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Friday Events & Entertainment

September 23, Starting at 5:00 PM

  • 5:00-9:30 Amusement Rides/Midway
    (Wrist Bands Available)
  • 5:00-9:30 Food Truck Night
  • 5:00-9:30 Bristol Blues Beverage Garden


  • 5:00-5:30 Opening Ceremonies
  • 5:30-6:30 Hometown Heroes
    Honoring Our Vietnam Veterans
  • 7:30-9:00 Headliner Band!! Darik & The Funbags
  • 9:00-9:30 Spectacular Laser Light Show!


  • 5:30-7:30 Miss Mum Pageant


  • 5:00-9:30 Bristol Blues Beverage Garden
  • 5:00-9:30 Mum Festival Art Show
  • 5:00-9:30 Create a Tie-Dye Shirt
  • 5:00-9:30 “Mum Memories”
    Sponsored by the Bristol Historical Society
  • 6:00-7:30 T.J. Thompson Band

Saturday Events & Entertainment

September 24, Starting at 12:00 PM

All Day

  • 12:00-9:30 Amusement Rides/Midway,
    (Wrist Bands Available)
  • 12:00-9:30 Food Trucks & Booths,
  • 12:00-9:30 Craft, Business & Community Vendors,
  • 12:00-9:30 Bristol Blues Beverage Garden,
  • 12:00-9:30 Mum Festival Arts Show,
  • 12:00-9:30 Mum Memories Show (Historical Society)


  • 12:30-1:30 Rich Badowski Blues Band
  • 2:30-3:30 RELIC (Classic Rock)
  • 4:30-5:30 42 Salute (Country/Light Rock)
  • 5:30-6:00 Solo Acoustic Artist (TBA)
  • 7:00-9:15 Headliner Band! Soul Sound Revue


  • 12:00-9:30 Mum Festival Art Show
  • 12:00-9:30 Mem Memories,
    Presented by the Bristol Historical Society
  • 3:30-4:30 Jim Pelletier (Acoustic/Rock)


  • 12:00-6:00 Star Wars Padawan Training,
    Presented by Saber Guild Kessel Temple
  • 12:00-6:30 Star Wars and Other Characters
  • 12:00-6:00 Pumpkin Painting,
    Presented by Miss Mums
  • 12:00-6:00 Pirate Show,
    Presented by the Bawdy Buccaneers

School Parking Lot

  • 1:00-5:00 Mum Festival Car Show

Memorial Boulevard (by Mellen Street)

  • 12:00-4:00 Touch-A-Vehicle
  • 12:00-6:00 Stage East Entertainment
  • 12:00-6:00 Hay Rides
  • 12:00-6:00 Magic Show
  • 12:00-6:00 Balloon Tying,
  • 12:00-6:00 Giant Bubbles,
  • 12:00-6:00 Dunk Tanks,
  • 12:00-6:00 Stilt Walkers & Jugglers,
  • 12:00-6:00 Cinderella, Famous Characters, and so much more!
  • 12:00-6:00 Barnes Nature Center, Garden Club and Scouts
  • 1:00-6:00 Pony Rides
  • 1:00-6:00 Petting Zoo
  • 6:30-8:00 Fire Spinners

Sunday Events & Entertainment

September 25, Starting at 8:00 AM

Bristol Elks Lodge #1010

  • Hometown Heroes Breakfast
    8:00 – 10:00 AM
    $10.00 per person
    Veterans are Free!

Marquee Tent

  • 12:00-6:00 Bristol Blues Beverage Garden
  • 12:00-6:00 Mum Festival Mum Memories

Event Tents

Starting at 12:00 PM

  • 12:00-6:00 Youth & Diversity Kids Program
  • 12:00-6:00 Giant Bubbles
  • 1:00-6:00 Petting Zoo

Memorial Boulevard

Starting at 12:00 PM

  • 12:00-6:00 Amusement Rides/Midway,
  • 12:00-6:00 Food Trucks & Booths,
  • 12:00-6:00 Craft, Business & Community Vendors,


  • 1:00-2:30 Headliner Band! Lori & The Legends (R&B/Rock)
  • 3:30-5:00 LB4 (Funk/Rock/Blues/Reggae/Soul)
  • 5:30-6:00 Closing Ceremonies


Sunday, September 25th, Starting at 1:30 PM

  • Parade Starts on Race Street
  • Left On West Street
  • Left On South Street
  • Left On Main Street
  • Left On Riverside Avenue Extension
  • Right On North Main Street (Ends by Ice Cream Churn)
  • Parade ends around 3:30 PM

Please return to Memorial Boulevard for more festivities! Over 130 Vendors, Food Vendors, Amusement Rides, Family Events, Musical Entertainment and so much more!!


Sponsor the 2023 Mum Festival!

Download the 2023 Sponsor Form:
(For donations over $249.00)

Online Mum Booster Donations:  Donate

($10.00 – $249.00):


City of Bristol


The Exchange Club of Bristol


Bristol Health


RGD Technologies


D’Amato Construction Company

TILCON Connecticut


Barnes Group

Bristol C.E.R.T. Team

Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth Services

Bristol Police Department

Bristol Public Works


Chippanee Country Club

Connecticut Moving & Storage

Farmington Auto Park

First Student


Webster Bank

Wheeler Health

GOLD SPONSORS ($1,000.00+)

Allied Sanitation

Bristol Fire Department

Bristol Housing Authority 


Marenna Amusements

M&T Bank

Paradis Electric, Inc.

