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Community spirit and “giving back” are a vital part of the Milford way of life. Fortunate to be the home of multiple service clubs and organizations, Milford rarely will let a week go by where the community is not invited to participate in an event.

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It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without a parade down Broad Street. The Leprechaun Leap into Long Island Sound is a chilling experience to benefit our Literacy Center. A children’s Trout Fishing Derby draws kids of all ages to the upper and lower duck ponds in the spring. Numerous art shows line the city Green and are some of the best-juried quality the New England region can offer. Craft shows abound. “Summer Nights by Harbor Lights Concert Series,” sponsored by the Milford Chamber of Commerce, resonates summer evenings of music of all types at Fowler Field on the Milford Harbor.

In June the downtown comes alive with the swashbuckling spirit of the Captain Kidd Treasure Hunt sponsored by the Downtown Milford Business Association. The Milford Rotary Club holds a “Lobster Bake” at the Milford Boat Works that is unparalleled to any other. Get your tickets early! A summer tradition, the Milford Oyster Festival draws 60,000 people to our downtown to partake in a day of food, games, concerts, arts and crafts, canoe and kayak races, and, of course, the city’s favorite bivalve, the oyster. The Milford Fine Arts Council, along with numerous art shows, theater productions, and photo displays, holds an annual sandcastle competition that is incredible fun for participants and spectators alike.

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The Bob Cooke Memorial Walk for skin cancer prevention and cure draws hundreds of walkers. The Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center holds varied educational programs. Woodmont Day, Walnut Beach Day, and Devon Day are community festivals of summer life on the beach. “Folks on Spokes/Folks on Foot” is a bicycling/walking tour to benefit Bridges, our community support system. An Antique Fire Muster displaying equipment and holding firemen competitions is featured by Engine 260. The Devon Rotary brews up an Oktoberfest complete with Bavarian food and music. The Milford Irish Festival has everyone’s feet tapping. The Milford Literacy Wine Tasting warms up a crisp fall season.

The Milford Chamber’s “Festival of Lights” brightens holidays when the city “Green” is illuminated with over 50,000 holiday lights, shopping and entertainment. Christmas in the Mansion is a classy annual affair at Lauralton Hall. The Downtown Milford Business Association holds an annual “Lamplight Stroll” in early December with performers, shopping and caroling.

Looking for something to do? Whatever your favorite activity might be, you’re sure to find it in Milford!

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