July GoList: The Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

Best Things to Do With Kids in Connecticut In July

Summer festivals, fairs, carnivals, and more abound in Connecticut this July. Our CT July GoList highlights the best things to do with kids throughout the month including free jazz all weekend during the Hartford Festival of Jazz at Bushnell Park, tall ship tours, music and carnival rides at Sailfest in New London, a food truck festival, and a Blueberry Fest in Middlefield. Our list of over forty 4th of July fireworks shows will make sure you don't miss the firework displays. 

Below are our top 30 things to do with kids in Connecticut this July. Be sure to click through to each listing for all the details, including address and time. Of course our Summer Fun Guide is a terrific resource for family fun, too! And make sure to follow us on facebook and instagram page


Nature Play Aquarium Camp Out — Mystic 
Tuesday, July 3
This special one-of-a-kind event will have participants camping inside the Aquarium, exploring the Sea School Green and taking a night hike on local land trust preserve.

Berlin Freedom Fest — Berlin
Tuesday, July 3 - Saturday, July 7
This family-friendly festival features midway rides for all ages, exciting sideshow acts under the big top, a demolition derby on Friday, carnival games, favorite fair food, and fireworks Wednesday and Saturday at 9:30 pm.

Boom Box Parade — Willimantic
Wednesday, July 4
Anyone can march or enter a float in "Connecticut's Unique People's Parade," as the Boom Box Parade is known. The only requirement is to wear some red, white, and blue, and bring a radio tuned to WILI (1400-AM).

Revolutionary War Reenactors at Mill Hill Historic Park — Norwalk
Wednesday, July 4 ​The Norwalk Historical Society will host a very special “Independence Day at Mill Hill Historic Park” which will feature an encampment by African American Revolutionary War re-enactors representing the Marbleheaders and the 1st Rhode Island Regiment of Foot. The day will also include the annual “Let Freedom Ring” Bell Ringing Ceremony.

Bike Parade — Southport
Wednesday, July 4
Participants of all ages are invited to bring their decorated bikes, wagons and scooters to form a parade. The parade will make its way to the Pequot Library lawn where there will be sack races, a hula hoop contest, American Revolution trivia contest, and face painting.

Independence Day at Mystic Seaport — Mystic
Wednesday, July 4
You can't get more patriotic than this day long celebration at Mystic Seaport that includes a parade, boat races, lawn games, and more.

Powwow at Mashantucket Pequot Museum — Mashantucket
Thursday, July 5
Gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the powwow experience. See dancers in their colorful regalia, join in a social dance, and visit with Native artists as they demonstrate and sell works of art. Native cuisine will be available for lunch. 

Enfield Celebration — Enfield
Friday July 6 - Sunday, July 8
Concerts, the Taste of Enfield, fireworks, kids rides and games, and a teen fun zone are just some of the attractions.

Heart of America Balloon Festival — Uncasville
​Friday, July 6 - Sunday, July 8
The 2018 Balloon Festival at Mohegan Sun includes three days of big balloons, tethered rides, epic balloon glows, and a "balloon rodeo." It will also be the largest food truck festival on the East Coast with over 60 of the top food trucks around! 

Ballet Under the Stars — Stamford
Saturday, July 7
Artistic Director Brett Raphael narrates a program of classical and contemporary ballets featuring the company's spectacular professional dancers. 

NICE FestivalNorwalk 
Saturday, July 7
NICE will host dancers, musicians, vendors, and local international restaurants; (NICE) is a Norwalk organization that seeks to promote and increase awareness of the diversity of peoples from around the world through arts and culture.

Riverfest Food Truck Festival —Hartford
Thursday, July 12 - Saturday, July 14
Enjoy flavorful treats from establishments such as Ben & Jerry's, Bear's Smokehouse BBQ, New Haven Pizza, Jay R Thai, Chinese, and dozens of others.

North Stonington FairNorth Stonington
Thursday July 12 This old fashioned fair includes farm fun such as tractor pulls, hay bale tosses, rides, music, and more. 

Sailfest —New London
Friday, July 13 - Sunday, July 15
With over 200 vendors, three stages of entertainment, amusement rides and midway, tall ship tours, and more - this is New London's premier summer event. 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.

Rowayton River Ramble— Rowayton
Saturday, July 14
This 47th annual tradition brings the community together for a day of fun and festivity in picturesque Pinkney Park. There are plenty of fun games and activities such as a petting zoo, bouncy castle, water slide, obstacle course, and the ever-popular dunk tank. Food and live music make it an affair for the entire family to enjoy. ​

Blueberry Fest —Middlefield
Saturday, July 14
Pick blueberries, listen to the sounds of live music, and enjoy pony rides and complimentary food tastings. Plus a pie-eating contest!

SummerFest —Bethel
Saturday, July 15 
After a hiatus last summer, this fun festival returns with water slides, games, live entertainment, and more.

National Ice Cream Day & Bluegrass BashThompson
Sunday, July 15
Enjoy complimentary cones of The Farmer’s Cow fresh Connecticut ice cream, listen to Blackstone Valley Bluegrass perform live music, and sample the new limited edition flavored milk and summer seasonal beverages.

Vans Warped Tour—Hartford
Sunday, July 15
More than 50 bands will perform across six different stages as the Vans Warped Tour plays Hartford. Bands will also sign autographs and greet fans in designated areas.

27th Annual Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz at Bushnell Park Hartford 
Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22
The tradition continues in Bushnell Park, America’s oldest public park, when the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz will present great artists from around the world for three nights and two days. Bring chairs and blankets and the entire family!  Visit the arts and crafts vendors. There will be food and drink available for sale.

37th Annual Extravaganza in NewingtonNewington
Saturday, July 21
The 37th Annual Extravaganza will feature food vendors, musicians, paddle boats, entertainment, fireworks, games and many other family-oriented activities. Over 100 vendors will be joining the event this year.

Daylily Alpaca Festival —Watertown
Saturday July 21 - Sunday, July 22
Enjoy beautiful daylilies while you visit the alpacas and their new babies. Yarn will be available for sale.

Old Lyme Midsummer Festival — Olde Lyme
Friday July 26 - Saturday, July 28
This two-day event, a quintessential New England celebration for all ages, takes place in the heart of Old Lyme's historic district. Most events specifically for families and children take place at the Florence Griswold Museum or the Old Lyme Library on Saturday.

Village Fair DaysNew Milford
Friday, July 27 - Saturday, July 28
Enjoy two days full of entertainment under the big tent, local vendors, food purveyors, and organizations along the historic town green.

Canaan Railroad Days & Fireworks —Hartford
Saturday, July 28
Family entertainment including flea markets, arts and crafts, games, parade, fireworks and live entertainment happening for over a week in Canaan.

Disney's The Little Mermaid at the Warner Theater —Torrington
Saturday, July 28 - Sunday, August 5
Based on one of Hans Christian Anderson's most beloved stories, and one of Disney's animated classics, The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for all ages.

Talcott Mountain Music Festival — Simsbury
Friday June 29 - Friday, July 27
​Pack your picnic, attend with family and friends, relax under the stars, and enjoy the Hartford Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Carolyn Kuan and distinguished guest conductors.

Fife and Drum Musical Muster — Coventry
Sunday, July 29
Over a dozen Fife & Drum Corps from Southern New England will attend this muster and present a parade featuring an assortment of fifes, wooden rope tension snares, and bass drums.