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
Art in Bloom, Wilton Garden Club’s flower show, Fri., Oct. 13, 1-5 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 14, 10-4, historic Old Town Hall, 69 Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. Adm $10 at door; featuring garden designs, artwork and sculpture contributed by local artists, many youth designs and exhibits; plus displays on Wilton Pollinator Pathway “Bee on It” and Mary Beth Wheeler Herbarium project, now part of Northeast Consortium of Herbaria Database, and horticulture from members’ gardens. Info: wiltonhistorical.org or wiltonartinbloom.org.
Connecticut Indie Author Day Book Fair, and self-publishing demonstration, Sat., Oct. 14, 9-5 p.m., Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave. More than 40 authors expected to come together to help local self-published and independent authors get discovered, and for readers to find new books written by fellow community members. Opportunity for readers to chat with authors, who will do brief readings and presentations. Librarians to offer demos of PressBooks and Self-e, tools for self-publishing. Free and open to all. Refreshments to be provided. Reg and info: Cynde Bloom Lahey, director of library information services, 203-899-2780, x15133 or [email protected].
*Lenape Festival, Sat., Oct. 14, 10-4, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Trailside Museum, junction of Rtes 35 and 121 South, Cross River, N.Y. Drumming, dancing, storytelling, crafts, tour of replica wigwam and more. Event for all ages free; $10 parking fee ($5 with pass). Info: Friends of Trailside Museum, friendsoftrailside.org.
*Fall Festival, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Echo Hose Fire Department, 379 Coram Ave., Shelton. The festival will feature vendors, food trucks, a magic show and a touch-a-truck. Free. Info: [email protected]
Spirits of the Past, Sat., Oct. 14, 11 a.m., Sharp Hill Cemetery, Wilton. Tour the historic cemetery with the Wilton Historical Society and speak to the town’s ghosts portrayed by re-enactors. Suggested donation $10. Info: 203-762-7257.
The Second Annual Beet Festival, Sat., Oct. 14, Sun., Oct. 15, noon-5 p.m., The White Silo Farm & Winery, 32 Route 37 E, Sherman. Features live music and farm tours. Free. Info: whitesilowwinery.com.
Annual Harvest Festival, Sat., Oct. 14, 1-4 p.m., New Pond Farm, 101 Merchant Rd., West Redding. Event will feature historical demonstrations including rope making, open hearth cooking and fleece spinning. A falconer will be present at 2:30. Ticket $5. Info: newpondfarm.org or 203-938-2117.
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.
Haunting at Mill Hill walking tour, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m., Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m., Norwalk Historical Society, Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall St., Norwalk. In addition to the walking tour there will be a haunted maze. Tickets $18 2 call 03-846-0525 or norwalkhistoricalsociety.org.
Oktoberfest 2017, Sat., Oct. 14, 7 p.m., Trackside Teen Center, 15 Station Rd., Wilton. German food catered by The Proper Palate; music by Dylan Connor and the Epic Poets. German beer, wine, spirits. 21 and older. Silent auction and raffle. Tickets: $55 at trackside.org or 203-834-2888.
Where the Wild Things Run, Sun., Oct. 15, Woodcock Nature Center, 56 Deer Run Road, Wilton. Reg opens 7:30 a.m., kids fun run at 8:30, 5K at 9. Fun run: $20, 5K: $35. Trails run through property, not stroller friendly. Reg at: http://bit.ly/2haUtc6.
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.
Explore the Shore – Tide Pools, Sun., Oct. 15, 1-2:30 p.m., Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point, 1 Milford Point Rd., Milford. For adults and children age 5 and up. Members $5/person, family max $20; nonmembers $7/person, family max $28. Pre-registration required at 203-878-7440, x502. Info: ctaudubon.org/costal-center-at-milford-point.
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.
Civil War Encampment, Sat., Oct. 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Coley Homestead, 104 Weston Rd., Weston. The Weston Historical Society will have firing demonstrations, cooking demonstrations and drills during the event. Tickets $8 per person, $12 per family, $10 per person non-member, $15 per family non-member. Info: westonhistoricalsociety.org.
Getting Buried in Fairfield cycling tour, Sat., Oct. 21, 9:15 a.m., Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd., Fairfield. Ten mile bike tour through six cemeteries. Open to cyclists 14 and up. Tickets $5 for members/$8 for nonmembers. Info: fairfieldhistory.org.
Illuminate the Past cemetery tour, Sat., Oct. 21, 5 p.m., Willowbrook Cemetery, 395 Main St., Westport. Tickets $5 at 203-222-1424.
Westport Out of the Darkness Walk, Sun., Oct., 22, 11 a.m., Sherwood Island State Park, Westport. Proceeds from walk will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Info: afsp.org/westport.
Spirits of Stepney, Oct. 27, 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Oct. 29, 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., Birdsey’s Plain/Stepney Cemetery, Monroe. A historian will lead the tour and share stories about the dead. Ticket $15 per person. Info: call 203-261-5702.
Kings Highway North Historic District Walking Tour, to be hosted by Westport Historical Society, Sat., Oct. 28, 3 p.m. Edward F. Gerber, past president of historical society, to lead tour of one of Westport’s oldest settled areas, some homes of which date to mid-1700s. Meeting across from cemeteries at foot of Old Hill Rd. $10 suggested donation; no charge for children 12 and under. Reservations recommended: 203-222-1424.
*Monster Mash, Sat., Oct. 28, 5-8:30 p.m., Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk. Attendees are invited to come in costume. Spooktacular Animal Adventure by Animal Embassy. Games like Witch Hat Ring Toss, Ghost Bowling and Monster Bean Bag Throw. Decorating giant cardboard pumpkin; help wrap mummy or make spider web; demonstration of witch’s magic (science tricks). Creating Halloween decorations at Make and Take stations. Discount of $2 off each ticket until Oct. 22, then price is $12 members and $17 non-members. Reg required at steppingstonesmuseum.org or 203-899-0606.
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.
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