Lobster, Beer, Wine, Cheese, Music, and More: 9 Must Attend Connecticut Festivals in September

8 Sep

If you’re one of those people who say there is nothing going on in Connecticut at all in September, then you must be loco en la cabeza.  There is an amazing variety of food focused festivals happening, especially in September.  We’ve been keeping track of some of the most exciting events that will make your taste buds tingle and we’ve arranged them here for you.  Now, your only problem might be trying to figure out how you’ll hit up 3 festivals in the same day.  Trust us…it can be done.  If you know of any more festivals in (or closely around) Fairfield County, please let us know.


1) Slice of Saugatuck

9/15 at multiple locations in the Saugatuck area of Westport (see our post for map)

Noon to 3 pm


  • Food samples from:  Bistro 88, Black Duck, Boathouse, Cake Suite, Cocoa Michelle, Collyer Catering & Market, Commuter Coffee, Cuatro Hermanos, Dunkin Donuts, Dunville’s, Embody Fitness Gourmet, Julian’s Brick Oven Pizza, Mansion Clam House, Marios Place, Pappadum, Rizzutos, Roly Poly, Tarantino, Tarry Lodge, Tutis, VFW/Gallo Group Catering, Viva Zapata, Westport Chinese Takeout
  • Wine and liquor tastings
  • Special events like live music, butchery demo, martial arts demo, and even take a ride in a kayak
  • Get a slice of the shops, restaurants, and places in Saugatuck that make it so great


2) Live Green CT

9/15 (10-4 pm) and 9/16 (11-4) at Taylor Farms Park, 45 Calf Pasture Beach Road in Norwalk, CT

Admission is free, but parking is $5


3) Heritage India Festival (thanks Moms in Weston, CT for this find)

9/16 at Fairfield Town Hall Green, 725 Old Post Road in Fairfield, CT

11 – 5 pm

Free admission

  • Lots of Indian food!
  • Arts, crafts, jewelry, clothing, dancing, music, henna art, and yoga demonstrations

9/20, 9/21, 9/22, 9/23

4) Stamford Lights Festival (will link up when available)

9/20-9/23 at various locations in Stamford, CT


5) The Westport Rotary Lobster Fest


Looking for 2013 Info?  Click here! 

9/22 at Compo Beach in Westport

3-7 pm

  • For $40, get two 1.25 lb. lobsters with corn, red potatoes, cole slaw, bread + butter, all the beer (featuring Beaver Beer) or wine you want, and peppermint patties to get rid of that lobster breath.
  • Also for $40, get a 14 oz. NY Strip Steak with corn, red potatoes, cole slaw, bread + butter, all the beer (featuring Beaver Beer) or wine you want, and peppermint patties.
  • Or, for $10, get a children’s meal (ages 3-12) that includes chips, water or soda, and either hot dogs or chicken fingers.

6) Milford Oktoberfest, sponsored by The Devon Rotary

9/22 at Fowler Field in Milford, CT (Behind the library)

1 – 9 pm

  • $10 to enter (children under 16 are free, but can’t drink obviously)
  • Get your fill of German and American food.  But, who eats American food at an Oktoberfest?
  • German Bier Garden.  ‘Nuff said.  Not ’nuff said?  10 seasonal brews and brewery displays, too.
  • Live German music and also the musical stylings of The Rumrunners and Hitlist.

7) Harbor Brew Fest

9/22 in the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, 500 Main Street in Bridgeport, CT.

12-5 pm

$10 for designated drivers, $35 for general admissions, $50 for VIP admission


8) Nutmeggers Cheese & Wine Fest

9/23 at Jones Family Farms, 120 Beardsley Road in Shelton, Connecticut

Noon – 4 pm

$50 for adults, or $10 for children 6-12 in advance.  Adults pay $5 more if they purchase tickets at the event.

  • Samples of some of the best Connecticut cheese, cheesemaker talks, book signings, and a few special guests who know LOTS about cheese.
  • Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro, Fairfield Cheese Company, and more on hand.
  • Lots of samples from Connecticut vineyards as well as a tour of the Jones Vineyard.
  • Your entry helps to raise money to protect Connecticut’s farmland and to support quality childhood nutrition.


9) New Canaan Nature Center Harvest Festival, Nature on Tap

9/29 at NCNC, 144 Oenoke Ridge in New Canaan, CT

3-6 or 7-10

$50 in advance, $65 at the door

8 Responses to “Lobster, Beer, Wine, Cheese, Music, and More: 9 Must Attend Connecticut Festivals in September”

  1. Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro September 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    Whitemist, we did add the Stamford Lights events to the post. :) You’re right, lots of awesome things going on. :)


  2. whitemist September 8, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    umm – what about the Norwalk Oyster fest going on now? Or Stamford’ Bedfort Street art fest going on the weeked after next? And there is still SoNo (norwalk) art fst – but i forget when it is?


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro September 8, 2012 at 10:50 am #

      Hey Whitemist. We have been disappointed by the Norwalk Oyster Fest over the past two years. They need to step up their food game because we ate before we went last year. As for the other two festivals, they are great but food really isn’t a focus …and that is what we are all about.


      • whitemist September 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

        i have issues with the oyster fest also as far as food goes, but thee are some good eats at the other 2.



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