Below we have highlighted some fun summer events that reoccur but have an expiration date, get them while they are hot.
Mondays (until 8/10) from 6 – 9:30pm: Monday Night Jazz the nation’s longest-running free jazz concert series, returns to downtown Hartford’s Bushnell Park for its 48th consecutive season. Bushnell Park, Hartford.
Tuesdays – Wednesdays:
Tuesdays – Wednesdays (until 8/19) at 10am: Free Summer Movies Bowtie Cinemas offers free movies for kids. Seating limited to theater capacity, tickets issued on a first come, first serve basis. Free for kids. Bowtie Cinemas, Hartford.
Tuesdays – Thursdays:
Tuesdays – Thursdays (until 8/27) at 10am: Free Summer Movies: The Book of Life Doors open at 9am. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.
Tuesdays – Sundays:
Tuesdays – Thursdays at 7:30pm: Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2:30pm and 8pm and Sundays at 2:30pm (until 8/23): I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers For more than 20 years, Hollywood “superagent” Sue Mengers’ clients were the talk of the town – Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway and Burt Reynolds to name a few. In this funny new play, Sue invites you into her Beverly Hills home for an evening of dish and all the inside showbiz stories that only she could tell. More names will be dropped and secrets divulged as this wickedly brash woman reveals how she went from a non-English speaking Jewish immigrant to a film industry power-broker. It was a fabulous career while it lasted. Tuesday (7/28) is no reserved seating. Tuesdays (8/4 – 8/18) is Talk Back Tuesdays. Wednesday, 8/5 is pay what you can pay day. Wednesday (8/5) Pay what you can pay Wednesdays. Theaterworks, Hartford.
Tuesdays (until 8/18) from 1 – 3pm: Join us this summer at the Noah Webster House for a Bookworm Adventure workshop where children explore language and literacy through storytelling, the use of a felt board to illustrate what they have learned, and activities that will make the story come to life. This is a teacher-led program using Noah Webster’s House, the Museum, and our hands-on discovery space to inspire children to love to read at this critical stage of learning! Children must be toilet trained. Ages 3–6. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.
Tuesdays (until 8/18) from 6 – 8pm: Kid’s Entertainment Series Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of free entertainment. All ages are welcome! Rain location. Free. Community Pavilion, Plantsville.
Tuesdays (until 8/18) from 7 – 8:30pm: Outdoor Concerts Bristol Parks and Recreation invite families and people of all ages to come out and enjoy the wide variety of music offered each week! There are plenty of seats at the amphitheater but we encourage you to bring lawn chairs, a blanket and snacks to enjoy a picnic in the park to the backdrop of amazing bands. Free. Locations can change.
Wednesdays – Fridays:
Wednesdays – Fridays (until 8/7) from 9 – 10:30am: Interactive Storytelling Join us at Apple Camp for three-day workshops where kids ages 8 to 12 bring their imaginations to life. They’ll learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. And each workshop ends with the Apple Camp Showcase so campers can share their finished projects. Register online. Space is limited. The Apple Store, West Farms Mall; Farmington.
Wednesdays – Fridays (until 8/7) from 11am – 12:30pm: Stories in Motion Join us at Apple Camp for three-day workshops where kids ages 8 to 12 bring their imaginations to life. They’ll learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. And each workshop ends with the Apple Camp Showcase so campers can share their finished projects. Bring a digital camera or digital video camera if you’re coming to the Stories in Motion with iMovie workshop. If you don’t have your own, we can provide one. Register online. Space is limited. The Apple Store, West Farms Mall; Farmington.
Wednesdays from 12 – 1pm: Stowe Salons at Lunch meet Wednesdays at Noon in July and August. We’re talking about social justice issues making news. This week, we’ll look at race and racism in popular culture. Here is one instance: Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj Do you know of others? Please join us and share your perspective and ideas for creating positive change in our city, state and nation. Bring your lunch or pick up food at the Nook Farm Nook next door at Mark Twain House & Museum. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.
