After the snowpocalypse we experienced, even this cold-weather fan can't wait for the hot, lazy days of summer. You too? There are few things we love more than a fun-filled summer fair, and it's just about that time of year. So, grab the calendar, pack the sunscreen, and put on your most comfortable shoes because it's festival time! Can you smell the fried dough already?
Want more? We've got roundups of festivals and fairs in Hartford County and New Haven County, too, as well as free concert series in Fairfield County.
Niantic Lobsterfest/Arts and Craft Show, Downtown Niantic
Saturday, July 4-Sunday, July 5
The Niantic Lions club has cooked up the Lobsterfest and Chicken BBQ into a local, summer, family tradition! Besides the delicious food, peruse 180 vendors and browse the amazing works of art at the juried art show.
Sailfest 2015, New London
Friday, July 10-Sunday, July 12
New London's premiere summer event with over 200 vendors, three stages of entertainment, amusement rides and midway, tall ship tours and more. Kiddos can enjoy their own entertainment at the children's stage! The highlight of the weekend festival is the Saturday Night fireworks display, one of the largest in the nation, over the Thames River. Take it from a local, skip downtown for fireworks viewing and head over to Fort Trumbull for excellent views and a large area for the kids to run around.
Fish Tales, Tugs, and Sails, New London
Saturday, July 25
A festival just for kids! Come to the New London Waterfront to celebrate children's literature and life on the sea. Meet author's and illustrators, take in live entertainment, and plunge your hand into the touch tanks. Among the boats available for tours are two, real working tugboats.
Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, Mystic
Saturday, August 8-Sunday, August 9
New England's premiere juried art show, right on the streets of Mystic. Fine artists in oil painting, sculpture, watercolors, photography, and more will show their work, along with local crafters and artisans. Stop by the Mystic River Park for the Children's Art Park where the kids can make their own art. Don't miss the delicious food vendors, too.
Woodstock Fair, Woodstock
Friday, September 4-Tuesday, September 7
It's a Labor Day tradition! Held at the Woodstock Fairgrounds, the Woodstock Fair offers agricultural exhibits (including a birthing center, where you can view a cow birth a calf right before your eyes!), animal and farm equipment competitions, entertainment, music, food, and carnival rides (not to mention, the biggest Ferris wheel around).
Ledyard Fair, Ledyard
Friday, September 11-Sunday, September 13
Pie eating contests, oxen pulls, horseshoe pitching and celebrating the town of Ledyard...it's all at the Ledyard fair. Don't miss the Little Miss Ledyard pageant and the Rabbit and Guinea Pig show.
Originally published 6/22/13.