August 12 – 18

Welcome to the second week of August! Below we have highlighted what to do over the next 7 days in Hartford County! All of the events listed below are one-time events or events that occur for a short run; for summertime events that reoccur with an expiration date, click here, for activities that always run, click here. Check back often as we update daily.

Tuesday – Sunday:

Tuesdays – Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2:30pm and 8pm and Sundays at 2:30pm (runs 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. Tuesdays (8/4 & 8/18) are Talk Back Tuesdays. Theaterworks, Hartford.

Wednesday, August 12:

5pm: Mind Body Balance A mindfulness workshop for children ages 7 – 10. During this 45-minute workshop, children will participate in a fun, engaging and educational afternoon of craft-making and yoga. We will start with a mindful approach to creating our crafts and follow it with yoga poses, breathing techniques and affirmations to instill calmness, mindfulness and oneness. $15 per child. Prenti Yoga, Bristol.

Wednesdays (until 9/2) 5:15pm: Up and Active Family Activity Class Get up and moving in this active class! This class promotes health and exercise through a variety of fun, physical activities. Learn line dances like the Cotton Eye Joe and the Cupid Shuffle. Cooperate to complete scavenger hunts and relay races. Use agility and flexibility to explore different aerobic exercises. This class will allow you to enjoy a cardio workout at your own pace! This group is funded by a generous donation from Dr. Susan Adeyinka. This program is only open to families with children ages 4 to 18. Parent and child are both welcome to participate. Free. Bristol Hospital, Hughes Auditorium, Bristol.

6 – 7:30pm: Support Group for Parents of Children with Challenging Behaviors Parents of children with ADHD, ODD, autism, PTSD, reactive attachment disorder, fetal alcohol syndrome, developmental disabilities, anger issues, etc. are invited to attend this free group. This ongoing group will provide an opportunity for parents of “difficult” children to share their experiences coping with life raising children with challenging behaviors. The group will provide the opportunity for parents to come together to gain knowledge, education, and support, while developing new skills to deal with their child’s behaviors. A light meal will be served at each meeting. Parent & Child Center, Bristol.

7pm: Breakdancing Shakespeare Hamlet is the story of a young prince faced with a truth he finds intolerable: he learns that his uncle/new step-father is the one responsible for his father’s recent death, and what’s perhaps worse, this smiling murderer is now King.  How do we face the intolerable? What do we do when hypocrisy and injustice seem to surround us?  How do we know what’s true and do what’s right in a world where appearances are all that matter? $5 per ticket. University of St. Joseph, West Hartford.

7 – 8pm: Free Barre Class Barre is where ballet meets Yoga and Pilates. Develop the length of a dancer and the strength of an athlete with this 60-minute workout. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

Thursday, August 13:

10 – 11:30am: Summer Reading & Creativity Fun Author Donna LeBlanc will join us to share book one of Explorations of Commander Josh “In Space”. Four story sessions will take place from 10:00am-11:30am every half hour. The Author will have a presentation on how to create characters, and will lead an imagination exercise. Join us and Author Donna LeBlanc for some fun with reading and creativity! Adults & Children: $10, Adults & Children: $10. Imagine Nation, Bristol.

11am – 2:30pm: Native American Day Learn about a day in the life of a Native American and create fun crafts inspired by the Native Americans. Bring a picnic lunch. $10 per child. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol.

7:05pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs Trenton Thunder Thursday Promotion: Order before Thursday and get 4 hot dogs, 4 waters, 4 popcorns, & 4 reserved tickets for $40. All packages purchased the night of the game will be $48. Box Office only or by phone only.

Thursday – Sunday:

Thursday from 7:30 – 10pm, Friday from 2:30 – 4:30pm and 7 – 9:30pm, (closed this Saturday for a private event) Sunday from 5 – 7:30pm: Paint Nights Thursday: Flip Flops in the Sand, Friday: Fun in the Sun (kids class), Friday: Lotus, Saturday: Farmington River and Sunday: Sunflower. Perfect for when your flying solo, girls night out or couples night out. If you have a few friends, include a note when you register to reserve a table or seating together. $35–$40 per painter. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

Friday, August 15 – Sunday, August 16:

Founders Weekend at Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor.

