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Top 20 Connecticut Events

Top 20 Connecticut Events
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by in May 2010

JULY 3-4: NIANTIC, Niantic Lions Outdoor Arts and Craft Show, Lobsterfest, and Chicken BBQ. Three events wrapped up in one weekend package at this grand annual festival. Juried fine artists and crafters offer jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography, and more on the grassy grounds of Niantic’s town hall; then fill up on lobster and chicken, hot dogs, burgers, clam fritters, and more. 860-739-2805;

JULY 10: LITCHFIELD, Open House Day. Tour the town’s finest homes, including country estates, grand places on North and South streets, and other historic buildings of architectural interest. The tour includes admission to the Litchfield History Museum and the restored Tapping Reeve House and Law School. 860-567-9423 x253;

JULY 10: PAWCATUCK (CT)/WESTERLY (RI), River Glow. More than 30 bonfires will be set afloat along the Pawcatuck River, lighting the way for celebrations featuring jugglers, a steel-drum band, belly dancing, live jazz, face painting, food vendors, duck boat races, and other fun family entertainment in both downtowns. 401-596-7761;

JULY 15-17: GUILFORD, Craft Expo 2010. One of the oldest outdoor juried shows, presented annually on the town green by the Guilford Art Center, featuring 180 traditional and contemporary crafters. All gate proceeds benefit the center, its school, and gallery programs. 203-453-5947;

JULY 17: NIANTIC, Annual East Lyme Sand Castle Contest. Don’t be fooled by this competition’s name–sand sculptures of all kinds are welcomed and encouraged at Hole in the Wall Beach during Celebrate East Lyme Day. Last year saw everything from a sand igloo to the Grinch under a Christmas tree. 860-739-5828;

JULY 30-AUG. 1: MERIDEN, Great Connecticut Traditional Jazz Fest. Sit back and relax to the sounds of live music, including New Orleans-style jazz, swing, and big-band performances at several indoor and outdoor venues at the Sheraton Four Points hotel. 800-468-3836;

AUG. 6, 13, 20, 27: OLD SAYBROOK, Chestnut Hill Concerts Summer Series. Don’t miss this series of chamber-music performances featuring world-class musicians at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. 877-503-1286, 203-245-5736;

AUG. 14-15: MYSTIC, Mystic Outdoor Art Festival. For more than 50 years, artists and craftsmen, now numbering more than 300, have gathered to display and sell their wares along the streets of historic Mystic. The Children’s Art Park invites kids to participate in themed activities, and the Future Artists Pavilion features the work of local students. 860-572-5098;

AUG. 21: CLINTON, Liberty Bank Bluefish 5K. Runners compete along a moderate, scenic loop, starting and ending at Jared Eliot Middle School. Featuring electronic chip timing, mile markers, water stations, post-race food and awards, and a DJ. 860-669-3889;

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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