The 10 Best Fall Festivals in Connecticut!

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Fall in New England is like a dream. With vibrant oranges and reds decorating the trees, smells of the season filling the area, the best way to celebrate is through a fall festival. Featuring agricultural exhibits, great food, and plenty of amusements and games for the whole family to enjoy, it’s the best part of the season. Here are our favorite fall festivals in the Nutmeg State. 

1. Ledyard Fair, Ledyard, CT

In early September each year, Ledyard Fair is a southeastern Connecticut favorite. This agricultural fair features rides, prized animals, food vendors, and games. In addition to seeing sweet animals, kids will love getting their faces painted, watching dog shows, and winning prizes at the fun games.

2. Salem Apple Festival, Salem, CT

The annual Salem Apple Festival is a quaint, local celebration located on the town green. Expect lots of friendly faces, delicious apple fritters, an apple-themed breakfast with apple pancakes, apple sauce, apple bread, apple pies, and more. 

3. Hamburg Fair, Lyme, CT

The Hamburg Fair has been held annually for 116 years on the Lyme Grange. This long-standing festival is known for its family-friendly environment and traditional agricultural fair activities like pony, horse, and oxen pulls. There are also rides, games, and snack stalls, making this a really fun place for a family to spend an afternoon. The fair is held annually in mid-August before children return to school. 

4. Berlin Fair, Berlin, CT

The Berlin Fair is a cross-generational favorite with live music, amusement rides, and agricultural related rides (think tractor rides) for the little ones. Craft exhibits, livestock, and tractors are on display for those interested in seeing more farm and handicraft items. 

5. Durham Agricultural Fair, Durham, CT

The Durham Agricultural Fair is a New England favorite that offers excellent educational displays about farming and typical farm animals. Exhibits include more than 300 rabbits, 250 cows, nearly 200 poultry, and more, as well as a model cow that shows children how to milk a cow. 

6. Garlic Festival, Mystic, CT

Enjoy the annual Garlic Festival at the quaint shopping center, Old Mystick Village in mid-September. This fun, flavorful festival features over 50 local farm, bakery, and restaurant stalls that sell food with a focus on celebrating the garlic harvest.

7. Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival & 5K Race, Glastonbury, CT

Head over to the beautiful town of Glastonbury for the annual Apple Harvest Festival and 5K. The festival runs in mid-October, and here you can enjoy live music and delicious fall food. For kids and thrill lovers, there are also amusement rides and a 5K race for those seeking a way to work off the apple foods that were indulged in.

8. Norwalk Oyster Festival, Norwalk, CT

Each year in early September, head to the Norwalk Veteran’s Park for rides, craft beer, and everything oyster. This annual festival is fun for all those who enjoy oysters, but also is great for those who aren’t interested in seafood, as there are numerous other activities, crafts, and international food. In addition, bands play live music each evening.

9. Christ Episcopal Church Tashua Apple Festival, Trumbull, CT

The Christ Episcopal Church Tashua Apple Festival celebrates all things apple with homemade pies, crumbles, and cider as well as crafts, raffles, and pumpkins. Vendors exhibit items that make great gifts, fall decorations, such as Indian corn, mums, and gourds. 

10. CT Maritime Heritage Festival, New London, CT

Welcoming the fall with a celebration of Connecticut’s maritime history, the CT Maritime Heritage Festival features numerous tall ships as well as U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships. Make sure to try all of the delicious food, including a classic chowder. 

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