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
JUNE 26-28: MYSTIC, WoodenBoat Show. Discover traditional classics and contemporary models at Mystic Seaport’s re-created 19th-century seafaring village. A wide variety of sailboats and powerboats will be on display; exhibits host boatbuilders, sailmakers, tools, hardware, books, nautical antiques, and artists, with demonstrations and workshops by industry experts. Presented and produced by WoodenBoat magazine. 800-273-7447, 207-359-4651; thewoodenboatshow.com
JULY 4-5: EAST LYME, Outdoor Arts and Craft Show. A celebration of juried fine arts and crafts, including jewelry, paintings, photography, and pottery, all on the town hall green. Held in conjunction with the annual Niantic Lions Lobsterfest. 860-739-9128; discovereastlyme.com/calendar.php, nianticartsandcraftshow.com
JULY 11: PAWCATUCK, River Glow. Watch as 37 bonfires are set afloat, lighting up the Pawcatuck River. Celebration highlights here and in neighboring Westerly, Rhode Island, include jugglers, a steel-drum band, belly dancing, a fire juggler, live jazz, face painting, food vendors, duck-boat races, and other fun family entertainment downtown. 800-732-7636, 401-596-7761; westerlychamber.org
JULY 11: ROXBURY, Pickin’ ‘n’ Fiddlin’ Contest. Bring a lawn chair and blanket to Hurlburt Park and listen to live old-time and bluegrass fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitar music. Plus, bands play between categories, leading up to a winner playoff. Vendors, crafts, food, and a kids’ playground, fun for the whole family. 860-354-5921; roxburyct.com
JULY 17-19: HARTFORD, Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz. New England’s largest free jazz festival boasts 25 hours of live music performed by internationally acclaimed artists, regional talent, and more, plus foods, crafts, and activities, all at Bushnell Park. jazzhartford.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.