Family Fun Calendar - October 2019

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.

Hammonassett Festival
October 5 and 6 • Guilford

Photo courtesy of Chankas of Peru.

The 9th Hammonassett Festival returns to the Guilford Fairgrounds to honor the environment and Native American culture on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6. Beginning daily with a Native American prayer and smudging ceremony, the weekend includes music, Native American dancers, vendors, exhibits, wildlife shows, an expanded children’s area, food and much more.

Visit the festival from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults; and free for children under 12. The Guilford Fairgrounds is located at 111 Lovers Lane. For more information, visit

New England Chowdafest
Sunday, October 6 • Westport

Come to Westport and experience a treat for your tummy when you visit the New England Chowdafest on Sunday, October 6 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Sherwood Island State Park. You’re the judge when you dig into an unlimited sampling from 40 award-winning restaurants. Your vote determines New England’s best chowder and your participation will help fund over a half million meals for the hungry. But this is more than just soup. Experience freshly baked breads and sauces in the Italian “Ciao”dafest, sample chips and salsas in the ChowdaMex and more. Kids can vote, too and also enjoy activities just for them.

Admission is $20 for adults; and $5 for kids 6-12. Sherwood Island State Park is located at Sherwood Island Connector. For more information, call 203-216-8452 or visit

Photo courtesy of
Nutrends Expo Services, LLC.

Danbury Pet Expo
Sunday, October 13 • Danbury

Give your four-legged-friends a treat and come to the Danbury Pet Expo on Sunday, October 13 at the Danbury Town Park. This informative, entertaining and fun day gives pet owners an opportunity to learn about the care of their best friends. Visit the exhibitors, including a variety of animal experts, and learn about pet grooming, behavior and training. Looking to bring someone new to love into your life? Stop by the pet adoptions.

Bring your pet, there’s fun for everyone. The expo takes place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5. Danbury Town Park is located on Hayestown Road. The raindate is October 20. For more information, call 203-702-1467 or visit

Apple Harvest & Music Festival 
October 18, 19 and 20 • Glastonbury

Get ready for a feast for your eyes, ears and taste buds when you come to the Glastonbury Apple Harvest & Music Festival on Friday, October 18, Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20 at Riverfront Park. There will be two stages filled with live music to tap your toes to. Also, a full midway of rides, more than 100 craft vendors, food trucks and much much more.

Visit the festival from 6-10 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday; and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5/person; $20/family; and free for kids under three feet tall. Riverfront Park is located at 300 Welles Street. For more information, call 860-659-3587 or visit

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: CHS Gets Creepy
Saturday, October 19 • Hartford

History gets spooky when you go on the Behind-the Scenes Tour: CHS Gets Creepy at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford on Saturday, October 19. Listen to tales of vampires, corpses on ice and death portraits that haunt the vaults. Visit the storage and collection areas not normally open ot the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut with a focus on the creepiest tales and objects.

The tours are best for ages 12 and up. Take a tour from 11 a.m.-noon or 1-2 p.m. Admission is $10 for members; and $15 for non-members. The Connecticut Historical Society is located at 1 Elizabeth Street. For more information, call 860-236-5621, ext. 289 or visit




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