Family Fun Calendar - September 2018

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.

Blues Views and BBQ Festival
September 1 and 2 • Westport

Photo courtesy of the Blues Views and BBQ Festival.

Get down, chow down and throw down at the 11th annual Blues Views and BBQ Festival on Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2 on the grounds of the Levitt Pavilion in Westport. There’s loads of all-day family fun including BBQ competitions, Imperial Jam, bounce park, Touch a Truck, airbrush tattoos, pie and rib eating contests and more. And, don’t miss the foot stompin’ entertainment featuring 20 bands!

Gates open at 11 a.m. The cost is $15-$20 for the Imperial Jam. Extra charge for music featuring national acts at the Levitt Pavillion. The Levitt Pavilion is located at 40 Jesup Road. For more information, visit

Norwalk Oyster Festival
September 7, 8 and 9 • Norwalk

There are three days of fun, food and entertainment when you come to the Norwalk Oyster Festival on Friday, September 7, Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9 at Veterans Memorial Park in Norwalk. See the Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show, Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, visit the Kids’ Cove with rides and games and the Arts & Crafts Pavilion with more than 100 artisans. Saturday’s headliner is Steve Augeri, former lead singer of Journey, and Sunday is Family Day. Visit the oyster festival on Friday from 6-11 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Admission is $12 for adults; $5 for children 5-12; and free for U.S. military personnel on active duty. Veterans Memorial Park is located on Seaview Avenue. For more information, call 203-838-9444 or visit  

Berlin Fair
September 13, 14, 15 & 16 • Berlin

Mark your calendar — the Berlin Fair is returning for its 70th year on Thursday, September 13 through Sunday, September 16 at the Berlin Fairgrounds. Don’t miss go-karting, the children’s tractor pull, frog jump and pie eating contests, turtle racing, the yummy fair food and much more. Then get a front row seat for some of the best musical acts around.

Come to the fair on Thursday from 4:30-10 p.m.; Friday, from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, from 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors 62 and up; and free for kids 11 and under. The Berlin Fairgrounds is located at 430 Beckley Road. For more information, call 860-828-0063 or visit

The Magic School Bus
Sunday, September 16 • Wallingford

Based on the popular book series, Theaterworks USA presents their new musical, The Magic School Bus on Sunday, September 16 at 2 p.m. on the Main Stage of the Paul Mellon Arts Center in Wallingford. When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip. When rivalries threaten to tear the students apart, the young heroes learn to pull together or risk getting lost in the solar system.

Tickets are $15. The Paul Mellon Arts Center is located at 332 Christian Street. For more information, call 203-697-2398 or visit

Farm Aid Music and Food Festival
Saturday, September 22 • Hartford

Photo © Marc Hauser.

Get ready, an annual music event is coming to Connecticut on Saturday, September 22 beginning at noon when the Farm Aid Music and Food Festival hits the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford. This fun event features family farmers, homegrown food, inspiring music and agrarian experiences. Headliners for this year’s concert include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews.

Admission is $54.50-$279.50. Xfinity Theatre is located at 61 Savitt Way. For more information, call 800-745-3000 or visit



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