Norwalk- Late Aug./Early Sept.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion is itself a work of art, so it’s only appropriate that its grounds annually hosts more than 60 vendors displaying prized antiques along with an array of classic cars, including a 1924 Model T, a 1931 DeSoto Roadster and a 1956 Chevrolet. Those who venture over to the free event in either late August or September can also take in dixieland band performances. Lockwood Mansion Website
Norwalk – Late Fall
The Norwalk Boat Show is, first and foremost, an awesome display of the latest in-water ships and related gear, but over the decades the event has morphed into a more general-interest fair, one featuring shipping seminars, historical displays, a kid’s cove, free 30-minute sailing rides on Long Island Sound and some of the best seafood around. There’s a $12 general admission fee, but that doesn’t prevent the Boat Show from attracting more than 30,000 marine enthusiasts per year.
Our hometown’s single most popular gathering is New England’s version of a state fair, one featuring over 100 arts & crafts booths, top-name musicians, children’s rides and palate-pleasing foods. The Oyster Festival takes place on the first weekend after Labor Day and is especially notable for the various maritime exhibits, vintage vessels and harbor cruises celebrating Norwalk’s past as ‘the Oyster City’.
Norwalk – July
Taking place during the All-American 4th of July weekend, Round Hill is an all-Scottish salute to traditional Highland dancing, bagpipe concerts, heavy athletic contests, and distinctive foods. Cranbury Park’s annual festivities are unique as any clan’s kilt- where else can a kid have his picture taken with photo cutouts of the Loch Ness Monster, a Scottish chieftan or a beheaded Queen of Scotland?
Norwalk – August
For more than three decades South Norwalk’s historic streets have been opened to the best of the local arts, with contemporary early-August festivals regularly attracting more than 150 vendors and dozens of performing musicians & actors, all culminating in a parade of oversized puppets. The family-fun atmosphere attracts more than 50,000 happy visitors per year.