First annual Art in the Park Festival, Fri., Aug. 25, beginning at 10 a.m., Weir Farm National Historic Site, 735 Nod Hill Rd., Wilton. Hosted also by Friends of Weir Farm and Weir Farm Arts Center. Artists, neighbors and others welcome to free all-day event, with art demonstrations, activity stations, free art supplies, music, refreshments and more. Visitors invited to create works of art with theme of Impressions of Weir Farm for judging, voting on favorite piece and winners announced at 5 p.m. Details: www.nps.gov/wefa. Info: 203-834-1896.
Fourth Art Walk Ridgefield, Aug. 25-Sept. 8; more than 50 restaurants, businesses and cultural venues to showcase work of over 70 artists in windows and on shop walls during this free, two-week festival, organized by Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Fri., Aug. 25, 5-8 p.m. with artist opening reception in stores; continues Sat., Aug. 26, noon-4. Live music and demonstrations outside storefronts and Marketplace at Copps Hill. Walk on Down exhibit at guild, 34 Halpin Lane. Opening reception following Artists Day Aug. 26, 4-6 p.m. Info: rgoa.org.
Hey Stamford Food Festival, Sat., Aug., 26, 1-9 p.m., Mill River Park in downtown Stamford; family oriented event featuring food from more than 30 food trucks, restaurants, chefs, plus breweries in and around Stamford. Also, music, with hits from 80s and 90s on main stage, performances by The Fresh Kids of Bel Air and Jessie’s Girl; lineup of musicians and DJs. $10 adm; ticket info at heystamfordfoodfest.com. Sponsorships: Mark Hoyt, 410-456-1124, [email protected]
Celebrating Redding’s 250th Anniversary, during Family Day at Putnam Memorial State Park, 499 Black Rock Turnpike, Redding, Sat., Aug. 26, 2-4 p.m. Tour, scavenger hunt and more. Redding Reads program celebrating Mark Twain Library’s town-wide read of My Brother Sam is Dead, by James and Christopher Collier; walking in Sam Meeker’s footsteps at “Connecticut’s Valley Forge.” Co-sponsored by library and Friends and Neighbors of Putnam Park. Rain date: Aug. 27. Info: www.marktwainlibrary.org
Bacon & Brew, Sat., Aug. 26, 3-9 p.m., CityCenter Green, 101 Railroad Place, Danbury. Sampling of craft beers, and bacon inspired tastes from local restaurants. Live music by headliner Skid Row and local acts. Tickets $15 adv at ctbaconandbrew.com; $20 day of event.
85th Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair, Sun., Aug. 27, 10-4, rain or shine; activities take place inside historic Cannon Grange Hall at 25 Cannon Rd., Wilton, and on its grounds alongside Norwalk River. Many activities for children, youth and adults and also to win a prize ribbon for submitted entries for judging. New category: Watercolor painting, all ages can enter. Other categories for competition include baking, needlework & sewing, crafts, photography, fruit & vegetables, flowers, and small farm animals. Rules and regulations for submitting exhibits in Fair Book available from area merchants, Wilton Town Hall and Wilton Library, or at www.cannongrange.org with downloadable entry form. Adm $2 per person or $1 with canned good for food pantry. Info: website or 203-762-1900.
German Bierfest & Pig Roast, Sun., Aug. 27, 1-6 p.m., Harugari German-American Club, 66 Highland St., West Haven. German bier and food for purchase. The Adlers (theeadlersband.com) to perform. Harugari Schuhplattlers to perform traditional German folk dances. Adm $5 adults, free for under 18. CT Beer Trail “Trailblazer” card holders receive free adm and $1 off each CT beer purchase. Info: harugari.org or 203-933-9930.
Darien Arts Center Open House, Tues., Aug. 29, 1-4 p.m., 2 Renshaw Rd., behind Town Hall. Visitors can take part in mini-classes in dance, visual arts and kids’ theater; learn about Darien’s Got Talent 2018 and community theater; live music; cupcakes and lemonade. Info: darienarts.org or 203-655-8683.
