In the same way that September feels like the start of the New Year, this time of year—when springtime is trying really, really hard to make a comeback—always does as well.
It's always around around this time (when we still wake up to frost on the windowpane) that I make a running list of all the outdoor activities, festivals, events, and plug them into my google calendar. Ah, the hope of a better, warmer tomorrow that is springtime.
If you're curious, here's my list of must-see events in the region. These are heavy on Connecticut and the Hudson Valley, my home state and current home, respectively. All are north of the city, and all are family friendly. We of course can never make it to all of these in any given year, but it's good to have sunshine-y plans in the books, don't you think?
Dogwood Festival, Fairfield, CT, May 12-14, 2017 (Mother's Day Weekend)
This should be called "Just when you thought you would never see a flower again, spring returns" festival. And just like that, everything is right again.
Shakespeare on the Sound, Rowayton, CT, June 15 - July 2, 2017
Because Shakespeare in the Park (Central, that is) stresses me out with two kids under 5.
Strawberry Festival, Monroe, CT, June 17 & 18, 2017 (Father's Day Weekend)
Start your summer right with a classic and superb strawberry shortcake.
Hudson River Exchange, Hudson NY, June 23 & 24, 2017
Explore Hudson, grab lunch from an artisanal food truck at the fair, and shop this beautifully curated open-air summer fair.
Sunset Jazz at Lyndhurst, Tarrytown, NY, Thursdays, likely, July & August 2017
I want to—no, I will—go every week this summer. Magic.
Library Fair, Woodstock, NY, usually in July, 2017
Libraries. Woodstock. Classic fair diversions for the children. What a way to spend a summer day.
Phonecia Flea, weekends here and there, May - December, 2017
I haven't been but it looks awesome. Wares, craft, & food from artisans who are making it work in our region. Hope to check it out at least once this summer.