Wednesdays (until 8/12) at 6:30pm: Fun Runs These runs are a great way for the whole family to keep in shape! We offer two course lengths: a traditional 5k (3.1 miles) and a shorter 3k (about 2 miles) for younger kids and beginners. Both races are free. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign the program waiver. Cross Country Trails (behind John Wallace Middle School), Newington.
Wednesdays (until 8/12) from 6:30 – 8pm: Summer Concerts Raindate: Thursday night. Elizabeth Park, West Hartford.
Thursdays – Sundays:
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays (until 8/9) at 5:30pm: Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival production of Romeo and Juliet Capital Classics Theatre Company celebrates its 25th anniversary season with a new festival name and the staging of Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s tragic tale of two star-crossed lovers), which will run for three weekends, outdoors on the grounds of the University of Saint Joseph. Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy is set “in a world where violence is a virtue and cruelty is currency, and where two loving souls find hope in each other and desperately try to survive,” said Director Geoffrey Sheehan about the play. The Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival will also feature pre-show entertainment, including the Elizabethan Consort, lectures by local professors and more. Plus, on Thursday nights, the Festival will feature its Youth in Community Arts program with pre-show performances by local student arts organizations. Tickets can always be purchased without reservations at the box office starting 60 minutes before our shows. Be sure to bring your blanket and picnic basket to really enjoy the outdoor experience. Snacks and drinks are also on sale before each performance and during the intermission. Shows will always go on – rain or shine. If it rains, before or during the performance, the show will be moved inside the University’s Hoffman Auditorium. Tickets: $15 Adult, $10 Student, $10 Military.
Thursdays (until 8/20) from 1 – 3pm: Join us this summer at the Noah Webster House for a Bookworm Adventure workshop where children explore language and literacy through storytelling, the use of a felt board to illustrate what they have learned, and activities that will make the story come to life. This is a teacher-led program using Noah Webster’s House, the Museum, and our hands-on discovery space to inspire children to love to read at this critical stage of learning! Children must be toilet trained. Ages 3–6. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.
Thursdays (until 8/6) from 6 – 8pm: East Hartford Sounds of Summer Concert The Town of East Hartford Parks and Recreation Department brings the Sounds of Summer Concerts to East Hartford’s Great River Park amphitheater this summer. Grab a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic and watch the river roll by as you enjoy live music in this family-friendly atmosphere. Rain location: East Hartford Community Cultural Center. Great River Park, East Hartford.
Thursdays (until 8/27) from 6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concerts Windsor Town Green, Windsor.
Thursdays (until 8/6) at 7pm: Concerts on the Green Bloomfield Town Green (across from town hall), Bloomfield.
Fridays – Saturdays:
Fridays – Saturdays (until 9/5) at 8pm: I Left my Heart A jazzy new musical revue tribute to the man Sinatra called “the greatest singer in the world,” Tony Bennett. Go wild over the four decades of music that Bennett recorded, from his early top-40 hits, jazz recordings with Basie, Stan Getz, and Bill Evans, to his torch songs, film scores, all the way to his now infamous MTV unplugged, which introduced him to a whole new generation of listeners. I Left my Heart promises to be an unforgettable walk down memory lane, and a don’t miss for anyone who ever loved the music of George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Rogers and Hart, or Cole Porter! A thrilling score of 40 standards all recorded by Bennett, including “Stranger In Paradise,” “Top Hat, White Tie And Tails,” “The Best Is Yet To Come,” “The Good Life,” “Rags To Riches,” and his best-known hit, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.” Bring your own beverages and food. No performances 8/14 – 15. $30 per ticket. Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, Berlin.
Fridays (until 8/21) from 6:30 – 9:30pm: Outdoor Movies Free. Elizabeth Park, West Hartford.
Fridays (until 8/26) from 7 – 9pm: Summer Concert Series Manchester Band Shell, Manchester.
Saturdays (until 8/22) from 6 – 8pm: Outdoor Movie Come early for pre-show entertainment. The movies starts at sunset. Free. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Canton.
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