It’s FALL! The official Season of Apple Fritters and Pumpkin Spice, of Fun on the Farm and Fairs. Fall is my favorite season in Connecticut (I know, three months ago I said Summer was the best season. I can have 4 favorite seasons. It is my blog post. I’ll make my own rules 😂 )
Anyway, we have been HARD AT WORK on our Fall Bucket List. We’ve been writing up our calendars (shoutout to ByAvanly for giving us an amazing calendar to work with– if you’re in need of ideas, definitely go grab one on Etsy)
The full list is below, but some that we’re MOST excited for:
- Daniel Tiger Comes to Jorgensen (Kids are OBSESSED).
- The Ren Faire is in town– and so are about a hundred others!
- Corn Mazes, Apple Picking, and Farm Playgrounds abound
- Halloween is in the air!
Anyway, the full list is below (click here for the printable)– let us know if we missed anything in the comments!
Fall Fairs and Festivals are a big Connecticut tradition. Whether you want to go to a traditional Agricultural Festival, head to a Harvest Festival, celebrate Pumpkins, or see hot air Balloons, there is something for everyone.
Just a few of our favorites (in addition to the Renaissance Faire!)
- September 1-4: Haddam Neck Fair
- September 7-10: Hebron Harvest Fair:
- September 14-17: Four Town Fair:
- September 17: Seymour Pumpkin Festival:
- September 23-24: Connecticut Barkfest:
- October 6-8: Portland Fair
- October 6-8: Orange Country Fair:
- October 6-8: Harwington Fair:
- October 13-15: Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival:
Photo Credit: Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
Did you hear the news? Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is coming to town. We can’t wait to watch this grr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike! The beloved characters come alive on stage with new songs to sing along to and SURPRISE guests along the way!
PS- Stay tuned for a fun challenge and ticket contest.
There are also lots of other shows coming to town- be sure to watch our events calendar for more details! We’ll also have a full Theater guide coming your way soon- and we’ll link it here as soon as it’s done.
Photo Credit: CT Faire
This is one of our favorite fall events- and for good reason!
Step back in time to a 16th-century harvest festival at Connecticut Renaissance Faire’s 25th anniversary celebration! Shop in New England’s largest Medieval Marketplace, feast on juicy turkey legs and craft beers, and enjoy hilarious comedy and thrilling acrobatics on ten stages. For all ages. Costumes encouraged but not required.
Want to go for free? Keep your eyes peeled on our RIDDLE QUEST.
Connecticut has some BEAUTIFUL leaf peeping opportunities. Our Fall Foliage is unmatched. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely walk among the trees at Northwest Park and Nature Center in Windsor, a climb up Mt. Misery, a fun fall drive, or a cool train ride, there is something for everyone.
We rounded up a list of our Top 10 spots here.
Photo Credit: Fair Weather Growers, Castle Hill Farms
Spend a Day on the Farm:
Connecticut farms are WILD. There are just so many different things going on: Apple Picking, Hay Rides, Revolutionary War Reenactments, Full on Amusement Parks…the list goes on and on.
We are working on a full round up, but here are some of our favorites:
- Fair Weather Growers, Rocky Hill: Open the middle of September right thru the end of October you will now see the fields filled with families on Friday, Saturday and Sunday along with Columbus Day. This is a full on farm playground, and tons of fun for all ages.
- Foster Hill Farm South Windsor: Jump and hide in our haystacks and enjoy our huge sandbox! Try out our tractor and train playscapes! Climb aboard our Pirate ship, Monster Truck and Fire Engine! Don’t forget to jump behind the wheel of one of our pedal carts. Also, enjoy our new corn pit and jump pad! *JUMP PAD OPEN WEEKENDS ONLY*
- Samual Smith Farmstand: Step back in time to 1685. Head over on September 30th for Revolutionary War Day, or October 14 for End of Harvest and Farmstand Open House.
- Castle Hill Farms, Newtown: Fun activities include: Pumpkin Chucking, farm animals, and more!
Photo Credit: Lyman Orchards
Apple picking is a time honored New England tradition- and for good reason! Everyone seems to have their favorite variety (I’m pretty sure it’s a part of the Kindergarten curriculum), and there is an orchard to cater to every taste imaginable.
A list of our favorites is here. Some of the highlights:
Photo Credit: Preston Farms, Castle Hill Farms
We have some EPIC Corn Mazes in Connecticut- acres and acres of mazes featuring incredible designs and so many opportunities for family fun. Some of our favorites:
Photo Credit: Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village
Do Something Spooky
Halloween fun is all around us this time of year. Check out some super fun events:
- Pumpkintown East Hampton
- Pumpkin Passage at the Dinosaur Place
- Jack-O-Lantern Fun at Mystic Seaport
- Rompy’s Halloween Bash Romp N Roll Wethersfield
There are also some super spooky events:
- Trail of Terror Wallingford
- Legends of Fear, Shelton
- Evidence of Evil, Lyman Orchards
- Rails to the Darkside at the Connecticut Trolley Museum
- Lake Compounce Phantom Fall Fest- Fight Nights
See the Stars/Eclipse
Did you know that there is a Solar Eclipse on October 14?
Now that it’s getting darker a little earlier, it’s a great time to dust off the telescope (Don’t have one? Many Libraries do! Check our list here) and watch the stars.
