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The Barnum Festival was founded in 1948 as a way to build community spirit as well as to honor Bridgeport’s most famous resident, Phineas Taylor Barnum – world-renowned showman, businessman and community leader. P.T. Barnum was above all an entertainer; he celebrated hoaxes and founded the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus.The Barnum Festival celebrates this great showman with our annual festival from mid-May thru June.The Festival is a celebration of people and “communities united,” including fireworks and a parade for the community.

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