Maple Sugaring Activities in Connecticut Last Updated 2/18
March is the start of 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!
Plymouth Maple Festival
Plymouth Green, Plymouth, March 3
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!
Maple Sugar Festival Weekend
Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, March 3-4
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, go on a scavenger hunt, have your face painted and more!
Annual Maple Sugaring Festival
Institute for American Indian Studies, Washington, March 10
Enjoy pancakes, local maple syrup, coffee and orange juice (served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.), and learn how Native Americans traditionally made maple syrup at the Institute for American Indian Studies.
Matteson’s Maple Manor Open House
Field House Farm, Madison, February 24
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.
Maple Sugar Madness
Welles Shipman Ward House, South Glastonbury, March 11
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.
Hebron Maple Festival
Douglas Library, Hebron, March 17-18
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.