Bill of Fairs: outdoor fests & special events, walks & runs, farmers’ markets & more

Energize Connecticut Center, Renewable Energy Summer Series, 122 Universal Drive North, North Haven; free of charge and open to public. Series continues Fri., Aug. 18, 2-4, when visitors learn about water power. Interacting with water discovery table, building water wheel, demonstrating how hydroelectric power is created and exploring Tidal Marsh Trail, adjacent to center. Info: Alysse Rodrigues at 203-799-0460, [email protected] or

A large crowd at a past Oyster Festival.

Milford Oyster Festival, Fri., Aug. 18, 6-10 p.m., downtown Milford. Headlining Lisman Landing Harbor Stage on Oyster Eve: DizzyFish, band lead by Eric Herbst of Milford, combining classic rock and blues, 6 p.m. Classic Stones Live, recreating the Stones in their prime, 7 p.m. Craft beers, wine and oysters as well as other food to be available. Then, Sat., Aug. 19, 10 a.m-6 p.m., craft beer area at Lisman Landing, Classic Car Show, Children’s Stage at Fowler Field, Armory Square Big Toys, 200 arts and crafts vendors on green, amusement rides; schooner cruises, canoe and kayak races at Milford Harbor (starting as early as 8:30), plus 35,000 oysters from East Coast Shellfish Growers Association. Main stage entertainment, noon-5:30 p.m.: DizzyFish, Artimus Pyle Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band, southern rock band Blackberry Smoke from Atlanta. Free adm. Info:

My mother’s house, 2017, 14K gold necklace, pendant by Beth Campbell

Third Saturdays at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield,  Sat., Aug. 19, adm free, 10-5. Art-making activities in Studio, 10-noon for children ages 2-5; 1-3 p.m. for ages 6-10. Inspired by mind-maps in Beth Campbell’s exhibition, children can experiment with linear drawings with light-colored media on dark paper, and work with lightweight wire to create mobiles that appear like chandeliers, root systems, or family tree. Artists on Artists Exhibition Tour, 3 -4 p.m. led by Aldrich teaching artist Jahmane. Final opportunity to see current solo exhibitions for free: Beth Campbell: My Potential Future Past, Suzanne McClelland: Just Left Feel Right, William Powhida: After the Contemporary, and Kay Rosen: H Is for House. These exhibitions close on Sept. 4. Info: 203-438-4519,

DisH Liv(ing) Walking Tours, Sat., Aug. 19, 11-1, have expanded to take in downtown community of Bethel; host Ted Killmer, downtown Danbury resident, to introduce book store that specializes in all things CT, artisanal makers of 3D chocolates, mural that celebrates Bethel’s famed P.T. Barnum’s Jumbo and more. Free, tips welcome. RSVP to [email protected] or 475-289-3113.

Operation Hope’s annual Really Big Tag Sale, Sat., Aug. 19, 9-4, and Sun., Aug. 20, 12-4, First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Rd., Fairfield, rain or shine. Adm $1. Donations welcome at church Aug. 14-17, 9-noon and 5-8 p.m.; furniture, household goods, jewelry, table-kitchen linens, pictures, paintings, bikes, outdoor sporting goods, newer electronics. For details, visit Donations of older electronics for recycling, Aug. 14-16; details at Proceeds support mission “to end hunger and homelessness for those most in need.”

Weir Farm National Historic Site in the spring.
Weir Farm National Historic Site.

First annual Art in the Park Festival, Fri., Aug. 25, beginning at 10 a.m., Weir Farm National Historic Site, 735 Nod Hill Rd., Wilton. Hosted also by Friends of Weir Farm and Weir Farm Arts Center. Artists, neighbors and others welcome to free all-day event, with art demonstrations, activity stations, free art supplies, music, refreshments and more. Visitors invited to create works of art with theme of Impressions of Weir Farm for judging, voting on favorite piece and winners announced at 5 p.m. Details: Info: 203-834-1896.

Fourth Art Walk Ridgefield, Aug. 25-Sept. 8; more than 50 restaurants, businesses and cultural venues to showcase work of over 70 artists in windows and on shop walls during this free, two-week festival, organized by Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Fri., Aug. 25, 5-8 p.m. with artist opening reception in stores; continues Sat., Aug. 26, noon-4. Live music and demonstrations outside storefronts and Marketplace at Copps Hill. Walk on Down exhibit at guild, 34 Halpin Lane. Opening reception following Artists Day Aug. 26, 4-6 p.m. Info:

Bacon & Brew, Sat., Aug. 26, 3-9 p.m., CityCenter Green, 101 Railroad Place, Danbury. Sampling of craft beers, and bacon inspired tastes from local restaurants. Live music by headliner Skid Row and local acts. Tickets $15 adv at; $20 day of event.