- September 26: NASA Ambassador Series: The Solar Eclipse Experience at Newtown’s CH Booth Library
- October 6: Eclipse Exploration at Richmond Library, Marlborough
- October 8: Solar Eclipse Super Science at Branford’s Blackstone Library
- October 14: Solar Eclipse at the Van Vleck Observatory- Russell Library, Middletown
- Space Tourism Guide recommends:
Photo Credit: Perkatory, Trader Joe’s
Eat Pumpkin Spice Anything
Pumpkin Spice becomes a way of life in the fall. Whether it’s your favorite coffee shop, a good cocktail (or mocktail!), or a delicious dessert, there are some great choices:
- Trader Joe’s
- Luanne’s, Ellington
- Dog Ln, Storrs
- The Charles, Wethersfield
- The Seed, Glastonbury
- Rebel Dog, Farmington
- Perkatory, Middletown
- Sweet Harmony, Middletown
- Washington Street Coffee House, New London
Also, don’t forget to pick actual pumpkins!
Photo Credit: Beardsley Zoo
Pumpkin Trails and Glow Festivals
Christmas lights are amazing, but Halloween Glow events are pretty awesome too. Some of our Favorites;
Photo Credit: Florence Griswold Museum
Hang with the Fairies
Fall is Fairy Season- and our friends at the Florence Griswold Museum have the most spectacular display set up!
Other fun places to see some Fairy Magic:
There are hundreds of special events happening at libraries this Fall! Want to make FrankenSlime? Newington Public Library has the project for you! How about a Halloween Parade? North Haven’s Memorial Library has one! What about a Bluey Party? Windsor Public Library will dance the day away with you.
- Essex Library: September 9: STEAM Saturdays: Fidget Slime Experiment
- October 6: Eclipse Exploration at Richmond Library, Marlborough.
- October 14: Halloween Magic at Ellington’s Hall Memorial Library
- November 4: Pre-Diwali Celebration at Rocky Hill’s Cora J Belden Library.
Step Back in Time at a Museum
There’s just something about fall that makes you crave the New England Traditions of a by-gone era.
We’re currently obsessed with Mystic Seaport, where you can see how Colonial Sea Villages got ready for Fall. Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry also offers a look into the past-and there’s even a Fall Harvest Event at the Connecticut Museum of Culture and History. Samual Smith Farmstand is also offering Revolutionary War Day AND End of Harvest!
More of our Favorites:
Official Trick-or-Treat is on October 31, but there are so many fun Trick or Treat Events happening around the state!
The plan is to keep a running list throughout the season, but here are some of our favorite early listers:
- October 15: 3rd Annual Boo Bash at Ocean Beach Park
- October 21: Downtown Manchester’s Halloween Happenings
- October 21: Downtown Middletown Trick or Treat
- October 28: Trick or Treat Downtown Storrs
- October 28: Trunk or Treat at Roseland Park:
- October 29: Trunk or Treat Fundraiser at Arbor Park, Ellington
Go for a Nature Walk
There are so many GORGEOUS places to take a hike in the fall. We’ll have a full roundup on this soon, but in the meantime:
Some of our Top Favorites:
- Bigelow Hollow, Union
- Bolton Notch, Bolton
- Case Mountain, Manchester
- Devil’s Hopyard State Park, East Haddam
- Enders Falls, Granby
- Gay City State Park, Hebron
- Gilette Castle, East Haddam
- Hopeville Pond, Griswold
- Hubbard Park, Meriden
- Kent Falls State Park, Kent
- Mansfield Hollow Dam, Mansfield
- Northwest Park, Windsor
- Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown
- Stratton Brook State Park, Simsbury
- Talcott Mountain State Park, Simsbury
- Valley Falls Park, Vernon
- Wadsworth Falls, Middletown
Before it gets cold and wet out, take the opportunity to spend some time outside. We’ve been exploring playgrounds around the state (and even came up with a playground trail!) Plus, there’s lots of information on our TikTok and Youtube Pages.
Some of our Favorites so far:
Discover a New Museum
We have SO MANY Museums in our State- and they are so pretty to explore in the Fall!
Some of our Favorite Children’s Museums:
- The Children’s Museum, West Hartford
- Niantic Children’s Museum
- Lutz Museum, Manchester
- KidCity, Middletown
- KidsPlay, Torrington
- Stepping Stones Museum, Norwalk
- Discovery Museum, Bridgeport
Museums where you can see Animals:
- Mystic Aquarium
- Norwalk Aquarium
- Meigs Point Nature Center
- Beardsley Zoo
- Stamford Museum and Nature Center
- Hungerford Nature Center
- Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
Photo Credit: Shoreline Trolley Museum, Connecticut Trolley Museum
Take a Train (or Trolley!) Ride
It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Yes, that’s another Daniel Tiger Reference. We. Are. OBSESSED.)
Trains and Trolleys are an incredible way to check on the fall colors. Some of our favorite spots:
Cook Something Delicious
Fall is the season of cooking (Winter is the season of Baking), and we have so many incredible local food bloggers out there (Tastefully Grace springs to mind!) We’ll have a round up on those plus a round up on some incredible cooking classes here soon, so stay tuned!)
Tailgate at the Game
Fall Sports are here- Football and Soccer (or, if you’re from most of the rest of the world, also football) are just a couple!
- Check out a UCONN Game– we especially love watching Soccer!
- Hartford Athletic has some great games coming up too.
I’m going to work on adding ideas to this too- here’s hoping we come up with a full sports round up by the end of this (feel free to help with this one)
What’s your favorite game day food?
Spend Time with Your Family
I mean, that’s really what this is all about, isn’t it? Take the kids on an afterschool (or for you fellow homeschoolers, afternoon) adventure, have a family game night, and most importantly- have fun together!
As always, lots of effort goes into making these lists- but it’s always best to call ahead and do your own research since things can (and do!) change at the drop of a hat.
Did I miss something? Let me know! Drop a comment below or email Kate@Kidtivity.com 🙂