Volunteers Needed for the 2023 Festival!

We are in great need of volunteers for the Mum Festival! As most of you know, this historic event almost ended in 2015. Thanks to a public outcry, and the Exchange Club of Bristol CT stepping up, our city’s marquee event was saved. The City of Bristol has also provided an annual grant to ensure that the Mum Festival is supported. This is where you come in! We need your support on our Mum Festival Committee to keep this event going. Whether it is serving on our All Volunteer Committee, or just picking an event to help out on during the Festival, is so critical to the Festival’s survival. As many of our committee members will tell you, it’s a lot of fun, especially giving back to your community.

PLEASE consider helping out by being a Mum Festival Volunteer, by contacting us at MumFestivalBristol@gmail.com

Donations Needed for Historic Mum Festival


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…!”


Become a Mum Festival Booster!


All sponsorships are tax deductible via 501(c) 3 non profit event partner The Exchange Club of Bristol CT, Inc. The Bristol Mum Festival is made possible by The Bristol Exchange Club, The City Of Bristol and our Sponsors.  The Exchange Club of Bristol CT, Inc., is a tax exempt organization under the 501(c)(3) IRS Code.

Become a full Sponsor by completing our mail-in application:



Weather Forecast for Bristol CT

Miss Mum Pageant at the Rockwell Theater

September, 15 or 16, To Be Announced

  • 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Friday Events & Entertainment

September 22, 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
    (Ribbon Cutting with Miss Mums)
  • 5:00-9:30 Bristol Blues Beverage Garden
  • 5:30-6:30 Hometown Hero Program
  • 7:30-9:30 Headliner Band!! Fleetwood Macked


  • 5:00-9:30 Mum Festival Art Show
  • 5:00-9:30 Bristol Museum Collective (TBA)
  • 5:00-9:30 “Mum Memories”
    Sponsored by the Bristol Historical Society


  • 5:00-9:30 Bristol Blues Beverage Garden

Saturday Events & Entertainment

September 23, Starting at 12:00 PM

All Day

  • 12:00-9:30 Amusement Rides/Midway,
    (Wrist Bands Available)
  • 12:00-9:30 Food Trucks & Food 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 TBA
  • 2:30-3:30 TBA
  • 4:30-5:30 TBA
  • 5:30-6:00 TAB
  • 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
    Bristol Boys & Girls Club
  • 12:00-6:00 Pirate Show,
    Presented by the Bawdy Buccaneers


  • 1:00-5:00 Mum Festival Car Show


  • 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 Tank,
  • 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 24, Starting at 8:00 AM


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


  • 12:00-6:30 Bristol Blues Beverage Garden
  • 12:00-6:30 Mum Festival Mum Memories


Starting at 12:00 PM

  • 12:00-6:30 Youth & Diversity Kids Program
  • 12:00-6:30 Giant Bubbles
  • 1:00-6:30 Petting Zoo


Starting at 12:00 PM

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


  • 1:00-2:30 Headliner Band! TBA
  • 3:00-4:30 TBA
  • 5:00-6:00 TBA
  • 6:15-6:30 Closing Ceremonies


Sunday, September 24th, 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!!

Mum Parade Application & Information

Dear Friends:

The 61st Annual Mum Festival Parade will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023, stepping off at 1:30 p.m.  Our Festival & Parade Theme is “Mumma Mia, Here We Grow Again!” This should be an exiting theme for all floats!!

Please complete participation form below by Wednesday, August 30, 2023.  If you have any questions, let us know! Send us an email at: BristolMumParade@gmail.com


You must complete and submit the form below by August 30, 2023.   Thank You!                  

Please see linked file for Parade Rules & General Information:


Please note, due to continuing road construction projects, please see the new Parade Route in the print below.  The route has been shortened by approximately one mile, by avoiding the Memorial Boulevard.  

Our Grand Reviewing Stand location will be on Main Street adjacent to the Barnes Group and Bikers Edge. The Parade will officially end on North Main Street.  Spectators should avoid all of North Main Street, as that is the official end of the performing route.  All units will disperse as they enter onto North Main Street from Riverside Avenue Extension. Please disperse on either side of North Main Street. There will be Mum Festival Volunteers their to guide you.

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The parade will end on North Main Street just before City Hall. Spectators, please note, the parade will not be on the Memorial Boulevard as it has been in the past.  