Plainville Police Department

Seymour Media
Steven L. Seymour, Owner/Operator

State Farm Insurance
Matthew J. Bub, Agent

The Broad View Fund

Torrington Savings Bank

Starkweather & Shepley



Gresczyk Farm

Precision Express Mfg.

Family Roots Produce Market

Mad Dog’s Junk Removal

Tom & Michelle Hick (TNT ECO CLEAN LLC)


Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce

City Hardware/Just Ask Rental

Joyce Ptak

Aaron Potthoff – Realtor

The Bristol Edition

The Woof Pack

Thomaston Savings Bank

Tracy Driscoll

BOOSTERS ($100.00 – $249.00) 

Jack & Joanne Ferraro
Jason Fields
Debbie Schur
Janet & Ty Mellon
Mickey Goldwasser
Maria Salice
Karl & Dianna Tack


Andy Adams
Sue Berard
Shannen Cianci
Donna Damm Dognin
Harley Graime
Dave Rackliffe
Sue Radke
Sarah Sullivan

Many Thanks to All Our 2022 Sponsors!

Please consider being a Sponsor for the 2022 Mum Festival!

Download the 2022 Sponsor Form:


Sponsor the Fall Festival of the year…

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 is Sponsored by the City of Bristol and Directed by the Greater Bristol Exchange Club. One of the premiere festivals in New England!

This is where you come in! In order to do the Festival justice, we are approaching you to be one of the many great and necessary sponsors to pull off the considerable size and scope of this effort. With you on board, we can create a memorable event for thousands of Mum Festival goers, encouraging thousands to experience the many layers of festival offerings over a 4-day action packed weekend. In a sponsorship role, this great event will provide your business or organization exposure to thousands of people, in addition to tens of thousands of impressions through our advertising and event efforts leading up to the big weekend. The 2016 Mum Festival and Parade drew well over 50,000 visitors!

All sponsorships will be tax deductible via 501(c) 3 non profit event partner, The Bristol Exchange Club.  If you are interested in sponsoring or would like more info please contact: Jason Fields: E: jgfields@att.net  P: 860.707.6286 

What: Over the course of the weekend the 2018 Mum Fest will feature 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, fireworks on Friday, all-day live music and entertainment, a car show and so much more!

Where: The event will be held in downtown Bristol at Memorial Boulevard Theatre field and the surrounding area, where parking, including handicap parking, will be available too. Parking will also be available at Associated Spring, the Depot Square (former mall) lot, other municipal lots, and on-street, where available.

Join In!: We are offering you the unique chance to support this wonderful opportunity for our Bristol and Connecticut communities to gather, create memories, and contribute to Bristol’s positive efforts to become a destination. This exciting event reinforces the City and Chambers’ 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 join this effort to put on this amazing festival in the heart of our state for all to converge, and we thank you for your time and support in advance. There’s just one last thing we’d like to say, “Mum’s the Word”…

All sponsorships will be tax deductible via 501(c) 3 non profit event partner The Bristol Exchange Club. The Bristol Mum Festival is made possible by The Bristol Exchange Club and The City Of Bristol.  The Bristol Exchange Club is a tax exempt organization under the 501(c)(3) IRS Code.

Download the 2022 Sponsor Form:


Festival Parking and Bus Transportation

Free Parking will be available at the following locations:

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

  • Old Webster Bank Parking Lot on Riverside Avenue
  • Bristol Health Parking Lot on Hope Street is available at the following hours:
    Friday after 4:30 PM
    Saturday after 2:00 PM
    Sunday, please note that the parade starts to line up at 11, so the Hope street entrance will be closed during the parade.
  • Board of Education Parking Lot on Church Street
  • Church Street Commuter Lot by the Board of Education
  • Barnes Group Parking Lot and 10 Main Street
  • New Magnet School Parking Lot on South Street (Handicap Parking Only)
  • New Magnet School Parking Lot on Willis Street Extension is available at the following hours:
    Friday after 5:00 PM
    Saturday after 6:00 PM
    Sunday starting at 12:00 PM
  • Parking is also available on side streets as always. Please follow all parking regulations.

First Student Bus

****Mum Festival Bus Schedule****

Saturday September 24th

Shuttle Bus—runs 12:00 – 9:30 pm

Pick Up & Drop Off:

  1. Riverside and Main Street at Bus Stop
  2. Hope Street (Bristol Health Parking Lot at designated hours above)
  3. Commuter Lot next to the Board of Education building on Church Street
  4. 10 Main Street/Barnes Group (by ATM machine) on South Street
  5. New Magnet School (South Street parking lot)

Bus will continue the loop from 12:00 – 9:00 pm

Sunday September  25th

Shuttle Bus runs from 12:00 – 6:00 pm

  1. Old Webster Bank Parking Lot on Riverside Avenue.
  2. South Street Parking Lot by East Road.
  3. 10 Main Street/Barnes Group (by ATM machine) on South Street
  4. New Magnet School (South Street Parking Lot)

Bus will continue the loop from 12:00 – 6:00 pm