The Cannon Grange Fair will take place Sunday in Wilton.
The Cannon Grange Fair will take place Aug. 27 in Wilton.

85th Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair, Sun., Aug. 27, 10-4, rain or shine; activities take place inside historic Cannon Grange Hall at 25 Cannon Rd., Wilton, and on its grounds alongside Norwalk River. Many activities for children, youth and adults and also to win a prize ribbon for submitted entries for judging. New category: Watercolor painting, all ages can enter. Other categories for competition include baking, needlework & sewing, crafts, photography, fruit & vegetables, flowers, and small farm animals. Rules and regulations for submitting exhibits in Fair Book available from area merchants, Wilton Town Hall and Wilton Library, or at with downloadable entry form. Adm $2 per person or $1 with canned good for food pantry. Info: website or 203-762-1900.

German Bierfest & Pig Roast, Sun., Aug. 27, 1-6 p.m., Harugari German-American Club, 66 Highland St., West Haven. German bier and food for purchase. The Adlers ( to perform. Harugari Schuhplattlers to perform traditional German folk dances. Adm $5 adults, free for under 18. CT Beer Trail “Trailblazer” card holders receive free adm and $1 off each CT beer purchase. Info: or 203-933-9930.

Darien Arts Center Open House, Tues., Aug. 29, 1-4 p.m., 2 Renshaw Rd., behind Town Hall. Visitors can take part in mini-classes in dance, visual arts and kids’ theater; learn about Darien’s Got Talent 2018 and community theater; live music; cupcakes and lemondade. Info: or 203-655-8683.

57th annual Mark Twain Library Book Fair, Sept. 1-4, Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Rd., Redding; Fri., 9-6; Sat., 10-4; Sun., 10-4, half-price day; Mon., 9-4, $10 for each boxful of books or half-price for individual book. More than 65,000 books in 75 categories. Free adm except $20 early buying charge Sept. 1, 9-10 a.m. Info: or 203-938-2545.

10th annual 5K/10K Run or Walk, Sept. 4, rain or shine, 8:30 a.m.sign-in, 9 a.m. start, Stamford. Benefits JumpStart at JCC; open to community. Info: or Nancy Schiffman, 203-487-0941. Reg. fees $36 adults, $18 ages 6-18; lower if sign-up by Aug. 18.

Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival, celebrating 40th year, Sept. 8-10, Veteran’s Park, Norwalk. Fri., 6-11 p.m., with Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot, Billy Joel tribute band; Sat., 11-11, with Sacred Fire, Latin rock-Santana tribute band, and Desert Highway, Eagles music; and Sun., 11-8, with Eight to the Bar, ’40s jazz and swing, ’50s blues, and more live bands throughout weekend. Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show motorcycle acts and other daredevil stunts, crafts beer tent, arts & crafts pavilion, oyster slurping contest, wide variety of cuisine, amusement rides, live entertainment (clowns, magicians, acrobats) for kids and more. Details and tickets at or 203-838-9444.

3rd annual Kennedy Center Autism SpectRUN, Sun., Sept. 10, Jennings Beach, 800 S. Benson Rd., Fairfield, rain or shine. Participants of all ages encouraged to wear colorful attire and decorate strollers or wagons. 5K timed race and 1 mile walk/stroll, starting 9 a.m. Reg. 7:30-8:45 a.m. Free non-competitive Children’s Race at 8:30. Parking lot Zumba warm up 8:45. Activities for kids, including Casey Carl’s Bubblemania, bounce house, face painting, sensory tents, games, and entertainment, plus food trucks. After race, snacks at VIP tent. Prizes to be awarded for Most Colorful child, adult & team, Most Dollars Raised – individual and team, and for timed race – male & female champions plus top finishers in 8 age groups. Online reg. at open until Sept. 9  or reg. at event. Participation fee: $30/adult, $15/children 18 and under; free for children 5 and under. Info: Jo Ann at 203-365-8522, x229 or email [email protected]

4th annual Superhero 5K & Family Fun Day, Sun., Sept. 10, benefit for Milford Prevention Council, Woodruff Family YMCA, 631 Orange Ave., Milford, 9-noon. All ages welcome to participate in race and 1K obstacle course; (new this year, 5K course to be chip timed – get results live). Costume contest & parade, color toss, bounce house, DJ, raffles, “real life Superheroes” and more. On site reg. at 8 a.m., run 9. Early reg. fee $20 adults (18 and over) and $10 children (5-17) by Aug. 28; then $25/adult, $15/child. Free for kids 4 and younger. Reg. also at Info:, Facebook event page or contact Wendy Gibbons at MPC, 203-783-6676 or at [email protected]

39th annual Trumbull Arts Festival, Sun., Sept. 10, 10-4, Trumbull Town Hall Green; more than 30 juried crafters, 20 fine artists, authors, community booths, food trucks and vendors, Children’s Creative Center, face painting and balloon artist. Entertainment begins at 11 by Brideau & Miller; 11:30, singer Evelyn Sload; noon, Downtown Cabaret Theatre’s Children’s Company; 1 p.m., The Red Hots; 2:30, DTC Company; 3 p.m., Frank Porto Band at 3 p.m. Info: Emily Areson, 203-452-5065 or [email protected].

