Connecticut is cooking up a whole lot of fun during Columbus Day weekend. Sample from more than 150 brews at the 38th Brewfest at the Beach, Ocean Beach Park, New London (Friday). Celebrate the bastions of culinary creativity at the Garlic & Harvest Festival, a must for the garlic lover, at the Bethlehem fairgrounds (Saturday-Sunday). Work off your seasonal indulgences by running or supporting the runners at the NU Marathon & Half Marathon starting at Bushnell Park in Hartford (Saturday).
Enjoy the gorgeous harbor view and the attention to details at the Romance on the Harbor package from theDelamar Greenwich Harbor . Package includes: Deluxe accommodations for two; welcome drink at check-in, in-room bottle of champagne OR wine (choice of red or white); chocolate covered strawberries OR cheese plate delivered to your room; bouquet of flowers and rose petal turndown; $150 dining credit to your choice of the following restaurants: l’escale (French), Valbella (Northern Italian), Morello Bistro (Italian Bistro) or Barcelona (Spanish tapas); continental breakfast in bed for two; and guaranteed 1 p.m. late check-out. Rates from: $515-$595.
More weekend choices:
Intimate Apparel – Westport County Playhouse, Westport 06880
Watch as Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage weaves an intricate tapestry of the joys, sorrows, tragedy, and triumph of a gifted but lonely African-American seamstress in early 20th century Manhattan as she negotiates the choice between a love that is accepted and one that is true (Friday-Sunday).
Brew at the Zoo – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport 06610
Enjoy an adults-only event featuring German inspired fare, craft beers, live music and silent auction. Have fun at this early Halloween event by coming in disguise (Saturday).
Chili Challenge/Arts & Crafts Fair – Windsor Town Green, Windsor 06095
Join in this premier festival featuring juried crafters offering handmade products and paintings, refreshments and the ever-popular Chili Challenge (Saturday).
Fiesta Latina – Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven 06510
View performances of traditional and contemporary Latin American music and dance, along with games, a fossil dig, live animals, crafts, face painting, and other activities for the whole family (Saturday).
Chowder Days – Mystic Seaport, Mystic 06355
Stroll through our village and enjoy live music, or climb aboard our steamboat Sabino for leaf-peeping from the water at Mystic Seaport’s Chowder Days. There will be seven kinds of chowders to select from, clam cakes assorted gourmet sandwiches and desserts (Saturday-Monday).
Chowdafest – Calf Pasture Beach Park, Norwalk 06851
Try more than 30 different chowders, soups and bisques; then vote on your favorites. Enjoy incredible cooking demonstrations by award-winning chefs (Sunday).
These highlights represent just a sampling of the many exciting events taking place across Connecticut this weekend. For more information about these and other entertaining activities, use the Events Quick Search on the right side of the page.
This Weekend in Connecticut
October 10-13, 2014
October 10-12 – “A World of Dreams: New Landscape Paintings by Tula Telfair”- Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, 06459. Time: noon-5 p.m. The exhibition A World of Dreams includes new large-scale paintings in which Professor of Art Tula Telfair presents monumental landscapes and epic-scale vistas that are simultaneously awe-inspiring and intimate. Admission: Free. (860) 685-3355
October 10-12 – 2014 Renaissance in Pastel National Exhibition – Slater Memorial Museum, 108 Crescent St., Norwich, 06360. Time: Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. The Connecticut Pastel Society is a statewide fine arts organization with a national outreach. Admission: Adults $3, seniors and student $2, children (12 and under) free. (860) 425-5563
October 10-12 – Portland Fair – Exchange Club Fairgrounds, Rte. 17A, Portland, 06480. Time: Fri. 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. An autumn tradition with competitive, educational, crafts, hobbies and commercial exhibits, food booths. Admission: Adults $10, seniors $6, children (under 10) free. Free off-site parking. (860) 342-0188
October 10-12 – Riverton Fair – Riverton Fairgrounds, 16 Main Street/Route 20, Riverton 06065. Time: Fri. 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Old-fashioned country fair on scenic Farmington River with exhibits, animals, vendors, food, midway rides, music, wood chopping events, and more. Admission: Adults $6, children (12 and under) free. (860) 379-0060
October 11 – Fall Festival – First Congregational Church, 21 Torrington Rd., Litchfield, 06759. Time: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Attic treasures, silent auction, book sale, children’s activities, tag sale, baked good, international gift shop, and lunch available. Admission: Free. (860) 567-8705
October 11-13 – Monty’s Fall Festival – The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village, 1650 Hartford New London Tpke., Oakdale, 06370. Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This Columbus Day Weekend discover free family-friendly activities with admission to the park including fall crafts, moon bounce, scavenger hunt, petting zoo and special events happening every day. Admission: Free with paid admission to the park. (860) 443-4367
October 12 – New Haven & Derby Model Railroad Club Model Train Show – High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Rd., Orange, 06477. Time: 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Show with 100 vendor tables, operating layouts in all popular gauges, both for viewing and for kids to operate and more. Free parking, wheelchair accessible. Admission: Adults $5, students (12-18) $1, children (under 12) free. (203) 795-1020