57th annual Mark Twain Library Book Fair, Sept. 1-4, Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Rd., Redding; Fri., 9-6; Sat., 10-4; Sun., 10-4, half-price day; Mon., 9-4, $10 for each boxful of books or half-price for individual book. More than 65,000 books in 75 categories. Free adm except $20 early buying charge Sept. 1, 9-10 a.m. Info: marktwainlibrary.org or 203-938-2545.
Hummock Island Oyster Farm tour, Sat., Sept. 2, 5:30-7 p.m., organized by Westport Historical Society. Boat tour to visit island, site of historic oyster house that sits in middle of Sherwood Mill Pond. Guide John Northrup’s family built this house in 1747 and he will share stories about their oyster family business. Oyster tasting and shucking lesson, along with wine and other light bites. Arrival requested at 5:15 at Elvira’s Market, 222 Hillspoint Rd., boat to island 5:30. For those without Westport beach sticker, arrangements to shuttle you from Hillspoint Elementary School parking lot to pond. Reservations required; limited to first 30 people. Tickets $110 at westporthistory.org or 203-222-1424.
Bird Watching: Fall Migration at Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd., New Canaan, Sat., Sept. 2, and Sat., Sept. 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., during free guided walk of trails. Renee Hewitt and Daniel Samperi, founders of @IntoBirds, to teach visitors of all ages about specific bird species at 80-acre Grace Farms preserve. Guests invited to bring camera and share #GraceFarms bird photos with at @GraceFarmsCT. Info at gracefarms.org.
10th annual 5K/10K Run or Walk, Sept. 4, rain or shine, 8:30 a.m.sign-in, 9 a.m. start, Stamford. Benefits JumpStart at JCC; open to community. Info: stamfordjcc.org or Nancy Schiffman, 203-487-0941. Reg. fees $36 adults, $18 ages 6-18; lower if sign-up by Aug. 18.
Festival 2017, Sept. 8-10, St. Dimitrie Orthodox Church grounds, 504 Sport Hill Rd., Easton; Fri., 4-10 p.m., food till 9; Sat., noon-10, food till 8; Sun., noon-3. Macedonian grilled lamb, stuffed cabbage (sarmale), homemade pastries and bread; music all day; outdoor cafenea; religious items; church tours; raffles and more. Info: stdimitrieeaston.org
Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival, celebrating 40th year, Sept. 8-10, Veteran’s Park, Norwalk. Fri., 6-11 p.m., with Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot, Billy Joel tribute band; Sat., 11-11, with Sacred Fire, Latin rock-Santana tribute band, and Desert Highway, Eagles music; and Sun., 11-8, with Eight to the Bar, ’40s jazz and swing, ’50s blues, and more live bands throughout weekend. Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show motorcycle acts and other daredevil stunts, crafts beer tent, arts & crafts pavilion, oyster slurping contest, wide variety of cuisine, amusement rides, live entertainment (clowns, magicians, acrobats) for kids and more. Details and tickets at seaport.org or 203-838-9444.
