Garlic and Harvest Festival: Oct. 7 and 8. Bethlehem Fairgrounds, entrance at 304 Route 61 (Main Street North). 200 plus vendors with a "garlic theme." Cooking demos, live music, garlic themed food court and specialty food vendors with free samples. Rides and games for kids. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $8, $7 seniors, $1 children under 12. garlicfestct.com.
Pumpkin season at Rose's Berry Farm: Through Oct. 29. Saturdays and Sundays and Columbus Day, 295 Matson Hill Road, South Glastonbury. Tractor rides to the pumpkin patch and the hay maze. Also, face painting, a children's play area and slide, croquet, a corn maze; plus live music every Sunday noon to 4 p.m. First hayride leaves 10 a.m.; last hayride at 4:30 p.m. $7 ages 4 and older; under 4 is free; family of 4 is $25. rosesberryfarm.com, 860-633-7467.
Old Wethersfield Craft Fair: Oct. 7, Cove Park, State Street. More than 100 juried artisans displaying handmade wares. Food from Village Pizza, I Made It, Spuds Your Way, Lou's Kettle Popcorn. There will also be a ake sale, alpacas and face painting. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $6, children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult. 860-559-5560, oldwethersfieldcraftfair.com.
RiverQuest Fall Foliage Cruises: Through Oct. 29. Departs from Eagle Landing State Park, Little Meadow Road, Haddam. Cruise a little north and then south, changing foliage along the lower Connecticut River and perhaps a few bald eagles. Captain and crew will share local history, geology and wildlife. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.; Fridays, 1:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. $15 to $35. 860-662-0577, ctriverquest.com
Apples, pumpkins and a corn maze: The apples and pumpkins are ready for picking at Lyman's Orchards in Middlefield, and this year's maze honors Charles Lindbergh's first solo, non-stop transatlantic flight from Long Island to Paris. The maze features two miles of pathways; trivia questions; and corn cops to guide you. Hours are Wednesday to Friday, 3 to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Nov. 5. $10; $5 for ages 4-12. lymanorchards.com.
Fall Foliage Paddle Tours: Through Nov. 1, Black Hall Outfitters, 132 Shore Road, Old Lyme. Paddling on the Great Island Nature Preserve. Pack a sweatshirt, a cooler and your camera for tour of fall foliage along the Black Hall and Lieutenant Rivers. For all ages and paddle experience. Times and cost: 860-434-9680; blackhalloutfitters.com
Wee Faerie Village at Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme. This year's installment is titled "Faerieville USA: In and Around a Wee Faerie Town" and features 31 tiny, whimsical buildings on a walking trail through Oct. 29. Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., children can participate in a drop-in art-making program. On Oct. 9 starting at 11:30 a.m., fairy dance lessons will be held, with a parade afterward. A "Cavalcade of Costumes" parade will take place Oct. 28 at noon. Visitors are encouraged to dress as fairies. $15, $14 seniors, $13 students, free for 12 and younger. florencegriswoldmuseum.org.
Harwinton Fair: Locust Road. Friday 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. $8, kids under 12 are free; free parking. harwintonfair.com.
Connecticut Trolley Museum's Pumpkin Patch: Oct. 6 through 29, 58 North Road, East Windsor. Ride on a trolley car out to the pumpkin patch field and each child can pick out a free pumpkin to decorate. Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pumpkin Patch also open Columbus Day. $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, $10 for ages 4 to 12 and $3 for ages 3 and under. Museum members receive half off admission. 860-627-6540, ct-trolley.org
Monty's Fall Festival: Oct, 7 to 9, Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village, 1650 Hartford New London Tpke., Route 85, Montville. Free special events (with park admission) include a petting zoo, Frisbee-catching pups, a petting zoo, balloon creations and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ages 2-59: $16.99, ages 60+: $14.99, children under 2 are free. 860-443-4367, NaturesArtVillage.com/MFF
Apple and Ag Days: Oct. 7 to 9 and Oct. 14 and 15 at Old Sturbridge Village. Join costumed interpreters as they harvest apples, potatoes, carrots and beets. Events include root cellar tours, oxen-team demonstrations, lectures on how food makes its way from the farm to the dining room table, a cider mill demonstrations and more. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. $28 adults; $26 age 55 and older; $14 ages 4-17 and college students with valid ID; children 3 and under free. 800-733-1830, osv.org.
Family Sunday: Oct. 8 at the New England Carousel Museum, Bristol. Make bedazzled mini pumpkins or your own festive decoration to display at home. Tours of the museum and ride the carousel. From noon to 4 p.m. $6 adults and $5 children, and includes the price of the craft. Reservations: 860-585-5411, thecarouselmuseum.org/book-online.
Columbus Day Art & Nature Family Program: Monday at the Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington. Children and families will find inspiration from the Hill-Stead Museum's pastels by Edgar Degas and oil paintings of landscapes by Claude Monet and James McNeil Whistler. Each participant will leave with a matted, finished work of art, a museum bookmark, plus a free child's museum admission to return. 1 to 4 p.m. $25 per school-age child with family/grandparent membership; $35 non-member children. Caregivers welcome to drop off or participate with the child. Adults of registered kids are free. hillstead.org.
Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival: Oct. 13 through 15 at Riverfront Park, Glastonbury. Three days of live music, vendor booths, food trucks, amusement rides, the Angry Orchard 5K race (Oct. 15), a Harvest Pub and more. Oct. 13, 6 to 10 p.m.; Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Oct. 15, noon to 5 p.m. $5 per person; kids 3 feet tall and under are free. crvchamber.org/apple-harvest-festival.
Fall Flea Market: Oct. 14, Elmwood Community Center, 1106 New Britain Ave., West Hartford. Gourmet sandwiches by Skyscraper Sandwiches food truck available for purchase. 9 a.m. 860-561-8160
Fall Harvest Dance: Oct. 14, The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol. The 19-piece Al Fenton Big Band performs. Tickets are $15 and pre-paid tables of eight may be reserved ahead of time. This is a BYOB event; snacks and set-ups available for purchase. 7:30 to 11 p.m. 860-585-5411, thecarouselmuseum.org/book-online.
Ivoryton Pumpkin Festival: Oct. 21, Ivoryton Village Green. Activities include pumpkin carving, face painting, horse drawn hay rides and music. Free refreshments. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free. 860-767-4340; essexct.gov
Second annual New Haven Chalk Art Festival: Oct. 21, The Shops at Yale, New Haven. A day of art and entertainment in downtown New Haven and Yale University for professional and amateur artists, students and the public. Ashley's Ice Cream, live music, exclusive offers to retailers and restaurants, raffles, giveaways and more. No admission charge. Free parking at 150 York Street Garage. Bring your ticket to The Shops at Yale tent on Broadway Island for a validation stamp. Noon to 4 p.m. theshopsatyale.com
Hartford Blooms Foliage and Fall Garden Tours: Oct. 21 to 22. Participants ride shuttle buses from parking lot of Tangier's Market, 550 Farmington Ave., Hartford, to various sites and overlooks throughout the city, with a lunch break on Front Street. Planned stops include Elizabeth Park, Keney Park, Colt Park, Goodwin Park and Riverfront, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Knox Headquarters and more. $20. Continuous tours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Reservation required: 860-296-6128; hartfordblooms.org