August 23rd, 2010

Upcoming events in your Connecticut neighborhood

No matter where you live in Connecticut, there’s sure to be something interesting going on close by in the near future. For example, I bet you weren’t expecting a BBQ festival in New England, but the Blues, Views & BBQ Festival is coming September 24-26. Now in its third year, the event will feature music on Friday night by Blues Traveler along with a professional BBQ challenge and cooking demos. There’s even a Kids Q competition, where teams of 2-4 budding chefs team up to produce the tastiest burger, hot dog, and chicken.The Norwalk Oyster Festival is perhaps a little more expected, but should still be well worth the timeespecially considering it’s free. Musical entertainment was provided by Wang Chung, 10,000 Maniacs, Still Alive & Well, Pimpinella, and more, all of which are sure to get your feet moving. There’s also arts & crafts for sale along with international food vendors, vintage ships, and other exhibits honoring Connecticut’s illustrious marine past. This event will take place September 10 through September 12.Ornithologists will want to pull themselves away from the BBQ Fest on September 24-26 to check out the Great Stratford Bird Festival. Spanning the whole of the city’s downtown area, this event is the perfect way for families to learn more about the feathery companions who share their city. On the 25th James Prosek, a renowned naturalist and author, will be speaking about his relationship to nature and sharing his new book, which is actually on eels. Now you’ll have to come to find out the connection!Further in the future is the Harvest Festival, which takes place October 17 at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. This annual seasonal celebration is always a hit with families, and features the classic hayride along with fresh apple cider and other tasty Halloween treats. Start marking your calendar now.

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