September 4 – 7, 2015
Labor Day – Plates Piled High
Celebrate food, festivals, fairs and more throughout the state this Labor Day weekend! Pile your plate high at the Labor Day Clambake at Brownstone Exploration Park in Portland (Saturday) or at Bear’s Smokehouse New England BBQ Championships at Riverside Park in Hartford (Saturday). The action-filled Historic Festival 33 Vintage Auto Racing Extravaganza features more than 250 vintage racecars at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville (Thursday – Monday). Or, take a memorable ride in an open-air train car on Railroad Day at the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum in Willimantic (Saturday).
Relax with a romantic getaway at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina, Niantic, and its Fall “Inn” Love in New England travel deal. The package includes: a romantic two-night stay at the award-winning waterfront bed and breakfast, two tickets for a fun-filled trip aboard the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, a candlelit breakfast each morning overlooking the marina, a $50 dinner voucher to one of several great local restaurants and complimentary snacks and beverages throughout your stay. The package starts at $577.00-$888.00 (double occupancy), depending on day of week and room selection.
More holiday weekend activities:
ODYSSEY: A Greek Festival - St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, Orange 06477
Partake in the annual festival celebrating Greek food, music and culture (Friday-Monday).
Cigar BBQ – Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum, Windsor 06095
Have some food, drinks, fun, live music, a tour of a tobacco farm, and, of course, cigars (Saturday).
The Enfield Pirate and Food Truck Festival – Enfield Town Green, Enfield 06082
Show your pirate side at this pirate themed festival popular with families, and a Food Truck Festival adults will love (Saturday-Sunday).
Blues, Views & BBQ Festival – Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, Westport 06880
Join in the family fun around the Westport Library -- includes pie and rib eating contests, bull riding, games and activities, chef demonstrations, barbecue competitions, a People's Choice wing contest and a music stage with top-notch blues bands playing throughout the weekend (Saturday-Sunday).
Constitution State Feis - Irish Dance Competition - Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury 06762
Watch hundreds of dancers from all over New England compete. Guests watching the Feis are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating (Saturday-Sunday).
These highlights represent just a sampling of the many exciting events taking place across Connecticut this weekend. For more information about these and other entertaining activities, use the Events Quick Search by clicking on the Advanced Search link under the search box on the top right side of the page.
This Weekend in Connecticut
September 4 – 7, 2015
September 7 The Art of Wine: Emotions – Frizzante Wine Bar at the Mystic Arts Center, 15 Water Street, Mystic, 06355. Time: Mon. 7-8 p.m. Join the Mystic Arts Center (MAC) for a series of wine tastings and discussions on the relationship between art and wine, in conjunction with Frizzante Wine Bar, which will be located on the ground floor of MAC’s new building at 15 Water Street. Owner Stephen Clemente will lead the tastings and discussion on various topics around art and wine. The event series will continue on the first Monday of each month through 2015. Admission: Members $20, Public $25. (860) 536-7601
September 3 – 6 "Twelfth Night" – Edgerton Park, 75 Cliff Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Time: Thurs.–Sun. 8 p.m. Enjoy al fresco performances of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, presented by the Elm Shakespeare Company. Bring a blanket or chair; picnics are encouraged! Admission: Free with suggested donation. The 20th anniversary gala and auction is on September 3, from 5 p.m.-8 p.m., followed by the performance. Gala Admission: $125-$200.
September 4 – 7 Haddam Neck Fair – Haddam Neck Fairgrounds, 26 Quarry Hill Rd., East Hampton, 06424. Time: Fri. 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Mon. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Major agricultural fair featuring baking contest, tractor pulling, horse show, road race, exhibits, family entertainment, midway, truck and tracker pulls. Admission: Varies. (860) 267-5922
September 4 – 7 Woodstock Fair - 281 Rte. 169, South Woodstock 06267. Time: Fri.-Sun. 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Mon. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. The state's second oldest agricultural fair featuring crafts, food, livestock shows, petting zoo, free stage shows, midway, go-kart races, Better Living Center, vegetables, flowers, strolling entertainers, and much more. Admission: General admission $12, seniors & active Military $8, children (10 and under) free. (860) 928-3246
September 5 – 7 Goshen Fair, Goshen Fairgrounds, 116 Old Middle St. (Rte. 63), Goshen, 06756. Time: Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Mon. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Major agricultural fair with livestock judging, draft horse show, woodcutting competition, entertainment, food vendors, midway, arts and crafts, home exhibits, and more. This celebration includes an adult spelling bee, fireworks, hay bale toss contest, parade, pie-eating contest, and a skillet throw contest. Admission: General admission $9, children (under 12) free. (860) 491-3655
September 5 Family Program: I Spy at the Museum – Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth St., Hartford, 06105. Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Calling all detectives to the Connecticut Historical Society! Decorate your own magnifying glass; then search through the galleries to see how many objects you can find. Admission: Free. (860) 236-5621
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