Any questions, please contact our Mum Festival Parade Chairperson, Dianna Tack, at:  BristolMumParade@gmail.com 

Mum Festival BINGO – Save the Dates!!

July 16th and September 17th, 2023

BINGO! A Bristol Mum Festival Tradition Continues!

Please Save the Dates! July 16th and September 17th, 2023

The Mum Festival Committee is pleased to announce that this year’s Festival will once again feature its highly popular BINGO event which will be be hosted by the Bristol Polish American Citizens Club, located at 541 N. Main Street in Bristol. Janet Mellon will be this year’s Chairperson, and promises another great installment. Please save the dates for this year’s BINGO, which will be held during the afternoon on Sunday, July16th and Sunday, September 17th. Keep tuned to this page for more information!

“The greater Bristol community really enjoys our BINGO tradition each and every year”, announced Janet Mellon.  “We will once again have great basket and other raffles. Coming out for BINGO helps us raise the funds we need to produce the Mum Festival and to support several of our Caring Programs through Exchange. Our committee is looking forward to seeing all of the BINGO players out there at the Bristol Polish Club for our special event…”

For more information about Mum Festival BINGO, please contact Janet Mellon at MumFestivalBristol@gmail.com.


For more information on the 2023 Mum Festival BINGO, visit our website at www.bristolmumfestival.com

The Mum Festival is the City of Bristol’s Annual Marquee Event, and is Produced by the Exchange Club of Bristol CT INC., a Non-Profit 501-(c)3

Many Thanks to Our Amazing Sponsors & the City of Bristol

Communications & General Inquiries

Jack Ferraro

Festival General Chairman

e: mumfestivalbristol@gmail.com

Sponsorship & Donation Inquiries

Jason Fields

Mum Festival Finance Chair

e: mumfestivalbristol@gmail.com

2023 Artist Application

“I Have a Heart for the Arts Show”

An Open Invitation to the Artists of Bristol and Surrounding Areas
Friday, 9/22, 5-9:30pm  –  Saturday, 9/23, 12-9:30pm  –  Sunday, 9/24, 12-6:30pm

The Mum Festival kicks off on Friday September 22nd with an Art Show, Main Stage Music and much more. Artists join under the Marquee/Bristol Tent. On Saturday September 23rd marks the big launch of all festival activities as well as on Sunday the 24th with the Mum Festival Parade added too.

In total, the Mum Fest will feature dozens of vendors from area businesses, crafters, local producers, restaurants, food trucks, community organizations, non-profit organizations, and museums, in addition to games, children’s programming, beverage garden, all day live music entertainment, picnic areas, a car show and so much more!

Weather permitting, we expect well over 25,000 people to converge on the Festival over the three-day event. The Mum Festival is held on the grounds of the Bristol Arts & Innovation Magnet School (BAIMS), 70 Memorial Boulevard, Bristol CT with handicap parking available. Designated parking for vendors near the event will be available.

This is a unique opportunity to display and sell your artistic talents!  And the Festival is an exciting event which reinforces the City’s efforts to promote Bristol as a destination. I hope that it will encourage everyone to join in and help our region rise to new heights!

I invite you to join this effort for our amazing festival in the heart of our state. It is artists who make it special, with their brilliant creations to share with our festival goers.

Thank you!

Joyce Ptak

2023 Mum Festival Arts Chairperson
Exchange Club of Bristol Board Member
..and an all around Art Enthusiast!

Art Show Space Pricing: 
(Friday and Saturday required)

  • Friday & Saturday Night Special: $75.00
    8’ space under the Bristol Tent
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday Special:  $100.00
    (All three days)
  • All Artists will be provided with a table & 2 chairs
    for their area at no extra cost!



Thank you for your interest in becoming a vendor at the 2023 Mum Festival! Your submission of the Electronic documents acknowledges that you have read, understand and agree with information and requirements set forth in this document.

Registration Deadline: 8/25/23

Questions? Please contact us at mum.festival.artscommittee@gmail.com

Payment Methods:

All payments must be made by credit or debit card online at:

  • Make A Payment – Art Show 
  • Electrical Request Form (PDF)
    Please note that the Bristol/Marquee Tent has full lighting, however, if you should require electrical for your space, it is available. An electrical outlet can be added for an additional $50.00 (flat rate). You can order the service at checkout.

