September 11 – 17

Below we have highlighted our Momecast™ – a mom’s forecast of what to do and where to go for the next seven days across Connecticut, except Hartford – click here for Hartford happenings! We promote things for Moms to do; as well as events and activities for couples, kids and for the entire family!

Friday, September 11:

7pm: Passport To Space: Choosing Where To Go And How To Pack Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by a visit to view the night sky through the Observatory’s 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. This program is suitable for children ages 5 and older. Please call for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing. Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3.

8pm: Stars of the Royal Danish Ballet and the New York City Ballet For the first time ever in Stamford, Star Dancers from the Royal Danish Ballet and the New York City Ballet will perform iconic pieces from the Danish and American repertoires, celebrating the long friendship between the two ballet companies. The Palace, Stamford.

Friday, September 11 – Saturday, September 12:

Friday 4 – 10pm and Saturday from 12 – 11pm: St. Dimitrie Romanian Orthodox Festival

Friday 6 – 10pm, Saturday at 4pm: Ellington Volunteer Fire Dept Carnival

Friday, September 11 – Sunday, September 13:

Friday from 12 – 11pm, Saturday from 9am – 11pm and Sunday from 9am – 8pm: Hebron Harvest Fair Admission: Friday $12, Saturday  – Sunday $13. Children 12 and under are always free when accompanied by an adult. Parking: Friday free before 4pm $5 after 4pm. Saturday – Sunday $5.

Friday 3 – 11pm, Saturday 10am – 11pm and Sunday 10am – 7pm: 73rd Annual North Haven Fair Admission: Adults $10, Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.

Friday 5 – 10pm, Saturday 8am – 9pm and Sunday from 8am – 5:30pm: Bethlehem Fair

Leyard Fair

Friday 6pm-11pm, Saturday 9am-11pm, Sunday 11am-6pm: Ledyard Fair


Friday 6 – 11pm, Saturday 11am – 11pm and Sunday 11am – 8pm: 38th Annual Oyster Festival Admission: Friday $10, Saturday-Sunday $12, children ages 5 – 12 $5, US Military Personnel on active duty free.

Friday: 7 – 9pm, Saturday from 9am – 5pm, Sunday from 9am – 1pm: The Connecticut Kids Closet Western CT University; O’Neill Center Arena, Danbury.

Saturday, September 12:

8am: William Raveis Ride + Walk Connecticut


Starting at 9am: Third Annual 2 Left Feet Blues Festival is Connecticut’s only true blues festival. This local blues event features award-winning blues artists, great food, and craft vendors. Powder Ridge Park, Middlefield.

9am – 12:30pm: Fairy Festival Join us at the Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market in North Guilford for our second Fairy Festival event. We welcome you to dress for the occasion in your finest Fairy or Elf ensemble, or any other spritely attire. Children, accompanied by adults are invited to follow the Fairy Trail, decorate their own Fairy doors, decorate a wand, and discover their Fairy names. Crafts are limited to the first 200 children, but the Fairy Trail and other stations; such as bubble and art stations and photo ops will be available throughout the event. Cheryl Kling, local author of Nature’s Royal Tea Party will be there, too. Raindate: 9/19.

9am – 4pm: Great Killingly Tomato Festival

10am – 1pm: Touch-a-Truck Members and equipment from the Stamford Police Department, the Stamford Fire Department, and the Stamford EMS, will be present to talk to the public, and demonstrate various pieces of equipment. We expect this will be a great photo opportunity for children to become familiar with various vehicles that protect our community.

10am – 2pm: Family Fall Fun Fest at the United Methodist Church in Waterbury

10am – 3pm: The Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival returns to New London featuring a range of fun-filled activities for visitors of all ages to celebrate Connecticut’s maritime heritage, history and spirit of innovation. Chowder Challenge from 11am – 3pm, details here. Chowder Challenge is 12 tickets for $10. Lighted Boat Parade is at 8:30pm.


10:30am: RCA Ladrigan Swim Races & Family Fun Day Celebrate the end of the summer season with the annual Arthur J. Ladrigan Swim Races and Family Fun Day at Bayley Beach on Saturday, September 12th. We’ll start with the Lighthouse Race at 10:30am sharp (a one-mile swim from Green’s Ledge Lighthouse to shore). Check-in for Lighthouse Race swimmers and their kayak escorts will start at 9:30am. Following the Lighthouse Race is the Buoy Race (a swim from the buoy to the shore). Last are the Children’s Swim Races, which are grouped by age and run parallel to the beach. After the awards ceremony, all are invited to join in the traditional beach games, which include a tug-of-war, a pie-eating contest and an egg toss. Click here for information in swimming including the children’s race.


12 – 3pm: The 4th Annual Wine & Food Tasting Experience With over three dozen of Saugatuck’s finest restaurants, shops and galleries opening their doors and inviting the community to come and sample their offerings. Walk the streets of Saugatuck Center and taste your way from restaurant to restaurant, to liquor store, to retail merchant and back. Tickets: Adults $10, Children (ages 5-12) $5.


