The Connecticut town that inspired Stars Hollow is hosting a 3-day ‘Gilmore Girls’ festival

Stars Hollow, Gilmore Girls
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Stars Hollow may not be real, but you can now visit the closest thing to it.

This fall, the small Connecticut town that inspired the television hit Gilmore Girls—Washington, Connecticut—is hosting its first-ever Fan Fest for the show.

The three-day festival from October 21-23 will include screenings of a collection of past Gilmore Girls episodes, a Friday night dinner, tea at a local inn, dance recitals, book readings, and even a knit-a-thon. The festival is also “working to provide as much caffeine as possible,” according to the event description.

Several cast members, including Kelly Bishop (Emily), Jackson Douglas (Jackson), Yanic Truesdale (Michel), and Vanessa Marano (April) are also expected to make appearances at the festival.


The show’s creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, was inspired to set Gilmore Girls in a small New England town after a vacation to Connecticut to see Mark Twain’s house, she told the A.V. Club in 2005

“I stayed at an inn, and it was very charming, in a tiny town, and everybody seemed to know each other, and there was a pumpkin patch across the street,” she said of Washington. “I went to a diner, and people kept getting up to get their own coffee.”

The event comes at a great time for fans who are getting excited for Netflix’s four-episode Gilmore Girls reboot, which launches on November 25. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, which released its first trailer in July, will consist of four 90-minute episodes, each covering a different season of the year.

The original stars set to return alongside Lauren Graham (Lorelai) and Alexis Bledel (Rory) include Scott Patterson (Luke), Bishop (Emily), Melissa McCarthy (Sookie), Sean Gunn (Kirk), Liza Weil (Paris), and more.

Tickets to the festival went on sale Wednesday. General admission tickets are $175, and VIP tickets cost $250.

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