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Spring is here! We’re all familiar with Fall Fairs and Festivals, but did you know that Spring fairs are a thing too? Here in Connecticut, towns everywhere are celebrating the start of Spring with a wide variety of events for kids of all ages. Check out our round up below, and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for the latest events in our area! 

Also, don’t forget to check out our list of Earth Day Events here!

April 1: Spring Into History at the Connecticut Historical Society:

What does the word “spring” mean to you? Is it a season, a piece of equipment, a body of water? Families will explore a variety of spring-themed artworks from the CHS collection and then create their own interpretation of spring! Free program. 

April 15: Earth Day Fair on the Branford Green:

Swaps are an opportunity to Recyle/Renew/Reuse for Free! Bring your board games, backpacks, jigsaw puzzles, toys and sports equipment — then shop for something to take home. All in excellent condition, please! See you at the Fair!

April 15 & 16: Springfest, New Milford:

Come celebrate the arrival of spring with us at Meadowbrook this year! We will have food, activities fun for everyone in the family, music, plant sales, giveaways and more! This year we will have a number of activities and entertainment for all ages!

April 16: New Haven Cherry Blossom Festival:

Every spring, our beautiful cherry trees blossom in the park. Why not celebrate? Join the Historic Wooster Square Association to commemorate the 50th Anniversary Cherry Blossom Celebration. Kicking off in Wooster Square Park, New Haven, CT on Sunday, April 16th from 12:00 to 4:30 pm. This celebration will feature live music, local food trucks, an engagement zone and much more. This event is fun for the whole family!

April 22: Spring Apple Hunt and Pancake Party at Lyman Orchards:

Hone your apple hunting skills and come out for the Annual Spring Apple Hunt in the Hay Maze at Lyman Orchards on Saturday, April 22nd! Feast your way starting at 9am to our Pancake Party on the patio, where you can choose from a variety of delicious pancake toppings!

April 23: Middletown Daffodil Day at the Wadsworth Mansion:

The Wadsworth Mansion will host their annual spring event: Daffodil Day on Sunday, April 23rd, 2023 from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate, 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown.  The event features food trucks, live music, nature exploration, Birds of Prey, Pollinator Pathways, rock painting, and guided tours. Feel free to bring a kite to fly on the estate or simply spend the afternoon viewing the beautiful flowers that let us know spring has arrived.

April 29: Meriden Daffodil Festival:

Join us for the Meriden Daffodil Festival – Meriden’s largest and most colorful festival! With food, crafts, music, fireworks, amusements, and a spectacular parade, the Meriden Daffodil Festival is a springtime funfest for all! The Daffodil Festival began in 1978 as a community event, and today is one of Connecticut’s favorite annual celebrations, held during the last weekend in April each year.

May 5-7: May Market at the Hillstead Museum

May Market, HIll-Stead’s much-anticipated annual event supports the museum’s 152 acres of beautiful gardens, grounds, and trails. May Market is produced with enormous support by the Hill-Steaders, volunteer ambassadors of Hill-Stead, who have supported the museum with fundraising and outreach initiatives for over 30 years. This is one of their largest events.

May 13-14: Greenfield Hill Church Dogwood Festival

Mark your calendars for May 13-14, 2023: the 86th annual Dogwood Festival! Craft vendors and more!

May 14: Killingly Springfest

You do not want to miss this event! Davis Park will be blooming with activities. Bring the whole family, your friends, and the neighbors too. There is no cost to attend.

Ongoing Activities: 

March 25-April 23: Daffy Days in Essex:

Make Essex your “daffodil destination!” Essex Board of Trade invites you for a day trip or weekend to enjoy this natural event, as well as our villages, as well as our shops, restaurants, galleries, architecture, and waterfront. In other words, Experience Essex! Stay tuned to Instagram @experienceessex and follow from daffodil buds to full bloom.

Key locations to enjoy:

Exit 3, Rte. 9, Across from the Essex Firehouse
Sunset Pond, West Avenue
Congregational Church Hill, West Avenue (immediately before turn onto Main Street, Essex Village)
Ivoryton Green, in front of Ivoryton Playhouse, Ivoryton Village

Month of April: Pick Your Own Daffodils at Halfinger Farms

Enjoy a spring outing, come pick your own daffodils at our daffodil farm, Dancing Daffodils! Call 860-345-4609 for daily picking updates. Our greenhouses are also open in April. We grow beautiful spring plants including pansies, violas, lettuce gardens, spring greens and perennials. Daffodil picking and greenhouse exploring make for the perfect spring adventure!

Month of April: Colorblends House and Spring Garden in Bridgeport: 

Whether you want to brighten your front walk, backyard or vegetable garden, whether you want to plant 200 bulbs or 2000, the COLORBLENDS spring garden will show you how to create a great spring display. The plantings exhibit the range of choices in spring-flowering bulbs and give ideas on where to plant them and how to maintain a bulb display year after year.

Year Round: Visit the Animals at Northwest Park

Spring animals are out- visit them or head for a hike at Windsor’s beautiful Northwest Park!

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