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It’s summer, and you know what that means: it’s Carnival/Fair/Festival Season! Whether you want to eat cotton candy on the boardwalk, sample oysters at a festival, head back to the medieval ages, or just take part in a good old fashioned Carnival, there is something for everyone.

Check out our round up of our favorite Summer Fairs, Festivals, and Carnivals.

May 20-July 2: Robin Hood’s Medieval Faire:

Step back in time for a Faire that’s fun for the whole family!

June 29-July 1: Beacon Hose Firemen’s Carnival

The Beacon Hose Firemen’s Carnival is one of Beacon Falls’ most anticipated annual events. An estimated 8,000 townspeople and visitors from afar join us for a weekend of great fun, food, music and more.

June 30-July 1: Trumbull Day

Trumbull Day is a fun-filled family event with food, vendors, carnival rides and games, children’s entertainment, a main stage featuring local bands and fireworks.

Trumbull Day festivities and carnival will be held on the field behind Hillcrest Middle School, beginning on Friday, June 30, 2023 from 6:30 to 10:30 PM and continue on Saturday, July 1 from 2:00 to 10:30 PM, closing with a fabulous fireworks display.

July 8-9: Sailfest New London

Sailfest is Southeastern Connecticut’s premiere summertime event, complete with a major fireworks display, amusement rides, free entertainment, ships, and over 200 vendors lining the streets. There will be plenty to see, buy, and eat, so make sure to come hungry and ready to try new food!

July 8th: Norwalk NICE Festival: 

Connecticut’s Leading Multicultural Event celebrating Global Heritage & Diversity with Music, Food, Art and Cultural Performances

July 19-22: Quaker Farms Vol. Fire Co. Annual Carnival – Oxford CT

Head to Oxford for a fun family carnival with games, rides, fireworks, and more!

July 26-29: Vernon’s Annual Summer Days Carnival

Vernon’s Annual Summer Carnival features rides, games, food, and more- all proceeds go towards helping community kids!

July 28-29, 2023: Old Lyme Midsummer Festival 2023

Our celebration of art, music, food and family fun is back!
Friday Night Concert: July 28, 2023
Saturday Festival: July 29, 2023

July 28-30: Lebanon County Fair

You’ll be sure to find all of the things you have come to love about the Lebanon Country Fair – friends, food and fun! Fireworks, rides, animals, games, and all kinds of family fun!

August 4-6: Potato and Corn Fest, North Branford

Usually corn and potatoes are considered common, some might even say lowly, but on the first weekend of August the residents of North Branford elevate the two starchy staples to extraordinary heights. The Potato and Corn Festival now brings tens of thousands of visitors to the typically sleepy farm town.

August 19: Milford Oyster Festival:

The Milford Oyster Festival will have 30,000 oysters! All oysters harvested in Milford waters by Briarpatch Enterprises, Inc. Try the sweet taste of Milford oysters and enjoy them with a craft beer or premium wine. Plus, entertainment, children’s programs and more.

National Geographic voted The Milford Oyster Festival the BEST Food Festival in Connecticut.

August 24- 27: Brooklyn Fair:

A traditional agricultural fair – and the perfect end of summer activity!

August 24-27: Chester Fair:

Join us for a traditional town fair- rides, game, food, animals- and more.

As always, a lot of time and effort goes into putting these together. However, things change and sleep deprivation happens, so it’s always better to be “safe than sorry” and confirm with the event organizer before you go. 

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