The Bristol Mum Festival is made possible through our generous Sponsors, the City Of Bristol and The Greater Bristol Exchange Club.  The Bristol Exchange Club is a tax exempt organization under the 501(c)(3) IRS Code.


General Vendor Requirements

Artists/Museums/Vendor Form: 

We request that you use the Online Artist Registration Application above. Applications can be submitted ahead of time; applications and payment in full must be made on or before 8/25/23.

Event Fees:

Event fees are payable online and all major credit cards are accepted online at our Square Store. Go to : Make A Payment – Art Show  for online payments to be submitted.

Any questions, please feel free to send an  Email to Joyce at mum.festival.artscommittee@gmail.com.


Set up is scheduled for Friday, 9/22 any time after 8am and must be completed by 3:30 pm.

This year something new! The set up for the beer service will be adjacent to the Marquee/Bristol tent which adds more space for  artists to join the Mum Festival under the tent, anticipated @ a total of 18 spaces.  

Artists agree to remain in their designated locations and agree to not break down until the official vending conclusion times, unless otherwise approved by the Arts Committee Chairperson or Festival Chairperson.

 You are solely responsible for complying with all safety, health, and fire code requirements.

Electrical needs:

The Festival Committee will be supplying electrical needs at a nominal cost. However, you are responsible for supplying all power cords at the proper gauge parameters according to use. See Wire Guide Chart and complete the Electrical Request document.


You will have the opportunity to select your table space by arriving onsite anytime on Thursday, 9/21 after 4pm, to meet with Joyce Ptak, Arts Chairperson for the arrangements. As in the past, it’s first come, first served so come early to make your selection!


The Mum Festival is a family event. You should refrain from selling any products which would offend children or which would otherwise not fit the format of this type of function. You are responsible for controlling your employees/volunteers and to always be  courteous and polite. Our image is important to us, and by following these simple procedures, you will be benefited. Smoking is not allowed in any area under the tent.

No Solicitation:

All business must be conducted within the assigned booth space only. No distribution, canvassing, flyers, or vending of any kind maybe done by walking the festival grounds unless otherwise approved.

Clean Up:

All vending materials must be removed from the area no later than 6:30 pm on Sunday, September 25, 2022. You are responsible for removing all debris. There will be dumpsters onsite. You are responsible for disposal of your own trash each day of the festival in the large dumpsters that will be provided.


There will be 24-hour security service at the festival on Friday through Sunday. While such Security is provided, the City of Bristol and Exchange Club of Bristol will  not be responsible for any stolen, lost, or damaged items of equipment or personal belongings. You shall be solely responsible for the protection and safeguarding of valuables and release the aforementioned parties from any losses or damage to your property. Please handle your affairs as you deem appropriate with respect to protecting your equipment and belongings.

State Laws:

You are responsible for paying all appropriate sales tax with respect to the sale of goods and for procuring all permits and documentation as may be required by local and state government to operate within the State of Connecticut.

General Provisions:

All fees are nonrefundable. Your payment of entry constitutes your right to participate at the Festival. Should any entry fees not clear our account or not be paid in full, you will forfeit the right to participate at the event unless the matter can be completely resolved well before the event takes place and is agreed to by the Arts Chairperson, Joyce Ptak.


You may drop off or enter the Festival area at marked entry locations, but all traffic must end by no later than 3:30 pm on Friday. You may enter by foot at any time during the event. If other arrangements must be made, please contact Joyce Ptak.

ATM Machines:

The Festival will have at least two ATM Machines onsite. These are third party machines, and are offered as a service for our vendors and customers. There are also AT’s at the bank on Riverside Ave.

Fire Marshal Review:

Rental spaces/booths will also be inspected by the Fire Marshal’s office.

Tables & Chairs:

One 8’ table and 2 folding style chairs will be provided for each table space at no extra cost.

Set up & Break down:

Setup begins on Friday, September 23 for Artists 8am to 3:30 pm. Vendors can break down their area following official conclusion times unless authorized by the Arts Chairperson or the Event Chairperson.


The Bristol Mum Festival is made possible by The City Of Bristol and The Bristol Exchange Club.  The Bristol Exchange Club is a tax exempt organization under the 501(c)(3) IRS Code.