April showers bring May flowers, and along with all the colorful blossoms come an array of springtime celebrations. The Hartford and New Haven areas are bursting with exciting outdoor family festivals in April, May, and June. These eleven events feature crafts, delicious treats, family-friendly activities, and boundless fun. So head outside with the children and enjoy all that spring in Central Connecticut has to offer.
1. Cherry Blossom Festival in Wooster Square
Sunday, April 22, 2018
If you are inclined to travel a bit further south, check out the Cherry Blossom Festival in Wooster Square, New Haven. This celebration of spring commemorates the planting of 72 Yoshino Japanese Cherry Blossom trees in 1973. The festival has grown from a modest neighborhood gathering to a major New Haven event with music, food, exhibits, activities, and an art show.
2. Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival
Saturday, April 28, 2018
The Tolland Agricultural Center will hold the 108th annual Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival, rain or shine. Enjoy sheep displays and shearing, vendors, free seminars, demonstrations, a kids' corner with crafts and games, musical performers, and food vendors. General admission is free, but a $5 parking fee per car applies.
3. Meriden Daffodil Festival
Saturday, April 28 - Sunday, April 29, 2018
See 650,000 daffodils in full bloom throughout Hubbard Park during the Meriden Daffodil Festival. Enjoy live music, food, rides, a craft fair, and a parade. If you visit on Saturday evening, be sure to stay for the fireworks display at night. Free admission and parking.
4. The Little Poland Festival
Sunday, April 29, 2018
The Little Poland Festival is an ethnic event celebrating the rich culture and history of the city of New Britain and its Polish community. It will be celebrated on Broad Street in New Britain with more than 70 vendors, as well as live music, dancing troupes, kids' attractions, ethnic food, and cultural exhibitions. Free admission.
5. May Market
Saturday, May 5 - Sunday, May 6
The Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington will have more than 65 exhibitors sprawled on the grounds of the 152-acre hilltop estate at their annual May Market event. Everyone is sure to find someone to enjoy: plant sales, floral arranging presentations, cooking and gardening demonstrations, live music, dance performances, children’s activities, unique crafts, jewelry, clothing, antiques, and wine and beer tastings. Admission includes entrance to all exhibits and demonstrations, as well as tours of the museum and grounds.
6. The Annual Pequabuck River Duck Race Craft Fair
Sunday, May 6
The annual Pequabuck River Duck Race Craft Fair will be held in Forestville. This fun event for kids and adults alike is from 10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. (the duck launch is at 2 p.m.). Celebrate with food, craft vendors, children's games and crafts, a DJ, and more.
7. Windsor Lions Club Spring Craft Festival
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Enjoy the Windsor Lions Club Spring Craft Festival on the beautiful Windsor Town Green. Vendors will be selling a variety of arts and crafts, and local performers will entertain the crowd.
8. Dionysos Greek Festival
Friday-Sunday, May 18-20, 2018
Celebrate all things Greek with live Greek music, dance performances, imports, an Athenian bazaar, raffles, crafts, plants, and authentic food and pastries. Admission and parking are free.
9. Cheshire Strawberry Festival
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Now in its 81st year, this New England festival marks a day of mouth-watering strawberry shortcake, cotton candy, a petting zoo, inflatable amusements, face painting, and an arts and crafts fair.
10. Celebrate! West Hartford
Saturday, June 9 - Sunday, June 10, 2018
The 32nd annual Celebrate! West Hartford event will take place on the grounds of the West Hartford Town Hall. Festivities include music, food, family and kids activities, carnival rides, a juried arts & crafts show, and even a 5K road race. Admission is free, as are many of the activities.
11. Cap'n Kidd Treasure Hunt & Pirates Day
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Put on your best pirate gear and enjoy a day full of special treasures and pirate activities. For more than 300 years, people have searched for Captain Kidd's treasure. You can continue the legacy. Look for flags marking Pirate Stops throughout downtown while participating in Connecticut's largest scavenger hunt.
Photo Credit: The Connecticut Renaissance Faire
Originally published April 2015.