3rd annual Kennedy Center Autism SpectRUN, Sun., Sept. 10, Jennings Beach, 800 S. Benson Rd., Fairfield, rain or shine. Participants of all ages encouraged to wear colorful attire and decorate strollers or wagons. 5K timed race and 1 mile walk/stroll, starting 9 a.m. Reg. 7:30-8:45 a.m. Free non-competitive Children’s Race at 8:30. Parking lot Zumba warm up 8:45. Activities for kids, including Casey Carl’s Bubblemania, bounce house, face painting, sensory tents, games, and entertainment, plus food trucks. After race, snacks at VIP tent. Prizes to be awarded for Most Colorful child, adult & team, Most Dollars Raised – individual and team, and for timed race – male & female champions plus top finishers in 8 age groups. Online reg. at www.KC-Autism.org open until Sept. 9 or reg. at event. Participation fee: $30/adult, $15/children 18 and under; free for children 5 and under. Info: Jo Ann at 203-365-8522, x229 or email [email protected]
4th annual Superhero 5K & Family Fun Day, Sun., Sept. 10, benefit for Milford Prevention Council, Woodruff Family YMCA, 631 Orange Ave., Milford, 9-noon. All ages welcome to participate in race and 1K obstacle course; (new this year, 5K course to be chip timed – get results live). Costume contest & parade, color toss, bounce house, DJ, raffles, “real life Superheroes” and more. On site reg. at 8 a.m., run 9. Early reg. fee $20 adults (18 and over) and $10 children (5-17) by Aug. 28; then $25/adult, $15/child. Free for kids 4 and younger. Reg. also at lightboxreg.com/superhero-5k. Info: milfordprevention.org/events/superhero5K, Facebook event page or contact Wendy Gibbons at MPC, 203-783-6676 or at [email protected]
Sasquanaug Association’s Treasures of Southport, Sun., Sept. 10, with activities starting at Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport, 1 p.m. with treasure map that leads participants to key Sasquanaug landmarks where they learn about and identify historical details: Perry Green, the Robinson Cottage, Sea Lodge, and Southport Park. Activities at each site include barbershop quartet, trail tours, bean bag toss game, beekeeping display, and hands-on aquarium touch-tank conducted by Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Back at library participants to tour interactive exhibit that highlights history and lore of Southport as seen through lens of association since its founding in 1887. Reception at 3 with ice cream and hot dogs; treasures found to be shared; My Southport Art Contest. Free event; sign-up requested at sasquanaug.org.
39th annual Trumbull Arts Festival, Sun., Sept. 10, 10-4, Trumbull Town Hall Green; more than 30 juried crafters, 20 fine artists, authors, community booths, food trucks and vendors, Children’s Creative Center, face painting and balloon artist. Entertainment begins at 11 by Brideau & Miller; 11:30, singer Evelyn Sload; noon, Downtown Cabaret Theatre’s Children’s Company; 1 p.m., The Red Hots; 2:30, DTC Company; 3 p.m., Frank Porto Band at 3 p.m. Info: Emily Areson, 203-452-5065 or [email protected].
Adirondack Experience Antiques Show and Sale, Benefit Preview Party, Fri., Sept. 15, 3-6 p.m., museum (formerly Adirondack Museum), 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y.; tickets required at 518-352-7311, x119, or theADKX.org; outdoor event, rain or shine. Show to open to general public Sat., Sept. 16,, 10-5, with museum entry included; $20 per person; no pets. Exhibitors from across U.S. offering traditional camp, sporting goods, rustic antiques, decorative arts, fine art, oriental rugs, garden architectural décor, early country painted furniture, Native American jewelry, folk art, decoys and more. Now under Barn Star show management; info: barnstar.com or theADKX.org.
Fall Bird Walk, Sat., Sept. 16, 9-11 a.m., Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., Fairfield; free with donations suggested; for ages 12 and up. Hiking trails of Larsen Sanctuary, and learning about fall migration. Adv reg required at ctaudubon.org/center-at-fairfield, or call 203-259-6305, ext. 109. Falll programs and events: ctaudubon.org.
JCC Open House & Family Fun Day, Sun., Sept. 17, 10-2, Stamford Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Ave. Info: stamfordjcc.org or Ilene Kirschner Madwed, 203-487-0945, [email protected]
10th annual Old-Fashioned Flea Market, Sept. 17, 10-5, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk; featuring antiques, repurposed furniture, collectibles, jewelry, crafts, household items, clothing, toys; specialty and farm-to-table foods. Museum open for $5 mini-tours and white elephant table with items starting at $1. Food trucks, food demos and classic and antique car show featuring Connecticut Seaport Car Club. Details for interested vendors via [email protected]. Info: lockwoodmathewsmansion.org, 203-838-9799.
