25+ Not-to-Miss September Events in Mystic Country Last Updated 10/16

Labor Day may be the unofficial end of summer, but we’re not letting go without a fight. Here’s a full month of events in eastern Connecticut where you can savor these last summer moments.

The Events

First Friday Norwich
September 2 / Downtown Norwich
Downtown Norwich galleries, theaters, businesses, and civic organizations collaborate to bring you an art experience to remember.

First Friday Putnam
September 2 / Downtown Putnam
A monthly street festival where Main Street closes to traffic and opens to arts. This year the festivals (every first Friday from May to October) are each inspired and themed by some of the major cities of the USA.

Woodstock Fair
September 2-5 / Woodstock Fairgrounds, Woodstock
The second longest continuously running fair in the nation and the largest agricultural fair in Connecticut, the Woodstock Fair has been a Labor Day tradition since 1860.

US Coast Guard Band Labor Day Concert
September 4 / Fort Trumbull State Park, New London
Lieutenant Commander Adam Williamson assembles a vigorous program including Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” with cannon fire provided by The Artillery Company of Newport, Rhode Island. Come celebrate the end of summer and enjoy the great outdoors!

March of the Mill – Protest Reenactment
September 5 / Windham Textile & History Museum, Willimantic
“Mother Jones”, a famous strike leader,  will lead the people in a reenactment of 1902 coal strike. The public is invited to dress as coal miners(optional), and bring mops and brooms.

Railroad Day
September 3 / Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum, Willimantic
Named one of the top railroad experiences for kids in Connecticut by CBS, the Railroad Museum is full of examples of days gone by. Tour the grounds, operate a vintage hand car, see classic engines and rail cars or take a short ride on an open air passenger train car.

New England Food Truck Festival
September 3-4 / Mohegan Sun, Uncasville
This food truck fest will feature 40 of New England's premier food trucks in Mohegan Sun's Winter Parking Lot, turning the casino into a delicious destination both inside and out.  The festival will also feature live music, field games, children's activities and a fireworks show.

Norwich Greek Food Festival
September 8-11 / Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Norwich
Celebrate the Greek culture with delicious foods, wines, pastries, dancers, entertainment, artifacts and children's activities.

FARE - The Woodstock of Eating
September 10 / Jillson Square, Willimantic
NEW | Every second Saturday from June to October celebrate street food, local brews and farmers market vendors, artists and artisans. Based on Boston’s SoWa Open Market.

Taste of Italy
September 10 / 11am-9pm / Howard T. Brown Park, Norwich
All day entertainment on the waterfront including musicians, exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, Italian food from of the area's finest restaurants.

Killingly Cooks & the Great Tomato Festival
September 10 / 9am-3pm / Davis Park, Killingly
Free family event celebrating tomatoes.

Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival
September 9-11 / Waterfront Park, New London
A celebration of Connecticut’s maritime heritage, history and spirit of innovation, this year’s festival includes a Chowder contest, boat parade, live entertainment and a variety of vessels and ships available for viewing.

Mystic Eats - Riverside Food Festival
September 9-11 / Cottrell Street, Downtown Mystic
Come and sample some great menu selections from over 30 of Mystic’s premier eateries at this riverside food festival.

Ledyard Fair
September 9-11 / Ledyard Fair Grounds
Miss Ledyard will be crowned, pies will be baked (and judged) and the livestock competitions will be fierce at this local country fair filled with small town charm.

RiverFire
September 10 / Downtown Putnam
The last RiverFire of the season. Enjoy river ambiance with a stroll along the Putnam River Trail. Riverfire will be lit during intermission. Dine in one of the downtown’s restaurants or picnic in the park.

Putnam Arts & Eats Restaurant Week
September 11-15 / Putnam
A restaurant week that lets you follow your stomach and your "art". Local gallaries, businesses and restaurants come together to give you dining specials, gallery talks, art inspired dishes and more.

