Spring Festivals, Flowers & Family Fun Last Updated 4/16
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:
Daffodils in Meriden
Delight in springtime and 650,000 blooming daffodils at the Meriden Daffodil Festival in Hubbard Park in Meriden during the Festival Weekend on April 30-May 1. 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 Connecticut Sheep, Wool, & Fiber Festival, April 30 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 in Fairfield, May 6-8, 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!
Get Wild in Guilford
Kids will love the Donkey and Mule Festival at Bishop’s Orchards, Guilford, on May 7. There’s fun for all throughout the day, including a donkey and mule show, wagon rides and guided tours of the orchard with close-up views of the apple trees in bloom. The youngsters will delight in face painting, a moon bounce, kids’ crafts and story times. For adults, there are wine tastings. And remember to shop at the farm market so you can bring home orchard pies and other delicious treats!
Arts and More in Middlebury
For a super-fun outing, plan on the Festival of the Arts at Quassy Amusement Park, May 7 in Middlebury. There’s an annual chalk art competition, jazz band performances and trash can art judging! Enjoy thrilling amusement park rides, fun attractions and tasty treats!
Spring Has Sprung in Stamford
Enjoy a family day of fun at the farm at Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend, Stamford, May 14 – 15. Watch a flock of sheep get its annual shearing and see what happens with their wooly coats! You’ll learn how wool is turned into yarn. And for even more fun, there’ll be face painting, crafts, a plant and herb sale, live music and local food trucks!
Renaissance in North Haven
Step back in time for magical, medieval-themed outdoor family fun this spring at The Robin Hood Springtime Festival at the North Haven Fairgrounds, May 21 - June 5 (open weekends and on Memorial Day). Merriment abounds with shows and entertainment such as the Royal Parade, Maypole Dance and Nottingham Singers. See knights, magicians, fire eaters, jesters and other characters! Stroll through a charming olde world marketplace for jewelry, gifts, crafts and Renaissance-themed collectibles. Come as you are – or dress in costume – for this fun, family faire!
Music and More in Preston
Get ready to sing this spring! You’ll know it’s spring at the Strawberry Park Cajun Zydeco Festival in Preston, June 9-13 – a four-day festival of Zydeco music.