Below you will find Indie on the Move's compiled listing of annual music festivals and conferences in the state of Connecticut, helping bands and musicians increase their industry knowledge, broaden their networking reach, and better promote and showcase their music, shows, and tours.
From Gathering of the Vibes to Green Valley Festival, we did our best to include a thorough and comprehensive index, but if for some reason we've overlooked a specific event, please let us know through the contact page located HERE so that we can add it to the site ASAP.
With regards to any larger festivals, be sure to think outside of the box. While many of them do not regularly book independent acts as part of their official showcases, the national and international bands that do perform often draw some of the biggest built-in crowds imaginable, and provide a huge influx of music lovers and enthusiasts to each respective event location.
So try booking a show at one or several of that city's smaller local venues/bars/restaurants during the festival itself and take advantage of the vast number of music fans located in one place at one time. Even playing an ad-lib acoustic set in the event parking lot can go a long way in gaining you new fans and selling some merch.
-Gathering of the Vibes - Dates: Mid to late July
"Gathering of the Vibes is an annual music, arts and camping festival now in its 17th year. Vibes has grown into a four-day festival that has featured such world-class talent as Crosby, Stills and Nash, all founding members of the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers Band, James Brown, the Black Crowes, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Cliff, Primus, George Clinton and P-Funk, Bruce Hornsby, Les Claypool and many, many more big names, while continuing to showcase extraordinarily talented, young, up-and-coming bands to the 15-25 thousand people who attend each year." - Submit to Perform
-Chrysanthemum Festival - Dates: Late September
-iCrave Music Festival - Dates: Early October
-Apple Harvest Festival - Dates: Mid October
"Glastonbury's 'Applefest' features live music, 120+ vendor booths, fabulous food, amusement rides, pony rides, family entertainment and a beer garden."
-Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival - Dates: April
"Founded in the spring of 2006, the Trinity International Hip Hop Festival was created to combat the disunity, segregation, and violence of Hartford, CT and Trinity College. Using the historically education-oriented and politically revolutionary medium — Hip Hop – and focusing on its global potency and proliferation, the Trinity International Hip Hop Festival works to unify Trinity College, the city of Hartford, and the Globe." - Register
-Middletown Music Festival - Dates: Early August
"This is a city sponsored event supported by a grant from The Middletown Commission on the Arts. The festival celebrates local original music, and is free!"
-CT Folk Festival & Green Expo - Dates: Early September
"CT Folk presents traditional and contemporary folk and roots music. In addition to presenting artists established on national and international stages, we also seek to highlight the voices of local Connecticut talent." - Submit to Perform
-Elm City Music Fest - Dates: Early November
"The Elm City Music Fest is a 3 day annual music festival and conference filled with live music, educational panels and workshops, VIP networking parties along with specially selected vendors brought to you by Horizon Music Group and Mirror Image Media. With our partners, Hallah Edutainment, DVT Events and THAT MAG."
-New England Acoustic Music Festival - Dates: Late September
"The New England Acoustic Music Festival is a one-day boutique music festival produced by Fat Cats Events & Marketing, LLC, in partnership with the Courthouse Bar & Grille. The block party style festival features both emerging and established New England-based music artists, performing original music. The Festival takes place in the historic Antique District of Putnam, CT, often considered one of New England’s best small-town destinations."