August GoList: The Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

Best Things to Do With Kids in Connecticut In August

We've curated 34 of our favorite things to do in Connecticut this August. Fairs, festivals, sunflower mazes, and loads of fun events are occurring throughout the state. Take the kids to enjoy jazz on the lawn at Bushnell Park, to the Annual Easton Fireman's Carnival, or Pirates and the Sea Day in New London. Remember to check out our Summer Fun Guide to make the most out of this last month of summer. Have fun!

Monday Night Jazz at Bushnell Park—Hartford
Monday, July 30, August 6, August 13, 2018
Bring a blanket, chair and picnic dinner to Bushnell Park and listen to some amazing music brought to you by the Hartford Jazz Society. Free.

Easton Fireman's CarnivalEaston
Tuesday, July 31 - Saturday, August 4, 2018
Have some fun on the last day of this Annual Carnival. Bumper Cars, The Cliff Hanger, and Rip Cord are a few of the favorite rides.

Orange Volunteer Firemen's Carnival—Orange
Thursday, August 2 - Sunday, August 5, 2018
Rides, fireworks, free prizes for children, carnival treats, and delicious food - including lobster rolls - are sure to delight carnival-goers of all ages.

Kent's Annual Sidewalk Festival—Kent
Thursday, August 2 - Sunday, August 5, 2018
In addition to the fabulous sales and specials at all of the local stores and merchants, there will be activities for all ages and interests. Live music, children's activities, and food.

Lyman Orchards' Sunflower MazeMiddlefield
Saturday, August 2 - Sunday, August 25, 2018
Get lost in this towering maze of 350,000 sunflowers, This year's Sunflower Maze celebrates two new Amur tiger cubs, Reka and Zeya, which were born this past autumn at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo. $1 of each maze admission will go to the CT Children's Medical Center.

North Branford Potato and Corn FestivalNorth Branford
Friday, August 3 - Sunday August 5, 2018
In its 17th year, the Potato and Corn Festival now brings tens of thousands of visitors over three days to the typically sleepy farm town. On Rt. 22 in the middle of town, a midway with rides, dozens of food vendors, craft vendors, potato sack races, corn shucking contests, tractor pulls and a classic car show all appear. Fireworks on Saturday night. 

Hartford Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival—Hartford
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Enjoy a taste of the Caribbean and savor authentic cuisine while admiring spectacular costumes and dance, and island rhythms taking over the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza.

Annual Sharon on the Green Arts & Crafts FairSharon
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Over 100 artists and artisans from far and wide make this event a “must attend” show.

Summertime Puppet ShowStorrs
Saturday, August 4 and Saturday, August 11, 2018
This year's productions include classics, such as Peter Rabbit Tales, as well as new productions.

Haunted LighthouseNorwalk 
Saturday, August 4 - Sunday, August 5
The historic Sheffield Lighthouse will provide thrills and chills for youngsters of all ages as they discover a hauntingly decorated lighthouse, along with fun-filled, child-friendly activities on the island.

Annual Stonington Village Fair—Stonington
Saturday, August 4, 2018
The Stonington Village Fair is a regional time-honored tradition drawing thousands annually. The first Village Fair was held on August 14th, 1952 to commemorate the 1814 Battle of Stonington. Enjoy children's activities, a food tent, live music and much more. Free.

River Glow—Pawcatuck
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Enjoy a magic evening strolling along the Pawcatuck River, which will be lit with bonfires. There will be hayrides, live music, and more. Free.

Nimble Arts CircusNew London
Sunday. August 5, 2018
Parade Plaza in New London is home to this annual circus performance featuring trapeze, juggling, acrobatics, comedy and more.

Summer Music SundayMystic
Sunday, August 5 - Sunday, August 26, 2018
Stretch out your summer weekends at the Spouter's Tavern, which stays open late for food, music, and drinks.

Holy Rosary's 51st Annual Italian Festival—Ansonia
Thursday, August 9 - Saturday, August 11, 2018
The best freshly prepared Italian gourmet foods and pastries, midway rides, cash raffle, rides, live entertainment and much more! All ages will enjoy this annual festival.

Podunk Bluegrass FestivalHebron
Thursday, August 9 - Sunday, August 12, 2018
The annual bluegrass festival features local, regional and national bluegrass, bringing together the finest in bluegrass music each year.

