Fostering a Love for the Outdoors / Creating a Sense of Community / Developing Leadership and Life Skills


860.677.8458


50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington, CT 06032

Fostering a Love for the Outdoors / Creating a Sense of Community / Developing Leadership and Life Skills


860.677.8458


50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington, CT 06032

Special Events

 

SPECIAL EVENTS ARE OFTEN FREE & DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION, UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED

72nd ANNUAL CHILDREN’S FISHING DERBY
Children ages 5 to 15 can test their fishing skills and are eligible to participate in this long-standing event for prizes. We will have prizes in two different age categories as well as prizes for heaviest fish not a trout, first fish caught, and of course a cash prize for catching the elusive “Golden Trout.” So come on down and enjoy the morning fishing at Dunning Lake! Participation is limited to members, their guests, and Farmington residents only. Registration will be handled at the event upon arrival.
Date: Saturday, April 13th
Time: 8:00am – 11:00am
Ages: 5 – 15 years old
Where: Dunning Lake
Fee: No Charge (Food and worms will be available for a nominal fee)

 

25th ANNUAL WINDING TRAILS FAT TIRE CLASSIC
PRESENTED BY TREK BICYCLE NEWINGTON
Winding Trails, Inc. is proud to be a part of the 2019 Clif Bar Dirt Cup series of Connecticut. This series consists of 5 USA Cycling sanctioned events held at different venues around the state. The 5-mile loop for the Fat Tire Classic is designed on Winding Trails’ 12.5 mile trail system and includes wide open trails, hills, and turns combined with sections of technical single track. CAT 3, Cat 2, Cat 1, and Pro classes will run with a variety of age groups. Distances will vary according to each class. There will also be a special First Timers’ Race (just one lap) and a free short kids’ race. Proceeds from the event go to the Winding Trails Endowment Fund at the Hartford Foundation.  We will be using BikeReg for registrations for this race at www.bikereg.com. All levels of riders are encouraged to pre-register.
Date: Sunday, April 28th
Time: Start times vary depending on race class
Children under 10 (participating in the kids race): Free
First Timer Race: $20.00
Pro*/Cat 1* Open, Cat 1/Singlespeed Cat 1*, Cat 2,
and Singlespeed Open: $30.00
USA Cycling Member Fee Cat 3: $20.00
Non-USA Cycling Member Fee Cat 3: $30.00
Non-USA Cycling Member Fee Cat 2: $40.00
There is an additional $10.00 fee for Day-of-Race Registration.
*You must be a USA CYCLING member to race in Cat 1 and Pro races.
*A Demo Day for this event will be held on Saturday, April 27th from 11am to 2pm. Race plate pick up, as well as demo bikes from TREK Bike Newington and Race Course Q & A with the course designer.

 

TOUCH-A-TRUCK
This popular family event attracts over 500 people each year. Through the generosity of many local businesses, children have the opportunity to see a variety of “special” vehicles up close. Each year we have vehicles from the local fire, police, and EMS. There is also construction equipment, military vehicles, and more. Food is available for a nominal fee. You and your little one won’t want to miss this day. No registration required.
Date: Sunday, May 5th
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Where: Upper Parking Lots
Fee: Free

 

ACOUSTIC NIGHTS AT WINDING TRAILS
Come and enjoy some great music at Winding Trails in the tranquil serenity of the forest. This series will highlight some of the great local musical talent we have in the area. Each evening will showcase three performers. Food and refreshments will be available for sale or feel free to bring you own. These programs will be held rain or shine. Registration is not required.
Dates:
Friday, May 10th in Nature’s Porch
Blackberry Jam, Glenn Roth, and Kim Moberg
Friday, June 7th in Boathouse Pavilion
Blackberry Jam, Bill Benson, and Bonnie Lee Panda
Friday, July 12th in Boathouse Pavilion
Blackberry Jam, Ethical Wall, and Brian Dolzani
Friday, August 2nd in Boathouse Pavilion
Blackberry Jam, Seth Adam, and To Be Determined
Friday, September 6th in Boathouse Pavilion
Blackberry Jam, Robert Fullerton, and Jef Blaney
Time: 7:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Fee: $7.00 for Nonmembers Adults $5.00 for Nonmember Children ages 3 to 15. FREE for members.

 

WINDING TRAILS NIGHT AT THE HARTFORD YARD GOATS
Come join Winding Trails while we enjoy watching America’s favorite pastime at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford. We have a limited number of seats available for purchase. The seats are part of The Hartford Terrace and also has access to the Yard Goats Club which is located upstairs behind home plate and is climate controlled with couches, TVs, and a full bar. With the purchase of the ticket, you will receive $2 of loaded value on each ticket. This loaded value will be scanned off your ticket and gives everyone $2 to use towards concessions or the team store. Get your tickets now as they will not last! Call (860) 677-8458 ext. 10 to purchase, or stop by our main office.
Date: Saturday, May 11th
Time: 6:05pm
Member Fee: $16.00 per ticket

 

DUNNING LAKE FREE SPECIAL EVENTS FOR CHILDREN
These FREE programs will last between 1-2 hours depending on the number of participants. Please check age requirements as not all programs are appropriate for all ages. All of these events are for members only.
Wacky Relays: Wednesday, July 17th at 2pm. 5-12 year olds. Meet at the Boathouse.
Wet & Wild: Wednesday, July 24th at 2pm. 5-12 year olds. Meet at the Boathouse.
Winding Trails Olympics: Wednesday, July 31st at 2pm. 5-12 year olds. Meet at Roosen’s Roost.
Summer Fun Drop-In Events: Every Tuesday & Thursday from June 25th to August 15th at 1:30pm. Listen for the announcements at the beach! Activities will vary and will be appropriate for children ages 12 and under.

 

DROP-IN FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT AT THE BOATHOUSE PAVILION
Come visit our new Boathouse Pavilion for a drop-in movie during the summer. This is a great way to wind down your day at Winding Trails with a family movie in our newest pavilion with a view. This is a drop-in event and no registration is required so come on down and join us watching a movie on the BIG screen.
Movie: Ralph Breaks the Internet
Date: Thursday, August 1st
Time: 8:00pm
Member Fee: Free

 

LAST BLAST 2019
This is our largest event of the year! A celebration of summer complete with games, rides, food, a magic show, and fireworks. The fireworks are sent up from the island, over the lake. This is like no other show you will ever see! No registration is required.
Date: Saturday, August 17th
Time: 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Fireworks will go off at dark over the Lake!
*Strict 6 guests per membership limit!

 

 

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Winding Trails

50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington, CT 06032

Phone 860.677.8458    Fax 860.676.9407

Winding Trails, Inc. is a non-profit organization serving people from Farmington and surrounding communities, providing year round recreational and educational activities for the enjoyment and growth of families and individuals of all ages. Winding Trails is dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of the natural woodlands and waterways that allow outdoor programming, character development, and other activities that strengthen the lives of those we serve.