38 Things to do in Connecticut this October Last Updated 10/19

Looking for something to do in CT in October? Whether you want something active, relaxing, cultural or nature-oriented, we have you covered. Learn more!

For even more ideas check out CTvisit.com where you can search by type of activity under the “DO” navigation tab, or browse articles full of ideas under the “IDEAS” tab.

Active Adventure

1. Take a scenic hike. Catch fall foliage during its peak timeframes on one of Connecticut’s many hiking trails.

2. Camp with your pet. Enjoy the beauty of nature with your four-legged friend by your side at a pet-friendly campground, such as Strawberry Park Resort or Wolf's Den Family Campground.

3. Soar through the trees. Get a birds-eye view of the leaves in full foliage form during zipline tours at the Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport or HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods in Mashantucket.

4. Pedal around. Grab a bike and get out on any of Connecticut’s biking trails to take in the foliage or plan your own scenic biking trip to see a few of the state’s covered bridges.

5. Chase some waterfalls. Eat from a picnic basket as you take in the sights and sounds of Connecticut waterfalls, such as the ones in Kent Falls State Park.

6. Walk it out. Have fun while staying active by going on a Llama Walk, or by participating in one of the many fitness activities offered during Walktober. If you’re feeling competitive, sign up for the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon.

Arts, Culture & Sports

7. See a show. Check out which artists are playing at Mohegan Sun, or which Broadway shows are stopping their tours at Connecticut theaters.

8. Visit a farmers market. Pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables at markets in Wilton, Coventry or Lebanon.

9. See the screen. At the 2nd Annual Mystic Film Festival, you can watch the latest feature length and short form independent films.

10. Tailgate at a football game. School is back in session, and so is football! Relax with some friends as you wait for a big Yale or UConn game to start.

11. Experience Oktoberfest. Immerse yourself in German culture at Oktoberfests in Westport, New Haven and Derby.

12. Celebrate art. Meet talented artists and vendors at the 38th Annual Old Wethersfield Arts & Crafts Fair. And don't miss the unique art display at Florence Griswold Museum's annual outdoor Wee Faerie Village showcasing faerie-scaled creations. 

Food and Drink Adventures

13. Go on a foodie tour. Follow the pizzachocolate, or chowder trails or book a Taste of New Haven Tour.

14. Sample hard cider. Plan a visit to one of Connecticut’s hard cider destinations including the newest cider tap room, Yankee Cider Barn at Staehly Farms.

15. Follow the wine trail. If you haven’t already, grab your passport to Connecticut Farm Wineries and take in the scenic views at any of these Instagrammable vineyards and wineries.

16. Gather some garlic. If you’re a garlic lover, save your appetite for the 15th Annual Connecticut Garlic & Harvest Festival in Bethlehem.

17. Sip new brews. Indulge in all kinds of flavors and styles at any of the fall beer festivals happening around the state like Max’s Hoptoberfest or the Manchester Beer Fest.

18. Sample some chowda. Sample and judge chowder, soup and bisque from over 30 different award-winning cooks at Chowdafest in Westport, or indulge in traditional fair food while playing harvest-themed games at Chowder Days at Mystic Seaport Museum.

19. Eat apple pie. Get your hands on some delicious apple goodies at the 51st Annual Southington Harvest Festival. While you're there, enjoy live entertainment, contests, crafts, fireworks and a carnival.

Family Fun

20. Go pumpkin picking. Stop by any one of Connecticut’s farms and find yourself a perfect pumpkin to display or eat! If you don’t feel like driving, visit the Essex Steam Train, the Railroad Museum of New England or the Connecticut Trolley Museum for a ride there.

21. See some wild animals. Come face to face with zebras, elk, bison and more at the Action Wildlife Foundation in Goshen or Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.

22. Learn about the past. Head to the Peabody Museum, Dinosaur State Park, the Barnum Museum or the Connecticut Science Center to see mummies, fossilized mammals, and more!

23. Get lost in a corn maze. Test your skills at one of the fun and challenging corn mazes around the state including Lyman Orchard’s NASCAR-themed maze in Middlefield.

24. Fairs and firsts. Check out the 163rd Annual Harwinton Fair or the 110th Annual Riverton Fair for some wood-chopping, blacksmith shopping fun. Also this month, The Dinosaur Place becomes The Pumpkin Place with their first ever Halloween adventure.

25. Stay indoors. Challenge yourself at the IT Adventure Ropes Course, or test your problem-solving skills at Forbidden Escape in Plainville.

26. Get into the Halloween spirit. Find some spooks on the Trail of Terror, at Lake Compounce's Haunted Graveyard, or at Spirits at Stowe: An Otherworldly Tour. You can also find some not-so-scary ways to celebrate.


27. Treat yourself to the spa. Visit any of Connecticut’s spas for a fall treatment to help ease your way into the new season.

28. Find some small-town charm. Stroll, shop, or dine in one of the state’s picturesque towns.

29. Go for a scenic train ride. Take in Connecticut’s beautiful scenery by train including the Railroad Museum of New England or aboard the Essex Steam Train.

30. Visit the beach. It doesn’t have to be sunny for you to put your feet in the sand! Soak in the calming sound of the crashing waves on one of Connecticut’s beaches.

31. Do some yoga. Realign your mind, body and spirit before the major holidays at the Salt Cave of Darien or Charym Yoga Studio.

32. Go antique shopping. Look for hidden treasures by planning an outing on Connecticut’s antique trail. Check out the Elephant’s Trunk Country Flea Market during your search!

33. Visit a nature center. Stroll beautiful trails, view galleries, learn about the environment and see some animals when you visit the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Meigs Point Nature Center on Hammonasset Beach, Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton or the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret.

Romantic Escapes

34. Stay in a B&B. The Wallingford Victorian, Hopkins Inn the Inn at Woodstock Hill, and Boardman House are all charming inns that give you a breathtaking view of the season’s foliage at its peak.

35. Cozy up by the fire. Enjoy a delicious fireside meal and cozy atmosphere at any of Connecticut’s restaurants with fireside dining

36. Gaze at the stars. Visit an observatory or viewing spot, like Stamford Observatory or the Talcott Mountain Science Center, to get a look at the astro-wonders above.

37. Celebrate a milestone. Whether you’re celebrating 6 months or 50 years, Connecticut has great options for enjoying your special day.

38. Go on an ultimate foliage tour. Set aside a weekend for exploring Eastern Connecticut, Central Connecticut or Western Connecticut in its autumn glory.