Summer Fun

Text with pennants above: September: Celebrate Mansfield

We’re having some socially-distanced fun this summer! Each month, we’ll feature a different theme with fun activities for all ages. 

In September, we’re celebrating the community that makes Mansfield special!

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Community-wide Door Decorating Activity

It’s time to get creative! Residents and businesses are invited to decorate their front doors with each month’s theme as their inspiration. Houses, apartments, businesses - all doors are welcome!

Our theme for September is "Celebrate Mansfield!" Think of the people, organizations, businesses, or places that make Mansfield a special place to you. Or, throw a party (on your door) to celebrate our community!

Once you’ve created your masterpiece, snap a photo and share it on Facebook or Instagram using #MansfieldSummerFun.

We can’t wait to see what you create!

And as you walk or bike around town, keep an eye out for Mansfield’s decorated doors! 

Celebrate Mansfield Festival

The Mansfield Downtown Partnership's 17th Annual Celebrate Mansfield Festival will have a different format this year in order to protect the health and safety of our community.

The goals with this event remain the same: To bring together our community in a celebration of the people, businesses, and organizations that make Mansfield a special place!

Please visit for more information.

We hope you will join in the fun this September!

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Where in Mansfield?

Part of the month-long Celebrate Mansfield Festival, the Partnership's "Where in Mansfield?" Scavenger Hunt will take participants all over town to find 20 locations. "Where in Mansfield?" is free and open to everyone!

The hunt begins at noon on Friday, September 4, and you have all month to find all 20 locations.

Find your first clue at

Each location will be marked with a "Where in Mansfield?" flyer that includes a QR code. Scan the QR code to access the next clue!

If you are uncomfortable visiting locations in person, you can still participate! Click here for a printable clue sheet. Guess all the locations, then send it in via email or mail it to: Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Inc., P.O. Box 513, Storrs, CT 06268

My Mansfield

Share your Mansfield with our community! Tell us about your earliest memory, fondest moments, or favorite places and people in Mansfield. 

We will create a community album, which will be posted on the Celebrate Mansfield Festival website and here on the Town's website, featuring your submissions.

Everyone is welcome to share 4-5 sentences, a photo or drawing if you'd like, and your first name and age.

Find more information, including how to add your voice to the community album, at!

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Spend & Win!

The Mansfield Downtown Partnership's popular "Spend & Win!" gift card giveaway contest is back!

Participation is fun & easy:

  1. Spend $10 or more at a Mansfield business
  2. Snap a pic or screenshot of your receipt
  3. Email it to the Partnership with your name and phone number.
  4. Be entered to win one of twenty $25 gift cards to local businesses!

For more information, please visit

Celebrate Mansfield by Supporting Local Farms!

Join Taste of Mansfield for a virtual event to learn about the many "Ways to Enjoy Fresh Food and Support Local Farms in Mansfield." Jiff Martin, UConn Extension Educator in Sustainable Food Systems, will talk about the many options to buy local nearby, what's a CSA, and hear about some events in our community where we come together to celebrate local food and farms. 

The event is free but registration is required. Sign up here:

To find out about more Taste of Mansfield initiatives, visit their website and sign up for their emails.

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Maple Road Café - Drive Through!

It's hard to believe, but fall is right around the corner! Stop by the Mansfield Senior Center at 10:00 AM Wednesday, September 16 for cider and donuts during their drive-through Maple Road Café and mark the changing seasons! 

The drive through offerings are limited to seniors, and prior sign-up is required. Please sign up by September 11. Call 860.429.0262 to sign up.

Please be sure to wear a mask and stay in your vehicle.

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Kayak and Paddle Board Rentals 

Savor the summer and try something new: Kayak and paddle board rentals are available through the Parks & Recreation department!

Reservations are required and made on a first come first serve basis. As the kayaks do go out regularly, it is important to call ahead to make sure they are available. 

Click here to learn more about what's available, how to make a reservation, and the related fees.

Photo at left courtesy of Milton Levin

More to come!