July 24 – 30

Monday, July 24th

Happy National Tequila Day and National Drive-Thru Day! If you are out celebrating either national holiday, please let us know by tagging us on social media!

{Reoccurs} 10am: Free Summer Movies: SING Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Runs until 8/21. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

{Reoccurs} 10am: Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse featuring $1 movies in Enfield and Manchester (Runs until 8/23)


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10am – 5pm: Summer Scout Appreciation Days Individual scout families who do not have a group of 10 or more can visit this summer during our new Scout Appreciation Days! All scouts and their guests will pay discounted admission and receive a fun scavenger hunt and patch. $15 per person per day for scouts and their guests. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

3:30 – 5:30pm: Needlephobia Open House Do you or your child feel afraid when it comes to blood tests or immunizations? You are not alone! One out of five people (both grown-ups and kids) experience needlephobia. Visit our Open House and learn how you can manage fear of procedures that involve needles. Please call 860.545.8116 to reserve your spot today! There is no charge to attend. Registration is requested but drop-ins are welcome. Each child can create a coping bag with complimentary comfort items when they visit the various Open House stations. There will be no needles of any kind! Additional resources will be provided to caregivers along with information on the importance of the flu vaccine. UTC Family Resource Center at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Main Campus, Hartford

{Reoccurs} 6pm – 9pm: Monday Night Jazz: Kris Allen Quartet at Bushnell Park in Hartford (Runs until 8/14)

{Reoccurs} 7pm: Outdoor Summer Concerts in Manchester: In Deep (Runs until 8/21) 

Monday, July 24th – Friday, July 28th

11:30am – 12:30pm: Introduction to Boats This class will provide instruction in the basics of our watercrafts including canoes & kayaks. Students will also learn some basic water safety skills. Skills and exercises will be presented with the emphasis on fun! Registration is required at least three days prior to the start of each session. Ages 7 and up. $45 per child. Winding Trails, Farmington

2 – 4pm: American Red Cross Junior Lifeguarding Junior Lifeguarding is a newly revised program which is designed to guide youth to the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. This program focuses on building a foundation of knowledge, attitudes, and skills for future lifeguards. Please note that this program does not provide any type of certification. Ages 13-14. Free. Winding Trails, Farmington



Monday, July 24th – Sunday, July 30th:


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Monday – Friday (until August 16th):

1 – 5pm: Park Art Making art in the park. Neighborhood kids have been making art, music and friends since 1990. Now in it’s 27th year, Park Art takes place at George Day Park, located just across from 56 Arbor Street. Real Art Ways offers free hands-on summertime art workshops for kids. There’s a different project every day, from paper making to painting, pottery and collage. Along with art classes, the park is home to regular basketball games and tournaments, a fun spray pan for staying cool, jungle gym, and raised bed community gardens. Park Art concludes with our finale and exhibit on August 16th, 2017. Classes run Monday through Friday, 1-5 PM. Elementary school teacher and veteran Park Art teacher Lauren will be joining us for her 5th summer.

Monday – Sunday (except Friday) until October 9th:



Tuesday, July 25th:

{Reoccurs} 10am: $2 Summer Movies at Cinépolis in West Hartford (runs until 8/1)

{Reoccurs} 10am: Free Summer Movies: SING Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Runs until 8/21. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

12pm: Inside: West Middle Community School Get an inside look at the newly renovated West Middle Community School! Nicole Rodriguez, who coordinates community and volunteer activities at the school, will take you around the building and show you this wonderful new educational facility in the neighborhood. The tour starts at the Niles Street entrance to the school, which is 44 Niles Street directly across from the Niles Street community garden.

2 – 3pm: Ask A Naturalist Have a strange bug, plant, bone, or rock that you would like to know more about? Bring it to Roaring Brook and the Nature Center staff will try their best to figure out what it is. Cost: Admission to the Nature Center (members free). Pre-registration not required. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

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{Reoccurs} 6 – 7pm: WIP into Shape Looking for a different way to work out? We’re bringing WIP Fitness to the plaza for free, weekly workouts. Their motivating instructors will show you how to build muscle in this anything but traditional boot camp style class using bands, body weight, and the plaza itself. This class is accessible to all levels. Free. Tuesdays through August. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford



6:30pm: {Reoccurs} Summer Concerts: 102nd Arms Band at Norton Park in Plainville Runs until August 1st.

