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 plans for the 2021 Mum Festival based on current Covid Protocols.  This year’s Mum Festival will be held on September 24-26, on North Main Street and the surrounding area.  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.  Our historic Carnival by Marenna Amusements for the 2021 Mum Festival has also been approved! The festival is really shaping up to be another great event!!

Sponsors Needed: Become a Sponsor by signing up at 2021 SPONSOR APPLICATION

Become a Mum Festival Booster by signing up at Home | Bristol Mum Festival (square.site)

Volunteers Needed: We really need volunteers this year, so please consider helping us out by signing up at
Volunteers Needed! – The Bristol Mum Festival

Photo “Example” of Our Street Concept:

2021 Festival - Street

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

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


Our Festival Theme for 2021: Honoring Heroes “Profiles of Courage” 

We are humbled to announce that our theme this year will be Honoring Heroes – “Profiles of Courage”
Our heroes 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, education, retail, agriculture, education, manufacturing, distribution, all who have added humanity during crisises…   We are looking for an organization to host a float that will carry of our heroes.  Please contact us at MumFestivalBristol@gmail.com.  

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, & Sunday: Sept 24 – 26
    Friday: 5:30 – 8:30 PM
    Saturday: 12:00 – 8:00 PM
    Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM Parade steps off at 1:30 PM
    The Carnival may run a little later times depending on customers
  • Kids Carnival
  • Kids Zone, (Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Hay Rides, Train Rides, Entertainment and much more!!)
  • Pumpkin Painting & Kids Art (Kids Zone)
  • Honoring Heroes:  Sunday after the Mum Parade
  • “The Arts” Event – Friday & Saturday under our marquee tent!
  • Miss Mum Pageant – Friday Night on Stage (weather permitting)
  • Mum Flower Sale
  • Vendors
  • Farmers Market
  • Food Vendors
  • Mum Festival Car Show “In Memory of Jim Foote”
  • Touch-A-Vehicle
  • Music and Entertainment

    Other Events Planned:

  • Star Wars Saber Guild Kessel – Padawan Adventure (at the Festival on Saturday & Sunday)
  • Mum Festival BINGO
  • “Mum Festival Drive-In Flea Market & Tag Sale”
  • Mum Festival Casino Night
  •  Online Art Auction
  • “Cigars Under the Stars”   
  • Tea Cup & 50/50 Raffles

All events are subject to Covid Protocols at that time.

 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.

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!

Lower North Main Street Area & Brackett Park (Kids Zone)

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 an action packed weekend for all ages!

What: Over the course of the weekend the Mum Fest features a carnival, over 100 vendors from area businesses, crafters, local producers, restaurants, food trucks, community organizations, non profits, and museums, in addition to games, children’s programming, carnival, 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 our premier entertainment and festival activities starting on Friday,  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, selected Street Parking

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!!”


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
Mickey Goldwasser
Shannen Tack
Marketing & Planning Co-Chairs
e: marketing.mumfestival@gmail.com
You may also contact Jack Ferraro, our General Chair

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

The Bristol Mum Festival

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 Link

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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.