Summer in the Suburbs

Whether your’re looking for a home in the area, or you’ve lived here for years, you know that summer in Fairfield County is special. Between the beach, cultural events and nightlife, there’s always something going on.But what exactly? Here are a few of KMS Partners’ favorite activities:

The Levitt Pavilion. Westport’s riverside, open-air amphitheater offers 50 nights of entertainment each summer. And -- believe it or not -- it’s all free! (Except for an annual fundraiser, with big names like Willie Nelson, Ray Charles and Orleans.) From rock music and brass bands to comedians and kids’ entertainment, there’s always something at the Levitt. PS: You can bring a picnic to spread out on the grass -- or buy food there. For more info:

Music at the Barn. Westport’s northern neighbor has its own outdoor music festival. Four “Music at the Barn” concerns are held at the Weston Historical Society’s Coley Homestead. If it rains, no problem -- everyone heads into the barn. Admission is low; entertainment value is high. For more info:

Waveny Park. New Canaan’s wonderful hiking and biking preserve just off the Merritt Parkway is always worth a trip. July 6 through 31, there’s an extra reason to go: Summer Theater of New Canaan presents “West Side Story.” Catch the Sharks and Jets in this exquisite summer setting. For more info:

2 ginormous book sales. Looking for summer reading (or enough books for the rest of your life)? There are tens of thousands on sale (plus magazines, encyclopedias, records, CDs…), in every category from fiction and biography to cookbooks and Judaica. Westport’s is held on Jesup Green from July 16-19 (everything free the final day!). Southport Pequot Library’s is the next week -- July 22-26 -- in the coolest book sale building you’ll ever see. For more info: and

Norwalk Summer Concert Series. Stevie Wonder. The Beach Boys. Phil Collins. Elton John. Rod Stewart. Chicago. Neil Diamond. No, they’re not appearing at Norwalk’s Wednesday night concert series at Calf Pasture Beach. But their tribute bands are. The city also sponsors car shows and Motown/soul music (Calf Pasture); open mic nights (Freese Park); concerts at Mathews Park, and Saturday family movie nights at Shady Beach. For more info:

Westport Road Runners. Looking for something more active than book sales, plays and concerts? Westport sponsors a series of Saturday morning road races. Over 1,000 runners take place throughout the summer, starting with 2.3 miles. Each race is longer, building to a Labor Day weekend 10-mile run. It’s tough -- but the routes are very scenic. For more info:

Swim Across the Sound. Looking for something even more active than a road race? The 29th annual Swim Across the Sound (Sunday, July 31) is just that: a swim from Captain’s Cove in Bridgeport to Long Island. It’s for a great cause: St. Vincent’s Hospital cancer education, screening and prevention programs. Solo and team entries are welcome. For more info:

Compo Beach Point to Point Swim. Want to swim, but not all the way across Long Island Sound? The Westport Weston Family YMCA’s 37th annual Point to Point swim is a mile long. It starts at one Compo Beach jetty, and ends at the other. Advanced, intermediate and beginner swimmers compete in separate heats. A kids’ mini Point to Point race follows. For more info:

CT Challenge. More of a biker than a swimmer or runner? The CT Challenge -- a fundraiser for Southport’s amazing Center for Cancer Survivorship -- is just the thing. Five separate routes -- of 10, 25, 50, 75 and 100 miles -- offer something for everyone. No matter which you pick, you’ll ride through some of the most spectacular scenery in Connecticut. For more info:

Lachat Town Farm. Weston’s community farm offers extensive educational programs, focusing on agriculture, the environment, sustainability, nutrition and the arts -- all focused on Weston and its history. This summer’s classes cover totem poles, reptiles, invasive species, garlic harvesting, refrigerator pickling, painting, children’s crafts, salads and birdhouses. You never know what you’ll learn, down on the farm! For more info:

And planning ahead for Labor Day and beyond… On September 3-4, the Blues, Views & BBQ Festival turns Westport’s Jesup Green from staid New England to down-home crazy. Fantastic blues and funk music, incredible food (including a barbecue competition) and plenty of rides and vendors make this a don’t-miss, who’d-have-thunk-it attraction. For more info: The next weekend (September 10 and 11), the Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival offers a lot more than mollusks. There’s entertainment, rides, food, exhibitors -- you name it, all at Veteran’s Park. For more info:

Shakespeare on the Sound. Alas! You missed this year’s production of “Hamlet” at Rowayton’s Pinckney Park. But make note of this great outdoor festival, held every year in late spring and early summer. There’s picnicking, blanket or reserved seating, and plenty of special programming for kids. It’s the Globe Theatre -- without the groundlings. For more info:

Did we miss something? Contact KMS Partners at 203.454.5411 to add your favorite summer fun to the list!