Madison Arts and Crafts Fair: Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Madison Green, 26 Meeting House Road, Madison. Between 100 and 250 artisans, floral arrangements, clothes, furniture and more.

MCC Strawberry Festival: June 15. Monroe Congregational Church, Monroe. Exhibits, local artists, and of course, strawberries.

Moby Dick Marathon: July 31-Aug. 1. Mystic Seaport on the Charles W. Morgan, (860) 572-5302, 24-hour reading of Melville's massive work, in honor of his birthday.

Mystic Outdoor Art Festival: Aug. 10-11. Downtown Mystic. The oldest festival of its kind in the northeast, with over 300 artists and craftsmen selling their goods.

Mystic Summer Show: July 27-28. Old Mystic Village, Mystic. Arts, crafts and more.

New England Arts and Crafts Festival: July 6-7. Milford Green, Downtown Milford. Art and craft exhibits, food court, music, theater and live events.

New Milford Outdoor Art Festival: June 15-16. New Milford Green, New Milford. Art, and lots of it.

Niantic Outdoor Art and Craft Show: July 6-7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Town Green, Niantic. Paintings, sculptures, photos, pottery, jewelry and lobsters.

North Stonington Agricultural Fair: July 11-14. Wyassup Road (off Rte. 2), North Stonington, (860) 535-3956, Food, fun and live music for the whole family.

Old Saybrook Arts and Crafts Show: July 27-28. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Town Green, 302 Main St., Old Saybrook. Over 140 arts vendors, music, food and a community art tent, where you can decorate quilt squares.

Orange Summer Craft Festival: June 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Church of the Good Shepherd

680 Racebrook Road, Orange. Crafty show produced by Artisans Alliance.

Riverfront Dragon Boat and Asian Festival: Aug. 17-18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, (860) 713-3131, All-day entertainment includes colorful and competitive dragon boat races, Asian-inspired live music, dancing and food. Free.

Riverwood Poetry Festival — Social Justice Reading: None But Ourselves Can Free Our Minds: June 23, 2-4 p.m. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 77 Forest St., Hartford, (860) 522-9258, Performances will be led by poets Gina Athena Ulysse, John L. Stanizzi and Margaux Hayes. Free.

Sharon on the Green: Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Town Green, Sharon.

SoNo Arts Celebration: Aug. 3-4. Various locations based around Washington St. in South Norwalk. Musical acts, dance and theater troupes, children's entertainers, artists food and a puppet-filled street parade.

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival: June 26, July 10, July 24 & Aug. 7. Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road, Farmington, (860) 677-4787, Enjoy world-class poetry and live music against the tranquil background of Hill-Stead's historic Sunken Garden. Bring your own picnic supper or purchase one on-site. Free.

Trumbull Summer Farewell Craft Festival: Aug. 31. Field adjacent to Marisa's Ristorante, 6540 Main St., Trumbull. Arts and/or crafts.

Trumbull Summer Welcome Craft Festival: June 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Field adjacent to Marisa's Ristorante, 6540 Main St., Trumbull. Lots of local arts and crafts.

Westport Fine Arts Festival: July 20. Parker Harding Plaza/Gorham Island, Westport. Fine shopping and dining in one of the state's most affluent communities.