Best 2013 Harvest Festivals and Fairs for Families in Connecticut
Sarah W. Caron | September 6, 2013 for Sarah by the Sea
Do you feel that nip in the air? I had to dig out the fuzzy slipper socks this morning since it was so chilly when we woke up. And that can mean only one thing: Fall is nearing. Fast.
Looking for something fun and family friendly to do this fall in Connecticut? There’s no need to cross the border to Massachusetts for the Big E (though you will certainly have fun if you do!) because Connecticut plays host to dozens of harvest festivals and fairs. These four are perfect for fun, merriment and a little family time.
The Annual Connecticut Renaissance Faire
September 21-October 20 (Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day) | More Information
In its 15th year, this fall festival is an enchanted look into what a medieval harvest fair might have looked like. There’s shopping, entertainment, costumed performers milling about and more. It’s a really popular destination for Connecticut families. Held at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, there is an admissions fee for anyone over the age of 6. But parking is free.
Southington’s 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival
October 4-6 & October 11-13 | More Information
There’s no doubt that fall is apple season, and the Southington Apple Harvest Festival is the ultimate in Connecticut apple festivals for the season. There’s music, entertainment, arts and crafts and, of course, lots of apples. Can you say apple fritters? For the kids, there are also carnival rides. Admission is free, but you’ll want to bring some money to indulge in the food, rides and fun.
Mystic Seaport Chowder Days
October 12-14 | More Information
Whether Mystic Seaport was a missed item on your summer to-do list or you just love chowder, Mystic Seaport’s Chowder Days are a perfect fall excursion. Is there anything better than a good, steamy bowl of chowder on a crisp autumn day? Indulge in a variety of chowders, apple fritters, mulled cider and more. There will also be live music, hay rides and crafts as well. Museum admission is required, and like all of these festivals and fairs there are additional charges for the food and some events — just FYI.
Bethlehem Garlic and Harvest Festival
October 12-13 | More Information
From Garlic Bread Soup to Garlic Ice Cream, this family-friendly Connecticut harvest festival is filled with vendors who’ve taken garlic-love to a whole new level. There’s also demos and talks (all about garlic, of course!). There’s plenty to buy and try — and much fun to be had. Held at the Bethlehem Fairgrounds, there is an admissions fee so be sure to check out the event details.