Nothing says summer like a community celebration, and Connecticut has plenty of great festivals to choose from. From culinary gatherings and music festivals to art and nature celebrations, CT keeps the summer months alive with its many events. Here are ten of our favorite CT summer festivals.
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Connecticut Summer Festivals
1. Strawberry Festival & Craft Fair
Sponsored by the Unionville Presbyterian Church, the annual Strawberry Festival & Craft Fairis a great family-oriented Unionville event. Enjoy fresh strawberries and ice cream, listen to a bit of live music, stop by the face-painting booth and participate in one of the festival’s many games while attending this community gathering.
2. Midsummer Festival
Celebrate Old Lyme’s artistic heritage at the annual two-day Midsummer Festival. Festival activities include live musical performance, domestic farm animals, book signings, a fresh market and artisan fairs. Enter your dog in the festival’s dog show or learn how to make your own rope.
3. Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival
Featuring more than 40 chefs and wine & spirit experts, the annual Foxwoods Food and Wine Festival offers wine and spirit seminars, tastings and gala dinners. Come to Foxwoods Casino for spectacular dishes and the latest products from area food purveyors.
4. Milford Oyster Festival
Held in August each year, the Milford Oyster Festival has been entertaining patrons since 1975. This family-oriented festival features canoe and kayak races, children’s activities, a classic car show, and more than 200 arts and craft vendors. Join the community of Milford for incredible food and entertaining live music.
5. Mystic Outdoor Art Festival
Sponsored by the Mystic Chamber of Commerce, the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival is considered by many to be New England’s premiere professionally juried outdoor art show. This event showcases more than 250 fine artists and 60 fine crafters, and offers live musical performances and children’s art activities.
6. SoNo Arts Celebration
With more than 50,000 attendees each year, the SoNo Arts Celebration brings the waterfront district of South Norwalk to life each summer. This completely free event celebrates fine art, live music, dance and puppetry. Not to be missed is the Children’s Art Playground, which offers free hands-on art and music activities to children of all ages.
7. Litchfield Jazz Festival
The showcase of the Litchfield Performing Arts Center and one of the most popular jazz festivals in America, Litchfield Jazz Festival has been entertaining jazz fans for over 13 years. Former performers have included Dave Brubeck, Sonny Rollins, Ray Charles, Tito Puente, and Diana Krall.
8. International Festival of Arts and Ideas
Held in downtown New Haven each June, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas has been bringing a diverse collection of performances together for over 14 years. From musicians, world leaders and dance groups to circus performers and theatrical troupes, this event is one of the finest arts gatherings in America. Over 85% of festival events are free.
9. Traditional Jazz Festival
With many performers hailing from New Orleans as well as many other American cities, theConnecticut Traditional Jazz Festival is a popular annual event in Wallingford and considered one of the top ten events in Connecticut.
10. Sharon Audubon Festival
The Sharon Audubon Festival has been connecting people to nature for over 35 years and offers natural history programs for all ages. As well as keynote speakers and animal programs, this annual festival also features live music, food vendors, theater, and arts & crafts.