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HARTFORD, CT, March 12, 2004 - Travelers looking to capture the quintessential New England charm in their upcoming travel plans will discover that Connecticut, the third smallest state in the U.S., is brimming with events during 2004.

From festivals to garden shows, Connecticut will have something for travelers in search of an Americana experience - no matter what the season. A sampling of top events for 2004 include:

  • 50th Anniversary of the Nautilus - Groton, CT
    The world's first nuclear submarine, the Nautilus, celebrates its 50th Anniversary. Board and explore the historic Nautilus, visit the museum and learn about the U.S. submarine force, check out the mini-periscopes, mini-theatres, gift shop and picnic area.

    The Nautilus submarine and museum are open May 15 - October 31, Monday - Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Tuesday 1- 5 p.m. Please note the facilities will be closed the first full week of May. For more information, call (860)-694-3174
  • 9th Annual International Festival of Arts and Ideas - New Haven, CT
    In its ninth year, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas will present 16 days and nights of astounding theatre, music, dance, opera, poetry, puppets and family activities. The program will also feature inspirational speakers, discussion and debates as well as a new project: "Planet Play."

    The Arts and Ideas Festival will be held in various locations around New Haven, June 11-26. Most events are free and open to the public. For more information or to obtain a schedule, call 888-Art-Idea (278-4332).
  • 23rd Annual Riverfest - Hartford, CT
    Celebrate Fourth of July a day early with a dual community festival that celebrates the Connecticut River and the country's independence. Held along the river, the festival includes activities for all ages, food and entertainment, and culminates with a spectacular fireworks display on the river.

    Festival will be held on July 3 from 4 -10 p.m., and admission is free. For more information, contact (860) 713-3131.
  • 28th Annual SoNo Arts Celebration - South Norwalk, CT
    Enjoy a two-day celebration in one of Connecticut's newest hip areas, South Norwalk, also known as SoNo. The festival will include a unique presentation of visual and performing arts, live music, fine arts and craft show, children's art area and a film showcase.

    Festival will be held on August 7-8, and admission is free. Hours are Sat., 10 a.m.-midnight, and Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, contact (203) 866-7916.
  • 85th Annual Durham Fair - Durham, CT
    Connecticut's largest agricultural fair will be held for the 85th year. The fair features nationally known country music performers, exhibitions and prize-winning competitions. An old-fashioned country fair in the heart of this New England village.

    Fair will be held September 24-26; hours are Fri-Sat 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sun 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Admission is adults $10, seniors $8 and children (10 and under) are free.
  • 29th Annual Holiday Craft Exhibition & Sale - Brookfield, CT
    Craft lovers and those searching for holiday gifts will want to check out the region's largest exhibition and sale of handcrafted work by more than 200 American artists. Crafts for sale include heirloom quality ornaments, jewelry, pottery, glassware and other decorative craftwork.

    Exhibition will run November 5-December 31, and admission is free. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sun., 12-5 p.m. For more information, contact (203) 775-4526.
  • 24th Annual Christmas Town Festival - Bethlehem, CT
    Travelers looking for an old-fashioned holiday tradition will want to visit Bethlehem for a quintessential New England celebration. The festival will include a tree lighting ceremony, arrival of Santa, candlelight procession, hayrides, musical performances, and arts and crafts.

    Festival will run December 4-5, and admission is free. Hours are Sat., 5-10 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, contact (203) 266-5557.

For more information or a complete listing of Connecticut's Top Events, please call 1-800-CT BOUND (1-800-282-6863) or visit www.ctbound.org.

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Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
Ed Dombroskas
Tourism Division Director
Tel: (860) 270-8080



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