 The Four Town Fair is considered the oldest continuous Agricultural Fair in Connecticut. It happened in the winter of 1838-1839. People commented: Let’s have a contest! People gathered to have their contest; and 420 cows and oxen showed up. Nobody had ever seen so many cows and oxen in one place What are the towns in the Four Town Fair? The towns are Somers, East Windsor, Enfield and Ellington. Throughout the years, various locations were utilized by the four towns until 1960. The fair society, known as the Union Agricultural Society, purchased land in Somers as the permanent location of all future fairs. In 1964, the Society conducted its first three-day fair so that many more people could attend. Today, crowds are estimated at nearly 20,000 each year. For more information 

Free – $6

19th Annual Connecticut Garlic & Harvest Festival

Bethlehem Fairgrounds 304 Main St. North, Bethlehem

We would like to invite you to join us for the 19th Annual Connecticut Garlic & Harvest Festival. It will be held on October 12-13, 2024 at the Bethlehem Fairgrounds on Route 61 in Bethlehem, Connecticut (just north of town).  Visit our garlic cooking demonstrations, stay for a live band performance, and learn how to grow garlic at our informative lectures. Many garlic dips, spreads, cheeses, and oils will be available for purchase from our diverse garlic specialty food vendors – most offering FREE samples to try before you buy! Stop by our produce stands for fresh garlic and a variety of other fall produce. When you’re hungry, venture over to our food court.  Homemade roasted garlic sausage with peppers and onions, wood fired garlic pizzas, specialty garlic sliders, deep fried garlic, and garlic ice cream are just some of the items you’ll find at our food court! Bring the kids for some fun with our rides and games! We hope that you will join us in 2024! For more information 

$1 – $10

Haunted Halloween Bash at Wadsworth Mansion

Wadsworth Mansion 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown

It’s our spookiest, most popular party of the year! The Mansion welcomes all ghosts and ghouls to join in a celebration of All Hallows Eve. Dress in costume to disguise your identity for a night of food, dancing, and thrills. Ticket includes admission, food, dancing, and more! Cash Bar. Ages 21 and older only. Save time this year by pre-purchasing your first drink tickets! Attendees are invited to pre-purchase up to two drink tickets per person to be redeemed at check in. Drink tickets are available through the ticket platform. Additional drink tickets can be purchased on site the night of the Halloween Bash. Tickets go on sale September 13th, 2024 For more information

$60

Holiday Bazaar at Wadsworth Mansion

Wadsworth Mansion 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown

Expect to find unique holiday gifts for your family and friends. Featured vendors from the Open Air Market will be selling their handmade products. Come and shop for the holidays! Enjoy lunch and hot beverages in the bar provided by David Alan Catering. For more information

$60