Willimantic’s Third Thursday Street Festival
September 15 / Main Street, Willimantic, CT
Every third Thursday from May to September, thousands of people stroll along Main Street, Willimantic amid a background of musical, theatrical, visual, gastronomic, and olfactory delights. Six stages simultaneously host a wide variety of music and entertainment while over 100 vendors showcase a variety of handcrafted goods and services.

Garlic Festival
September 17-18 / Olde Mistick Village, Mystic
Over 50 farmers, vendors, bakers and restaurants fill the Village with garlic-themed treats, music and family-friendly activities at this award-winning fall festival.

Harvest Festival
September 17-18 / Stonington Vineyards, Stonington
Gourmet food vendors, local artisans, wine tastings and more.

Celebrate Mansfield Festival
September 18 / Mansfield Town Square, Mansfield
A parade kicks off this community celebration, filled with family activities, food, and musical entertainment.

Coastweeks Regatta
September 18 / Mystic Seaport, Mystic
Signaling the start of the fall head racing season in New England, the 25th annual Coastweeks Regatta offers a range of masters, open, and junior categories and includes local and regional rowers in both racing and recreational shells. Singles and doubles will race the 2,000-meter course along the Mystic River, beginning north of the I-95 overpass and finishing at the Museum’s Lighthouse Point.

New England Acoustic Music Festival
September 24 / Downtown Putnam
This block party style festival features both established and emerging New England-based music artists, performing original music in historic downtown Putnam.

Outdoor Antique Show
September 24 / Lebanon Town Green
The small rural town of Lebanon becomes an antique and collectible mecca for a day with one of the largest antique shows featuring 80 vendors on the historic Lebanon Town Green.

Antique Vehicle Show
September 25 / Mystic Seaport, Mystic
Get up close and personal with a dazzling display of authentic antique cars, trucks, and motorcycles from the turn of the century. Cap off the weekend with the parade of vehicles Sunday at 3 p.m. watch more than 100 antique vehicles circle the Museum grounds in the annual event’s finale.

Wild Mushroom Festival
September 25 / Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
Fun with fungi. Local chefs and vendors display their culinary skills with all things mushroom – sweet and savory! Featuring eateries, mushroom foraging talks, walks and identification. (And non-mushroom live music.)

The Mazes

Fort Hill Farms, Thompson
Opens: August 20
This year Fort Hill Farms celebrates their heritage and commitment to sustainable agriculture with The Naturally New England Corn Maze Adventure. If the seven-acre maze seems too daunting, the farm also has a smaller Pumpkin Labyrinth for you to explore. Nighttime maze runs are also available for those who love a challenge (and have a flashlight.)

Scott's Yankee Farmer, East Lyme
Opens: September 2
Scott's has combined two fall season favorites - corn mazes and Halloween - into one delightfully devilish adventure! The farm's Halloween Zombie Adventure Corn Maze opens September 2, 2016.

Ekonk Hill Turkery Farm, Sterling
Opens: September 3
This year Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm's corn maze theme is a celebration of the great culinary crop that the maze is made out of: The Amazing Maize. Travel through miles of paths, then relax by taking one of the farm's hayrides and visit the animals in the barnyard. For those looking for more of a challenge, Ekonk also offers nighttime maze runs.

Preston Farm, Preston
Opens: September 3
This award-winning maze is going out-of-this-world this year with an aliens theme. Here you'll find 16 stamping stations and 3-5 miles to trek.

Buttonwood Farm, Griswold
Opens: September 19
Although known for their sunflowers Buttonwood Farm is also an autumn adventure! The farm's corn maze spans seven acres and is broken into two phases, so you have to option of completing one or both parts depending on your skill and patience. The farm also boasts hayrides, a cow train, duck races, farm animals, and pick-your-own pumpkin patch.

Holmberg Orchards & Winery, Gales Ferry
Opens: Early September
The only corn maze on this list where adults can enjoy some wine in their tasting room after your corn maze victory! In addition to the winery, this fourth-generation family farm also offers various pick-you-own produce and a farm market.