Spring Festivals, Flowers & Family Fun Last Updated 2/19
Spring is in the air! Celebrate springtime and the warmer weather with a visit to one of the state’s many seasonal festivals and events this April and May. Gather the family and friends for a joyous outing – it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy springtime in Connecticut! From flowers and farms to crafts and music, fun activities around the state abound! Here are some ideas of how to explore and celebrate Connecticut this season:
Blossoms in the City
This year’s New Haven Cherry Blossom Festival takes place April 28, and commemorates the planting of 73 cherry blossom trees in 1973 by the New Haven Historic Commission in cooperation with the New Haven Parks Department. Featuring live entertainment including jazz, steel band and big band music, and opera. Children's Area with arts and crafts, pet-related interest area and a great range of food and display tables.
Bridgeport in Bloom
Come see over 40,000 snowdrops, crocus, daffodils, tulips, alliums and other bulbs bloom in sequence at Bridgeport’s colorful Colorblends House & Spring Garden, from March 30 through May 12.
Daffodils in Meriden
Delight in springtime and 650,000 blooming daffodils at the Daffodil Festival in Meriden’s Hubbard Park during the Festival Weekend on April 27-28. It’s a festival of fun for the entire family, with arts and crafts, live music, fireworks, carnival rides, a parade, a food tent featuring many tasty offerings and more! And at the Daffodil Festival boutique, find a special souvenir of your fun-filled day.
Springtime on the Farm in Vernon
Attend the 110th annual Connecticut Sheep, Wool, & Fiber Festival, April 27 in Vernon, an agricultural and educational experience for all that was started in 1909 by the Connecticut Sheep Breeders Association. Learn about sheep farming and items produced by small farms and businesses, including fiber, fiber tools, soaps, dyes, finished goods, local cheese and more.
Cheer for spring at the Dogwood Festival at Fairfield’s Greenfield Hill, May 10-12, a community celebration of food, flowers and fun. Participate in the Dogwood Dash, a two-mile fun run; kids ages 2-7 can run in the Dogwood Mini Dash. There’s a Friday luncheon, a Saturday evening barbecue and dance, children’s crafts and games, an art show, a juried craft show, a walking tour, a plant and garden boutique and concerts!
Flowers as Art
Garden clubs and designers from across New England create floral and garden designs inspired by the museum’s masterworks at Fine Art & Flowers, April 26-28 at Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum.
Explore The Last Green Valley
The annual Spring Outdoor connects you to lands, waters, and trails in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor, including some properties not normally accessible to the public. Enjoy interesting features and stories from the Spring Equinox on March 20 until the Summer Solstice on June 21.
Spring in the Farmington Valley
Farmington's Hill-Stead Museum hosts the annual May Market on May 4-5, featuring premium exhibitors, rare and unusual plants, live entertainment, children’s activities, gourmet food, demonstrations and open house tours of the museum's Impressionist masterpieces.
A Celebration of Spring
A bounty of daffodils in bloom greet visitors as they follow the entrance drive leading to the Beaux Art style mansion during Daffodil Day at the Wadsworth Mansion located in Middletown on April 28. The afternoon activities include kite flying, nature exploration, live music, a comedy show for children; delicious food from a variety of food trucks, and docents will lead guided tours of the mansion.