Thanksgiving Around Connecticut

Since the mid-17th Century, Thanksgiving has been a big deal in Connecticut. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Connecticut has fun events happening all across the state, with tons of unique options to celebrate this beloved American holiday. Get inspired to plan your Thanksgiving holiday with some of our favorite Connecticut activities.

Connecticut Thanksgiving Activities:

Delight in viewing one of the largest helium balloon parades in the country with your family at the UBS Parade Spectacular in Stamford (Nov. 23). Check out your favorite giant balloon characters, award-winning marching bands and fabulous floats. You can even get a sneak peek of the balloons inflating the day before (Nov. 22) at the Giant Balloon Inflation Party.

Eat like a local:

If you’re entertaining guests, head to New Haven to find appetizers at Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro— a one-of-a-kind store with a selection of over 100 unique cheeses, gourmet dry goods, spices, olive oils and preserves. You can enjoy a French-inspired menu, or an award-winning grilled cheese sandwich, for lunch or dinner.

For a more American approach, head on over to B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill in Old Mystic. This is the home of New England’s last steam-powered cider press. Enjoy cider and donuts or even some hard cider (produced there since 1881). On Saturdays and Sundays in November there are cider-making demonstrations.

Experience a historical Thanksgiving:

Get a taste of traditional colonial food during Thanksgiving at the Homestead in Coventry. On Nov. 29, join in or watch the Nathan Hale Homestead staff, dressed in period costume, as they prepare for a harvest meal. Event includes hearth cooking activities, house tours, mulled cider and light refreshments.