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2018 Event Planner

As you make plans for the new year ahead, save these dates for not-to-be-missed annual events in Litchfield County.

january

New Year’s Day Concert & Party
Presented by Washington Friends of Music, featuring The New Baroque Soloists lead by Artistic Director Douglas Myers.
Washington

Annual New Year’s Tea Party
Hosted by the Gunn Historical Museum.
Washington

february

Jumpfest Winter Festival
This is the 92nd  year for the main event, the Eastern U.S. Ski Jumping Championships, which has often forecast future Olympic competitors.
Salisbury

march

Maple Fest
Audubon Sharon’s annual MapleFest celebration with on-going, guided, 45-minute tours through the Center’s sugaring operation.
Sharon

april

Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market
The famous Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market opens for the season this month and continues every Sunday from April through December.
New Milford

may

Kent Garden Club Lawn & Garden Sale
On St. Andrew’s lawn.
Washington

Hopkins Vineyard Annual Barrel Tasting
Along with the wine tastings are excellent cheeses, pates, fruits and bread samplings that never run out and a
laid-back live band for entertainment.
New Preston

Annual Housatonic Downriver Race
In its 47th year, this 10-mile whitewater race is for canoes and kayaks.
Falls Village to Cornwall Bridge

Trade Secrets Rare Plant & Garden Antiques Sale
The 2-Day popular plant sale is an annual fundraiser for Women’s Support Services.
Lakeville

Kent Art Association Spring Show
Annual juried art exhibition.
Kent

The Royals’ Garage Sunday Car Show
In its nineth year and has become a staple of Lime Rock Park’s Memorial Day weekend festivities.
Lakeville

June

Annual Summer Solstice Festival
Held by The Washington Art Association & Gallery, delicious food, music, drink and décor with a Caribbean
theme transform WAA into a carnival of the senses.
Washington

Library Luminaries
For 22 years this fundraiser for the Gunn Memorial Library has been a huge success. A cocktail party starts the evening at the Library, followed by unique dinners in beautiful country homes, each highlighting a notable “luminary” guest.
Washington

Annual Celebration of Young Writers & Benefit Auction
Hosted by ASAP, celebrating the talented Young Writers of the area. The event includes a festive cocktail reception and silent auction followed by the readings of exceptional poetry and prose.
Washington

Gallery On The Green
Annual arts and crafts festival with 100 juried exhibitors.
Litchfield

Music Mountain
America’s oldest continuing Summer Chamber Music Festival, includes the popular Chamber Music Series and the Twilight
Series.
Falls Village

Let Them Eat Cake
The Sharon Historical Society & Museum hosts the beloved fund raising event, “Let Them Eat Cake!” live cake
auction and cocktail party.
Sharon

Open Your Eyes Studio Tour
Visit more than 30 Artist Studios.
Sharon, Lakeville & Salisbury

Books & Blooms
The Cornwall Library garden event and fundraiser.
Cornwall

July

Litchfield Open House Tour
Annual open house tour of selected homes and gardens in the historic village of Litchfield.
Litchfield

Kent Singers Concert
Choral Works.
Kent

Independence Day Fireworks
One of the best traditions in the area – don’t miss the spectacular fireworks at Lime Rock Park. Sponsored by
the Salisbury Rotary Club Foundation and Lime Rock.
Lakeville

New England Balloon Festival
This hot air balloon festival takes place at the Goshen Fairgrounds.
Goshen

Twilight In The Garden
Savor the enchantment of the summer garden in the cool of the evening. Enjoy wine and nibbles with friends and fellow garden lovers as the sun fades.
Washington

August

Ideas Festival
A cultural and intellectual 2  1/2-day festival with leaders in various fields by Kent Presents.
Kent

Sharon On The Green
Annual arts & crafts fair.
Sharon

Summer Book Signing
Annual fundraiser for The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon. Thirty authors come together to sign their latest hardcover books for hundreds of ticketed book lovers from neighboring towns in Northwest Connecticut, the Hudson Valley, and the Berkshires.
Sharon

Litchfield Jazz Festival
Going strong for 15 years, the Litchfield Jazz Festival in the Goshen Fairgrounds offers jazz music “in the tent”
as well as outdoors on the lawn with an opening night gala followed by three days of jazz.
Goshen

Vintage Race & Sports Car Parade
This annual event kicks off Lime Rock Park’s annual Historic Festival and the parade of cars arrive in Falls Village for the Street Fair, about an hour later.
Lakeville and Falls Village

A Weekend in Norfolk
Music, art and nature come together for three exciting days.
Norfolk

september

Harvest Ball
Annual fundraiser for the Kent Land Trust.
Kent

Kent Fall Festival
For 34 years this famous fall festival is run by the Kent Antique Machinery Association.
Kent

Litchfield Postcard Show
Annual show held at the Litchfield Community Center.
Litchfield

The Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance and Gathering of the Marques
On Labor Day weekend, this show is a must-experience event for automobile enthusiasts.
Lakeville

Garden Study Weekend
Fabulous annual program hosted by Hollister House Garden.
Washington

October

The Design & Antiques Show
Annual fundraiser for the Gunn Memorial Library.
Washington

Annual Warren Fall Festival
Always on Columbus Day Weekend.
Warren

Goshen Fair
Don’t miss out on this major agricultural fair on the Goshen Fairgrounds.
Goshen

Kent Pumkin Run
The festivities begin with a Kids Fun Run followed by the 5-mile run / walk at noon.
Kent

Auction in the Village
A Benefit for the David M. Hunt Library, going on 17 years.
Falls Village

Annual Salisbury Fall Festival
Always on Columbus Day Weekend.
Salisbury

Connecticut Garlic & Harvest Festival
Going strong for 16 years, this festival is held at the Bethlehem Fairgrounds.
Bethlehem

november

Kent Champagne Stroll
Considered the benchmark for all holiday strolls, the town of Kent offers 30 shops serving 30 champagnes and bubblies, and offering 30 different promotions and sales.
Kent

december

The Festival of Trees
Presented by the Gunn Memorial Library.
Washington

Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Run by the White Memorial Conservation Center.
Litchfield

Kent Singers Concert
Choral Works celebrating Christmas.
Kent

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
A pot luck celebration at the Kent Community House.
Kent

Festival of Lessons and Carols
The 58th annual event is held in the Hotchkiss Chapel. This traditional service of Christmas readings and choral music features
the Hotchkiss Chorus led by faculty member Jack Brown.
Lakeville

Salisbury Tree Lighting
Annual Tree Lighting event at the White Hart Inn.
Salisbury

Annual Native Art’s and Crafts Market
Held by The Institute for American Indian Studies features local Native American crafters, jewelers and artists.
Washington

Annual St. John’s Holiday Bazaar
Fabulous shopping, Live & Silent Auctions, unique boutique vendors, entertainment and great food.
Washington

Annual Holiday in the Depot
The first Holiday in the Depot began 27 years ago.
Washington Depot

Annual Winter Walk
Beautifully decorated windows and refreshments in every shop.
New Preston