Norwalk Boat Show, Sept. 21-24, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Norwalk Cove Marina, 48 Calf Pasture Beach Rd., East Norwalk. Many boat exhibits, many activities for children; touch-a-boat, boat simulator, wing eating contest, island-inspired music of Eric Stone, Nature Nick’s Animal Adventure, canoe, kayak and paddleboard demos and much more. Adm $15 adults, 12 and younger free (when accompanied by adult). Tickets and details at boatshownorwalk.com.
St. Mary School Milford Carnival, Fri., Sept. 22, 6-11 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 23, 1-11 p.m., and Sun., Sept. 24, 1-5 p.m., 72 Gulf Street, Milford. Food, baked goods, 50/50 raffles, rides and games. Wristband for rides $25 per day. Car raffle drawing (Nissan Altima 2.5S, Apple iPad 128GB w/wifi or $250 Shoprite gift card) with tickets $5 at school office or parish office, Sun. 4:30 p.m. and fireworks show, 10 p.m. Info: 203-878-6539 or saintmaryschoolmilford.org.
3rd annual Step Up For The Brave Stadium Stair Climb Challenge, with appearance by Collective Soul lead singer Ed Roland, Sat., Sept. 23, Ballpark at Harbor Yard, 500 Main St., Bridgeport, rain or shine. In support of organization and work it does serving veterans. Tickets and info at HomesForTheBrave.org. Check-in opens 8 a.m. Registration fee: $35, $20 for students, includes light breakfast, t-shirt and “satisfaction of knowing you’re helping Connecticut’s homeless veterans.” Climb follows guided course along stadium stairs. Chaz from 99.1 WPLR’s Chaz and AJ morning show to emcee event.
Fairfield Kiwanis Club’s 26th annual Juried Arts and Crafts Show at historic town green on Old Post Rd., Fairfield, Sat. and Sun., Sept. 23 and 24, 10 to 4:30, rain or shine. Among the exhibitors is Darien native and artist Peter Saverine, who paints scenes inspired by his life along coastal Fairfield County; showing and selling latest painting collection as well as autographed copies of his children’s book, Jenny’s Pennies – A Nantucket Tradition. Free adm.
Woodland Mushroom Discovery Walk, Sat., Sept. 23, 9-2, New Pond Farm Education Center, 101 Marchant Rd., Redding. Free walk with Joe Brandt from The CT/Westchester Mycological Association. Bring bag lunch and stay for identification session. Reg required at newpondfarm.org or call 203-938-2117.
Larry Fischer Hawk Walk, Sat., Sept. 23, 9:30-11:30, orchard section of Aspetuck Land Trust’s Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area, Weston. Guide is licensed bird bander and raptor. Directions and parking: aspetucklandtrust.org. RSVP: [email protected] Open to public.
Autumn Garlic Festival, Sat., Sept. 23, 10-4, gazebo on Milford Green in downtown Milford, presented by Milford Recreation Department’s Benson-Crump Memorial Community Gardens Program. Rain date: Sept. 24.
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.
Annual Dog Show, Sat., Sept. 23, 12-4, Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden, 9 Main St. North, Bethlehem. Mutt-Strut costume contest, Strike-a-Paws pet photo contest, best trick competition, BowWow Olympics course, king and queen of show, Pet Look-Alike Parade. Kid-friendly crafts, music, candid canine antics; food and treats available for purchase. Adm $15 reg fee (includes one adult, one dog); $8 per adult; $5 children; 2 and under free. Rain date: Sept. 24. Dogs must be up-to-date on shots and on leash. Pre-reg requested at 203-266-7596 or ctlandmarks.org for form. House and garden open for tours through October.
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
Awesome Autumn Book Sale fund-raiser, Sept. 23-25, Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Early buying 9-10 a.m. Sat., $5 adm fee. Adm free Sat. 10-5, Sun. 1-5 and Mon. 10-5 (items half price). Selections from board books and picture books to young adult novels; to bestsellers, fiction and nonfiction in categories such as mysteries, gardening, travel, biographies and more; gently used, new, collectible, rare books, DVDs, more than 1,100 classical, jazz and Latin CDs and close to 100 classical DVDs, more than 400 records in pop culture music. Info: wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.
