Darien Sidewalk Sale & Family Fun Days, Thurs, Fri & Sat

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Darien Sidewalk Sale Days have returned, with food trucks by Webster Bank starting Thursday and other events, especially kids’ events, on Friday and Saturday.

Stores downtown and in the Noroton Heights business district are participating. Remember, the full name of the event is “Darien Sidewalk Sale & Family Fun Days,” and there are many events for children to participate in, along with sidewalk bargains for adults.

Especially if you’re visiting a number of stores in town for Sidewalk Sale Days this is also a great weekend for your kids to start participating in the “Where’s Waldo?” contest (more on that below).

Starting Thursday, there’s a “Family Fun Word Search” drawing at the Darien Chamber of Commerce tent. On Friday, kids can get their faces painted and see a circus stilt walker and juggler (downtown in the morning, at Noroton Heights in the early afternoon).

Most of the events take place Saturday, including a Post 53 ambulance tour, a tour of a fire truck and a backyard obstacle course. (See the schedule below for details.)

There’s also free coffee at The Dock Shop, 51 Tokeneke Rd. all day on Friday and Saturday.

Here’s something to try out (from the Darien YMCA Facebook page):

“The Darien YMCA will be at the Sidewalk Sales July 9-11. Come stop by our table, between Wireless Zone and Panera Bread, to have a free massage from one of ourmassage therapists on Thursday (12-1PM), try out our fitness and trivia contests to earn fun prizes, and enter our daily raffle to win one of three 1-hour Personal Training sessions! We hope to see you there!”

From the Darien Chamber of Commerce website

Bargains Galore with:

Over 60 Retailers and Vendors, Bouncy Toys, Amazing Andy on Stilts, Free Face Painting with Ela and The Depot Teens, “Storm” and “B.B.” Mascot appearances, FREE Deadly Grounds Coffee, Explore Post 53 Ambulance-Darien FireTruck and DPD Harley Davidson Police Road King, Hot Dogs Truck and Fire House Roast, Free Drawing for Kids at Chamber Tent, Ice Cream Cart, Food , Free Balloons and Live Music!

Weather for Darien through Saturday:

As of 8:56 a.m., Thursday, the National Weather Service is predicting pretty good weather for a sidewalk sale: a slight chance of rain Thursday afternoon, partly sunny weather on Friday and sunny weather on Saturday. Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 78 degrees Thursday and be in the mid-80s on Friday and Saturday.

Play ‘Where’s Waldo’ in Darien in July

From the Barrett Bookstore website:

From the Barrett Bookstore website

From the Barrett Bookstore website

Once again it’s time for the town wide scavenger hunt to find Waldo in participating shops. This has become a popular summer activity and a fun way to visit local merchants and support the Shop Local movement.

Pick up your passport here at Barrett Bookstore with a list of all the places where Waldo is hiding.

Each time you find Waldo, the store will stamp or sign your passport.  Find ten spots and come to pick up your Waldo button here at the book store.

Those diligent seekers who complete their passports can hand them into Barrett Bookstore and be entered into grand prize drawing.

On Friday, July 31 join us for the “Waldo Wind-Up” party — refreshments, raffle, prizes, and a top prize of a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books.

For more information about hunting for Waldo in Darien, call Barrett Bookstore at (203) 655-2712.
Have fun!

Event Schedule

Event Day Time Location
Face Painting By the Depot Fri and Sat 10am-2pm First County Bank, 1006 Post Rd.
Face Painting By the Depot Fri. 10am-2pm Noroton Heights near At Home in the Heights
Circus Stilt Walker and Juggler Fri 12:35pm-3pm Noroton Heights
Backyard Obstacle Course Sat 10am-3pm Behind First County Bank, 1006 Post Rd.
“BB”, The Blue Fish Mascot Fri 11am-2pm Darien Toy Box, 1064 Post Rd.
“Storm”, The Sound Tiger Mascot Fri 11am-2pm Darien Toy Box, 1064 Post Rd.
Face Painting by Ela Fri 11pm-1pm Inside Darien Toy Box , 1064 Post Rd.
Face Painting by Ela Sat 11am-2pm Inside Darien Toy Box , 1064 Post Rd.
Family Fun Word Search DRAWING  Thurs, Fri, Sat All Day Darien Chamber Tent next to Darien Toy Box
Circus Stilt Walker and Juggler Fri 10am-12:30pm Downtown Darien
Free Deadly Grounds Coffee Fri and Sat All Day The Dock Shop-51 Tokeneke Rd.
Post 53 Ambulance Tour, Hands Only CPR Demo, and Blood Pressure Screening Sat 10am-2pm Tokeneke Rd. near Hitchcock Munson Opticians
     
Live Music      
 The Criscuolo Purrone Exper. Sat 11am-2pm Grove St.
 The Nick Trautmann Trio Fri 12pm-2pm Gopher Plaza
Inflatable Slide  Sat 10am-3pm Day St.
Darien Fire Dept Hot Dog Roast  Sat 10am-3pm Darien Fire Station, 848 Post Rd.
Explore a DFD Fire Truck Sat 11am-2pm Darien Fire Station, 848 Post Rd.
DPD Harley Davidson Police Road King Motorcyle Sat 11am-2pm Darien Fire Station, 848 Post Rd.
Hot Dog Truck and Food Vendors Thurs, Fri, Sat All Day Near Webster Bank-
Castle Moon Bouncy Toy Sat 10am-3pm Next to William Pitt Sotheby’s, 1057 Post Rd.
Sponsors

List of sponsors (from the Darien Chamber of Commerce website)

 

Editor’s note: This article originally was published July 9.

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