Enjoy the Early Signs of Spring Around Town

Ballard Park by @michelewill22

It seems Punxsutawney Phil may have been right this year! Spring is afoot and soon Ridgefield will be warmed by sunshine and surging with outdoor life. We’re all yearning to dine outside again, attend outdoor events, and stroll in the sunshine. As we prep our lives for the joyous transition into spring, we put together this list of activities so you can get outside and enjoy the early signs of this long anticipated season.

Get sporty

With the weather getting warmer, we’re all itching to get outside and get moving. If you’re looking for a fun, social way to get in shape this season then check out the Ridgefield Bicycle Club. With regularly scheduled rides on multiple terrains, special races, and community activities, you’ll be sure to find a ride you enjoy regardless of your experience level. If wheels aren’t your thing, then give the Ridgefield Running Company a try. Both an award-winning running shop and a popular running club, they offer weekly races and special runs so you’re sure to find where you shine. Come meet your newest friends this spring!


Sunshine and Outdoor Bites

Goodbye winter! One of our favorite rituals of spring is heading outside to eat and watch the world go by. Grab a coffee and enjoy the Main Street views at Tazza Café or Queen B, or bask in the sun and savor bakery treats at Ross Bread in the Marketplace. More in the mood for BBQ to celebrate the season? Hit up Odeen’s BBQ for golf course views and delicious BBQ specialties. 

A favorite Ridgefield ritual is grabbing an ice cream cone with the kids at the beloved Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe. No matter your fancy, Ridgefield’s restaurants will satisfy your cravings…alfresco. Check out our Restaurant Directory to find your next outdoor dining experience.


Meet the Easter Bunny

For many of us Spring and Easter are nearly synonymous, so what better way to ring in the buds and the blooms than an Easter Egg Hunt at the Lounsbury House? Bring the family out for a fun-filled Saturday frolicking around the picturesque Lounsbury grounds hunting for eggs! The Hoppy Days Egg Hunt is a free event for ages 3-10 and will be held on Saturday, March 16th. Parents will love watching their little ones enjoy the fresh Spring air (rain or shine) while creating magical memories (and keep your eyes peeled for the Easter Bunny, who will be making an appearance!). Register online

Walk to celebrate the Spring Equinox

The plants are about to bloom once more here in Ridgefield, and now’s your chance to learn about spring plants native to our hometown. Join Heather Cochrane on Tuesday, March 19th at 5:00 pm in order to celebrate the Spring Equinox by sharing in the joy of a community walk. Dress warm and bring your leashed pups to discover emerging plants and enjoy the first signs of this wondrous season. The walk will leave from the Shields Hall lawn by The Meetinghouse parking lot. Learn more

Easter Bunny at Lounsbury House
Spring Equinox

Window shopping in the sunshine

Shop windows are coming to life with a new sense of the season, restaurant menus are being refreshed to reflect spring’s bounty, and our local businesses are ready to provide you with the essentials and obsessions you’ve been craving as we all come out of hibernation. Whether looking for a fresh look or sprucing up your home for spring, our small local businesses are ready with new spring merchandise to wow you.
Browse all the great shops in Ridgefield

Main Street in Ridgefield
Flowers full of color on Main Street!

Trek outside

Spring is the time to re-immerse yourself in the natural world, and with our beautiful corner of the country you’ll never have to go far to do so. Ridgefield has stunning trails to hike, whether you prefer a solo trip or to enjoy nature with friends and family. Head over to Woodcock Nature Center for even more trails to explore and to see some wildlife up close ad in person!

If you’re more a downtown girl or guy, take a stroll along historic Main Street and through Ballard Park to enjoy the subtle hustle and bustle of our quaint New England town. And don’t miss a self-guided tour of the blooming gardens at the historic Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center.

Ballard Park gardens by Ridgefield Garden Club
Keeler Tavern Museum

For some extra fun, bring along your camera or your phone and snap some pictures to submit to the Ridgefield Walk Book Photo Contest! The Conservation Commission is updating the Walk Book for 2024 and are seeking photos taken within the last year to include within. Submit your entries to conservation.rcc@gmail.com by April 1st and see how your photos can impact our community firsthand!

Brews under the sun and stars

Nothing says “it’s the weekend” like a trip to Nod Hill Brewery! What better way to unwind from the work week than to grab your besties and have a few locally brewed cold ones alfresco. Check out their calendar for their live band schedule and be sure to stop by on St. Patrick’s Day for a lively afternoon of brews, Irish songs, and dancing. And countdown for the return of the Nod Hill Biergarten, opening for the season in mid-April. Leashed dogs and free range children are allowed, making it the perfect destination for a family day in the sun. Enjoy a mix of food trucks on most Saturdays and a unique beer selection all on a stunning, festive property.



What’s your favorite activity to kick off spring?
Let us know by tagging us at @inRidgefield


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