2pm: Author Meet & Greet Meet the author of Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much, Allia Zobel Nolan. Click here to learn more about this book. Fairfield University Bookstore, Fairfield. Thank you to Fairfield University Bookstore for submitting this event.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Cocktails at the Homestead Connecticut Landmarks celebrates the rich agricultural heritage of the Nathan Hale Homestead & the beginning of the Hale Historic Barns Project. Cocktails at the Homestead will include great friends, music and hors d’oeuvres and great wine for a magical night in this splendid historic setting. Nathan Hale Homestead,Coventry.

6:30 – 9:30pm: Under The Harvest Moon Gather your friends for great food, music and all for a great cause: to support the community programs at Pratt Nature Center.


8pm: Kate Comedy Night For over 20 years now, Vincent McElhone has been performing in clubs and casinos all over the country and is excited about taking the stage in his hometown of Old Saybrook, CT for this very special show at The Kate. Tony Liberati and Howie Mason join Vincent for this laugh filled evening.

Saturday, September 12 – Sunday, September 13:


Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 10am – 4pm: St Peter’s Annual Apple Festival It’s a community tradition you don’t want to miss. Every year on the first weekend after Labor Day, St Peter’s Church holds its annual Apple Festival. Craft vendors from all over the Northeast set up tents on the historical Monroe Green to sell everything from doll clothes to jewelry to woodcrafts. There are games for kids, tons of great food and baked goods, and apples, apples, apples!

12 – 7pm: Portland Food Truck Festival General Admission (ages 13 and up): $5, Children 12 and under are free.

Sunday, September 13:


9am – 3pm: 3rd Annual Hawleyville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Community Tag Sale

10am – 4pm: 37th Annual Trumbull Arts Festival Fine handcrafted items including garden ornaments, sea glass jewelry, pottery and children’s accessories are among the works that will be for sale on the historic Trumbull Town Hall Green.  The juried show features more than 65 fine artists and crafters from the tri-state area and beyond. Hundreds of pieces of fine artwork, photography and sculpture in various media will also be for sale.The festival also features a Children’s Creative Center where children can create a number of crafts at no cost. The center is manned by the Trumbull Community Women and is open to children ages 3 and up, accompanied by an adult. Among the participants are the Discovery Museum, Bijoux Theatre, and representatives from the Trumbull Animal Group.

11am – 3pm: Battle of Fort Griswold Commemorate the 1781 battle that brought the Revolutionary War to our doorstep. Meet soldiers, see their camp, watch musket ring demonstrations, visit with traditional artisans as they demonstrate colonial crafts. Children’s games and activities. Museum open for tours.

11am – 6pm: The Annual Bethel Town Picnic to benefit the Scotty Fund. Admission price is $7 which includes all amusements, games, pony rides, rides, contests and entertainment.


1pm: 36th Annual Darien Road Race is a beloved Darien community event celebrating its 36th year. The race includes a scenic 10k and a 1.5 mile “loop” around the picturesque Pear Tree Point Beach golden coastline, and attracts over 500 runners, family and friends for a day of fun, music, food and a celebration of community.

1 – 3pm: Mozzarella Cheese Making Try your hand at cheese making! Join this beginner level class and learn the basics of cheese making. Make and taste fresh mozzarella cheese during the program, and leave with recipes and experience to make your own cheese! $12 per non-member. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

2 – 3pm: Family Focus: Grandparent’s Day! Bring your grandparent to enjoy the galleries, storytelling, and a fun activity designing your own newspaper inspired by Picturing the News exhibition. Grandparents free with grandchild.

Tuesday, September 15:


7pm: Author Meet & Greet New York Times and USA Today best selling author, Kristan Higgins, will talk about her new novel, If You Only Knew. Click here to learn more about this novel. Fairfield University Bookstore, Fairfield.

Tuesday, September 15 – Thursday, September 17:

Tuesday at 7:05pm, Wednesday at 10:35am and 7:07pm and Thursday at 7:05pm: Unused Ticket Days with the Bridgeport Bluefish

Wednesday, September 16:

6:30 – 8pm: Paint ‘n’ Sip at the Nature Center! Join us for an exciting night out! Local art teacher, Rob Reas, will teach you how to paint landscapes, watercolor scenes, and more, while also sharing some interesting information about the local plants and animals featured in the paintings. No experience necessary. Tonight – water color landscapes. DPNC provides all art materials. Bring your own beverage. 21 and over.  $23.53 per non-member. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

7 – 9pm: How to Navigate Your Student’s Special Education Needs for the School Year and Beyond Join Attorney Lawrence Berliner for a free back to school workshop for parents of students with special needs.  The workshop will guide parents with questions to ask at the next PPT meeting, understanding IEP goals and objectives, and basic educational rights. Click here to download the flyer. RSVP. Shoreline Office of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, New Haven.

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