July 3 – 9

Monday, July 3rd

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Monday, July 3rd – Monday, October 9th:

Tuesday, July 4th

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10:15pm: 3-D Fireworks Annual 3-D Fireworks spectacular over Lake Quassapaug. Special viewing glasses will be sold to benefit Healthy Eyes Alliance. Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury

Wednesday, July 5th:

Summer Kids Series 2017

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10 – 11:30am: LED Light Show Join us at Imagine Nation in Bristol, CT for a circus-infused LED Light Show! We will have two shows starting at 10am & 11am Our unique Museum Studios and events are best for youth ages 2-8. This event is included in the $10/person admission fee. Imagine Nation, Bristol

{Reoccurs} 11am – 12pm: Camp Spirit Days We have spirit, yes we do. We have spirit, how ‘bout you? Get ready for a spirited good time as Camp Spirit Days comes back to the Connecticut Science Center this summer! Explore over 165 interactive exhibits, make some fun camp crafts, and then head outside to rally with other camps from around the state at our camp jamboree on the plaza with an interactive DJ, games, and prizes! Join in the fun and feel the camp spirit every Wednesday in July. Weather permitting. Reoccurs July 12, 19 and 26. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

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12 – 3pm: Crafts for Kids Have fun with several craft projects that produce wonderful items to bring home! Every day’s crafts will be different – it could be a fan, flower pot, note-card, picture – any number of wonderful things! No registration or fee required. Donation of your choice appreciated. Stanley-Whitman Museum, Farmington

{Reoccurs} 12:30 – 1:30pm: Potter on the Plaza Join us on the plaza for a magical summer read-aloud of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Muggles welcome. Runs through August 30th. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

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{Reoccurs} 6 – 7pm: Yoga Flow on the River We’ve partnered with Hartford Sweat to bring free yoga to the riverfront! Join us every Wednesday night for Yoga Flow on the River. Stretch and strengthen your body and mind in this class designed to link movement with breath, allowing you to unwind and connect. This class is accessible to all bodies. Please bring your yoga mat! Runs until August 30th. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

{Reoccurs} 6:30 – 8pm: Summer Concert Series (runs until August 16th with raindates on Thursdays) at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford

{Reoccurs} 7 – 9pm: Music on the Green in Southington (runs until September 6th with new acts each week)

Wednesday, July 5th – Sunday, July 30th:

Thursday, July 6th:

10 – 11am: Morning Make-It Series: DIY Pallet Coasters with Washi Tape This week, create and design your own pallet-inspired drink coasters using popsicle sticks and washi tape. Registration is required. Space is limited. Ages 12 and up, adults too! Farmington Public Library, Farmington

2pm: Special Thursday Animal Demonstrations: Snakes Alive These special 45-minute programs feature live and mounted animals and a brief power point presentation. Each program will focus on a different theme, providing an opportunity to learn about the habits and habitats of various animal groups. Cost: $4 children, $6 adults Pre-registration is not required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

4 – 5pm: Westmoor Park Rainbow Garden Come and plant a new garden using plants to create a colorful rainbow. Learn about planting and designing using the color wheel to guide you to a successful Rainbow Garden. We will be planting and labeling each grouping of plants, and this garden will be enjoyed throughout the gardening season. Dress for the weather. I Ages 6-11. $12 per resident, $14 per non-resident. Westmoor Park, West Hartford

5:30 – 8pm: Pop-up Bar This summer, join the NBMAA on Thursdays for a Pop-up Bar on the Park! Patrons ages 21+ can enjoy refreshing cold beer, wine, and craft cocktails amidst the warm summer weather on our Pritchard Family Terrace. Overlooking Walnut Hill Park, each night will also include various activities—this week offers live music by Donna Martin! Drinks are cash-only, music is for all ages. Cash bar, $5 for all drinks. NBMAA, New Britain

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{Reoccurs} 6pm: Sounds of Summer Concerts The Sounds of Summer concert series brings six free, family-friendly concerts to Great River Park this summer! Runs through August 10th. Great River Park, East Hartford

6 – 7:30pm: Museum After Hours: Arranging and Sourcing Locally Grown Flowers Calling all flower lovers! Join us for a fun, floral evening featuring Haley Billipp of Eddy Farm in Newington. This presentation will explore the many beautiful varieties of American flowers and the local farms in Connecticut that produce them. The evening will end with a floral demonstration, showing attendees creative ways to showcase these local blooms. Included with the cost of admission. New England Carousel Museum, Bristol

