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Top 20 Connecticut Events in 2012

Top 20 Connecticut Events in 2012
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MAY 11-12: FARMINGTON, Hill-Stead May Market. A signature event at Hill-Stead Museum, featuring more than 50 exhibitors of antiques and quality crafts for home and garden. Shop for perennials and woodland plants, enjoy gardening and cooking demonstrations, consult with horticulturists, join an estate walk, and more. 860-677-4787; hillstead.org

MAY 11-13: FAIRFIELD, Dogwood Festival. Greenfield Hill Congregational Church celebrates the beauty of spring with an abundance of activities around the church grounds: historic walking tours, kids’ races, musical performances, craft and plant sales, and more. 203-259-5596; greenfieldhillchurch.com

MAY 25-27: STAMFORD, Connecticut Salsa Fest. A fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Hospital featuring live music, dance showcases, and workshops for beginning and advanced dancers, plus a free community party on Saturday, all at the Hilton Stamford Hotel. 203-967-3105; ctsalsafest.com

JUNE 2: ESSEX/CENTERBROOK, Rotary Shad Bake. Essex Elementary School hosts a quintessential New England cookout, featuring fresh fire-roasted local shad, plus kids’ activities, music, antique cars, and more. essexrotary.com

JUNE 2-3: NORTH STONINGTON, Spring Festival. Live music, gourmet food vendors, artisans, and wine tastings–all to be enjoyed amid the bucolic, 45-acre hilltop setting of Jonathan Edwards Winery. 860-535-0202; jedwardswinery.com

JUNE 7-10: PRESTON, Cajun Zydeco Festival. Make a weekend of it by reserving a campsite at Strawberry Park, or just get a pass for the day to enjoy the impressive line-up of live bands, authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine, and dance instruction. 860-886-1944; strawberrypark.net

JUNE 9-10: HARWINTON, Harwinton Antiques Weekend. Formerly known as Farmington Antiques Weekend, the show has now expanded to Harwinton Fairgrounds. It’s among the largest antiques events in the state, with room for 200 quality dealers offering an array of unique and vintage items and collectibles, including folk art, fine and rustic furniture, table linens, garden ornaments, architectural items, paintings, silver, and more. 317-598-0012; harwintonantiquesweekend.com

JUNE 16-30: NEW HAVEN, International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Ambitious music, dance, and theater programs offer renowned international stars and newly discovered artists; don’t miss the concerts on the town green, plus additional activities across the city. 203-498-1212; artidea.org

JUNE 16-AUGUST 18: NORFOLK, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Set in the beautiful Litchfield Hills, the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate offers more than 30 concerts, featuring professional performers and graduate music students from around the globe. 860-542-3000; norfolkmusic.org

JUNE 24: STATEWIDE, Historic Gardens Day. Fourteen distinctive historic sites and gardens across the state, including Roseland Cottage, Glebe House, and Weir Farm, celebrate with special activities and events. Hours, activities, and prices vary by location. cthistoricgardens.org

JUNE 30-JULY 1: NIANTIC, Arts & Craft Show & Lobsterfest. Quality artwork and good food: The Lions Club presents its annual juried show on the town green, plus a cookout featuring lobster, BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, hot dogs, burgers, fries, ice cream, and more. 860-739-2805; nianticlions.org

JULY 6-9: NEW LONDON/GROTON, OpSail 2012 CT. Commemorating the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812 and the origins of our national anthem, the tall ships arrive by parade of sail at New London. The harborfront and nearby towns invite you to take part in history and heritage events, watch sailboat races, and enjoy fine food, the music of the U.S. Coast Guard Band, a clambake, spectacular fireworks, and the Governor’s Ball. 860-447-2519; opsail2012ct.org

JULY 7: HARTFORD, Riverfest. Free entertainment at Riverfront Plaza and Great River Park to celebrate Independence Day. Live bands, clowns and street entertainers, and kids’ activities, plus a dazzling fireworks show over the river. 860-713-3131; riverfront.org

JULY 12-15: GUILFORD, Art Center Craft Expo. It’s a premier exhibition of handmade contemporary American crafts, featuring decorative, functional, and traditional items of exquisite quality, all set amid the beauty of the historic town green. guilfordartcenter.org

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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