Fall Fairs and Festivals in the Hartford Area

Sep 07, 2016

As we transition from summer to fall the cool weather brings fairs and festivals to the Hartford area. Interested in going to an event that is different and fun? Well look no further! Below is a list of upcoming events in the Hartford area.

Sept.15-18: The Four Town Fair in Somers is an annual family favorite full of both agriculture and midway attractions. The fair includes a classic car show, a doodblebug pull, pumpkin contest, and more. 

Sept. 22-25: The Durham Agricultural Fair is Connecticut's largest fair. It features live entertainment, rides, games, animal competitions, and discovery events on the Corn Stalk Stage, along with crafts, exhibits, shopping and fun food.

Sept. 24: Head to the Riverfront Plaza in Hartford for the Pipes in the Valley Festival, one of the best Celtic events in the Northeast. Enjoy traditional Celtic music and dancing, arts and crafts, sword demonstrations, puppet shows, and much more!

Sept. 22-25: Bristol's annual Chrysanthemum Festival, in its 55th year, will feature a mum parade, car show, children's activities, an arts walk, craft vendors, a carnival, delicious food, and stage entertainment. Activities begin at 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and noon on Saturday and Sunday. The parade steps off Sunday at 1:30.

Sept. 30-Oct 2: The Berlin Fair, also one of Connecticut’s largest agricultural fairs, is a fun festival with your usual options of fair food, entertainment, and exhibits. Now in its 68th year!

Sept. 30, Oct. 1&2, Oct. 7-9: Named the "Best Fair" and "Best Local Event" in the 2016 Hartford Magazine poll, the Southington Apple Harvest is a much-anticipated festival that takes place over two weekends and features mouth-watering apple fritters. (The apple fritter booth is open during the week as well.) You will also find carnival rides, fireworks on the first Saturday, entertainment, a variety of food vendors, contests, a parade, and arts and crafts booths. There is a shuttle service available from Southington High School.

Oct. 14-16: Marking the end of the fall festival season is the Glastonbury Applefest at Riverfront Park. Rated one of the top events in the state, many attend the festival for the live music, 150 craft booths, pie-eating contest and bake-off, amusement rides, pony rides, fireworks, bands, local beer and wine, and bicycle scavenger hunt. Parking is available at Glastonbury High School.                

What's your favorite fall fair or festival? Comment below!

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