Must See and Do In Connecticut!

Must See and Do In Connecticut!

With its beautiful coastal drives, world-class museums, renowned attractions and rich history, Connecticut offers a charming New England feel with a cosmopolitan style. Connecticut is conveniently located 1 hour north of New York and 1 hour south of Boston, making it the perfect destination, with the choice of two gateways.

Regional Attractions

World Class Events

Sea Music Festival

June: One of the world’s premier sea music events held at the Mystic Seaport, features music from the world’s maritime cultures. Voted ABA’s Top 100 Events.

 

Hartford Blooms Garden Tour

June: A nine-day showcase of Hartford’s spectacular gardens and historic architecture.

 

International Festival of Arts & Ideas

June: Stunning music and dance, brilliant theater, bright and emergent thinkers gathered from around the world. The 15 day Festival is one of the world’s most significant performing arts festivals showcasing hundreds of international events.

 

The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz

July: The largest FREE jazz event in New England. This three day festival takes place in Bushnell Park featuring artists from around the world and the USA, as well as up and coming local performers.

 

Mystic Outdoor Art Festival

August: An annual art festival in downtown Mystic that attracts nearly 100,000 people from New England each year.

 

Litchfield Jazz Festival

August: Enjoy world-class jazz in a country setting in the heart of Litchfield Hills with great food and drink, art, photography, and top quality crafts.

 

Norwalk Seaport Oyster Festival

September: Waterfront event that recreates the nostalgia of a New England maritime village. Live entertainment, arts and crafts, vintage vessels, demonstrations, international food court and exhibits, and oyster shucking contest.

 

Durham Fair

September: Connecticut’s largest agricultural fair which began in 1916 and continues today during the last full weekend in September. Traditional programs with an agricultural focus. Fair food, exhibits, activities, live entertainment, local handicrafts market and special events are lined up over the course of the weekend.

 

Fine Arts and Crafts Festival at Roseland Cottage

October: One of the leading juried fine arts and crafts shows in New England. This two-day event features 175 artisans and their wares. Visitors enjoy live music, a food court, and first floor tours of Roseland Cottage in Woodstock.

 

Manchester Road Race

November: An annual 4.748-mile run on Thanksgiving Day.

 

Suggested Itineraries

We have 52 Great Getaway Ideas to help plan your tour or meeting in Connecticut.

Susan Henrique susanh@ctcsb.org 860.882.1101