With the sweltering heat and humidity outside it may not feel like the end of the summer, but the calendar tells us otherwise! Luckily, Labor Day weekend gives us an excuse for one last hurrah--one more weekend to enjoy summer fairs and festivals, including The Goshen Fair, the Woodstock Fair, and--if you want to travel back in time, the Connecticut Renaissance Faire. My growling tummy is already eagerly anticipating Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival right on the Saugatuck River in downtown Westport, where there will be tasty treats and libations, as well as activities and musical entertainment for kids.
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Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend with your family.
The Goshen Fair—Goshen
The Goshen Fair is a Litchfield County Labor Day tradition with fireworks, pie eating contests, and music. Saturday to Monday.
The Connecticut Renaissance Faire—Lebanon
It's the opening weekend of the Renaissance Faire where you can find shows on numerous stages around the faire, as well as minstrels playing in the streets of a 16th century village filled with laughter and good, old-fashioned family fun. Weekends and holidays through October 14th.
Lyman Orchards' Corn Maze—Middlefield
The annual corn maze opens up on Saturday morning with a dazzling theme--Dancing with the Stars--that is sure to delight kids of all ages. Through November 4th.
St. Leo's Fair—Stamford
St. Leo's Fair has been marking the end of the summer with bright lights, fried dough, and spinning rides for over 30 years. Tuesday to Saturday. Free admission. Ride bracelets and food are for sale.
This agricultural fair will be fun for all animal enthusiasts as well as those looking for good old fashioned country fair fun, including food, games, live musical entertainment, and the biggest ferris wheel around. Friday to Sunday.
Blues, Views and BBQ Festival—Westport
Enjoy delicious BBQ, live music, children's events, and competitions. Don't miss the the Imperial Jam--which includes a bounce park, Touch a Truck, airbrush tattoos, and a musical stage showcasing local and family friendly musical entertainment all day long. Saturday and Sunday. Kids under 12 are free with a paid adult.
Saturday, September 1
Farm Day at Fish Farm—Bolton
This annual end of summer tradition is held at Fish Family Farm and includes farm animals, hayrides, games, live musical performances, and all the farm-fresh ice cream you can eat!
First Saturday—New London
It's free admission at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum all day, with a special workshop devoted to bubble painting. Free.
Family Program: Connecticut Goes to Work—Hartford
Kids can find out what it was to be a factory worker through interactive experiences at the Connecticut Historical Society where they will race against the clock to complete various jobs, such as replacing threaded bobbins and packaging mess kits for soldiers. Kids can also make their own toy airplane or submarine to take home. Free.
Spend the day celebrating the sweet, delicious, and often under-appreciated late summer treat: the pear. You can pick homegrown pears right where they grow and enjoy music, pony rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, and pie eating contests.
Photo Courtesy of Lyman Orchard
Sunday, September 2
First Sunday Science at the Bruce Museum's Seaside Center: Saving Animals From Extinction—Greenwich
Join zoologist and Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo's Curator of Education Jim Knox as he shares a few live wild animals to explore how 21st century science is extending the reach and achievements of field conservationists and how Fairfield County citizens can become involved in recovery efforts to protect our planet's most endangered creatures. Free.
Steve Songs at Lyman Orchards—Middlefield
Steve Songs of PBS Kids will be performing his funny and infectious songs at the Apple Barrel tent. Afterwards, grab some goodies from the market or head out for some apple picking or corn maze exploring. Free.
U.S. Coast Guard Band—New London
Enjoy the patriotic music of the U.S. Coast Guard Band in picturesque Fort Trumbull Park. Free.
Monday, September 3
Horsemanship Day at Red Skye—Bethany
Got a horse lover in the family? Check out this one-day drop-off activity at Red Skye where they can learn the ins and outs of taking care of the animals on the farm. There's no actual riding during the day, but kids will muck stalls, exercise the goats, and otherwise have a bal!!
Labor Day Carload Special at Quassy Amusement Park—Middlebury
Pack the family in the car and head to Quassy Amusement Park on Monday and pay only $50 for unlimited rides for everyone in your vehicle.
New Haven Road Race—New Haven
This is the 40th anniversary of this fun Labor Day tradition that includes a kid's run, as well as a 20k, a half-marathon relay, and a 5k race, in addition to a post-race party on New Haven Green.