As the drawbridge to The Connecticut Renaissance Faire closes for the evening, the sounds of Halloween laughter can be heard echoing in North Haven. After enjoying a full day of turkey legs and tyrannical kings in a tented marketplace, the festive event transforms into a Halloween haven filled with photo-happy zombies, shopping under the moonlight, games, contests, food, and shows, including the main event: a fire-fueled joust between the headless horseman and his arch enemies.
For more than 15 years, the Northampton International Film Festival has been inspiring artistic development in the world's filmmakers, celebrating the art of cinema and the introspection it elicits from audiences. Each year, a panel of industry experts carefully vets thousands of submissions from around the globe, selecting only those films that communicate diverse cultural perspectives through varying visual styles and narrative modes. These documentaries, feature-length films, and shorts seek to build a bridge between seemingly disparate backgrounds and traditions with thought-provoking commentary and enriching stories. This global festival ends with a rousing awards ceremony to honor standout films and snub the assistant key grip's contributions once again, for what must seem like the 8,000,000th time in history.
Each summer, as stars glitter in the sky, Hampshire Shakespeare Company illuminates the crowd below with open-air renditions of the Bard's greatest hits. As showgoers lounge on their blankets, chairs, or elephants, the company stages interpretations of Shakespeare's plays that prize intelligibility and entertainment. In addition to its main-stage shows, the Hampshire Shakespeare Company also puts on a youth theater production each year to give youngsters a taste of the stage, and buoys playwrights from throughout the Valley with workshops and readings. (https://www.facebook.com/hampshireshakespearecompany?_rdr).
Parks can be a dime a dozen, but Apple Harvest Festival isn't. For an afternoon of sun, you'll want to head to Southington.
Wandering souls would be best to visit this park for any one of their A+ dishes.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this park is a great spot for families.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Lounge around the grass and soak up some sun at Apple Harvest Festival's premier park.
Want something more than just a weekend out at the bars? Hartford's XFINITY Theatre offers the perfect theater to shake your weekend up.
The doors are open for you at this theater with their people friendly restaurant and great, home-cooked food.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
When the first Durham Fair was held in 1916, about 2,000 people from the town and other surrounding communities visited the fairgrounds. Last year, visitors from all over the region attended the Durham Fair, which has been voted Best Fair by Connecticut Magazine for its combination of family activities, mouthwatering food, good music, and lack of robot overlords.
This year, the agricultural fair features more than 1,000 animals and more than 10,000 exhibits, plus carnival rides and appearances by CMA Award–winner Martina McBride. It also entertains visitors with everything from a demolition derby to a comedic dog show to a wine festival.
Though the fair has grown substantially since its early days, it is still run entirely by volunteers. Furthermore, it gives a portion of its profits back to the community via scholarships and the support of numerous local projects and events.