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June 30-July 1
Niantic Lions Arts & Craft Show, Niantic Town Hall, Niantic, nianticartsandcraftshow.com
The 58th annual Lions Club show will feature paintings, pottery, photos, sculpture and more from more than 160 vendors, plus plenty of tasty treats from the newly expanded food court. The show takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Barnumpalooza, Seaside Park, Bridgeport, barnumfestival.com
Bridgeport and surrounding communities will gather for a day of carnival rides, food trucks and live music. Admission is free. Purchases at the event benefit Barnum Festival and its related scholarships. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Waterbury Fireworks & Food Truck Fest, Brass Mill Center, Waterbury
More than 25 food trucks from around Connecticut and beyond will converge on Waterbury for the second annual festival, which culminates with the city’s spectacular fireworks show. Free admission and parking at Brass Mill Center. See their Facebook page for more information. (Rain date July 9.)
NICE Festival, Oyster Shell Park, Norwalk, norwalknice.org
This one-day festival celebration of world cultures will feature live music and dance performances, arts and crafts, exhibits and international cuisine from more than 50 vendors. The third annual festival takes place from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., with children’s attractions and games until 6 p.m. Rain or shine.
Community Picnic & Fireworks, Guilford Green & Fairgrounds, Guilford, guilfordparkrec.com
The town will hold its annual community picnic from 4-7 p.m., with kids’ activities and live music on stage, followed by a fireworks display from 7-10 p.m.
Summer Dance Fest, Lebanon Green, Lebanon
Bring your own picnic or barbecue, or purchase food on site for a day of food, music and family activities under a giant tent. The evening culminates with a huge fireworks display.
Riverfront Food Truck Festival, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford, riverfront.org
Prizes, live music and more than 25 food trucks will be at this three-day event. Noon-8 p.m.
Tunxis Hose Carnival & Fireman’s Parade, Carnival grounds (behind Union School), Unionville, tunxishose.com
The 125th annual festivities are sure to be a time to remember. Friday night is Family Night, with wristbands for sale good for unlimited carnival rides. The parade starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, and fireworks cap off both Friday and Saturday nights. Carnival grounds open at 6 each night.
North Stonington Agricultural Fair, Stonington Fairgrounds, Stonington, northstoningtonfair.org
Enjoy family fun on the farm with livestock and agricultural exhibitions, contests, a ham and bean dinner and much more, sponsored by the North Stonington Community Grange and the Volunteer Fire Department. Thursday and Friday 5-11 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; admission $10, under 12 free, $5 seniors (Saturday only).
Craft Expo 2018, Guilford Art Center, Guilford, guilfordartcenter.org/expo
More than 180 contemporary artists from throughout North America will take part in this three-day juried craft show. Rain or shine, Friday noon-8:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m.
Westport Fine Arts Festival, Main Street, Downtown Westport, westportdma.com/fine-arts-festival
Nationally recognized juried festival with more than 170 artists in at least 10 categories including painting, photography, jewelry and much more. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Connecticut Summer Food Truck Fest, Naugatuck Event Center, Naugatuck
Along with more than 20 food trucks, you can enjoy craft beers and cocktails, live music, carnival rides and more. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fort Griswold Celebration on the Thames, Fort Griswold State Park, Groton, groton-ct.gov
Celebrate America with a day of food and entertainment, leading up to a fireworks display over the Thames River.
Life. Be in it. Extravaganza, Mill Pond Park, Newington, newingtonct.gov
For five days enjoy great food, live music, arts and crafts, games and more activities for the whole family. Craft beer tasting is back Friday at 6 p.m., and the celebration wraps up Sunday night with a fireworks display over Mill Pond Park. Admission is free; tickets for the beer tasting are $20 in advance, $25 day of event.
Canaan Railroad Days, canaanrailroaddays.com
Learn about train history and enjoy fun family events, including a carnival, car show, live music and fireworks to cap it all off. Check the website for a detailed schedule.
Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, Bushnell Park, Hartford, hartfordjazz.org
Billing itself as the largest free event of its type in New England, the festival is expected to again bring in some of the best jazz musicians around in this, its 27th year. Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday; music starts at 7 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
Celebrate East Lyme Festival, Main Street, Niantic, celebrateeastlyme.com
The village of Niantic will host more than 200 local food and product vendors, live music, cooking demos, a sand castle competition, raft races and a fireworks show off the Niantic Bay. Main Street will be closed to vehicles beginning at 3 p.m.
Connecticut Wine Festival, Goshen Fairgrounds, Goshen, ctwine.com
Sample the sweetest fruits from the state’s wineries and enjoy locally produced special foods and live music. Tickets purchased before July 14 are $32 for Saturday and $27 for Sunday, and $40/$35 thereafter. Saturday noon-7 p.m., Sunday noon-6 p.m.
Norwalk Food Truck Festival, Oyster Shell Park, Norwalk,
In addition to food trucks there will be craft beer and wine, activities for the kids and plenty of shopping vendors. Admission $5, 12 and under free.
Old Lyme Midsummer Festival, Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, florencegriswoldmuseum.org
Friday night enjoy art open houses and the annual Midsummer Free Concert at 7 p.m. along the Lieutenant River. A full slate of activities for Saturday includes a street fair and food truck court, a dog show, family-friendly crafts and activities and a magic show.
Blues on the Beach, Short Beach Park, Stratford, townofstratford.com/bluesonthebeach
Enjoy a day of fun in the sun at Stratford’s premier outdoor summer music festival. 1-10 p.m.
Westside Reggae Festival, Ives Concert Park, Danbury, ivesconcertpark.com
The seventh annual reggae festival will feature performances by Mykal Rose, Culture, Wayne Wonder and more. Doors open at 1 p.m.
Rock the Summer, Nolan Field, Ansonia, facebook.com/rtsansonia
NRBQ and Deep Banana Blackount will perform at this year's concert, which helps support Banko's Music Foundation and music education. $10 suggested donation.
Litchfield Jazz Festival, Goshen Fairgrounds, Goshen, litchfieldjazzfest.com
Hot jazz with a stunning view of the Litchfield Hills, with a lineup including Dan Brubeck & Friends, the Jeff Tain Watts Trio, Orrin Evans and many more. Tickets are $20-$500, starting with single-day lawn seating for students and ranging up to tent and reserved seating, participation in a jazz brunch on Saturday and a backstage VIP pass.