{Reoccurs} 6 – 8pm: Summer Concert Series at Mill Pond Park in Newington (reoccurs until July 27 – with raindates on August 3rd and 10th)

{Reoccurs} 6:30 – 8pm: Summer Concert Series at Mills Pond Park in Canton (reoccurs until 8/17)

{Reoccurs} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concerts at Windsor Town Green (reoccurs until August 17 – with raindates: the following Tuesday)

7pm: Family Movie Night: Finding Dory (Rated PG) at Winding Trails, Farmington

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{Reoccurs} 7 – 9pm: Music on the Green in Southington (Runs until September 6th with a raindate on Thursday)

Dusk: Movie under Moonlight: Raiders of the Lost Ark at Elizabeth Park (East Lawn), West Hartford

Thursday, July 6 – Saturday, July 8th

11am – 8pm: Riverfront Food Truck Festival Join us for three days of fantastic food and fun at the third annual Riverfront Food Truck Festival presented in partnership with presented in partnership with Lite 100.5, Hot 93.7, 96.5TIC, and WTIC News/Talk 1080. Enjoy food from more than 25 food trucks, win prizes and enjoy live music. Participating food trucks: Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ Ben & Jerry’s Brazilingua Grill Bricins Festival Foods Chompers Ice Cream Time Jay R Thai & Chinese Joe’s Yellow Sub Machine Maui Wowie Mike’s Concessions New Haven Pizza Truck Poutine Gourmet The Rolling Dish Request A Chef Quick Bites Spice n’ Taste Toasted Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

6pm: Tunxis Hose Company’s 123rd Carnival & Firemen’s Parade (POP) Pay One Price $18 for rides on Thursday night for Family Night, Fireworks on Friday night (around 9pm) and Parade on Saturday night in Unionville

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Friday, July 7th:

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2 – 4pm and 5:30 – 7:30pm: Chocolate Culinary Class Today is National Chocolate Day! Let’s get in the spirit by creating our very own homemade chocolate. We will learn how to make peppermint patties, peanut butter cups, homemade Snickers, and cookies and cream cups. Ages 6-12. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

2:30 – 3:30pm: Nappy’s Puppet Show Join us for a special performance of “Shadows Around the World”! Join us as we explore the history of shadow puppetry with and its development throughout cultures around world. Nappy’s Puppets has been producing quality shadow theater for over 20 years and is excited to bring their show to Imagine Nation! Our unique Museum Studios and events are best for youth ages 2-8. This event is included in the $10/person admission fee. Imagine Nation, Bristol

5 – 8pm: One World Market Summer Series at CTFastrak (Parkville Station), Hartford

5:30 – 7pm: Sensory Friendly Play Day My Gym Sensory Friendly Play Day will include lots of time in our large play area with activities to accommodate all physical and cognitive abilities. Children will get to play in our ball pit, on swings, and with bubbles, puppets, and play-doh, all while listening to fun music! Children will be encouraged to move around and play at their leisure with no expectation of sitting still. My Gym, Glastonbury

5:30 – 8pm: First Friday offers a dose of something fresh and exciting to begin your weekend. With the galleries as your backdrop, First Friday gives visitors the opportunity to dance to local musicians, sample food and sip drinks from some of the area’s best suppliers, participate in engaging activities, and shop handmade goods from various Maker’s Market vendors. No matter the month, First Friday will provide a new and unique experience. $7 Members, $12 non-Members. Drinks: $4 well, $6 call, and $8 top shelf. NBMAA, New Britain

6:30 – 8:30pm: Windsor Art Center Family Movies: The Monuments Men at Windsor Art Center

7 – 9pm: Acoustic Night Come and enjoy some great music at Winding Trails in the tranquil forest around Walton Pond. This series will highlight some of the great local musical talent we have in the area. Each evening will showcase three performers. Food and refreshments will be available for sale or feel free to bring you own. These programs will be held rain or shine. No registration is required. $6 per adult, $4 for children (ages 3-15). Winding Trails, Farmington

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Sundown: Summer Sizzle Under the Stars: La La Land This summer’s outdoor film series celebrates the exhibition Hand-Painted Pop! Art and Appropriation, 1961 to Now. Enjoy live music and à la carte dinner service prepared by the Museum Café beginning at 5 pm, with films beginning at sundown (approximately 8:15 pm). Please note that portable chairs and coolers are prohibited. The program will move indoors during inclement weather. $9 per person, $8 students. The Wadsworth, Hartford

