20+ Summer Fairs and Festivals in Connecticut You Don't Want to Miss

Soaring swings at the Goshen Fair. Photo courtesy of the Goshen Fair, Facebook
Soaring swings at the Goshen Fair. Photo courtesy of the Goshen Fair, Facebook

Summer may be short here in Connecticut, but it sure is jammin' with festivals all season long. From food festivals to cultural festivals to country fairs, there are lots of family-friendly festivals in Connecticut this summer. Even better, many of the festivals on this list are free to enter. So grab a picnic basket and a blanket—and head out for games, rides, tastings, and more.

Be sure to check out our Connecticut Summer Fun Guide and our Guide to Free Fun for Connecticut Kids to help plan for more epic adventures.

Note: We've marked fairs that offer free entrance, but you'll of course pay extra for food, games, and rides.

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Hillcrest Middle School

North Stonington Fairground

Downtown Milford, along Milford Harbor

Chester Fair Ground
Wee Faerie Village: Twinkle Point!
Florence Griswold Museum - 10:00 AM Pick
The Connecticut Renaissance Faire
Lebanon County Fairgrounds - 10:30 AM Pick
Pumpkin Patch Trolley
Connecticut Trolley Museum - 10:00 AM Pick
Sensory Friendly Day @ the Connecticut Science Center
Conn. Science Center - 10:00 AM Pick
The Shore Line Trolley Museum Pumpkin Patch
The Shore Line Trolley Museum - 11:00 AM Pick
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