30th anniversary Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, Sun., Sept. 24, 9-noon, rain or shine, Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, Southport. 5K Road Race, 2-Mile Fitness Walk and Kids’ Fun Run expected to attract 800 runners, walkers and kids from all over area in support of community charities. Reg online 24/7 @ bigelowtea.com/BTCC, Sept. 23, 8-4 at Fairfield YMCA, race day at Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, starting at 8 a.m.; entry fees (5K – $25, Fitness Walk $20, Kids’ Fun Run $10). Free commemorative t-shirt.
Friends and Family Day, Sun., Sept. 24, noon-4, rain or shine, historic Pardee-Morris House, 325 Lighthouse Rd., New Haven. For all-ages, free event to be hosted by New Haven Museum, which owns and operates this historic site. Live bluegrass music, colonial crafts, tin-punch lantern making and more. Info: newhavenmuseum.org, facebook.com/NewHavenMuseum or 203-562-4183.
Annual Harugari Octoberfest, Sun., Sept. 24, 1-6 p.m., Harugari German Club, 66 Highland St., West Haven. German bier and food for purchase. The Vagabonds (vagabondsmusic.com) to perform for listening and dancing. The Harugari Schuhplattlers to perform traditional German folk dances. Adm $5 adults, under 18 free. Info: harugari.org or 203-933-9930.
Third annual Oktoberfest, Sun., Sept. 24, 1-5 p.m., Weston Historical Society’s Coley Homestead, 104 Weston Rd., rain or shine. German food, beer and activities for families; pumpkin decorating, lederhosen bottle toss, apple dunking and games. Live music by Otis and the Hurricanes. Adm includes bratwurst or hot dog, German pretzel, chips and drink. Children’s ticket includes food and pumpkin to decorate. Tickets, $15 for member adult ($20 non-members) and $5 for member child ($10 non-member), and $15 for seniors; at westonhistoricalsociety.org, or event. Lederhosen welcome. Info: 203-226-1804.
Ninth annual 5K Walk/Run, to benefit Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, Sat., Sept. 30, non-competitive, family-friendly event set for 9 a.m. at center, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby. First 500 to sign up to receive t-shirts. Reg fee $25, but increases to $30 after Sept. 15. Proceeds support special needs of cancer patients. Check-in 7:30 a.m. with Walk/Run at 9. Individuals and teams can reg at griffinhealth.org/5k. Info: 203-732-7466 or email [email protected]. Volunteers needed; for details, contact Kathy Browne, 203-732-7555 or [email protected].
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.
Autumn StoryWalk at Aspetuck Land Trust, Sat., Sept. 30, 10:30-noon, Leonard Schine Preserve, off Weston Rd. (Rt. 57 in Westport). Family extravaganza in conjunction with Westport Library for ages birth to adult. Reading story while meandering along trail. This self-guided walk features Sarah Faire and the House at the End of the World by Alex Giannini and installation to remain in place for all to enjoy through Halloween. Christine’s Critters to bring live animals; Christine Peyreigne, licensed falconer, wildlife rehabilitator for migratory birds and educator with raptors and reptiles. Natural Playground, plus Children’s Nature Trail and Little Free Library (take book, leave book) Directions and parking: aspetucklandtrust.org. RSVP: [email protected] Open to public.
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.
Stroll through Old Saugatuck, Sat., Sept. 30, organized by Westport Historical Society. Accompanied by guide Bob Mitchell, one-hour tour begins at 3 p.m. and ends with drink on house at Black Duck. $10 suggested donation. Ages 12 and under free. Reservations recommended: 203-222-1424. Meeting in Saugatuck Railroad Station, New York-bound side.
Fairfield Food Truck Festival, Sun., Oct. 1, noon-7 p.m., Jennings Beach in Fairfield; proceeds to benefit Fairfield Public Library’s initiatives and programs. Adm $5 per person, children age 12 and under free. Free parking for event at beach. Food trucks to charge usual rates. Star 99.9 radio station personalities on site with giveaways and entertainment. Other special guests expected. Info: facebook.com/fairfieldfoodtruckfestival
Wilton Historical Society walking tour, of Historic District #1, Lambert Corner, intersection of Routes 7 and 33, Wilton, Sat., Oct. 7, 11-noon; former first selectman and historian, Bob Russell, to lead tour of Lilacstead, built c.1726, plus old country store, railroad station, school, post office and more. Tour to end at Historical Christmas Barn store, 150 Danbury Rd., where cider and cookies will be served. Reg by e-mail: [email protected] or call 203-762-7257. Info: wiltonhistorical.org
2017 Dazzling Dahlias Show, Sat., Oct. 7, 2-4 p.m., and Sun., Oct. 8, 10-3, Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St., Cos Cob. Open to public, free adm, followed by sale of flowers. Info: 203-869-9242 or gecgreenwich.org.
