Annual Events

Whether it’s winter, spring, summer or fall, there is always something special happening in Essex. Be sure to take in these celebratory traditions that always deliver a good time for all.  For a full calendar of events, please click here.

CT River Museum EagleWatch Boat Tours
Groundhog Day Parade
Essex Go Bragh Parade

First Congregational Church of Essex May Breakfast
CT River Museum Mary E Schooner Cruises (May-October)
Essex Garden Club May Market
Burning of the Ships Fife & Drum Parade and Commemoration
CT River Museum River Fare
Memorial Day Parade

The Essex Annual Shad Bake
Ivoryton Farmers’ Market (June-Early October)
Connecticut River Museum Canoe and Kayak Rentals (through September)

4th of July Parade
CT River Museum Antique Boat Show
Summer Concerts in the Essex and Ivoryton Parks (through August)
CT River Museum Thursdays at the Dock (through August)

Lion’s Club Lobster & Steak Bake
Essex Board of Trade Sidewalk Sale
Town-Wide Tag Sale

CT Audubon Swallow Cruises

Essex Historical Society Antique Auto Show and Tour
Ivoryton Pumpkin Festival
Dogs on the Dock
Halloween Parade

CT River Museum Holiday Train Show (through February)
Trees in the Rigging Carol Sing and Boat Parade
Essex Steam Train Santa Special/North Pole Express (through December)

Essex Holiday Stroll
Ivoryton Illuminations
Child & Family House Tour (bi-annual)

Contact Us

    Essex Board of Trade, Inc., P.O. Box 322
    Essex, CT 06426 or email