5 Groton-Area Events Not to Miss This Month

Happy September! As we roll into the fall season, don’t miss these great events happening this month:

Corn Maze and Cider Donut Festival (Sept. 2-3)

I see y’all putting your pumpkins out on the patio!  But first, cider… start off your pre-fall season this weekend at the Lyman Orchards Corn Maze and Cider Donut Festival!  There will be live music, free food tastings at the Apple Barrel Farm Market, horse-drawn hayrides, face painting, drumbing circle, silhouette portraits and more! Don’t miss the apple cider donut sundae and apple cider ice cream float.  They will also have pick-your-own apples and pears! For the full weekend schedule, click here.

CT Maritime Heritage Festival (Sept. 9-10)

Don’t miss the Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival over September 9-10th. The festivities kick off with the Mermaids and Sea Monsters parade in New London.  Before the opening ceremony, face painting, and children’s activities will start at 10:00am. Children can even join the parade as a mermaid or sea monster after their free face painting!  Check out the events of the weekend here.  

Misquamicut Fallfest Weekend (Sept. 15-17)

The 13th Annual Misquamicut Fallfest returns to Westerly September 15-17th!  Check out the rides, amusements, vendors, food, entertainment and more at the Misquamicut State Beach. Parking is free that weekend.  

Niantic Bay Oyster Festival (Sept. 23)

Oysters anyone?  The 2023 Niantic Bay Oyster Festival returns on Saturday, September 23 at 12pm. Enjoy local oyster vendors, food vendors, and beer from local breweries. There will also be live music, a corn hole shootout, and a kids’ corner!  Admission to the festival is free, with $5 parking on St. John’s green. All festival proceeds will go to The Miracle League of Southeastern Connecticut.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectaular (Sept. 28-Oct.31)

Kicking off September 28th, New England’s favorite Halloween tradition is back at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence! This year’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular will feature “Pumpkins Around the World, presented by Citizens”. Thousands of artistically carved, illuminated pumpkins will magically transport you on a European vacation, wildlife safari, and a trip down Route 66! From the Pyramids of Giza to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, this nighttime family event will satisfy your case of wanderlust – no passports required! The trail is open nightly from 6:00 – 10:30 pm, last entry at 10:00 pm. Tickets are on-sale now and sold online only.

What events are you most excited for? For more Groton-area resources, click here.

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