Maple Sugaring Activities in Connecticut Last Updated 2/19
End of February and throughout March is the maple sugar season in Connecticut! Cold nights and warm, sunny days are necessary to provide good sap yields. Local sugar makers and their many loyal customers eagerly await this annual rite of spring. Visit a local sugarhouse or attend a maple sugar festival to see firsthand how maple syrup is produced!
Maple Sugaring Demonstration & Pancake Breakfast
Indian Rock Nature Preserve, Bristol, February 23
Visit this Open House for demonstrations on the Native American tradition of making maple syrup using a modern, stainless steel, Small Brothers evaporator. This small batch operator will also have a variety of maple syrup grades for sale in pint, quart, half gallon containers, and 500ml fancy gift bottles with the Matteson’s Maple Manor label.
Plymouth Maple Festival
Plymouth Green, Plymouth, March 9
Delight in the New England tradition of making maple syrup! Tapping the trees begins at 10 am. Discover how to identify sugar maples, use an old-fashioned drill to tap them, insert the spiles, hang the buckets and watch the sap drip into metal pails. Sample maple sugar on snow, maple sugar candy and other maple products. There’s even a historical scavenger hunt for kids on the Green!
Sweet Wind Farm, East Hartland, March 9
Live demonstrations of sap boilling along with live music, pancakes, cooking demonstrations. A fun filled day out with the family.
Maple Sugar Festival
Institute for American Indian Studies, Washington, March 9
This festival celebrates the gift of maple sugar with demonstrations on the traditional technique of collecting sap and boiling it down into syrup; enjoy pancakes, coffee and orange juice while learning about the importance of maple syrup to local Native American cultures.
Maple Sugar Festival Weekend
Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, March 9-10
Visit the little red sugarhouse on Heckscher Farm and observe firsthand how sap is turned into sweet maple syrup. See how trees are tapped and sap is collected, make a maple-themed craft, have your face painted and more!
Maple Sugaring in Your Own Backyard
Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton, March 10
Learn how to make maple syrup the easy way. See the entire process from identifying the tree to the best part, tasting the final product.
Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, March 10
Featuring tapping a maple tree for sap and boiling the sap over an open fire as part of the sugaring process. The historic house will be open for tours and the Welcome Center will host activities for visitors, along with other winter activities.
Hebron Maple Festival
Main Street, Hebron, March 16-17
Learn how maple syrup is produced at this town-wide celebration of maple-related events! There’ll be demonstrations and a variety of maple products from local sugarhouses. And there’s so much more to enjoy – an antique tractor parade, crafts, an ice cream-eating contest, face painting, a silent auction and lots of tasty treats including maple cotton candy, fried dough, hot dogs, chili, soup and more.
Maple Sugar Madness
Welles Shipman Ward House, South Glastonbury, March 17
Watch and see how maple trees are tapped and how the sap is boiled down to syrup. Tour the Connecticut River Valley mansion built in 1755, the English-style bank barn and the 1830 Tobacco Shed. See 19th-century horse-drawn vehicles and Glastonbury's first motorized fire engine.
Northwest Park, Windsor, March 23
Bring your appetite for a full breakfast of pancakes smothered with 100% pure maple syrup.