Ah, fall! The calendar might not have made it official but the cool breezes, warm apple pies, festivals, and road races have put us in an autumn frame of mind! On tap this weekend, there's Cider Saturday in New Canaan, the Raspberry Festival in Sherman, and of course, the beloved Berlin Fair. Greenwich Audubon has their annual informative and fun Hawk Watch, which includes lots of opportunities to get up close and personal with birds of prey. Saturday looks like an auspicious day for apple picking so check out our guide to Apple and Pumpkin Picking to get some ideas before you set out.
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Join the Berlin Lions Club for this annual event that includes concerts, a rodeo, juggling shows, livestock competitions, tractor and truck pulls, and more. Friday to Sunday.
This is the 24th year that Our Lady of the Assumption has sponsored this popular festival with includes food, rides, and family fun. Friday to Sunday.
Fall Festival and Hawk Watch Weekend—Greenwich
Head to Greenwich Audubon for their exciting, family-friendly nature festival. Festivities include live raptor demonstrations, a petting zoo, face painting, a climbing wall, and more. Saturday and Sunday.
Four Towns Fair—Somers
The Four Town Fair includes pig racing and wacky rubber duck races, antique and farm machinery, livestock, agricultural exhibits, live entertainment, children's contests, bingo, and more! Thursday to Sunday.
The Connecticut Building at The Big E—West Springfield (MA)
True, you have to cross the state line to do it, but there is no better way to celebrate Nutmeg Pride than at the Connecticut Building at The Big E, which opens on Friday. Right in the middle of the Avenue of States, The Connecticut Building pays homage to more than 60 Connecticut companies promoting everything from chowder to chocolate to (for the over 21 set) craft beer. Through October 1st.
Saturday, September 16
Learn all about the magnificent monarch butterflies and their migration patterns. You'll even have a chance to feed them in the huge butterfly tent.
Peace, Love, and Music Together—Hartford
Bushnell Park is the home for this celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace. Mark the day with family, music, and community.
Cider Saturday—New Canaan
Celebrate the mighty apple at the New Canaan Nature Center! There will be cider press demonstrations, old fashioned games, a scavenger hunt, crafts for kids, and even a chance to bake your own apple!
Worldwide Day of Play at Stepping Stones—Norwalk
The whole family will enjoy free admission at Stepping Stones Museum for this fun-filled day that encourages kids and grownups to put electronics aside and enjoy a day packed with a wide variety of activities, events, and games. Free.
Part classic car rally, part craft expo, and part baby fair, RockvilleFest has something for everyone, including inflatables and activities for kids. Free.
See all Saturday events.
Sunday, September 17
These tickets are definitely a splurge, but this performance by the “America’s Got Talent” crowd favorites who combine explosive dance performances with customized wireless lighting is one of a kind.
Seymour Pumpkin Festival—Seymour
This juried craft show includes handmade jewelry, silk and dried flower arrangements, soft sculpture, quilts, paintings, blown glass, and more! There are also decorated pumpkin and costume contests for children (each entrant will receive a ribbon).
Bagel Run 5K Road Race—Woodbridge
Work up an appetite for that doughy brunch staple with this USTA-certified race throughout residential Woodbridge. There will also be a kids fun run and a fun walk (but please note that no strollers are allowed in any events). Pre-registration recommended.
See all Sunday events.
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