Lyman Orchards holds 27th annual Harvest Music Festival this weekend

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It has apple picking, a farm market and a golf course already, but on Sept. 11 and 12, Lyman Orchards will also be the site of the 27th annual Harvest Music Festival. 

The two-day event is a fundraiser hosted by St. Jude Connecticut Network to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, featuring live performances from local musicians and bands like Monroe-based country band Goldrush. 

“When you think of pioneering medical research, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital comes immediately to mind,” Lyman Orchards Executive Vice President John Lyman said in a statement. “We're so excited to be the venue for this year's Music Festival—and we anticipate a great turnout of fun-loving families who are equally excited to join the fight against childhood cancer.”

Tickets to the music festival are free, and there is an option to purchase tickets to the beer garden for $20. Additional fundraising events at Lyman Orchards over the two-day music festival weekend will include pony rides, hay rides, food and a rock ‘n’ roll-themed corn maze. 

The Harvest Music Festival at Lyman Orchards isn't the only fair or form of outdoor entertainment happening this season. Fall is the time for open-air events, and helping kick off fair season are events like the North Haven Fair on Sept. 9 through Sept. 12, the Norwalk Oyster Festival on Sept. 10 through Sept. 12 and the Durham Fair on Sept. 23 to 26. 

Connecticut's fairs and festivals are only part of those happening regionally. This year, the Big E is making its return from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 at its West Springfield, Mass. Fairgrounds, where visitors can hit up all six New England states (and sample their food) in one spot.