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The Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo is a full-day celebration held each year in New Haven’s beautiful Edgerton Park on the Saturday following Labor Day. The event includes music from across the region, delicious food and unique vendors, as well as fun and interesting experiences for kids in the Green Kids Activities area.

The Festival/Expo is dedicated to creating an unforgettable festival experience with an emphasis on sustainability and earth-friendly practices — including a zero waste plan and water fill stations. We take great pride in producing the highest quality musical experiences and presenting innovative environmental resources, as well as sharing one of the most beautiful places in the city, Edgerton Park.


Main Stage:
11:00am-12:00pm – Songwriting Competition
12:15pm-12:45pm – Christine Sweeney
1:00pm-1:30pm – Susan Cattaneo
1:45pm-2:15pm – Quarter Horse
2:35-3:35pm – Jim Allyn Band
3:55-4:55pm – Amythyst Kiah Trio
5:20-6:20pm – Ghost of Paul Revere
6:45-8:00pm – Birds of Chicago
8:30-10pm -Donna the Buffalo

Green Kids Village:
11:45am-1:45pm – Interactive Drums with Infinite Drums
1:15-1:45pm & 3:30-4:00pm – Kids Yoga w/ Full of Joy Yoga
2-4pm – Hoopla Zone & Hula Hoops with BringtheHoopla
11am-5pm – Recycled Art Projects | EcoWorks
11am-1pm – “Plant A Seed” | Common Ground
1:30-4:30pm – Massaro Community Farm
1:30pm-3:30pm Le Petit Studio
Led By: Toto Kisaku, Artist in Residence, International Festival o Arts & Ideas
The Petit Studio promotes a shared space where young people can experience and create around books, words, and sounds. A place to dramatize and recreate a universe that emanates from writerr from every part of the globe. The workshop culminates in a performance: the costume group dresses their characters, who now read their individual parts, with the sound effects groups adding the appropriate accompaniment. There is much laughter and enthusiastic participation as the young people experience the joy of creating together.

Green Kids Village Workshops (Underneath Workshop Tent)
11:15-12:15 – Liz McNicholl
12:30-1:30 – Cyril the Sorceror
1:45-2:30 – My City Kitchen
2:45-3:45 – Cyril the Sorceror
4pm-4:45pm – My City Kitchen
5pm-6pm – Songwriting Workshop w/ Dick Neal

CT GROWN Workshop Tent
11:30am-12:15pm CTCORE: Movement Building & Community Food Systems
12:30-1:15pm Rachel Sayet: Wikôtamuwôk Wuci Ki tà Kihtahan (A Celebration of Land and Sea): Modern Indigenous Cuisine in New England
1:30-2:15pm:Urban Resources Initiative: “Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens,
and Bioswales: What are they and why are they important?”
2:30 PM-3:15 PMGreen Village Initiative: Container and Raised Bed Gardening for the Urban Grower!
3:30 PM-4:15 PMNew Haven Land Trust: Composting
4:30 PM-5:15 PMElm City Parks Conservancy: Pollinator Pathway (Pollinators,
Perennials, & Seed Bombs)
5:15-6:00 PM Natureworks: Every Yard Counts – How to Create a Healthy Monarch Butterfly Habitat at Home (Butterfly Release: Weather Permitting)


ALL DAY | Farmer’s Market | New Britain ROOTS

CT Folk Rides: In Partnership with Elm City Cycling & Newhallville Learning Corridor / 1pm-3pm / Click here to register


What is the address of this festival?
CT Folk Fest & Green Expo is located at Edgerton Park on 75 Cliff Street in New Haven. The park is off Whitney Avenue and on the border of Hamden. 

What is the cost of admission?
Admission is FREE. We do ask for a suggested donation of $10 per person to continue our efforts. 

What if it rains? 
CT Folk Fest is held rain or shine. We expect a great turnout either way! Please stay updated for any inclement weather news on our Facebook page leading up to the event and throughout the day of fest.

Is this a kid-friendly event?
Yes! This event has been created with kids in mind! The Green Kids Village is filled with an Acoustic Corner, drumming circles, instructional canvas painting, hula hoop and yoga workshops as well as community organizations that will be creating with children and families all day long! There will be a large tent for you to find some shade under and enjoy performances from 11am-6pm.

Where can I park?
Great question! We encourage all attendees to carpool, or to take public transportation to the fest. However, there is plenty of on-street parking around Edgerton Park and in surrounding neighborhood. No parking allowed IN park.

What should I bring to the festival?
Your friends, the kids, a poncho in case of rain, a reusable water bottle (Refillable water stations available from 11am-6pm) and a love for great music. You may as well bring the neighbors too.

Are dogs welcome? 
Your dog is absolutely welcome, but must be on a leash at ALL times and must be picked up after.

What items are prohibited at the festival?

– No outside food or drink
– No coolers -No weapons
– Shade tents or canopies
– All fireworks
– Glass containers
– Illegal drugs

We do reserve the right to check all bags at the gate of festival.

Can I bring drinks and food to the festival?
Just to reiterate, outside food or beverages are NOT permitted at CT Folk Fest & Green Expo. This includes anything that holds beverages or snacks. (Baby food and formula is an exception.) Food trucks, beer and wine will be available at the event.

Are there bathrooms available?
Yes, we will provide port-o-lets as well as Handicapped Accessible bathrooms and hand washing stations. 

Can I volunteer?
If you are interested in volunteering for CT Folk Fest & Green Expo, email us at ctfolkfestgreenexpo@gmail.com