TRAVELING TO NEW ENGLAND IN
DON'T MISS THESE TOP CONNECTICUT EVENTS
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
- 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
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
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
- 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
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 -
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
Tourism Division Director
Tel: (860) 270-8080