Over Here: Norwalk in the First World War Bus Tour, Sun., Sept. 17, 1-5 p.m. Organized by Norwalk Preservation Trust, tour visits homes, monuments and memorials that tell story of Norwalk during Great War. Also, costumed re-enactors, architecture historian, comfortable buses and reception at conclusion. Tickets $60 until Sept. 10, then $70. Reg. and info at norwalkpreservation.org
56th annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show, Sept. 23 and 24, 10-4, 205 Business Park Drive, Armonk, N.Y. 185 juried artists, kids’ activities, decorating assistance, food court, free parking/shuttle bus, free movie/concert-Fri./Sat. at library; sponsored by Friends of the North Castle Public Library, Inc. Info: armonkoutdoorartshow.org
Danbury Artisans Street Fair, Sat., Sept. 23, 11-7, downtown Danbury; featuring handmade items, from original fine art to upscale crafts, indie music, performing arts and more. Info: artswesternct.org
13th annual CT Fallen Heroes Memorial Tribute, Sat., Sept. 30, 10-4 p.m., Holiday Hill in Prospect. 102d Army Band to perform 11:30-1 p.m., Gold Star ceremony at 1 p.m., Black Hawk landing on site and Massachusetts National Guard to be present; free and open to public. Info: visit ctfallenheroes.org.
The Last Taste of Summer, Sat., Sept. 30, 12-4:30 p.m. Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Greenwich. Craft beer fest with 30 breweries, food trucks, vendors, and live music, including Wilton Steel Community Band, blues, funk and rock & roll from The Clams, and Sacred Fire, Santana tribute band. Tickets $15-$75 at eventbrite.com; gates open 12 p.m. for VIP. Proceeds benefit Zero Waste Education, sponsored by Live Green Connecticut. Info: LiveGreenCT.org.
The Hickories Farm Stand, 136 Lounsbury Rd., Ridgefield, May-October, 11-6, Mon.-Sun.; November-May, 11-5, Fri.-Sun.; stand works on honor system; thehickories.org
Stratford Farmers’ Market, Mon., 2-6 p.m., Paradise Green, Stratford; townofstratford.com/FarmersMarket. Kids Day, Aug. 28, 2-4 p.m., healthy cooking demos, gardening and nature activities, moon bounce, yoga, ukulele lessons, health info, music, touch-a-truck with Stratford Fire Department, storytime with Stratford Library, giveaways and more.
Wilton Farmers’ Market, Wed., 12-5, 10+ vendors, Wilton Historical Society grounds, 224 Danbury Rd.; June 7-mid-October; www.facebook.com/WiltonFarmersMarket
Westport Farmers’ Market, Thurs., 10-2, 45 vendors, at 50 Imperial Ave.; May 18-Nov. 9; westportfarmersmarket.com Parking Lot Party, Sept. 14, with cocktails, food from restaurants and music.
Trumbull Farmers’ Market, Thurs., 3:30-6:30 p.m., 15 vendors; 1773 Huntington Tpke., May 18-Oct. 12; niatrumbull.org/farmer-s-market
Monroe Farmers’ Market, Fri., 3-6, 20+ vendors, Monroe Green; June 23-Oct. 27; monroefarmersmarket.org
Farmers’ Market at Lachat Town Farm, 106 Godfrey Rd. West, Weston, Fri., 4-8 p.m. monthly, June 30, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 29, Oct. 27; lachattownfarm.org/farmers-market.php
Black Rock Farmers’ Market, Sat., 9-1, 25+ vendors, 481 Brewster Street, Bridgeport, June 10-Oct. 7; blackrockfarmersmarket.com
Gossett Brothers’ Farmers’ Market, Sat., 9-1 year-round (indoors for winter), 7 vendors; 1202 Rte. 35, South Salem, N.Y.; gossettbrothersnursery.com/farmers-market
Danbury Farmers’ Market, Sat., 10-2, CenterCity Green, June 24-Oct. 21, danburyfarmersmarket.org
New Canaan Farmers’ Market, Sat., 10-2, Old Center School municipal parking lot, corner of South Ave.-Maple St.-Main St., April 22-Dec. 16; newcanaanfarmersmarket.net
Earth Root Farm’s Stand, Sun., 10-2, 140A Mopus Bridge Rd., Ridgefield, June-October; earthrootfarm.com
Fairfield Farmers’ Market, Sun., 10-2, 20+ vendors, Sherman Green in downtown area, Fairfield, June 11-Oct. 1; fairfieldfarmersmarket.org