Lebanon Country FairLebanon
Friday, ​August 10 - Sunday, August 12, 2018
Monster truck and helicopter rides will be available at this major agricultural fair with livestock, crafts, carnival rides, continuous entertainment, children’s games, and food vendors.

Water Ski ShowLitchfield
Saturday, August 11 - Sunday, August 12, 2018
Enjoy a water ski show over the weekend at Bantam Lake by the longest running water ski club in the US.

Fairfield "Fly In"Fairfield
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Celebrate the anniversary of Gustave Whitehead's flight at Turney's Farm in Fairfield. There will also be demonstrations of remote controlled aircraft and drones. Free.

Pirates and the Sea Day—New London
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Hear music of pirates & the sea; listen to stories of old ships & long ago sailors. Learn some basic knots, make a toy boat & participate in a pirate scavenger hunt.

Mystic Outdoor Art FestivalMystic
Saturday, August 11 - Sunday, August 12, 2018
Fine artists in oil painting, sculpture, watercolors, photography, and more will show their work, along with local crafters and artisans. Stop by the Mystic River Park for the Children's Art Park where the kids can make their own art.  Don't miss the delicious food vendors too.

Wolcott Country Fair—Wolcott
Friday, August 17- Sunday, August 19, 2018
Live music all weekend. Attractions include live entertainment, carnival rides, contests, pig racing, a petting zoo, and more. Enjoy fireworks on Sunday night. 

The Hamburg Fair—Lyme
Friday, August 17 - Sunday, August 19, 2018
This old-fashioned country fair includes baking contests, pony rides, farm exhibits, animals, demonstrations, contests and games, midway, rides, and musical entertainment.

Bridgewater Annual Country Fair—Bridgewater
Friday, August 17 - Sunday, August 19
​Filled with activities and entertainment, amazing food, rides, games, music, livestock, shopping, arts and crafts, contests and more.
Corn Roast and Farm Tour—North Franklin
Saturday, August 18
Enjoy a summer day with an old-fashioned corn roast at Cushman Farms. This popular event features fresh picked local sweet corn slow roasted in the husk over a charcoal fire.

Dinosaur State Park Day—Rocky Hill
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Celebrate the discovery of the tracks in 1966 with music, games, crafts, and live animal presentations. All outdoor activities are free.The exhibit center will not charge admission during the celebration.

Woofstock on the Branford Green—Branford
Saturday, August 18
Woofstock features a Woofwalk and a Hippie Dog fashion show, in addition to live music, a children's area, and vendors all day long.

Milford Oyster FestivalMilford
Saturday, August 18, 2018
35,000 Oysters & Clams brought to you by East Coast Shellfish Growers Association & the Annual Milford Oyster Festival. 19 varieties from eight states on the East Coast. Enjoy great food and fabulous entertainment for adults and children alike. 200 Arts & Crafts vendors on the green, amusement rides, schooner cruises, and canoe & kayak races. Musical headliner this year is Eddie Money..

Riverfront Dragon Boat and Asian FestivalHartford
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Besides the Dragon Boat Races, this annual festival offers a variety of live Asian entertainment, abundant ethnic food, martial arts demonstrations, and authentic cultural programming.

Women in Science DayMystic
Wednesday, August 21, 2018
Is your daughter a budding scientist? Take her to Mystic Aquarium on this special day when she can meet more than 30 scientists from the Aquarium and the surrounding community.

32nd Plainville Fire Company Hot Air Balloon FestivalPlainville
Friday, August 24 - August 26, 2018
Enjoy this visual spectacle of hot air balloons floating in the sky. Fireworks, craft fair, live music and a car show all weekend. As a fundraiser, the festival helps firefighters assist many town organizations, including student scholarships.

St. Leo FairStamford
Tuesday, August 28 - Saturday, September 1, 2018
Free admission to the church grounds gives visitors the opportunity to sample international foods, enjoy rides and carnival games, and try their luck in the Bingo Parlor. 

Classic Cruise Nights at Ocean Beach—New London
Mondays in August 2018
Bring the whole family down to swing to the oldies while a parade of classic cars lines the boardwalk. Play a round of miniature golf for a special price of $2 and get more discounts on the boardwalk.

New Haven Free Friday Flicks—New Haven
Fridays in August 2018
Bring a picnic. All movies begin at Sunset. August 3 enjoy a Dog's Purpose, August 10 enjoy Up, August 17 enjoy Coco, and August 24 enjoy The Princess and the Frog.