The Sunflower Festival at The Farm in Woodbury is now open, making it one of the several sunflower viewing and picking opportunities around the state. Some of the sunflowers part of The Farm’s annual display can take over 110 days to raise from a seed to a flower, The Farm notes. Find out where to view sunflowers in Connecticut this summer.
The festival will have 18 varieties of sunflowers in the field. Festival-goers can pick one sunflower as included in their ticket or take home a bouquet of flowers for an additional cost. Friday through Sunday, the festival will has food various trucks on the grounds. In addition to the festival, The Farm will have other experiences for additional purchase such as yoga, painting, knitting and a sunset string quartet within the sunflower fields.
The festival is open Thursday - Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Festival tickets are $19.95 for those 18 and older, $10 for ages 13-17 and free for children 12 and under. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the link here.
The Sunflower Maze at Lyman Orchards in Middlebury is now open to the public as of July 30 and will run until Aug. 28. According to the website, the 3-acre maze has over 350,000 multicolor sunflowers and takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Tickets cost $10 for ages 13 and over, $6 for ages 4-12 and free for children 3 and under. The maze is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lyman Orchards also has a cut-your-own sunflower area for an additional cost.
Buttonwood Farm in Griswold plants an acre of sunflowers annually for their "Sunflowers for Wishes" event. The event offers cut your own sunflowers with a $3 per flower donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut. The event ran from July 23-July 31, but patrons can visit the farm to see the sunflowers until Aug. 7, when cows will be released onto the fields to eat the flowers.
The Griswold Sunflower 6K will also take place on Aug. 7. The 3.728 mile loop course finishes inside the sunflower field at Buttonwood Farm. The race will include a free Kids Fun Run, Youth 6K that costs $35 to register and an Adult 6K which costs $40 to register. The race profits also go to Make-A-Wish Connecticut as well as another local charity.
Buttonwood Farm also offers ice cream made on-property year round and is open 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. seven days a week.
Brown's Harvest in Windsor is hosting their 5th annual Sunflower Festival Aug. 13, 14, 20 and 21. According to their website, the festival will include four acres with over 20 types of sunflowers. Admission to the festival costs $8 for children ages 3-11 and $18 for those 12 years and older. Children ages 0-2 are free. Ticket prices go up if bought at the door, and Brown's Harvest recommends buying ticket in advance here. Tickets to the festival include an optional hayride to the sunflower field as well as one sunflower. Festival hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m.