113th Italian Festa Celebration: June 27-30. St. Andrew Club Grounds, 515 Chapel St., New Haven, ssaanewhaven.com. A parade, Italian music, Italian food and a celebration of Italian-American heritage. Free.
21st Annual Arts and Craft Fair: Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Town Green, Essex. More than 60 booths featuring handcrafted artwork. Admission is free.
3rd Thursday Spring Street Fest: June 20, July 18, Aug. 15. Main Street, Willimantic. Area artists and craftsmen, small businesses and more.
39th Annual Clinton Bluefish Festival: July 19. Clinton Town Hall, Clinton. Arts and crafts, carnival rides, food, entertainment, music, and a car show.
A Grand Summer Night: Aug. 14. Downtown Stamford. Annual fund-raiser saluting fine dining in Stamford.
Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous: July 27-28. Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, (888) 973-2767, mysticseaport.org. Gathering of pre-1965 wooden sail and motorboats, with a three-mile boat parade.
Artzfest: July 22-23. Thomaston, artzfest.org. Indoor and outdoor vendors and various activities. Free.
Barnum Festival: through June 30. Various locations in Bridgeport. (203) 367-8495, barnumfestival.com. A series of parades, kids activities, fireworks, concerts and more, all celebrating the city of Bridgeport and its legacy.
Branford Craft and Community Expo: June 15, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Town Green, Branford. Over 200 craft and community vendors.
Brooklyn Fair: Aug. 22-25. Rt 169, Brooklyn. Annual agricultural fair, considered to be the oldest continuously active agricultural fair in the U.S. Food, animals, and lots of power tools.
Capital Classics Shakespeare Festival — A Winter's Tale: July 25-Aug. 11. University of Saint Joseph College, 1678 Asylum Ave., West Hartford, (860) 231-5555, capitalclassics.org.
Canaan Railroad Days Art and Craft Show: July 20-21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Corner of Rt. 7 and Rt. 44 Green, Canaan. Juried exhibit.
Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair: Aug. 18. Cannon Grange Hall, Wilton. Juried exhibits, educational exhibits, entertainment and children's games.
Connecticut Irish Festivals Feis and Agricultural Fair: June 22-23. North Haven Fairgrounds, Washington Ave. (Rte. 5), North Haven, (203) 469-3080, ctirishfestival.com. Irish step-dancing, live music, Irish sports for kids, petting zoo and more.
Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Arts and Crafts Show: June 22. Old Town Hall Green, Fairfield. Crafters and artisans come from all over New England, food.
Fairfield County Irish Festival: June 14-16. Fairfield University, 1073 N. Benson Road, Fairfield, irishfestival.org. All things Irish, including music, step dancing, food, Gaelic football, vendors, crafts and more.
Festival! Stratford: July 31-Aug. 4. Grounds of American Festival Theatre, 1850 Elm Street, Stratford. festivalstratford.org. A celebration of theater, arts and music with workshops, vendors, a theater camp and more.
Guilford Art Center's Craft Expo: July 18-21. Guilford Green, Guilford. 55th annual festival, featuring 175 high-quality contemporary craft artists.
Haddam Neck Fair: Aug. 30-Sept. 2. Haddam Neck Fairgrounds, 26 Quarry Hill Road, Haddam Neck, (860) 267-5922, haddamneckfair.com. Food, carnival rides and games, live entertainment and more.
International Festival of Arts & Ideas: June 15-29. Downtown New Haven, (888) ART-IDEA, artidea.org. A world-class event of art, music, theater and a celebration of culture.
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, mysticseaport.org. 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, northstoningtonfair.org. 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, riverfront.org. 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, harrietbeecherstowe.org. 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. sonoarts.org. 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, hillstead.org. 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.
WILI Boom Box Parade: July 4, 11 a.m. Willimantic, (860) 456-1111, wili-am.com/parade.htm. A people's parade that has been covered by the Washington Post and CBS Evening News. Participants and spectators bring portable radios tuned to marching band music broadcast by the local station, WILI-AM 1400. Begins at Jackson and Main Street.
Wolcott Country Fair: Aug. 16-18. wolcottfair.com. Animals, arts and crafts, food, rides, entertainment and more.
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