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Top Fall Festivals In Connecticut

September 3, 2012 1:00 PM

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Art is not seasonal. However, when the calendar year turns its colorful page to fall in Connecticut, then celebrations of art are called for. It’s difficult to not find an arts festival taking place from September to November in a state that artists love to call home. Whether it’s located on the grounds of a museum, seaside, inland or on a quaint historic green, art is celebrated against nature’s masterpiece.

Groton’s Fall Festival
Poquonnock Plains Park
150 Forth Hill Road
Groton, CT 06340
(860) 572-9578
grotonbiz.com

Date: October 6

Just like a mighty oak from a little acorn grows, so too the Groton Business Association’s concept of having a special festival that would bring together artists, crafters, businesses and the whole community grew to a huge annual attraction. Thousands of people turn out for the event that features more than 100 vendors. Scheduled for October 6, this one-day event is bound to become a family-favorite outing.

Related: Top Spots For Glass Art In Connecticut

Southbury Fall Arts Festival
Southbury Green
775 Main St S
Southbury, CT 06488
(203) 706-0724
southburywomensclub.org

Date: September 22

Each year, thousands of visitors make their way to the Southbury Green to take in the Fall Arts Festival that the town’s Women’s Club has been mounting. This is a juried event that takes place rain or shine. Along with the fine arts presented here, there is music and a bake sale. What sets this arts festival apart from others is that 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to the local community to help those in need. This year, there will also be a wellness booth.

St. Michael’s 12th Anniversary Fete & Faire
25 South St
Litchfield, CT 06759
(860) 567-9465
stmichaels-litchfield.org

Date: September 29

St. Michael’s annual Fete & Faire event will highlight a production featuring the Tanglewood Marionettes. While this festival showcases about 70 artists and crafters as well as music, a bake sale and an early Oktoberfest food booth, it is a unique festival because it not only benefits St. Michael’s but the Torrington Community Kitchen, the Litchfield Volunteer Fire Company and the Animal Rescue Foundation of Connecticut. This is a festival where children proudly show off their pets and painted faces as they wait for the animals to be blessed. Enjoy the day with your family and come out for some fun.

Apple Harvest Festival
75 Main St
Southington, CT 06489
(860) 276-8461
southington.org

Date: September 28-30 and October 5-7

Here’s a Connecticut town that pulls out all the stops for its annual Apple Harvest Festival. This is Southington’s 44th Annual Apple Harvest Festival and it is definitely ripe for the arts. Always held the last weekend in September and the first weekend in October, this is a six-day event that starts with a parade, highlights local artists, musicians and authors and features everything from a children’s play to a grand finale fireworks display. There’s plenty of food and entertainment scheduled for this family-oriented community event as well.

Bruce Museum’s Outdoor Arts Festival
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 869-0376
brucemuseum.org

Date: October 6-7

This is an arts festival that draws people from far and wide. We are talking about Connecticut’s premiere gold coast location. The Bruce Museum holds an arts festival every year around Columbus Day weekend. This is strictly a fine-arts event, therefore there are no dealers and no crafts. Exhibitors are juried for selection and the works available for sale include paintings, graphics and drawings, mixed media, sculpture and photography. Best of all, the artists are present with their work so visitors can dish out any questions or praise. Adding to the distinct pleasure of this festival are music and dance performances.

Related: Top Up-and-Coming Artists In Connecticut

Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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