CT Folk Fest & Green Expo Returns
On September 8, from 11am to 10pm, the CT Folk Fest & Green Expo will hold their annual free festival of live music, handmade artisans, food trucks, children’s activities and “green” workshops at New Haven’s Edgerton Park. This is the expo’s 26th year.
Festival directors, Nicole Mikula and Michael Skrtic, alongside the CT Folk Board of Directors, unveil a folk music lineup that includes American singer/songwriter Martin Sexton with Bridgeport natives, The Alternate Routes, as the supporting act. Upstate, Jesse Terry Trio, Goodnight Blue Moon, Open Book and Professors of Bluegrass round out the lineup as well as this year’s audition winners, Plywood Cowboy and Auguste & Alden. Also, the Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition highlighting Michael Lavreanno, Mike P. Ryan, Carolann Solebello, Susan Cattaneo and Belle of the Fall will kick off the day.
The Green Expo, open from 11am to 6pm, highlights more than 50 exhibitors that include handmade artisans and exhibitors with innovative ideas and products for sustainable lifestyles. New Haven’s food trucks include Lalibella, P&M Orange Street Market, Life Bowls, Ben & Jerry’s and others. For all families, the Green Kids Village offers hands-on workshops, including interactive drumming with Infinite Roots, hula hooping with BringtheHoopla and children’s yoga with Full of Joy Yoga. There will also be New Haven’s Artist & Craftsman Supply, EcoWorks and an Acoustic Corner with local musicians like Liz McNicholl, Benny Mikula, Dan Carlucci and Cyril the Sorceror.
There is a $10 suggested donation to support CT Folk’s continued efforts. Proceeds benefit CT Folk’s mission to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience through music and conversation to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable community.
There is parking on the streets surrounding Edgerton Park. There are no vehicles allowed in the park during the festival and expo, except for those using the limited number of Americans with Disabilities Act parking spaces. These spaces are available on a “first-come” basis.