JCC Open House & Family Fun Day, Sun., Sept. 17, 10-2, Stamford Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Ave. Info: or Ilene Kirschner Madwed, 203-487-0945, [email protected]

10th annual Old-Fashioned Flea Market, Sept. 17, 10-5, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk; featuring antiques, repurposed furniture, collectibles, jewelry, crafts, household items, clothing, toys; specialty and farm-to-table foods. Museum open for $5 mini-tours and white elephant table with items starting at $1. Food trucks, food demos and classic and antique car show featuring Connecticut Seaport Car Club. Details for interested vendors via [email protected]. Info:, 203-838-9799.

Over Here: Norwalk in the First World War Bus Tour, Sun., Sept. 17, 1-5 p.m. Organized by Norwalk Preservation Trust, tour visits homes, monuments and memorials that tell story of Norwalk during Great War. Also, costumed re-enactors, architecture historian, comfortable buses and reception at conclusion. Tickets $60 until Sept. 10, then $70. Reg. and info at

56th annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show, Sept. 23 and 24, 10-4, 205 Business Park Drive, Armonk, N.Y. 185 juried artists, kids’ activities, decorating assistance, food court, free parking/shuttle bus, free movie/concert-Fri./Sat. at library; sponsored by Friends of the North Castle Public Library, Inc. Info:

Danbury Artisans Street Fair, Sat., Sept. 23, 11-7, downtown Danbury; featuring handmade items, from original fine art to upscale crafts, indie music, performing arts and more. Info: Artists and artisans’ deadline to sign extended until Aug. 22.

13th annual CT Fallen Heroes Memorial Tribute, Sat., Sept. 30, 10-4 p.m., Holiday Hill in Prospect. 102d Army Band to perform 11:30-1 p.m., Gold Star ceremony at 1 p.m., Black Hawk landing on site and Massachusetts National Guard to be present; free and open to public. Info: visit

The Last Taste of Summer, Sat., Sept. 30, 12-4:30 p.m. Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Greenwich. Craft beer fest with 30 breweries, food trucks, vendors, and live music, including Wilton Steel Community Band, blues, funk and rock & roll from The Clams, and Sacred Fire, Santana tribute band. Tickets $15-$75 at; gates open 12 p.m. for VIP. Proceeds benefit Zero Waste Education, sponsored by Live Green Connecticut. Info:



The Hickories Farm Stand, 136 Lounsbury Rd., Ridgefield, May-October, 11-6, Mon.-Sun.; November-May, 11-5, Fri.-Sun.; stand works on honor system;

Wilton Farmers’ Market, Wed., 12-5, 10+ vendors, Wilton Historical Society grounds, 224 Danbury Rd.; June 7-mid-October;

Westport Farmers’ Market, Thurs., 10-2, 45 vendors, at 50 Imperial Ave.; May 18-Nov. 9;

Trumbull Farmers’ Market, Thurs., 3:30-6:30 p.m., 15 vendors; 1773 Huntington Tpke., May 18-Oct. 12;

Monroe Farmers’ Market, Fri., 3-6, 20+ vendors, Monroe Green; June 23-Oct. 27;

Farmers’ Market at Lachat Town Farm, 106 Godfrey Rd. West, Weston, Fri., 4-8 p.m. monthly, June 30, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 29, Oct. 27;

Black Rock Farmers’ Market, Sat.,  9-1, 25+ vendors, 481 Brewster Street, Bridgeport, June 10-Oct. 7;

Gossett Brothers’ Farmers’ Market, Sat., 9-1 year-round (indoors for winter), 7 vendors; 1202 Rte. 35, South Salem, N.Y.;

Danbury Farmers’ Market, Sat., 10-2, CenterCity Green, June 24-Oct. 21,

New Canaan Farmers’ Market, Sat., 10-2, Old Center School municipal parking lot, corner of South Ave.-Maple St.-Main St., April 22-Dec. 16;

Earth Root Farm’s Stand, Sun., 10-2, 140A Mopus Bridge Rd., Ridgefield, June-October;

Fairfield Farmers’ Market, Sun., 10-2, 20+ vendors, Sherman Green in downtown area, Fairfield, June 11-Oct. 1;

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