Friday – Saturday at 7:05pm and Sunday at 1:35pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs Binghamton Mets Friday Promotions: Come enjoy a fireworks display to all of Elvis’ hits from throughout the years. Saturday: Come to the ballpark for before gates open and enjoy a concert on the field by Chris August. Sunday: Fans 12 and under are invited to run the bases like the pros after the game concludes.

Friday, August 14:

9:30 – 10:30am: Toddler Class: Veggie Mac & Cheese We will make a deliciously healthy version of everyone’s favorite dish: Mac & Cheese! We are going to add lots of yummy veggies! Some you will see, some you won’t! Ages 2-5. $15 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10:45 – 11:30am: Summer Workshop Series: Creative Costumes Who are you? What superhero powers do you have? Tell a story through the costume of your character. Workshops for ages 3-8, encourage and support literacy, music, science and art. Adult must be onsite, participation is optional. $5 per child for the workshop only. Imagine Nation, Bristol.

12 – 4pm: Happy Birthday Moe! Celebrate Moe’s 2nd Birthday with a whole day of lizrd-fun as it is also World Lizard Day! Come and learn what makes these creatures such fantastic animals. Then get close and personal with our Savannah Monitor and have the opportunity to give him some special birthday treats. Free with the cost of admission. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Parent’s Night Out! Need an evening without the kids? My Gym’s Parents’ Night Out gives our parents the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives with their favorite My Gym teachers. This incredible evening for your children is filled with a variety of fun games, rides and activities, and they won’t want the night to end! And don’t worry about food – we’ll take care of that too! $40 1st child, half off siblings! My Gym, West Hartford.

6 – 7:30pm: Canvas and Cupcakes This will be the last Canvas and Cupcakes class for the summer. We will be painting a cupcake and will decorate one to eat as well. If you haven’t tried this class yet, you won’t want to miss it! Ages 5 and up. $30 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

8 – 10pm: Museum After Dark Join us August 14 for our summer Museum After Dark Party as The New Britain Museum of American Art hosts its annual M(art)ket Party. The goal of this art party is to introduce young professionals to the concept of collecting original artwork by a selected group of contemporary artists. Enjoy a drink with friends, explore our galleries and new exhibitions, dance to local musicians and DJs, and be creative in a collaborative art project. Museum After Dark parties at the New Britain Museum of American Art are a great way to network with other young professionals and unwind for the weekend. Museum After Dark will include entertainment from DJ Jason Hart, comedy show presented by Maurice Green and friends, headlined by Brian Barganier, food available from NoRA Cupcake and Get it Toasted, and camp themed activities from the New Britain YMCA. $25 non-members. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

Saturday, August 15 – Sunday, August 16:

10am – 3pmThe Riverfront Dragon Boat and Asian Festival celebrates 15 years with a free family friendly event offering a unique celebration of Asian culture highlighted by the exciting sport of dragon boat racing. Festival highlights included authentic Asian music and dance performances, food and merchandise vendors, an Asian beer garden, martial arts expo, arts and crafts for the kids and more. Opening Ceremony is at 8am. Admission to the Asian Festival is free. Participation in the dragon boat races is fee-based. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford.

11am – 2pm: Family Harvest Weekend Join us on our Rooftop Garden, presented by Eversource, to collect seeds from our Children’s State Flower, Michaela Petit’s Four O’Clocks. You can also participate in other green hands-on activities. Included for free with the cost of admission. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

Saturday, August 15:


10am – 12pm: Kids Club: Perler Backpack Dangler They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included. Michaels locations.

10am – 3pm: Dinosaur State Park Day A day-long, family-friendly festival celebrating the 49th anniversary of the discovery of the tracks. It will feature games with prizes, a craft tent, live entertainment, a Birds-of-Prey and Reptiles Show, continuous education programs, films, costumed characters and face painting. Free. Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill.

10am – 3pm: Touch-a-Truck & 2nd Annual Car Show including classic cars, hot rods, tractors and fire trucks. Raindate: 8/16. Free admission for spectators. Sage Park, Berlin.

