Top 20 Connecticut Events for 2009
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MAY 2-3: COLCHESTER, Zagray Farm Museum Spring Show Gas Up & Swap Meet. Step back in time at this annual event: Explore an 1873 sawmill and operating antique construction and farm equipment, plus a tractor parade, free hayrides, antique cars and trucks, and more. 860-442-5182, 860-537-2252; qvea.org
MAY 8-9: FARMINGTON, Hill-Stead May Market. Enjoy Hill-Stead Museum’s gorgeous and historic estate grounds while browsing 50 vendors of hard-to-find perennials and shrubs, antiques, and crafts. Don’t miss the daily gardening and cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, and this year’s special guest, lifestyle expert and gardening author Mar Jennings. 860-677-4787; hillstead.org
MAY 17: STAMFORD, Spring on the Farm. This annual seasonal celebration offers sheep-shearing and wool-spinning demonstrations, a plant and herb sale, and hayrides around the grounds to see a variety of animals, including the newborns at Stamford Museum and Nature Center. Live music, storytelling, face painting, games, crafts, and refreshments. 203-322-1646 x6521; stamfordmuseum.org
MAY 22-24: STAMFORD, Connecticut Salsa Festival. A fun-filled weekend for everyone, featuring dance performances, instruction, and workshops; live bands; DJs; and new this year, a Battle of the Bands contest, all at the Hilton Stamford Hotel. 203-918-6910; ctsalsafest.com
JUNE 6-7: WILLIMANTIC, Victorian Days. Step into the past and enjoy guided tours through this community’s fine Gilded Age homes. Activities include mill, house, and garden tours; concerts and plays; vintage cars; and a Victorian tea. 860-456-4476; victorianwillimantic.org
JUNE 13: STATEWIDE. Connecticut Open House Day. More than 260 cultural organizations and attractions invite residents to discover the Nutmeg State. Special incentives, discounted or free admission, gifts, special exhibits, and activities. 888-288-4748; ctvisit.com
JUNE 20: DERBY, Derby Day. Shop the works of talented New England artists and crafters, tour the city’s historic opera house, enjoy live music, and sample great food. 203-906-4343; invalley.org/derby
Please Note: This article 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.