Mystic Seaport

Visit Mystic Seaport July 27-28 for the Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous. (Courtesy / June 12, 2013)

113th Italian Festa Celebration: June 27-30. St. Andrew Club Grounds, 515 Chapel St., New Haven, A parade, Italian music, Italian food and a celebration of Italian-American heritage. Free.

21st Annual Arts and Craft Fair: Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Town Green, Essex. More than 60 booths featuring handcrafted artwork. Admission is free.

3rd Thursday Spring Street Fest: June 20, July 18, Aug. 15. Main Street, Willimantic. Area artists and craftsmen, small businesses and more.

39th Annual Clinton Bluefish Festival: July 19. Clinton Town Hall, Clinton. Arts and crafts, carnival rides, food, entertainment, music, and a car show.

A Grand Summer Night: Aug. 14. Downtown Stamford. Annual fund-raiser saluting fine dining in Stamford.

Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous: July 27-28. Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, (888) 973-2767, Gathering of pre-1965 wooden sail and motorboats, with a three-mile boat parade.

Artzfest: July 22-23. Thomaston, Indoor and outdoor vendors and various activities. Free.

Barnum Festival: through June 30. Various locations in Bridgeport. (203) 367-8495, A series of parades, kids activities, fireworks, concerts and more, all celebrating the city of Bridgeport and its legacy.

Branford Craft and Community Expo: June 15, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Town Green, Branford. Over 200 craft and community vendors.

Brooklyn Fair: Aug. 22-25. Rt 169, Brooklyn. Annual agricultural fair, considered to be the oldest continuously active agricultural fair in the U.S. Food, animals, and lots of power tools.

Capital Classics Shakespeare Festival — A Winter's Tale: July 25-Aug. 11. University of Saint Joseph College, 1678 Asylum Ave., West Hartford, (860) 231-5555,

Canaan Railroad Days Art and Craft Show: July 20-21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Corner of Rt. 7 and Rt. 44 Green, Canaan. Juried exhibit.

Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair: Aug. 18. Cannon Grange Hall, Wilton. Juried exhibits, educational exhibits, entertainment and children's games.

Connecticut Irish Festivals Feis and Agricultural Fair: June 22-23. North Haven Fairgrounds, Washington Ave. (Rte. 5), North Haven, (203) 469-3080, Irish step-dancing, live music, Irish sports for kids, petting zoo and more.

Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Arts and Crafts Show: June 22. Old Town Hall Green, Fairfield. Crafters and artisans come from all over New England, food.

Fairfield County Irish Festival: June 14-16. Fairfield University, 1073 N. Benson Road, Fairfield, All things Irish, including music, step dancing, food, Gaelic football, vendors, crafts and more.

Festival! Stratford: July 31-Aug. 4. Grounds of American Festival Theatre, 1850 Elm Street, Stratford. A celebration of theater, arts and music with workshops, vendors, a theater camp and more.

Guilford Art Center's Craft Expo: July 18-21. Guilford Green, Guilford. 55th annual festival, featuring 175 high-quality contemporary craft artists.

Haddam Neck Fair: Aug. 30-Sept. 2. Haddam Neck Fairgrounds, 26 Quarry Hill Road, Haddam Neck, (860) 267-5922, Food, carnival rides and games, live entertainment and more.

International Festival of Arts & Ideas: June 15-29. Downtown New Haven, (888) ART-IDEA, A world-class event of art, music, theater and a celebration of culture.