Family Fun Calendar - September 2017

Each month Connecticut Parent Magazine runs an extensive Family Fun Calendar, featuring events throughout Connecticut. All encompassing and comprehensive, it is a section our readers consistently look to and rely on to plan their family activities for the month. Below is just a small sampling of what is currently being showcased. These events mirror our Editor's Picks, and the events that lead off the current edition of the Family Fun Calendar.

Photo by Mike Thut.

Blues Views and BBQ Festival
September 2 and 3 • Westport

Get down, chow down and throw down at the 10th annual Blues Views and BBQ Festival on Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3 on the grounds of the Westport Library and the Levitt Pavilion in Westport. There’s loads of all-day family fun including BBQ competitions, contests, bounce park, Touch a Truck, the first Bacon Hoe Down and more. And, don’t miss the foot stompin’ entertainment!

Gates open at 10 a.m. The cost is free-$80.  The Westport Library and Levitt Pavilion are located on Jesup Road. For more information, call 203-505-8716 or visit

Greater Danbury Irish Festival
September 15, 16 and 17 • Danbury

It’ll be your lucky day when you come to the Danbury Irish Festival on Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17 at the Ives Center in Danbury. Immerse yourself in the time-honored Irish culture with family fun that includes everything from music, art, food and dance to children’s activities and musical entertainment.

Festival hours are from 5-10 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free-$2 for Friday night; and free-$10/day on Saturday and Sunday. The Ives Center is located at 43 Lake Avenue Extension. For more information, call 203-739-0010 or visit

Shopkins Live! Shop It Up!
Friday, September 22 • Wallingford

Photo courtesy of Live Nation.

All of Shopville is in a tizzy because Shopkins Live! Shop it Up! is coming to Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford on Friday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. This live production is packed with show stopping performances featuring the Shoppies, Jessicake, Bubbleisha Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette and Polli Polish. Preparations get underway for the annual Funtasic Food and Fashion Fair. But no event is without a few hiccups — who has high-jinxed the fashion pageant? Where is the super-secret celebrity guest? The Shopkins need your help because the show must go on!

Tickets are $25-$35. Toyota Oakdale Theatre is located at 95 South Turnpike Road. For more information, call 203-265-1501 or visit

Saturday, September 23 • Windsor

It’s time for some fall family fun when you come to Brown’s Harvest in Windsor for Touch-A-Truck on Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Take pictures, honk horns, climb in and talk to the drivers when you see these amazing vehicles up close. The day includes food, a DJ, face painting and more. There’s even a hayride and an interactive six-acre corn maze with the theme of Celebrating the 40th Pumpkin Harvest Season. Little ones will love the smaller mazes designed for ages 3-8, which are included with admission.

Admission is $5; $8 includes the six-acre maze. A portion of the admission will benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children. Brown’s Harvest is located at 1911 Poquonock Avenue. For more information, call 860-683-0266 or visit

Southington Apple Harvest Festival
September 29-October 8 • Southington

“Pick” yourself up and visit the Southington Town Green for the annual Apple Harvest Festival on Friday, September 29-Sunday, October 1 and Friday, October 6-Sunday, October 8. The festival features live music and entertainment, food, contests, crafts, children’s activities, carnival rides and more. Don’t miss the fireworks on Saturday night, the parade on Sunday and the Arts & Crafts Show on October 7-8.

The hours are 5-9 p.m. on Friday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday; and noon-7 p.m. on Sunday, October 1 and noon-5 p.m. on October 8. Admission is free. Southington Town Green is located at 1 Main Street. For more information, call 860-276-8461 or visit




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