Kids settle in after fair activities to watch the River Glow. Photo courtesy of River Glow Pawcatuck
Kids settle in after fair activities to watch the River Glow. Photo courtesy of River Glow Pawcatuck

Weekend Fun: Carnivals, River Glow, and Waterskiing

It is hard to believe but August is here, which means it's time to start maxing out on weekend fun before school-year activities and sports take over. With the state agricultural fairs still a few weeks away, this weekend would be a great time to head out to some fun on-the-water activities like a waterski show in Litchfield, a model yacht regatta in Mystic, and the annual floating bonfires of River Glow in Pawcatuck. There are also fundraising carnivals in Easton and Orange, and an outdoor circus performance in New London.

Don’t forget to bookmark our Summer Fun Guide for even more ways to enjoy the heart of the season. The heat seems to be sticking around, but plenty of great low-cost swimming pools and no-cost spraygrounds are just a drive away.  

We update our Events Calendar frequently so be sure to check back for even more great suggestions. To keep up with the latest family-friendly events and activities, sign up for our free newsletter, and follow us on Facebook, and Instagram. Have a fantastic weekend!


Mystic Seaport
75 Greenmanville Ave
Mystic, CT 06355

Augur Field
290 Forest Rd. (Rt. 22)
North Branford, CT 06471

Easton's Annual Fireman's Carnival
1 Center Road
Easton, , CT 06612

Orange Fairgrounds
525 Orange Center Road
Orange, CT 06477

Sheffield Lighthouse
Via Ferry, 10 North Water Street Corner of Water and Washington Streets
Norwalk, CT 06854

Bantam Lake
Sandy Beach
Litchfield , CT 06759

South Nowalk
Washington Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza
300 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, CT

Kent
Main Street
Kent, CT 06785

White Memorial Conservation Center
80 Whitehall Rd
Litchfield, CT 06759

Sharon Green
Main Street
Sharon, CT 06069

Donahue Park
8 Mechanic Street
Pawcatuck, CT 06379

Wadawanuck Square
20 High Street
Stonington, CT 06378

Institute for American Indian Studies
38 Curtis Road
Washington, CT 06793

Parade Plaza
2 State Street
New London, CT 06320

Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary
Old Farm Rd
Newtown, CT 06470

The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge
Ridgefield, CT 06877

Tod's Point
Tod's Driftway
Greenwich, CT 06830

The Storyteller's Cottage
750 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070