Mark those calendars for September 7, 8, and 9 for the Norwalk Oyster Festival. If you have children, head to Kids Cove that offers hours of kid-friendly fun with so much to do, see, and eat! Kids Cove has exhibits, hands-on activities, and free entertainment sure to delight kids of all ages. Children can get their face-painted and then pose with one of their favorite characters.
Hog Diggity Dog Review
You will feel like a kid again when watching the new show at this year’s Oyster Festival, the Hog Diggity Dog Review. This amazing show is performed by animal trainer and second generation circus performer, Hans Klose who took over from his parents, who also worked for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Baily Circus. Klose started his career at Ringling Bros., and then as a dog trainer at just sixteen years old. He has traveled all through the US and Canada and as far south as Mexico thrilling audiences with his act. Most recently he appeared on Late Night with Stephen Colbert.
Expect plenty of squeals of delight from crowds as the dogs and pigs perform. Today Kouse works with 20 dogs and four pigs. The performing pigs, Roscoe weighing 750 pounds, and Shelton weighing around 700 pounds were part of Klose’s act when he worked for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus. The Hog Diggity Dog Review will take place on Friday, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8 at 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
The pigs were acquired from farms and his dogs, with the exception of a couple of standard poodles, are rescues with a talent for jumping. The animals have their own climate controlled trailer and Mr. Klose is certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which regulates zoos, circuses and marine mammal parks under the Animal Welfare Act and requires regular inspections. The animals have regular vet care and the pigs get regular hoof trimmings and are fed a special diet.
Magic Show with Master Magician Doc Swan
Another not to be missed highlight of Kids Cove is the professional magic act conjured up by the award-winning Master Magician Doc Swan. This show delights the audience with fantastic illusions, magic with lots of audience participation, juggling, clowns and much more that takes place under the big circus tent. The Doc Swan Magic Show will take place on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8 at 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.and 7:45 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
If you have children, be sure to take advantage of the $25 dollar wristband for unlimited rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and, best of all, Sunday, Sept. 9 is Family Day when kids get in free with a paying adult.
Complete Kids Cove Schedule
Friday, September 7, 2018
Face Painter Open at 6 p.m.
Seaport Festival of Magic 7 p.m. @Circus Tent
Hog Diggity Dog Review 8 p.m.
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Face painters Open at 11 a.m.
Seaport Festival of Magic 12:30 p.m.
Hog Diggity Dog Review 1:30 p.m.
Karate Demo 2 p.m.
Character appearance 2:30 p.m.
Festival of Magic 3 p.m.
Hog Diggity Dog Review 4 p.m.
Festival of Magic 5 p.m.
Karate Demonstration 6 p.m.
Character appearance 6 p.m.
Hog Diggity Dog review 7 p.m.
Seaport Festival of Magic 7:45 p.m.
Hog Diggity Dog Review 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Face painters open at 11a.m.
Seaport Festival of Magic 1 p.m.
Character Appearance 1:30 p.m.
Karate Demo 2 p.m.
Hog Diggity Dog Review 2 p.m.
Seaport Festival of Magic 3 p.m.
Character Appearance 3:30 p.m.
Hog Diggity Dog Review 4 p.m.
Festival of Magic at 5 p.m.
Hog Diggity Dog Review 6:30 p.m.
Tickets, Parking & Metro-North
The event is held at Veteran’s Park, adjacent to Norwalk Harbor on Seaview Avenue in Norwalk, CT. Admission for adults is $10 on Friday, $12 on Saturday and Sunday. Senior tickets are $10 all days. Children 5-12 year’s old are $5. Children under 5 and U.S. military personnel on active duty are free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.seaport.org. On Sunday, Sept. 9 children 12 and under free with paying adult.
Festival Hours: Friday, Sept. 7, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, September 8 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., and Sunday, September 9 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For those that want to take Metro-North train Metro North is offering a discount package with free shuttle service from the train station to the Oyster Festival.
Free parking and shuttle service available from Calf Pasture Beach, Norwalk City Hall, and Norwalk Community College.
About the Norwalk Seaport Association
The Norwalk Seaport Association was founded in 1978 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, education and public awareness of Norwalk’s maritime environment and heritage. The Seaport Association and its volunteers are solely responsible for organizing and financing the Oyster Festival. In addition to the Oyster Festival, the Norwalk Seaport Association owns Sheffield Lighthouse and its volunteers maintain the lighthouse and grounds as a museum and nature preserve. For more information, visit www.seaport.org. or call (203) 838-9444.