New England Fairs and Festivals

This year is Connecticut’s welcome season for summer and autumn, with carnivals, festivals and fairs in every corner of the state. With lots of activities, entertainment, live music and delicious food, the only difficult option will be to decide which one to attend. Take this family to the same exhibition you went to when you were a child, or to see a new one. Everyone can observe animal exhibits at close range, see old tractor pulls or livestock displays, enjoy live music, read locally made food, and even indulge in some fried dough.

Goshen Expo
September 1 – 3
The main agricultural fairs include livestock evaluation, draft horses, woodcut competitions, entertainment, food vendors, midway, crafts, home exhibits, etc. This celebration includes adult spelling competitions, fireworks, hay bale throwing competitions, parades, pie eating competitions and frying pan competitions.

Hebron Harvest Expo
September 6th to 9th
This major agricultural fair is full of fun and entertainment, including livestock shows, midway, exhibitions, small animal barns, crafts, food stalls and continuous stage entertainment.

North Haven Expo
September 6th to 9th
Take the kids to the old McDonald farm to participate in the children’s pie competition, then visit the animals in the zoo. Enjoy live music performances, agricultural exhibitions, arts and crafts as well as delicacies.

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September 6th to 9th
Agricultural fairs, including livestock, rides, bands, magic, food truck festivals, exhibitions, children’s attractions, aerial performances, exotic animal meets, suppliers and more.

Bethlehem Fair
September 7th to 9th
Old-fashioned agricultural fairs, with livestock, agricultural exhibitions, horse shows, horse paintings, art and photography exhibitions, farm displays, rides, food and entertainment.

Ledyard Fair
September 7th to 9th
Country fairs include midway, stage entertainment, livestock shows, exhibitions, and more.

Four Towns Expo
Summers – September 13-16
In the Four Town Fair, one of the four days of Connecticut’s oldest fair, you’ll be uniquely entertained. Visit the 20th Annual Antiques and Classics Auto Show, a rock and roll show from Whiskey Rebels and Fair Parade. Like the game? There are Doodlebug painting competitions, the biggest frog and frog jumping competitions, the heaviest pumpkin games, and even the corn eating competition. And you won’t want to miss the Open Swine Show or the Women’s Skillet Throw. This is fun for everyone!

Berlin Expo
September 14-16
The Berlin Fair began as a harvest festival in 1882 and became a national agricultural fair in the early 20th century and remains a highly anticipated event in central Connecticut. The rich schedule includes pie competitions, frog jumping, large animal and craft exhibitions, and live entertainment throughout the weekend.

Orange National Exposition
September 15-16
From classic auto shows and tractors to arts and crafts and animal shows, the Orange Country Fair offers everyone something real. Enjoy live entertainment and a variety of mouth-watering dishes.

Guildford Fair
September 21st to 23rd
The Guildford Fair offers mid-course rides, games and food, cattle, poultry, sheep and goats, vegetables, baking, canned, fresh flowers, arts and crafts, needlework and photography exhibits. Antique tractor pulls and shows.

Durham Fair
September 27-30
The Durham Fair began in 1916 and continues today as the tradition of Connecticut’s largest agricultural fair. With rides and games, tractors, three livestock sheds, crafts, baking, canning, photography and gardening exhibits, as well as a variety of cuisines, this is a huge harvest.

Haventon Fair
October 5th to 7th
Harwinton Fair offers great old-fashioned fun for everyone! See Pig Races, Antique Tractor Show, Rabbit Costume Contest, Oxen Draw and Civil War Displays. After visiting the baboons, enjoy magic shows and bluegrass music. Stop at the country store and enjoy the souvenirs of your special day!

Portland Show
October 5th to 7th
The Portland Fair marks the end of the fair season and offers fans the last chance to experience all the classic fair entertainment, food, exhibitions, animals and events of the year.

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