Spring Festivals, Flowers & Family Fun Last Updated 3/17
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 23, 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.
Why should Hill-Stead’s elegant and famous sunken garden have all the fun? Enjoy fabulous, fresh floral arrangements created by local designers on view throughout the first floor of Farmington’s Hill-Stead Museum during Rooms in Bloom, April 1-2.
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 29-30. 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 29 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 12-14, 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 28-30 at Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum.
Spring Has Sprung in Stamford
Enjoy a family day of fun at the farm at the Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend, at Stamford Museum & Nature Center, May 20-21. 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 Robin Hood Springtime Festival at the North Haven Fairgrounds, May 13-19 (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 8-11 – a four-day festival of Zydeco music.