Summer Life
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Fairs, Festivals, Food 'n Fun
From hot tacos to hot air balloons, a comprehensive list of area activities


The window for fully enjoying outdoor activities in this state seems to open for only a brief time. So when summer is in full swing, Connecticut comes alive with a roster of fairs and festivals to satisfy a plethora of interests.

A varied calendar of events features a lineup that touches on tacos, hot hair balloons, rubber ducks, Irish culture, beer and art. That’s just to start.

During the three months that make up summer here, there’s something going on every weekend — from a renaissance fair to dragon boat races — to make up for the long winter months we spend cooped up yearning for the sun.

This season’s fairs and festivals bring together various communities in all parts of the state and offer something for everyone.

3 — Sun BBQ Fest, Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville. Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 per day/person (does not include food), kids age 6 and under free.

3 — Harwinton Lions Family Food Truck Festival, Harwinton Town Hall Complex, 100 Bentley Drive, Harwinton. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free parking and admission.

3 — Naugatuck Duck Day Race and Festival, Downtown Naugatuck, Maple and Water streets, Naugatuck. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

8-10 — The Greek Experience annual Greek Festival, Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Danbury. Fri. 5-11 p.m., Sat. noon-11 p.m., Sun. noon-8 p.m.

9 — Cheshire Strawberry Festival and Craft Fair, Church on the Green First Congregational Church, 111 Church Drive, Cheshire. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

9-23 — International Festival of Arts and Ideas, locations around New Haven.

9 — Orange Congregational Church Strawberry Festival, High Plains Community Center, Orange Center Road, Orange. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Rain date June 10.

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