Save the Dates:  September 25th – 27th

Due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19 protocols for September, we are taking a step-by-step approach for the event.  We have decided at this point to move to a three day Festival, while practicing the protocols in place at the time.  Depending on if school opens in September or not,  will dictate what the Mum Parade may look like.  Again, we are going to move forward very cautiously, and be flexible on what will be presented.   

Take part in a Fall event like no other…

Our Festival Theme for 2020 is: 

“Mum On The Move”

Our Festival Grand Marshal for 2020: 

Profiles of Courage

We are humbled to announce that we will be honoring “Profiles of Courage” this year.
Our Grand Marshal Team will consist of all our Healthcare Givers, EMTs, Police Officers and Firefighters, and all the First Responders who never stop searching for what it takes to live a life of service, especially in these times of uncertainty with the Covid-19 Pandemic.   
We also thank all those in service, whether in the military, government, retail, agriculture, education, manufacturing, distribution, all who have added humanity during crisises…   

We are also looking for an organization that would be willing to construct a float to carry a representation of our First Responders in the Mum Festival Parade, on September 27, 2020.  Please contact us at MumFestivalBristol@gmail.com

 

The Mum Season of Events Continues through November…    

Please help the to continue this great event by making a donation to the Mum Festival.  Without your contributions, we would not be able to continue many of the programs the Mum Festival offers each year.

DONATE TODAY BY CLICKING THE ‘DONATE NOW’ BUTTON!

Please Support Our Sponsors!

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FESTIVAL DATES:  

Due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19 protocols for September, we are taking a step-by-step approach for the event.  We have decided at this point to move to a three day Festival, while practicing the protocols in place at the time.  Depending on if school opens in September or not,  will dictate what the Mum Parade may look like.  Again, we are going to move forward very cautiously, and be flexible on what will be presented.   

Save the Dates:

  • Friday, Sept 25 from 5 pm to 9 pm 
    Concert & Fireworks or Laser Light Show – To Be Announced

  • Saturday, Sept 26 from 12 pm to 9 pm  MUM FESTIVAL DAY!
    “Art & Artisans Under the Big Top, Food Trucks, Kid’s Activities, Live Music, Car Show, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Hay & Carriage Rides, Touch-A-Vehicle, Craft & Community Vendors and more...

  • Sunday Sept 27 from 12 pm to 6 pm  Mum Festival Day plus Parade @ 1:30 pm.
    Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Touch-A-Vehicle, Over 100  Craft & Community Vendors and so much more...

    Other Events Planned:

  • “Drive In Movie Night” for Saturday, September 20th, and will have more on this event.  A perfect event for Social Distancing!
  • Spring Auto Photo Contest:  To be announced in May!
  • Baby Photo Contest:  To be announced in July!
  • Please note that the events listed may change depending on the state protocols at the time!

    The Spring Auto Photo Contest and Summer Baby Photo Contest have been confirmed, as they will be done online.

EVENT SCHEDULE:

To Be announced in May 2020

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LOCATION:
Due to the pandemic and protocols, we are looking at a few potentials venue locations that would be conducive to Social Distancing.   We will announce the confirmed location soon!  

OUR STORY:
The Mum Festival has been an epic fall festival in Bristol’s history. Once known as the Mum City, Bristol was famous for this colorful flower, and through the years proud Fall festivities were put on by residents for all in the region to enjoy!

The Festival was refreshed in 2016 and reloaded as the Bristol Exchange Club and several talented people stepped forward to direct one of the best Fall festival ever!   We welcome you and friends and family to have a memorable time along with thousands of Mum Festival goers, and encourage you to experience the the many layers of festival offerings during the “Mum Season of Events” and a special 4-day action packed weekend for all ages!

What: Over the course of the weekend the 2020 Mum Fest will feature a carnival, dozens of vendors from area businesses, crafters, local producers, restaurants, food trucks, community organizations, non profits, and museums, in addition to games, children’s programming, adult beverages, all-day live music and entertainment, a car and bike show and so much more!

When: Get ready for the “Mum Season of Events”, and 4 days of premier entertainment and festival activities starting with Thursday, September 24 and Friday, September 25, where an Arts & Jazz nights kick off the weekend of events.   Plans are in the works for Thursday night for a special event under the Big Top…  Then festival grounds will explode on Saturday, September 26 with primary festival activities, and continue through Sunday, September 27 where the historic Mum Parade takes place between 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm delighting audiences as one of the many festival highlights!

Where & Parking:

To be announced soon!

 

Join In!: We are offering you the unique chance to support a wonderful festival in Bristol and for our Connecticut communities to gather, create memories, and contribute to Bristol’s positive efforts to become a destination. This exciting event reinforces the City efforts to promote downtown as a destination, and we hope that it will encourage everyone to join in and help our region rise to new heights! We hope you can come and enjoy this amazing festival in the heart of our state for all to converge!

There’s just one last thing we’d like to say, “Mum’s the Word… See You In September!!”

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 2020 Mum Parade

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The Chrysanthemum (Mum) Parade was started 59 years ago. It is one of the State’s largest parades, featuring Bristol and surrounding area businesses, organizations, marching bands and units, and over 40 wonderful floats. The parade has been produced by the Greater Bristol Exchange Club for over 50 years. The Parade sponsor is the City of Bristol. Come join the fun and excitement!  

For more information, please email BristolMumParade@gmail.com.

2020 MUM PARADE APPLICATION  

Click Link above in Blue, or go to the Mum Parade Link on the right to complete and submit an application.

LINKS & CREDITS:
Historical Link:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Mum_Festival
Amusement Rides & Midway by:  Marenna Amusements

The Mum Festival has been a part of Bristol History for almost 60 years.  Thanks to the support of the Bristol Exchange Club, Our Mayor – Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, City Council and several city departments, the Mum Festival will continue its fine tradition!  We especially want to thank our generous Sponsors and all our supporters!   Come join the fun on the Historic Memorial Boulevard & MBS Field.  Keep an eye on this page for further updates.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact one of the Festival Chairs or email us.  Our committee meets the third Wednesday of the month, at 6:30pm.

Mum Festival Committee:

Festival Committee Chair(s):

Festival General Chairman – Logistics & Planning:    Jack Ferraro
Festival Vice Chairman – Finance & Procurement:    Jason Fields

  • Andy Adams  – Vendor Relations Chair
  • Donna Dognin – Mum-A-Thon Chair
  • Sue Berard – Finance Chair – Treasurer
  • Mickey Goldwasser – Marketing & Advertisement Co-Chair
  • David Nadeau – Public Safety & Facilities Chair
  • Joyce Ptak – Arts & Artist Chair
  • Maria Salice – Bands & Entertainment Chair
  • Dianna Tack – Parade/Command/Volunteers Chair
  • Karl Tack & Blaise Tramazzo – Family Events Chairs
  • Shannen Tack – Marketing & Planning Co-Chair
  • Maria Tramazzo – Fundraising Chair

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The Mum Festival is under the auspices of the Exchange Club of Bristol, Connecticut, Inc., and its main Benefactor is the City of Bristol Connecticut, Inc.