St. Mark’s May Fair

Saturday, May 13th
Midway Rides: 9 AM – 6 PM
Food Court: 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM (while supplies last)
White Elephant and all other venues: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Tickets are $1.50 each – 22 tickets for $30; 48 tickets for $60. Rides require 2-4 tickets per ride. Tickets details can be found at ATMS will be available onsite. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.

St. Mark’s May Fair – Friday Night Lights

The St. Mark’s May Fair is here! Taking place rain or shine on Friday, May 12th (5:00-10:00 PM) and Saturday, May 13th (9:00 AM-6:00 PM) on the grounds of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (111 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan). The 2023 May Fair will feature a variety of new and exciting activities, venues, and a wide range of food and fun for the whole family.

‘Have Fun While Doing Good’: May Fair Organizers Call for Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help run one of New Canaan’s most treasured community events, officials say. The organizers of May Fair say about 200 volunteers are needed to fill what are typically two-hour shifts on the evening of Friday, May 6 and in the morning and afternoon of Saturday, May 7. (Sign up here.)

“This is an opportunity to re-engage with the community, meet new neighbors and new friends, and contribute toward the worthy cause of helping our outreach mission reach many, many needy charities in Fairfield County,” May Fair co-chair David Shea said. “Have fun while doing good.”

Walkable for many from downtown New Canaan, the family-friendly May Fair features rides, games, food, live music, a massive tag sale and the best strawberry shortcake around, among other attractions. (Here’s a podcast with Shea about May Fair 2022.)

Some 425 volunteers are needed to run May Fair, and as of Tuesday afternoon 231 had signed up, he said.

Podcast: ‘May Fair’ Returns in 2022

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to David Shea, who serves as co-chair of May Fair (see video embedded below), along with “Holy Smoker” George Wright. After two years of cancellations due to the pandemic, the hugely popular May Fair is back on—scheduled for Friday, May 6th (4 to 9 p.m.) and Saturday May 7th (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). We talk to David about what May Fair’s all about, including the organizations that benefit from it, what goes into organizing May Fair, what’s on offer this year and also, ways that organizers are introducing new features for New Canaan’s growing community of young families. 

We also note here that nearly 400 volunteers are needed to put on the May Fair and there are slots open—those who are interested can call the St. Mark’s church office 203-966-4515 or email In addition, donations for the May Fair tag sale are welcome, they’re taking drop-offs at the church house of toys, art work, jewelry and find goods, and people may call in for pickups of furniture and housewares.

May Fair 2021 Canceled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

May Fair has been canceled this year due to the pandemic, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church officials said. Though the town has made “outstanding progress” on vaccinating residents and the state is permitting fairs to operate at 50% capacity, “we carefully discerned that it is still too early to attempt such a large, multi-faceted gathering,” according to a letter published by St. Mark’s Senior Warden Stan Twardy, Junior Warden Mark Thorsheim and event Chairman George Wright. “We believe that the joyful spirit of May Fair is rooted in the joyful Spirit of God,” the letter said.