First Saturdays

Come enjoy music, fun, food, family-friendly activities and a sense of community at downtown Ridgefield’s First Saturdays!

Participate in theme-related events and activities that include local artists displaying their work, sidewalk chalk drawing contests, athletic events, and other pop-up activities. You’ll also find the Farmer’s Market, sidewalk sales, outdoor concerts, local eateries and food vendors to enhance the festive atmosphere.

New Year, New You: Health & Fitness Fair

January 6, 2018

Fun runs, fitness classes, challenges, free body scans, exhibitors with information and activities that focus on traditional and new trends in nutrition, health, relaxation, and MORE.

Prize drawings all day. Admission is FREE.

Tailgate Party & Chili Challenge

February 3, 2018

Bundle up the kids, round up your prized pigskin, throw on your favorite team colors, and truck on down to Overlook Park for a tailgate party extravaganza!

Enjoy loads of activities and festive foods that are sure to warm your body and spirit.


Youth Arts

March 3, 2018

Encourage a lifetime of creativity!  Ridgefield Youth Arts Month represents a partnership between Ridgefield School District and the Ridgefield community encouraging young people to take part in artistic endeavors including literary, visual, musical, and performing arts.

Youth Arts Month happens throughout the month of March with events taking place at all four district schools as well as at community businesses and organizations.

Detective Mystery

April 7, 2018

Hilariously exciting, fun interactive murder mystery theater entertainment while enjoying a a walk around downtown Ridgefield – starting with the murder at Overlook Park.

Stay tuned for more clues!

May Day Spring Festival

May 5, 2018

It is the Second Anniversary of First Saturday!! Join us to usher in a fresh new season complete with Maypole dance, photo contest, Farmer’s Market season grand opening, outdoor games, scavenger hunt, art, food and more!

Festivities for May begin at 6:00pm on Friday, May 5th, with the Bruce Crocket Memorial Quick Draw event and opening reception for the Ridgefield Art Association Annual Spring Art Fair featuring art, live music and local wine. The Art Association Annual Show & Sale will continue at Overlook Park on Saturday.

The Garden Club will also hold its annual plant sale at the Ridgefield School District Maintenance Building.

Big Paddle and More

June 2, 2018

Ridgefield is celebrating National Trails Day on June 2 with Big Paddle – with festivities at the waterfront and downtown and hay bale trailer rides shuttling in between.

In downtown Ridgefield, enjoy Farmer’s Market, a Totally Awesome Scavenger Challenge, a follow-the-fish trail, live music and BIG GAMES!

At the waterfront enjoy a canoe, kayak or paddleboard adventures in the morning and afternoon and other festivities like vendors at Paddler’s Village, live music, a wine and beer garden, and an obstacle course for all ages.

Red, White & Blue Historical Fun

July 7, 2018

Gain a new understanding of old Ridgefield on this day full of play and discovery. Red, white & blue costume contest, games, icy kid & adult treats, a heritage-based scavenger hunt, convening with town elders, wine & beer garden and live music.

A history lesson has never been so much fun!

Picnic in the Park

August 4, 2018

The sultry days of summer are upon us. So saunter downtown for food, friendship and fun. Shop the used book sale, vote on your favorite pet photo, enter the watermelon eating contest and perform at the first “Ridgefield’s Got Talent” show.


Multicultural Festival

September 2, 2018

The First Annual Multicultural Festival will showcase Ridgefield’s traditional heritage and rich cultural diversity and also introduce visitors to cultures from around the world through live music, dance performances, storytelling, cooking demonstrations, sporting events, kids activities and a wide range of ethnic vendors. The Festival will include a variety of multi-cultural entertainment from Native American, Asian, Hispanic, Latin, Jazz and African performers.


Birdfest and Blue Grass

October  6, 2018

Enjoy the sights and sounds of fall migration and bluegrass music throughout Ridgefield!

The 2018 schedule of events is being planned currently. To get an idea of what usually happens during Birdfest and Bluegrass, you can check out the 2017 schedule of events on the Friends of the Refuge website.

Wine & Chocolate Gratitude Festival

November 3, 2018

Wine, Chocolate, food and activities for 21-and over all under a big tent at Overlook Park — with heaters and live music! Sip delicious local wines paired with decadent chocolates or foods prepared with chocolate.  Hand painted wine glasses prepared just for this event, chocolate fountains, apple press for making apple cider, live music and candy jar guessing game.

For the younger crowd, visit the Chickadee Art Festival sponsored by the Ridgefield Art Association at the Community Center. Non-alcoholic tasting opportunities for those under-21, art, and interactive activities!

Hometown Celebration

December 3, 2018

Join your friends and neighbors at the Hometown Celebration! All day fun for the whole family and kids of all ages.

The fun begins in historic downtown Ridgefield with an Ugly Sweater Run at 9:00 AM and the Community Center Art & Craft Bazaar.

The fun continues with the Columbia Credit Union Food & Gift Festival at Overlook Park at 10:00 including the Farmer’s Market vendors, roasting nuts, and 20+ additional vendors. The application for vendors is below.   You will also enjoy live music performances on the stage. Don’t worry about the cold — there will be heaters and canopies.

Other activities around town include cooking decorating and holiday crafts, meet SANTA, holiday trailer rides, a living nativity scene and a family games & activity center.

The tree lighting ceremony and caroling will begin at 4:30 PM at Overlook Park. Enjoy a holiday performance by DanceFusion, a cup of hot chocolate or hot cider, sweet treats and a community sing-along.

For later evening fun, attend the acoustic guitar holiday concert.

Food & Gift Festival Vendor Application