Friday, July 7th – Sunday, July 9th

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2017 Entertainment Lineup

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Friday, July 7 – Sunday, July 23rd

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Friday, July 7th – Saturday, August 5th:

Saturday, July 8th:

9:30 – 10:30am: Saturday Morning Family Nature Walks (Young Children) Session 3: What lives in trees? Join Miss Judy, Winding Trails’ naturalist, for a morning family nature walk. This walk is geared toward families with young children, six years and younger. Each month the walk will take your family to a different location so a new topic can be explored. Be prepared to watch for animals and listen for fun sounds. Wear good walking shoes and dress for indoor and outdoor activities. Registration is required by three days prior to the date of the program. $15 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington

10am: Mark Twain’s Civil War While Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, is laid to rest in Elmira, New York, his legacy remains alive and well in Hartford. Join Steve Courtney of the Mark Twain House as he explores the Civil War through the eyes of the famous author, tells the story of his own brief, but complicated, wartime experience, and tours the resting places of Twain’s friends and acquaintances who played significant roles in the war. $5. Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation, Hartford

10am: Historical Tour of Bushnell Park Join us for a one hour tour of Bushnell Park, the first publicly funded park in the country. Meet at the carousel! 

10am – 1pm: Second Saturdays: Independence! Celebrate at the museum the week of the Fourth of July. Explore the exhibition John Trumbull: Visualizing American Independence, and then try your hand at historic crafts to learn more about life in 1776. Free. The Wadsworth, Hartford

1pm: Author Signing: Reflecting by Jerome Schorr Author Jerome Schorr will be with us to share his inspiring book of poetry. Reflecting uses poetry in its freest from, taking readers on a journey through lives they might not otherwise experience. Come share this truly unique experience with us. Barnes & Noble, Farmington

1 – 3pm: Princess Tea Hear ye, hear ye! All little princesses across the land are invited to enjoy an afternoon of magic and fantasy at The Bushnell Park Carousel’s Princess Tea. This enchanted tea party for children and their parents will feature cookies and juices, wand craft, story time, carousel rides, magic, balloons and a guest Princess. The Princess Tea is priced at $15 per child and $5 per adult. Prince Charmings, Tiaras and royal dress is highly encouraged. Reservations are required. Bushnell Park Carousel, Hartford

1:30 – 3pm: Saturday Afternoon Family Nature Walks: Session 3: Trees Join Miss Judy for an afternoon family nature walk. This walk is geared toward families with children that enjoy exploring all around the property. Each month the walk to will take you to a different area to explore. These informal programs are for all ages so come prepared with clothes that can get dirty. A pair of good hiking shoes and a pair of water boots or shoes are recommended. $15 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington

6 – 9pm: Explore the Night Walks Session 4: Trees Get outside on Saturday nights with Miss Judy for an educational walk with hands-on activities with your family and friends. After the walk, return to make a fire, roast a few marshmallows, and enjoy some lively conversation. On those nights when it becomes fully dark, we walk to the recreation fields to view the night sky for seasonal constellation identification and to view special celestial events. Come prepared for the weather by wearing a pair of good hiking shoes and a pair of water boots or shoes are recommended. $25 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington

6:30 – 8:15pm: Riverfront Swing Nights Simply Swing, led by musical director/drummer Joe LaRosa, will perform danceable favorites from the WWII era including American Patrol, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Bugle Call Rag, St. Louis Blues and I’ll Be Seeing You. The popular 10-piece swing orchestra’s performance will also honor veterans with the Armed Forces Medley and conclude with God Bless America. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

7pm – 10pm: Riverfront Fireworks Start the night off with a concert on either side of the river at 7pm, and prepare to be amazed by the show when Connecticut’s largest Independence Day fireworks display begins at 9pm. Riverfront Fireworks Great River Park & Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

Sunday, July 9th:

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3 – 4pm: New Britain Symphony Orchestra Presents: Steel Drum Ensemble Let your ears travel to the tropics with an afternoon of Carribean pan music, performed by Lee Caron (trap set), Kevin Huhn (bass), Christopher Swist (steel drums), and James Walker (steel drums) of the New Britain Symphony Orchestra. Included with the cost of admission. NBMAA, New Britain

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Love's Labour's Lost

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40th Anniversary Celebration

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Our Great Tchaikovsky

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