Programs and Events
The Fairfield Museum offers a wide range of exhibitions and programs for families, children, and adults! Our programs inspire children and adults to discover the world around them. Are you a member? Consider joining or renewing your membership! Sign up today!
Brooklawn: A Walk in the Park
Thursday, August 22, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Jazz Fridays: Jen Durkin and her jazz ensemble comprised of members of her band “The Business”
Friday, August 23, 6:00 – 7:30pm Jen Durkin is a Fairfield-based vocalist who got her start attending Berklee College of Music. She then moved to New York City, where she studied a broad range of musical styles, from gospel, jazz, blues and funk.
Chris Coogan Quartet
Friday, August 30, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Chris Coogan has spent a lifetime astounding audiences with his jazz and gospel music. The N.Y Times calls him “a masterful pianist”. Winner of the John Lennon Song Writing Competition, he has recorded 8 CDS featuring his original jazz and gospel music.
Make Your Mark: Closing Reception
Friday, September 13, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Join us for a Friday the 13th Happy Hour with live painting by John Paul O’Grodnick and complimentary refreshments. The last chance to see this exhibition before it closes.
This exhibition explores how people – whether quilters, silversmiths, street artists or painters – leave their creative marks on their communities. From graffiti and tattoo artists, to quilters and silversmiths, people demonstrate and use their talents to serve and connect, show pride, and to leave a personal and lasting impression. Featuring local artists, including vibrant street muralist John Paul O’Grodnick, Bridgeport’s Liz Squillace (whose public art reaches new heights!) and of Three Roses tattoo studio, Frankie Frieri.
Executive Privilege – Its History of Use and Abuse
Presented by the Fairfield League of Women Voters
Sunday, September 15, 2:30 – 4:00pm
Although nowhere cited in the U.S. Constitution, presidents from George Washington on have asserted the claim now called “executive privilege” to resist efforts of Congress, the courts and the public to secure internal documents about their administrations. Is such a use of executive privilege a legitimate presidential power? Does it hold under definitive cases like U.S. v. Nixon? This presentation will explore the history behind this question, identifying the legal basis for executive privilege and tracing political controversy that has long surrounded it, including today.
Speaker: Donald W. Rogers, Ph.D., U.S. History. Specialized background in U.S. legal-constitutional history. Retired adjunct lecturer in history, CCSU, HCC and UB. Past president of the Connecticut Coalition for History, Boards of Civics First of Connecticut and the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society.
Famous Families of Fairfield Historical Bike Tour
Sunday, September 22, 1:00pm
Fairfield residents are invited to join the Famous Families of Fairfield historic bike ride! The tour will visit various points of interest and recount the stories of important families from Fairfield’s long history, many of whose names are still well documented on the streets and buildings of the town.
Tour participants will learn about Rodger Ludlowe, Mabel Osgood Wright, the Ogden family, the Jennings family, the Perry family, the Wakeman family, the Osborn family, and the Burr family, all of whom made important contributions to the town and whose names are memorialized at locations all around Fairfield.
The cycling tour will cover approximately five miles, starting and ending at Town Hall. Bicycle tour participants are required to wear helmets and the group is limited to the first 25 people who sign up in advance. Children 13 and older can be part of the tour but must be accompanied by a parent.
American Lighthouses and the Restoration of Fayerweather Light with Jeremy D’Entremont
Wednesday, September 25, 12:30 – 1:30pm
Jeremy’s talk will feature highlights from the history of these lighthouses in the Bridgeport area: Black Rock Harbor (Fayerweather Island) Light, Penfield Reef Light, Tongue Point Light, and the now lost Bridgeport Harbor Light. All of these light stations have interesting personalities attached to them, and Jeremy will tell their stories with the help of old and new photos from various archives and his personal collection.
A History of the American House Part II, featuring John Milnes Baker
Wednesday, October 16, 12:00 – 2:00pm
John Milnes Baker, AIA, architect and author, will be presenting the much anticipated PART II of “A History of the American House”. The program begins in the age of Jackson and covers through the Stock Market Crash of 1929.
Halloween on the Green
Sunday, October 27, 12:00 – 4:00pm
Families are invited to come in costume to the Museum Commons behind the Fairfield Museum for a day of free, fantastic fun! This family event, will feature trick-or-treating, giveaways, performances, parades, food trucks, bounce houses, games, crafts, activities and more! Elaborate Halloween displays will be set up in the historic buildings on the Museum Commons (Kids’ Cottage, Sun Tavern and Old Academy Schoolhouse) and the entire area will be transformed into an enchanting Halloween village.
2019 Holiday Pop-Up Market
Saturday, November 23 & Sunday, November 24
The Fairfield Museum and the Fairfield Chapter of the National Charity League are pleased to invite you to participate in our 6th annual Holiday Pop-Up Market! We are proud to host this Market of holiday gifts once again as it has become a much-anticipated tradition in our community, a great opportunity for business owners like you, and a fruitful fundraiser for our organizations. We hope you’ll join us! If you would like to be a vendor, Click Here.