With Labor Day weekend behind us, the fall season is officially here. School is back in session, making weekend fun with the kids even more precious. Celebrate at harvest and autumn festivals in Hebron and Ledyard. Enjoy everything apple at the St. Peter's Apple Festival. If you are looking to stay indoors, the Wadsworth Atheneum's free admission Saturday is this weekend, as is UConn's annual community puppet-making workshop. As always, we recommend calling ahead in the event of rain to make sure outdoor events are still on.
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St. Peter's Apple Festival—Monroe
Children's games, craft vendors, and all things apple at this annual Monroe tradition. Free admission.
Hebron Harvest Fair—Hebron
One of the largest fairs in Connecticut, the Hebron Harvest Fair offers animal demonstrations, truck and tractor pulls, food, music, and more.
Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival—Norwalk
Dozens of bands will perform on multiple stages over three days in the annual Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival. Also, lumberjack demonstrations, motorcycle stunt shows, craft beer, amusement rides, children's activities, and more.
Pirates will overrun the CT Renaissance Fair this weekend. Take a step back in time and visit a reconstructed 16th century village.
CT Maritime Heritage Festival — New London
The Maritime Heritage Festival will celebrate Connecticut's relationship with the ocean through boat tours, schooner races, educational activities, and more. Most events are free.
Saturday, September 9
A Bat's Life—East Granby
Come learn about the underground-dwelling year-round residents of the mines beneath Old New Gate Prison. Crafts and other activities for children.
Fall into New Canaan—New Canaan
Shop locally and support local merchants. At participating businesses, 15% of proceeds will go to support Meals on Wheels. Scarecrow scavenger hunt for kids. Free.
Second Saturday at the Wadsworth Atheneum—Hartford
Family tours of the grounds and art gallery at the Wadsworth Atheneum are free this Saturday. Free.
Touch a Truck—Stamford
Kids can try out a giant steering wheel, and blast the horns of a variety of vehicles, from emergency response trucks to agricultural equipment. Free.
Wallingford Kids Car Show—Wallingford
An all ages car show to benefit various children's programs. Free for children.
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Sunday, September 10
Food, live entertainment, and a business expo featuring dozens of local companies and non-profit organizations.
Bark in the Park—Stamford
Come to Latham Park for a day-long celebration of our four-legged, furry friends. Well-behaved dogs on leashes welcome. Free.
Discovery Sunday—Old Lyme
Get a quick painting lesson, then head down to the river to put your new skills to use. All materials included.
Explore 2.5 miles of trails at the Ansonia Nature Center. The forests, fields, and ponds at the center are changing continuously so every hike is unique. Free.
Village of Devon Farmers Market—Milford
All the usual locally grown fruits and vegetables, plus fresh oysters on ice, local entertainment, and food trucks throughout the day. Free.
Taste of Litchfield—Morris
Restaurants, specialty markets, winemakers, distilleries, and others will fill the white barn and 90-acre property of South Farms to serve their signature cuisine and curated cocktails to foodies and fun-loving folk in the area. There will be music, art, and roving entertainment. Art Room Atelier will have creative crafts for the kids and Switch Factory will play live music. Come out for a beautiful day of good food and family fun! Tickets are a bit pricey, but there will be quality food and entertainment throughout the day.
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