Day one of summer vacation and the score in this house is kids 1 million, mom 0. While I dreamed of three freshly scrubbed, idyllic children working together on community service projects and requesting additional math assignments, the reality is the trio argues over, well… everything. Who gets the pink spoon, who gets the cow mug, who gets to grab yesterday’s mail out the box... and this is only the very first day of school break! Clearly, Operation Get the Heck Out of the House needs to be kicked into high gear. And what better way to keep kids of all ages and interests occupied than local fairs and festivals? If you're up for a day trip, we've rounded up fun summer fetes in Hartford and New Haven counties, as well as Eastern Connecticut. But if you prefer a fest right here in your own Fairfield County backyard, read on.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
This annual celebration kicks off with the Georgetown Gallop, a family-friendly 5K for adults and kids, and then continues with live music, food, and arts and crafts.
Main Street, Georgetown
Fairfield County Irish Festival
Friday, June 17-Sunday, June 19, 2016
This three-day festival includes Irish music, dancing, and entertainment, as well as many activities geared not only for the kids, but for the entire family. Enjoy rides and many unique crafting activities.
Fairfield University, 1072 North Benson Road, Fairfield
45th Annual Strawberry Festival
Saturday, June 18-Sunday, June 19, 2016
Celebrate strawberry season with this juried crafts show complete with strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie, children's games, and music.
34 Church Street, Monroe
Rowayton River Ramble
Saturday, July 9, 2016
This 46th annual tradition is a day of fun and festivity for kids and adults. There are plenty of fun games and activities on Five Mile River, such as the petting zoo, bouncy castle, giant water slide, obstacle course, face painting, and the ever-popular dunk tank.
Pinkney Park, Rowayton Avenue, Norwalk
Darien Sidewalk Sale and Family Fun Days
Thursday, July 14-Saturday, July 16, 2016
Visit the Goodwives Shopping Center and merchants around Darien for a few days of shopping, live music, bouncy castles, and lots of kid fun. Food, fun, and bargains galore.
25 Old Kings Highway North, Darien
Bridgeport Arts Fest
No 2016 date yet available
Local artists and craftsmen will populate the Bridgeport Arts Fest at McLevy Green. The event is free to attend, and features original works by many artists, food vendors, and children’s activities.
McLevy Green, Bank Street, Bridgeport
Village Fair and Sidewalk Sale
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Sponsored annually for more than 50 years by the Chamber of Commerce, this fair offers local residents and regional visitors an action-packed, bargain-filled, entertaining, and delicious way to spend a summer day in one of the most charming towns in Connecticut. In addition to sales and discounts, there will be live music, magic shows, and face painting for the kids.
Downtown, Elm Street, New Canaan
Slide the City
Sunday, July 17. 2016
A green vinyl slide that's three football fields long wending through the streets of Stamford? This you've got to see. It's Slide the City's inaugural visit to Connecticut, and in addition to the slipping and sliding there's food and music as part of this completely unique kind of block party.
100 Prospect Street, Stamford
Originally published June 13, 2015.