Take part in a Fall event like no other…

Our Festival Theme for 2018 is… 

Free Admission, Entertainment & Parking

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*  Thursday, Sept 20 from 5 pm to 9 pm,  Art Gala Event, Food Trucks, and LIVE music night!  Amusement Rides & Midway opens at 6:00 PM on Thursday.  
*  Friday, Sept 21 from 5 pm to 10 pm, Food Trucks, and LIVE music night!  Amusement Rides & Midway opens from 6:00 PM on Friday .   Fireworks at approximately 9:15 pm!
*  Saturday, Sept 22 from 12 pm to 10 pm, MUM FESTIVAL DAY!  
    Amusement Rides & Midway opens at Noon on Saturday.  Wrist Bands Available!!
*  Sunday Sept 23 from 12 pm to 7 pm, Mum Festival Day plus Parade @ 1:30 pm.  Amusement Rides & Midway opens at Noon on Sunday and will run until 7:00 PM.  Wrist Bands Available!!

2018 Mum Festival Grand Marshal:
To Be Announced…

Upcoming Scheduled Events and Notices:

Be a Sponsor of the Mum Festival!  We need your support to help keep this great event going.  Click Here to Make a Donation

Become a major SPONSOR today:  SPONSOR the Mum Festival!

Vendor Applications are now being accepted!  


We are currently updating our 2018 events schedule.  Please check back in March.  The list attached was for the 2017 Festival, for general information only.

Click HERE for a full schedule of events during the Mum Season and big Mum Weekend!
(Sept 20 – Sept 23)

70 Memorial Boulevard, Bristol, Connecticut 06010

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 2018 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 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 20 and Friday, September 21 where a special carnival nights kick off the weekend of events. Then festival grounds will explode on Saturday, September 22 with primary festival activities, and continue through Sunday, September 23 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: The event will be held in downtown Bristol at Memorial Boulevard [Field] (70 Memorial Boulevard for GPS) and the surrounding areas, where parking, including handicap parking, will be available too.

See the map below. Green area is the Festival event. Suggested parking is highlighted in the orange and yellow areas!

**Upper left hand corner is the former mall site where there are 15 acres of parking just 4 blocks away from the site. Enter 180 Main Street for GPS purposes.
**The Associated Spring parking lots are also available (in yellow and orange to left of festival grounds)!
**Far left in orange is a City of Bristol municipal lot
** Upper right orange is American Legion Post II (22 Hooker Court) and a former car dealership

There is also many other parking options in other lots and on-street, where available! Just cruise around we have no doubt you’ll find a great space!



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… It’s gonna be huge!”


 2018 Mum Parade


The Chrysanthemum (Mum) Parade was started 57 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.


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

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.

2018 Mum Festival Committee:

Festival General Chairman:    Jack Ferraro

Parade & Volunteer Relations Chair:  Dianna Tack

2018 Festival Committee Chairs:

  • Andy Adams – Vendor Relations Chair
  • Andrew Barton – Mum-A-Thon Chair
  • Sue Berard – Treasurer
  • Jason Fields – Finance Director
  • Mickey Goldwasser – Marketing Co-Chair
  • Patrick Kilby – Public Safety & Facilities Director
  • Casey Potthoff – Bands, Sound & Stage Manager
  • Joyce Ptak – Vendor Relations Accounting Chair
  • Maria Salice – Arts & Entertainment Chair
  • Karl Tack – Events Chair
  • Shannen Tack – Marketing & Planning Chair
  • Mark Thomas – Bristol All Heart Specialist

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The Mum Festival is under the auspices of the Exchange Club of Bristol, Connecticut, Inc., and is sponsored by the City of Bristol Connecticut, Inc.