The official start of autumn falls next week, but this weekend promises to bring an early chill to Fairfield and environs. Take advantage of what promises to be bright and brisk weather by getting out and about with this list of things to do:

Start the weekend with a visit to Our Lady of Assumption Church's 19th annual September Fest which opens Friday at 6 p.m. on the church grounds, 545 Stratfield Road. There will be amusement rides, games and prizes, a white elephant sale, raffles, and lots of food. Admission is free and the festival continues Saturday from 1 to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 203-333-9065.

On Saturday, take a walk or run for hope at CancerCare's walk for Hope to raise funds for free professional services for anyone affected by cancer. Registration starts at 8 a.m. at Jennings Beach, with a run at 9 a.m. and the walk right after that. For more information visit

Over on Town Hall Green, the Fairfield Kiwanis Club's 20th annual Fall Juried Arts & Crafts Fair gets under way Saturday and continues Sunday. The event on the historic green, corner of Old Post and Beach roads, takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, rain or shine. Artists and crafters from throughout New England will be showing their wares, and food will also be on sale.

The green later Saturday also serves as the starting point for a walking tour of some of Fairfield's most historic sites. The tour group gathers at 2 p.m. at the nearby Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road. Cost is $5 for members of the Fairfield Historical Society and $7 for non-members. Call 203-259-1598 to register.

Saturday night, watch some fancy footwork at "Ballroom! `We are the Champions!' " set for 8 p.m. at the Quick Center for the Arts on Fairfield University's campus. The evening features six couples, all ballroom champions, performing. Following the performance there will be a reception where the audience can greet the dancers. Tickets cost $40, $35 and $30. Tickets are available through the Quick Center box office at 203-254-4010 or online at

You don't have to tell the kids, "Don't touch!" at the Fairfield Junior Women's Club "Touch A Truck" event Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m., at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, 785 Unquowa Road. Kids can sit in all kinds of trucks wheeled out for the event, including a firetruck and a bus. Proceeds support the club's scholarship program. Admission is $5 per person to a maximum of $20 per family. In case of rain, the event will be held Sept. 25. For more information, visit