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Our guide to Summer Festivals 2012

Is it summer yet? Almost — by the stars and calendar. And almost, by our schedules (if we're lucky). But it hardly seems appropriately sweltering yet. If climate craziness conspired to deprive us of a winter this past season, few of us complained. Denying us beach weather is an entirely different story. We're ready for our fun in the sun. And we're going to have it, even if the sun doesn't come out to play. Each year, before the summer gets fully rolling, we like to compile a big list of summer festivals and fairs around the state. You'll find events spotlighting cars, live theater, ships, lobsters, jazz, jam bands, DIY art, antiques, and loads more. We hope this helps you jumpstart your own festive season. Go, get your beach blankets, sunscreen, summer reading lists, coolers and lawn chairs all in working order.


Click on any of the festivals below for more information

Summer Festivals 2012

Our ultimate list of summer festivals happening around Connecticut.

Gathering of the Vibes

Vibes honors the legacy of the Grateful Dead with performances by Phil Lesh and Friends, Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby and many more. July 19-22, Seaside Park, Bridgeport.

Ideat Village

New Haven's underground celebration of all things DIY and counter-culture. June 16 - July 1 in downtown New Haven.

Riverfest 2012

An Independence Day celebration in Hartford and East Hartford. July 7th, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Constitution Plaza, Hartford & Great River Park, East River Drive, East Hartford.

Litchfield Jazz Festival

One of the greatest jazz events in the entire Northeast returns for its 17th year. August 10-12, Goshen Fairgrounds, Goshen.

Bridgeport Arts Fest

See what artists-in-the-know have been up to all year. July 7, McLevy Green, Bridgeport.


July 7, Niantic Bay, East Lyme & July 9, Fort Trumbull State Park, New London. Click on the photo for times and other details.

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