*Yankee Doodle Fair, June 15-18, downtown on grounds of Westport Woman’s Club at 44 Imperial Ave., Westport; Thurs. and Fri., 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 1 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Family-oriented, carnival style event with amusement rides and international food court, touch-a-boat, New Canaan psychic, face painting, sand art, Suzuki School of Music performance, Westport Urgent Care equipment demo, raffle, take-a-chance drawing, bake sale, Curio Cottage thrift shop, indoor café and more. Free adm. Pay-one-price unlimited rides wristbands available. Rides and fair will only close in severe weather. No dogs. Proceeds benefit local charities and college scholarships. Info: westportwomansclub.org or 203-227-4240.
Energize Connecticut Center’s Renewable Energy Summer Series, three-part program begins Fri., June 16, exploring wonders of Sun and solar energy, 6-7:30 p.m. at 122 Universal Drive North, North Haven; free of charge and open to public. Kids and adults to participate in solar-related activities and experiments, check out solar panel display and learn about benefits of using solar energy for home with Sunlight Solar. Series continues with events Fri., July 21, 2- 4, and Fri., Aug. 18, 2-4. Info: Alysse Rodrigues at 203-799-0460, [email protected] or energizect.com/free-family-activity-night-solar-energy
Redding Historical Society Car Show, Sat., June 17, 10-3, Lonetown Farm. Show open to all foreign and domestic collector and custom cars and trucks. Cost for exhibitor cars and trucks $10 per vehicle, including driver and one passenger. General adm. $8 per person, free for children 12 and under. Reg. forms at reddinghistoricalsociety.org
Tails, Trails: Dog Etiquette Hike, Weston’s Stonebridge Waterfowl Preserve, Sat., June 17, 10 a.m. CT Audubon Society’s Senior Director of Science and Conservation Milan Bull and his dog, Edge, on hike at Aspetuck Land Trust’s 21-acre preserve on Newtown Turnpike, Weston. Joining hike is dog trainer Jason Hoffman, owner of 203 Pet Service. At request of hike leaders and to avoid chaos, do not bring dog to this education event. Mile-long trail runs through rolling meadow and dense woods, skirts marshes and follows river. Reservations (hikers without dogs): Alice at [email protected] Meeting in preserve parking lot. Rain date June 18.
Westport Historical Society’s Historic Business District Walking Tour, Sat., June 17, starting at 3 p.m. at Jesup Green, Westport. National Hall and the former Westport Bank & Trust Company building, both on National Register of Historic Places, on tour to be led by Bob Mitchell. Suggested donation $10, free for ages 12 and under. Info and reg. at 203-222-1424.
9th annual Summer Solstice Festival, Sat., June 17, 6-9pm., Washington Art Association & Gallery, 4 Bryan Plaza, Washington Depot. Food, music, drink and décor with Caribbean theme to “transform WAA into a carnival of the senses.” WAA’s Atelier Sale with art. “Mojito King” and “Soul of Solstice,” Abdo Ballester, with his signature Mojitos. Ginga Brasileira to perform blend of Samba and Capoeira and Ochun to play live Cuban music. Tickets, $50, via email [email protected] or 860-868-2878.
9th annual Rhubarb Festival, June 17 and June 18, 12-5 p.m., White Silo Farm & Winery, 32 Route 37 East, Sherman. Sandwiches, salads, jams, pies and more prepared with farm grown rhubarb for $5 per portion, live music, free winery and field tours; free adm. Fresh picked rhubarb and rhubarb plants for sale. Info: whitesilowinery.com or 860-355-0271.
Pride & Joy in Latham Park, Stamford; First Congregational Church of Stamford together with Unitarian Universalist Congregation, North Stamford Community Church and Temple Beth El, have partnered with Interfaith Council of Southwestern CT and Triangle Community Center in Norwalk to present celebration of Pride in downtown Stamford, Sun., June 18, 10:15 a.m. New World Chorus to join LGBTQ community for “morning of pride and joy with our larger community.” Food truck items available, attendees welcome to stay and picnic in park; bring own lawn chairs. Details: fccstamford.org/events/pride.
*Honoring Weston’s Own Fire and EMS Volunteers, tribute to Weston’s all-volunteer fire and EMS departments, opening Sun., June 18, at 1 p.m. with Touch a Fire Truck event, and launch of new exhibit at the Weston Historical Society and Coley Homestead, 104 Weston Rd., Weston, rain or shine. Visitors can sit behind the wheel of a real fire engine and ambulance. Kids can try on fire gear and boots, pick up fire hose and wear real firefighter helmet. Weston’s vintage 1934 Mack Fire Pumper, “Old Mack”, on display, and there will even be firefighter related story-telling time. For more details, see On Exhibit. Adm. $3 members, $8 member families; $5 non-members, $10 non-member families. Info: westonhistoricalsociety.org.
*Mad Hatter Tea Party, Wed., June 21, 3:30-4:30, Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd., Wilton. Youngsters in grades one through five invited to gather on lawn wearing party clothes and hat in honor of occasion. Museum educator Lola Chen to supervise “madcap fun.” Lawn games, including sack races, teacup relay and flamingo croquet, plus tea sandwiches, teacakes and cookies (nut free) and “Mad Hatter-style” tea. Reg. by email: [email protected] or 203-762-7257. Members $15; on-members $25.
*Night Skies, Fri., June 23, 10-10:45 a.m., 11-11:45 a.m., 1-1:45 p.m., 2- 2:45 p.m., 3-3:45 p.m.; 4-4:45 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. Viewing “night sky” in daytime. Mike Francis, former lecturer at Charles Hayden Planetarium at Boston’s Museum of Science, to return with his StarLab, inflatable planetarium dome that children and adults can enter “and see a remarkably realistic night sky,” while he talks about constellations. Multiple sessions throughout day. Reg. required at wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-6336.
