9/4-9/7: Festivals, Fairs and Extravaganzas

Tara Gontek.

NO, NOT THAT WOODSTOCK:  The 149th annual Woodstock Fair is underway this weekend. (It actually started Thursday, so we've all got some catching up to do!)  This weekend's events include arts and crafts, hundreds of farm animals (including 12 birthing cows), horticultural display and much more.  The live entertainment includes Sawyer Brown and Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits.  Adult tickets are $12, and kids get in free.  Friday 9am-11pm; Saturday 9am-11pm; Sunday 9am-11pm; Monday 9am-8pm.

IT'S GREEK TO ME:  Break out your inner "-opoulos" this weekend in Orange.  The annual "Odyssey Greek Festival" at the Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church.  The four-day party includes classic Greek cuisine like moussaka, gyros, spanakopita and pastitisio (tdaziki sauce will abound).  You can also nightly dancing to Odyssey's live Greek band, and hence traditional Greek Dancing.  There's free parking and admission.  Friday noon-10pm; Saturday noon-10pm; Sunday noon-10pm and Monday noon-8pm.


WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS:  He starred as the young priest in The Exorcist, but Jason Miller is also an accomplished author and drama director.  His play, "That Championship Season" is playing at the Westport Country Playhouse.  The Pulitzer and Tony Award winning play details the 20th reunion of four players and a coach of a high school basketball team that won a state championship.  But at this reunion, the revelry of the five men turns into a night where secrets are revealed and loyalties are tested.  Tickets are $35-$55.  Click here for show times.

ROAD TRIP:  It's all about vintage this Labor Day Weekend in Lakeville.  The 2009 Rolex Vintage Cars Festival kicks off Friday at Lime Rock Park.  The weekend is your chance to see hundreds of ready-to-race vintage cars and see them compete in nine different race groups.  There's also a swap meet and the "Sunday in the Park Automotive Extravaganza," one of the most prestigious car shows on the East Coast.  Tickets are $15-$40.  Click here for a rundown of the weekend's events at the park.

MIND OF HIS OWN:  You know him and love him from his hit Comedy Central show.  Now "Mind of Mencia" star Carlos Mencia is taking his show on the road.  He's playing Mohegan Sun Saturday night, with his brand of brash observational stand-up.  Tickets are $45.  8pm.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE COLOUR?:  Before Lenny Kravitz was Lenny Kravitz, there was Corey Glover, Vernon Reid, Will Calhoun and Doug Wimbish (Connecticut's own).  Living Colour was one of the most popular bands of the early '90s with their blend of funck and hard rock thanks to songs like "Cult of Personality."  After taking a break for a few years, the band regrouped in 2000, and just released their fifth studio album this month, "The Chair in the Doorway."  Living Colour is in Norfolk at the Infinity Music Hall Sunday Night.  Tickets will run you $35, $45 or $60.  8pm.

NOT THE DESTINATION:  Don't stop believing, Journey is in town this Labor Day Weekend.  Steve Perry may be gone, but the music remains, and after 35-years Journey is still rocking audiences (and wedding parties) around the world.  They are taking the stage Monday night at Mohegan Sun Arena.  Tickets are $65 and $85.  7:30pm.

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