Fall Festival to Benefit Animals, presented by Stratford Animal Rescue Society, Sun., Oct. 8, 11- 5 p.m., Paradise Green in Stratford. One-mile dog walk, food, contests, games, music, local celebrities, entertainment, pet adoptions, silent auction, low-cost microchip clinic, vendors for people and pets and more. Info: starsfest.org.
Fall Festival at Greenwich Historical Society, Sun., Oct. 8, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Bush-Holley Historic Site, 39 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob; meet & greet walkaround Grover from Sesame Street, touch-a-truck construction equipment, puppet show, games, crafts, food truck, and scarecrow competition. Tours of Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play exhibition, which closes after festival, and historic house. Adm: children under 3: free; all other children under 18: $5; adults: $10; family: $25; separate fee for scarecrow competition; members: $10; nonmembers: $15. Info: greenwichhistory.org
11th Business Supports the Arts Awards Breakfast, Thurs., Oct. 12, 7:30-9 a.m.. Amber Room Colonnade, 1 Stacey Rd., Danbury. Tickets $35 per, $375 table of eight, or $550 table of eight and inclusion in program. Info and tickets, http://bit.ly/2wSMp5Q. Proceeds support services and programs provided by Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut. Info: gallery at 287 Main Street, Danbury, 203-798 0760, or artswesternct.org
Westport Historical Society walking tour, of Business Center District, Sat., Oct. 14; historic sites such as National Hall and former Westport Bank & Trust Company building, both listed on National Register of Historic Places; plus several other sites. One-hour walk kicks off at 3 p.m. at Jesup Green; to be led by Bob Mitchell. $10 donation; ages 12 and under are free. Meeting at Jesup Green. Complimentary drink after tour. Info and reg at 203-222-1424.
Pumpkin Patch Trains, Sat., Oct. 14, 21 and 28, hourly 10:30-3:30; and Sun., Oct. 15, 22 and 29, hourly 12:30-3:30, Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White St., Danbury; free pumpkin for children, free cider and cookies; riding vintage trains; restored 1903 station and rail yard; coloring station, temporary tatoos and more. Adm $12 age 2 and over. Info: danburyrailwaymuseum.org or 203-778-8337.
Annual Walk/Run for Abilis, Sun., Oct. 15, Greenwich Point Park (Tod’s Point) in Old Greenwich; 5K run and one-mile, accessible walk, family-friendly activities and food; attended by all ages and abilities. Kid’s Activity tent with arts & crafts and face-painting, bouncy castle, “Bubble Bus” and fire truck. Beginning at 9 a.m. with start of run, walk at 11. Reg, volunteer info or donation at abilis.us/walk. Abilis, non-profit, supports over 700 individuals with special needs and their families of all ages and abilities in 8 Fairfield County towns.
11th annual CancerCare Fairfield Walk/Run for Hope, Sun., Oct. 15, Jennings Beach, 880 South Benson Rd., Fairfield; walk or run to celebrate survivors and remember those lost while raising funds and awareness for free, professional support services available to anyone affected by cancer. Families, individuals and teams welcome. 5K event family-friendly and on flat scenic route. $35 minimum donation per adult (13 and older) through Oct. 11, then $40 minimum; $20 minimum donation per child (12 and under); $10 for fun run only. Awards for top finishers and top individual and team fundraisers. Check-in 7:45 a.m. Fun run 9 and 5K 9:10; rain or shine. Info and reg at community.cancercare.org/fairfield2017.
Energize Connecticut Center, 3rd annual Family Science Day, Sat., Oct. 21, 10-3, 122 Universal Drive North, North Haven. Free of charge and open to public. Info: Alysse Rodrigues, 203-799-0460, [email protected] or energizect.com.
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.
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, postponed to Wed., Oct. 4, 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