11th annual Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford Swim, Sat., June 24, with activities starting at 7 a.m., on border of Old Greenwich and Stamford, at 96 Cummings Point Rd., Stamford, home to event’s beneficiary, Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy. More than 200 swimmers and 100+ volunteers expected. New this year: #shoplocal day June 22 and June 29 with local retailers supporting Swim. For swimmers, boaters, kayakers, paddle boarders and volunteers interested in participating, registration is at swimacrossamerica.org/greenwich. Pool swim also available. Info: email [email protected] or call 203-570-9195.
DisH Liv(ing) Walking Tours in downtown Danbury, Sat., June 24, 11-1, throughout City Center’s Main Street business district. Hosted by Danbury resident, Ted Killmer, free walk to include art exhibits, “yummy tastings, an 1852 architectural gem, a hidden wall mural and plenty of friendly conversation.” RSVP to [email protected] Info: 475-289-3113.
History on Wheels, Sun., June 25, 1-2:15 p.m., Greenwich Point, Tod’s Driftway, Old Greenwich. As partner in annual Experience the Sound event, Greenwich Historical Society to team up with Greenwich Point Conservancy to provide historical bike tour of Greenwich Point. Tour stops at four locations with historical significance to town and park. Participants (age 8 and up, with children accompanied by adult) to meet at first parking lot on right after entering park. No reservation required. Participants without a Greenwich parks pass should say they are attending Experience the Sound.
Nichols Garden Club’s Secret Garden Tour, Thurs., July 13, 4 p.m. until dusk, beginning at Trumbull Historical Society, 1856 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull, where tour booklet with information about each garden, a map, and directions will be provided. Five “beautiful and interesting private gardens” on view with complimentary refreshments served at each. Botanical themed artwork, produced by Trumbull students, to be displayed in each garden. Proceeds benefit Jean Demchak Horsey scholarship fund presented each year to graduating Trumbull high school senior who goes on to study horticultural, and environmental sciences. Tickets $30 at eventbrite.com. Info: nicholsgc.org/garden-tour or call 203-590-2232.
Special encore of Lilac Girls house tour, landscape walk and book signing has been added on Sat., July 15, 10-noon, Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, 9 Main St. North, Bethlehem, with Martha Hall Kelly, author of Lilac Girls, “based on the true story of Caroline Ferriday and the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp survivors known as lapin (rabbits), whom Caroline championed.” Tickets orders by Friday, July 7, at ctlandmarks.org or call 860-247-8996 x23. This CT landmark open for tours through October. Info. at ctlandmarks.org; or call 203-266-7596.
Westport Library’s Gigantic Summer Book Sale, Sat., July 15, 9-5; Sun., July 16, 10-5; Mon., July 17, 9-5 (half-price day); Tues., July 18, 9-1 (contribution day), Jesup Green, Westport. The sale, in its 25th year, to feature hardcover and paperback fiction and non-fiction, vinyl records, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, children’s books plus special features. All proceeds benefit library. Info: westportlibrary.org
57th annual Summer Book Sale, July 21-25, Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. Over 140,000 books in over 60 categories, plus CDs, DVDs, records and special items. Proceeds help fund library’s 750+ annual programs and events for all ages. Free adm., open to public. Renee B. Fisher Foundation donates awards to teachers in underserved school communities in Bridgeport and New Haven, to be redeemed at book sale; application for teachers vouchers deadline June 30. Due to increase in applications from Books for Teachers program, library asking community to donate new or gently used children’s and young adult books. Info: pequotlibrary.org or 203-259-0346.
The Hickories Farm Stand, 136 Lounsbury Rd., Ridgefield, May-October, 11-6, Mon.-Sun.; November-May, 11-5, Fri.-Sun.; stand works on honor system; thehickories.org
Wilton Farmers’ Market, Wed., 12-5, 10+ vendors, Wilton Historical Society grounds, 224 Danbury Rd.; June 7-mid-October; www.facebook.com/WiltonFarmersMarket
Westport Farmers’ Market, Thurs., 10-2, nearly 50 vendors, at 50 Imperial Ave.; May 18-Nov. 9; westportfarmersmarket.com
Trumbull Farmers’ Market, Thurs., 3:30-6:30 p.m., 15 vendors; 1773 Huntington Tpke., May 18-Oct. 12; niatrumbull.org/farmer-s-market
Monroe Farmers’ Market, Fri., 3-6, 20+ vendors, Monroe Green; June 23-Oct. 27; monroefarmersmarket.org
Black Rock Farmers’ Market, Sat., 9-1, 25+ vendors, 481 Brewster Street, Bridgeport, June 10-Oct. 7; blackrockfarmersmarket.com
Gossett Brothers’ Farmers’ Market, Sat., 9-1 year-round (indoors for winter), 7 vendors; 1202 Rte. 35, South Salem, N.Y.; gossettbrothersnursery.com/farmers-market
Danbury Farmers’ Market, Sat., 10-2, CenterCity Green, June 24-Oct. 21, danburyfarmersmarket.org
New Canaan Farmers’ Market, Sat., 10-2, Old Center School municipal parking lot, corner of South Ave.-Maple St.-Main St., April 22-Dec. 16; newcanaanfarmersmarket.net
Earth Root Farm’s Stand, Sun., 10-2, 140A Mopus Bridge Rd., Ridgefield, June-October; earthrootfarm.com
Fairfield Farmers’ Market, Sun., 10-2, 20+ vendors, Sherman Green in downtown area, Fairfield, June 11-Oct. 1; fairfieldfarmersmarket.org
*activities for children