10am – 6pm: Rockwell Park Summer Festival There will be live music, arts and crafts, displays, games, food, and many vending opportunities. From 10am – 3pm: 10am – 3pm the West End Association will also hold their Summer Festival Car Show. Click here for more info on the car show. Raindate: 8/16. Rockwell Park, Bristol.

10:30am – 12:30pm: Nature Photography Join us on an outdoor nature photography adventure! Bring your own camera or borrow one of ours. Your photos will be printed to bring home or have featured in our center. $15 per person. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol.

12 – 9pm: Blue Lobster Festival Join us for a day of live music, delicious lobster and great community spirit – all under big tents on the historic Windsor Town Green. Tickets for the Blue Lobster Festival dinner are $25 and must be purchased in advance (no tickets are required to come enjoy the entertainment). Each meal comes with a succulent Lobster, Chips, Coleslaw, Corn on the Cob, and Soda or Water. Hot dogs, Hamburgers and Adult Beverages will also be available for purchase, plenty of free parking. Lawn chairs, and blankets welcome. Rain or shine. Windsor Town Green, Windsor.


1 – 4pm: Fun Family Craft Time: Activity Chart Make a customizable family activity chart to help keep your kids on track. $7 per project, supplies included. Michaels locations.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Date Night: Havana Spice up date night with an evening of fun, laughter and sumptuous food—Havana style! Our instructor will show you how to combine fresh summer produce with authentic ingredients and spices to create a menu of delectable Cuban favorites. You’ll work alongside your date and with other couples learning techniques for creating traditional pressed sandwiches, homemade vinaigrette and pie dough from scratch. Then we’ll finish off on a sweet note with scrumptious, coffee-infused ice cream. Join us and ignite your passion for cooking together more often. $33.96 per person. Sur La Table, Canton.

Sunday, August 16:

8am: Bristol Half Marathon and Relay 9am: Kids Fun Run 7:45am: Warm Up with Planet Fitness Trainers.

10am – 5pm: Teacher Appreciation Day PreK through Grade 12 educators will receive free General Admission plus 25% off for their family members on Sunday, August 16. Give your family a day of hands-on fun at the Connecticut Science Center and learn how our programs can enhance your classroom lessons. Teacher Appreciation Day is presented by Connecticut Business Systems. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

12 – dusk: Armenian Festival We’ll have ready for you plenty of delicious Armenian kebab dinners and sandwiches, losh-kebab, pilaf, kheyma, pastry, live Armenian & middle eastern music, Armenian gifts and CD’s, and more! Plenty of free parking and as always, free admission. Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection, New Britain.

1pm: Technique Class: Focaccia Making with Oil and Vinegar Tasting Learn how to make the classic Italian flatbread known as focaccia. Then we’ll dip the freshly baked bread into an assortment of oils and vinegars—a simple but amazing combination. Class times vary by store location. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

5 – 7pm: Girls Night Out: Best of Summer Cooking Invite your BFFs for an unforgettable evening of fun, laughter and fresh flavors. In this hands-on class, we’ll show you how to make a variety of deliciously healthy dishes that highlight the best of this season’s produce. You’ll work alongside friends and classmates learning techniques for everything from pan roasting and frying to perfectly grilling seafood. Plus, our instructor will walk you through the steps for making an amazingly moist cake featuring nuts and fresh summer fruit. Ages 18 and older. $33.96 per person. Sur La Table, Canton.

7 – 8pm: Families are First Maternity Unit Tour Join us for a tour of our beautiful maternity unit where labor, delivery, and recovery take place in the same cozy room. Free – Registration is required. Bristol Hospital, Level D Family Waiting Room, Bristol.

Monday, August 17:

11am – 3pm: Meet Dora the Explorer Meet and greet the popular Nick Jr. character, Dora the Explorer, at the Science Center! Come shake Dora’s hand or give her a high five. Be sure to bring your camera! Dora can’t wait to meet you. Included for free with the cost of admission. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

Tuesday, August 18:

10:45 – 11:30am: Summer Workshop Series: Push, Pull, Power Test your muscle strength through exercises and moving objects. Workshops for ages 3-8, encourage and support literacy, music, science and art. $5 per child for the workshop only. Imagine Nation, Bristol.

We always provide the links for your convenience and encourage you to check the event listing directly for any changes, re-schedules or typos (we are not robots), before heading out.

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