2021 Mum Festival Update

Save the Date!   September 24-26
Friday, 5:30-8:30 pm
Saturday, 12-8 pm
Sunday, 12-5 pm

The Mayor, City of Bristol and the Bristol Exchange Club Board of Directors, have approved concept plans for the 2021 Mum Festival based on current Covid Protocols.  The Mum Festival Committee will be meeting on March 22, 2021 via Zoom, to discuss the downtown concept, and begin the process for the 2021 Mum Festival. This year’s Mum Festival will be held on Septeber 24-26, on North Main Street and the surrounding area.

To continue this great event, we are in need to of volunteers, and leaders.  If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to any of the Chairs listed, or at MumFestivalBristol@gmail.com.

Sponsor Needed!!  We need t your help to continue this great New England Event!  Please consider becoming a Mum Festival Sponsor. 


2021 Downtown Concept: (Awaiting City Approval)
We will be utilizing lower North Main Street, Hope Street, Riverside Avenue Ext., Bracket Park for our Kids Zone, Bristol Health for our Car Show, and the former Patch and surrounding area as shown on the print.
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Due to Covid Health Protocols, we will not be able to have the Carnival back until 2022.


For more information on Mum Festival please visit our Website or Facebook Page:

Facebook:  @MumFestival

 The Mum Festival & Parade is Produced by the
Exchange Club of Bristol CT INC., a Non-Profit 501-(c)3
The Mum Festival & Parade is a City of Bristol Sponsored Event

Sponsorship & General Inquiries
Jack Ferraro, Jason Fields or Karl Tack
Festival General Chairman and Co-Chairs
e: mumfestivalbristol@gmail.com

Mum Festival Parade
Dianna Tack
e: Mum Parade & Festival Volunteers

Communication Inquiries
Shannen Tack
Mickey Goldwasser
Marketing & Planning Co-Chairs
e: marketing.mumfestival@gmail.com

Bristol Exchange Club, Board of Directors
Karl Tack
Greater Bristol Exchange Club President
e: thebristolexchangeclub@gmail.com

The Bristol Mum Festival

Our Festival Grand Marshal for 2021: 

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…   

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.  We need your help now more than ever!


Please Support Our Sponsors!

Sunny-001  Weather Forecast for Bristol CT


  • Friday, Saturday, Sept 24 – 26 (Official times to be announced)
    Honoring Heroes:  Friday Evening
    Kids Zone,
    Farmers Market,
    Food Vendors,
    Car Show,
    Music and Entertainment
    Basket Raffles and More!
  • Please note, the event is subject to Covid Protocols at the time.

    Other Events Potentially Planned:

  • “Drive In Movie Night” A perfect event for Social Distancing!
  • Online Art Auction
  • Please note that the events listed may change depending on the state protocols at the time!

Be a Sponsor of the Mum Festival!  We need your support now more than ever!  The City of Bristol is the main funding sponsor for the Festival, however grants may be effected by Covid.  Please help keep this great event going.  Click Here to Make a Donation

Become a major SPONSOR today:  SPONSOR the Mum Festival!

North Main Street Area

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 Mum Fest features 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 on Thursday,  and continuing through Sunday, September 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:

Parking Lot across from City Hall, Board of Education, Barnes Group, 10 Main Street

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!!”


 2021 Mum Parade 


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.


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.

Mum Festival Committee:

Festival Committee Chair(s):

Festival General Chairman – Logistics & Planning:    Jack Ferraro
Festival Vice Chairman – Finance & Procurement:    Jason Fields
Festival Vice Chairman – Exchange Club President:    Karl Tack
  • Andy Adams  – Vendor Relations Chair
  • Donna Dognin – Mum-A-Thon Chair
  • Sue Berard – Finance Chair – Treasurer
  • Mickey Goldwasser – Marketing & Advertisement Co-Chair
  • Harley Graime – Public Health & Safety Chair
  • Dave Nadeau – 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.