Connecticut September 16, 2016
10 Unique Fall Festivals In Connecticut You Won’t Find Anywhere Else
The festivals in Connecticut are always fun! While they’re offered almost year-round, there are none better than the ones that happen in the fall. Whether you love orchards, or just like being out and about when the leaves change, these festivals are here to help you celebrate the season. So get out there and have some fun!
1. Pumpkins On The Pier
Who says celebrating fall means giving up the beach? An old-fashioned country fair mixed with a holiday spectacular, Pumpkins on the Pier is basically a waterfront pumpkin patch. It takes place October 8th at Walnut Beach in Milford.
2. Garlic Festival
This charming small town festival celebrates a successful fall harvest by selling a variety of garlic and produce. Of course there are plenty of activities, too! It takes place September 17th in Olde Mistick Village.
3. Owls & Ales
This is your chance to meet with Mr. Bill, a Great Horned Owl! You can also take in the foliage as you sip beer and enjoy snacks. It takes place September 24th at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center.
4. The New England Chowdafest
This larger than life chowder and soup competition lets you taste chowder from 40 award winning restaurants. You can also sample everything from milk to salsa! It takes place October 2nd at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.
5. Brew At The Zoo
Want to enjoy pumpkin season as much as this little guy? Then snag your tickets to enjoy an evening of beer, music, and fun beside your favorite zoo animals. It takes place October 8th at the Beardsley Zoo.
6. Seymour Pumpkin Festival
Fifteen thousand people attend this craft show every year, complete with plenty of kid friendly fun and activities. It takes place September 18th at French Memorial Park in Seymour.
7. Durham Fair
This is the largest agricultural fair in the state! Rides, music, food and more make this fair more like a carnival. You'll love it! It takes place on Main Street in Durham from September 22 through 25.
8. Norwalk Boat Show
While there will be children's activities, this show could easily be turned in to a romantic date. Entertainment, on-the water demos, and incredible views! This year's event will run September 22-25 at Norwalk Cove Marina in East Norwalk.
9. Southington Apple Harvest Festival
Voted "Best Festival" and "Best Local Event" by Hartford Magazine, you definitely don't want to miss this event! You won't believe how many food vendors you'll find, in addition to all the fun. It's hosted at the Town Green in Southington from September 30 to October 2 and again from October 7 to October 9.
10. Harwinton Fair
From car shows to hay bale tossing, this classic country fair has something for everybody. There's even pig racing! It's held from September 30 to October 2 at the Harwinton Fairgrounds.
If these festivals in Connecticut seem like a fun way to celebrate the fall, why not try exploring some abandoned places? This
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