Kids will be wowed by the inflatables at Plainville's annual hot air balloon fest. Photo courtesy of the Plainville Fire Company
Kids will be wowed by the inflatables at Plainville's annual hot air balloon fest. Photo courtesy of the Plainville Fire Company

25 Summer Festivals in Connecticut that Are Fun for Kids and Families

Summer may be short here in Connecticut but it sure is jammin' with festivals from June through Labor Day.  Sure, you've probably visited your fair share of pumpkin, apple, and strawberry festivals. But have you been to a Podunk Bluegrass festival? Or a Sailfest? Or perhaps a Potato and Cornfest

Whether you're planning to indulge in some strawberry shortcake piled high with whipped cream, check out some really spectacular cars at an antique car show, or groove to some reggae, there are many family-friendly festivals happening all summer long. Grab a picnic basket and a blanket, pack your camera, and have some fun at one of these events.

Be sure to check out our Connecticut Summer Fun Guide to help plan some more epic adventures while school's out.


Little Poland
202 Broad Street
New Britain, CT 06053

Mystic Seaport
75 Greenmanville Ave
Mystic, CT

New London Waterfront Park
1 Water Street
New London, CT

First Congregational Church
111 Church Drive
Cheshire, CT

New Haven
Various Locations
New Haven, CT

Klingberg Family Centers
370 Linwood St
New Britain , CT 06052

Nevers Park
150 Nevers Road
South Windsor, CT

Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Road
Farmington, CT 06032

Alice Clover Pinney Park
173 School Street
Unionville, CT

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza
300 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford, CT 06106

Great River Park
East Hartford, CT

Oyster Shell Park
Ann Street and North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06855

Downtown New London
124 State Street
New London, CT

Bushnell Park and Downtown Hartford
99 Trinity Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Gunnery School
22 Kirby Road
Washington, CT

Ives Concert Park - WCSU West Campus
43 Lake Avenue Extension
Danbury, CT

Augur Field
290 Forest Rd. (Rt. 22)
North Branford, CT 06471

Goshen Fair Grounds
116 Old Middle St.
Goshen, CT 06756

Holy Rosary Parish
10 Father Salemi Drive
Ansonia, 06401

Downtown Mystic
2 Roosevelt Avenue
Mystic, CT

Downtown Milford, along Milford Harbor
Parking at Westfield Connecticut Post Mall
Milford, CT

Norton Park
197 South Washington Street
Plainville, CT 06062

Woodstock Fairgrounds
Routes 169 and 179
South Woodstock, CT

Veterans Park
Seaview Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06855
A Christmas Town Festival
Bethlehem Town Green - various times Pick
Reindeer Festival
Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses - 8:30 AM
Holiday Express Train Show
Fairfield Museum and Historical Society - 10:00 AM
Frank Stella’s Stars, A Survey
Aldrich Museum - 12:00 PM
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