Summer weather is scheduled to make a comeback this weekend, with unseasonable temperatures expected to climb back into the mid-80s Saturday and Sunday. The warm sunny weekend is perfect for checking out Connecticut's largest annual agricultural fair. There's more outdoor fun to be had at the Fair Weather Acres Fall Festival and in Newington at the annual Waterfall Fest. Head to Trumbull for a celebration of crisp fall apples, or just relax and spend some time learning about that most peaceful of critters, the monarch butterfly. As always, we recommend calling ahead in the event of rain to make sure outdoor events are still on.
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Christ Church Tashua Apple Festival—Trumbull
Handmade apple pies, caramel apples, apple quiche, apple cider...sensing a theme? Live entertainment and children's games too. Free admission.
The largest agricultural fair in Connecticut, the Durham Fair offers animal demonstrations, truck and tractor pulls, food, music, and more. Now in its 101st year.
Fall Festival and Corn Maze—Rocky Hill
The annual Fall Festival at Fair Weather Acres includes pedal car racing, jump pillow, hayrides, plus a challenging corn maze and a smaller hay maze for kids.
Magic will be in the air throughout the weekend at the CT Renaissance Fair this weekend. Don't forget to dress up for the Harry Potter costume contest.
Every child can be a builder, baker, or engineer using real materials and tools at the Mega Making exhibit, opening this weekend at Stepping Stones Museum.
Saturday, September 23
There's something for everyone at this downtown festival. We especially like the Artist Chalk Walk and the Thankful Tree. Free.
Operation Animal Freedom—North Haven
Find your new best friend at this unique adoption event that also includes entertainment, raffles, and a chance to meet many different kinds of adoptable animals other than dogs and cats. Free.
Family Nature Day—Litchfield
This annual celebration of nature is a must for all ages. See free-flying hawks and falcons, bats, porcupines, a bald eagle, reptiles, and more.
Touch a Truck—Naugatuck
Emergency vehicles, custom cars, RVs, and food trucks are the stars of the annual Naugatuck Touch-a-Truck, hosted by local scout troops. Proceeds will help send scouts to camp.
Peace Tree Planting—New Haven
The City of New Haven is hosting this commemoration of International Peace Day. There will be performances, food, and opportunities to learn about fostering a non-violent culture locally and worldwide. Free.
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Sunday, September 24
Mindful of Monarchs—Newtown
Come to the Catherine Violet Hubbell Animal Sanctuary for a workshop on the lives and migrations of these delicate creatures, the monarch butterfly. The sanctuary's meadows are currently the idea habitat for migrating monarchs. Free.
The Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off—Ridgefield
Hobbyists and farmers will be bringing their giant pumpkins to see who's is biggest. Some pumpkins have been known to weigh in at more than a ton. Also children's crafts and activities, pumpkin carving demonstrations, food, and more. Free.
Ansonia Harvest Fair—Ansonia
Celebrate the changing seasons with an old-fashioned Main Street festival. Attractions include a bounce house, portable batting cages, games, demonstrations, and live music throughout the day. Free.
Family and Friends Day—New Haven
The Pardee-Morris House at the New Haven Museum will open its doors for a Colonial-themed family day. Free for children.
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.
Celebrate the history of the honey bee, and its importance in Colonial times. Make family-friendly crafts and learn about beekeeping, then enjoy some honey-sweetened sun tea and other treats.
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Photo courtesy of the Durham Fair