Summer Festivals 2012

Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport. (Promotional Photo / June 6, 2012)

Alive @ 5, Columbus Park, Main St. & W. Park Place, Stamford. (203) 348-5285, June 21: Los Lonely Boys. June 28: G. Love & Special Sauce. July 5: Creedence Clearwater Revisited. July 19: Matisyahu. July 19: Hot Chelle Rae. July 26: Javier Colon. Aug. 2: Foreigner.

Artzfest, 242 East Main St. through Main St., Thomaston, July 13-15. The event follows from the Railroad Museum of New England up through Main Street, ending at the Seth Thomas Clock Tower. Enjoy indoor and outdoor vendors and various activities. Free.

Annual Milford Oyster Festival, Town Green and Fowler Field, Milford, (203) 878-5363, Aug. 17-18. Food, music, history, harbor activities, stuff for kids and more.

Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous, Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, (888) 973-2767, July 28-29. Gathering of pre-1965 wooden sail and motorboats, with a three-mile boat parade.

Barnum Festival, Various Locations in Bridgeport. (203) 367-8495, Thru July 4. A series of parades, kids activities, fireworks, concerts and more, all celebrating the city of Bridgeport and its legacy.

Black Rock Day, The Streets of Black Rock and Ellsworth Field. June 10. A road race, a bed race, a parade and a festival with live music, arts and crafts and food from local restaurants.

Branford Festival, Branford Green, 1019 Main St., Branford, June 15-17. 28th annual festival featuring music, crafts, kids' activities, a road race and more. No dogs.

Branford Jazz on the Green, Branford Green, 1019 Main St., Branford, June 28: B.D. Lenz. July 5: Nicole Zuraitis. July 12: Jazz in the Air. July 19: Arthur Lipner. July 26: Steve D'Agostino. Aug. 2: Gene Bertoncini, Donn Trenner and Dave Daddario. Aug. 9: KJ Denhert. Aug. 16: Chris Coulter. Aug. 23: Marion Meadows.

Cajun Zydeco Festival: Blast From the Bayou, Strawberry Park, 42 Pierce Road, Preston, (888) 794-7944, June 7-10. Annual festival featuring cajun/zydeco music, food and dancing from the bayous and cities of Louisiana. Camping available.

Canaan Railroad Days Craft Fair, Corner of Route 7 and Route 44 Green, Canaan, July 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., July 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Watch as the works of 50 craftspeople are selected on a juried, categorical basis.

Capital Classics Shakespeare Festival — Twelfth Night or What You Will, Saint Joseph College, 1678 Asylum Ave., West Hartford, (860) 231-5555, July 26-29, Aug. 2-5 & 9-12. Performances Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

Celebrate West Hartford, West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main Street, West Hartford, (860) 561-7512, June 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., June 10, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. To educate the public of their work, Celebrate presents recreation groups, charitable foundations as well as service, business and civic organizations. Enjoy food, entertainment, art shows, games, rides and a certified 5k road race.

Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo, Edgerton Park and other venues, Sept. 8. Live folk music and eco-friendly educational programs and activities.

Riverwood Poetry Festival — Speaking for Others: Poetry on Social Justice, The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 77 Forest St., Hartford, (860) 522-9258, June 24, 2-4 p.m. Performances will be led by poets Antoinette Brim, Doug Anderson, Randal Horton and Ralph Nazareth as part of the Riverwood Poetry Festival. Free.

Connecticut Irish Festivals Feis and Agricultural Fair, North Haven Fairgrounds, Washington Ave. (Rte. 5), North Haven, (203) 469-3080, June 23-24. Irish step-dancing, live music, Irish sports for kids, petting zoo and more.

Connecticut Wine Festival, Route 53, Goshen Fairgrounds, (860) 677-5467,, July 28 and 29. Vintners, specialty foods and crafts, plus musical entertainment.

Discovery Day Festival, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, (860) 768-4862, June 2. Celebrate the younger artists with The Discovery Ballet and Tiny Tap students as they perform three times. Both groups will be able to dance with special guests from the Classical Ballet Repertoire after the show.

Downtown Thursdays, McLevy Green, Downtown Bridgeport. (203) 576-3972, Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 7: The Stepkids, Echo & Drake. June 14: I Anbassa. June 21: Pocket Full of Soul. June 28: Ken Coulson. June 28: Mike Cusato Band. July 5: Jazz Guild of Fairfield County. July 12: Rick Reyes Band. July 19: Girls on Bikes, Hard Water. July 19: CFS presents Romeo & Juliet. Aug. 2: Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble. Aug. 9: Yippee Coyote, Tracey Delucia. Aug. 16: Forever Motown. Aug. 21: The Suit & Tyree & Thurrsty. Aug. 23: Dan Stevens. Aug. 30: Mikata.

Durham Fair, Durham Fairgrounds, 24 Town House Road, Durham, (860) 349-9495, Sept. 27-30. Live music, food, carnival rides, animal exhibits, art shows and more. Concerts by Kenny Rogers and Kellie Pickler.

The Enfield Renaissance Faire, Enfield Town Green, 840 Enfield St. July 28, 10 a.m. Go back in time and be entertained by musicians, storytelling, jousting, games, theatre, enjoy food and visit the Medieval Marketplace.