{Last Call} 6:30pm: Keeney Koolers Our summer concerts are free and attendees may bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on and food and drink to enjoy. Shaded Soul Band returns to our series with their powerful vocals and soulful rhythm section. Their repertoire includes R & B, Motown, Funk Soul, Jazz, Pop, Disco and more. Keeney Center, Wethersfield

{Reoccurs} 6:30pm: Fun Runs Grab your sneaks and run some extra miles this summer. Children jog for one mile around the Smith Middle School Soccer field. Adult courses are 2.4 and 3.5 miles in length. Register at the Smith Middle School Upper Soccer Field starting at 6:30pm for a 6:50pm start. Divisions include male and female 35 and up, 19 – 34, 15-18, 13-14, 10-12, 7-9, and 6 and under. Tuesdays, August 1. No fee. Smith Middle School, Glastonbury

6:30 – 8pm: Summer Party Appetizer Class Spend an evening at Cookshop Plus making appetizers that are inspired by the fruits and vegetables of the season! Bring a friend, a bottle of wine, and join Chef Educator, Lindsay Perkins, for a fun and informative culinary experience in the heart of West Hartford Center. Cookshop Plus, West Hartford

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make a Floral Wreath Decorate an embroidery hoop with yarn, eucalyptus leaves, and rose buds. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $37. Michaels’ locations

{Reoccurs} 7 – 8:30pm: Summer Concert Series: The Larry Stevens Band at Rockwell Park in Bristol (Runs until 8/22)

Tuesday – Wednesday until August 16th:

Tuesdays – Wednesdays (until 8/16) at 10am: Free Summer Movies: Trolls. 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.

Tuesday – Sunday until August 27th



Wednesday, July 26th:

8am – 6pm: Shatterproof Rappel at Hartford Hilton

10am: Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse featuring $1 movies in Manchester (Runs until 8/23)

10 – 11am: Picky Eaters Workshop Join us for a special workshop for picky eaters! Diane Lombardi from ProHealth Physicians will guide us through an interactive workshop for kids and parents that will teach us all about taste buds! Diane has some awesome tips to share with you about trying new foods! 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


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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. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

11:15am – 5pm: Blood Drive Make an appointment to donate and join a nationwide family of generous donors in a lifesaving cause. In the hour it takes to donate blood, you can help save the lives of patients in your community and across the country. Use Code: LTM. The first 30 blood-drive donors can receive one free ticket to the Ticket to Ride: The Ultimate Tribute to The Beatles! Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 8:00 PM. Cheney Hall, Manchester

{Reoccurs} 11:30am – 12pm: Gallery Story Hour Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their little ones to join NBMAA Education staff for story time in the galleries! Each week, the Museum will feature a different story book and gallery to introduce children and families to the power of fusing literature with art. Appropriate for ages 7 and younger; drop-in participation is welcome. Runs until 8/16. NBMAA, New Britain

11:30am – 12:30pm: Storytime Pottery Hour This summer we are hosting a very unique Story Time for our guests! Select mornings, we will be reading a short children’s story and then painting a piece of pottery that relates to the subject of the book! All our glazes are lead free, non-toxic and food safe, once fired making this art form; both fun and functional! Any age child is welcome to participate with a parent. $24 plus tax. Pottery Piazza, Plainville

12pm: Gospels in Stone: The Churches on the Hill Tour guide Mary Falvey will take you around to four of the most historically and architecturally significant churches in Asylum Hill. Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartford

12 – 1pm: Salons at Lunch Join the conversation about social justice issues making news. Share your perspectives and ideas for creating positive change in our city, state and nation. A great opportunity to network with other change makers. Bring your lunch or pick up food at the Nook Farm Nook next door at Mark Twain House & Museum. Free. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford

{Reoccurs} 12:30 – 1pm: Midday Meditation Take a few moments for yourself with some midday meditation on the Riverwalk. Learn the practice of mindfulness from instructor Liz Bacon. To get to this location, proceed from Mortensen Riverfront Plaza down the terrace stairs, turn left and follow the walkway under the Founders Bridge. Class will be held on the grass near the Howard Fromson sculpture, Amie. Free. Riverwalk North, Hartford

{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. Free. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

1 – 2pm: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream at The Children’s Museum in Hartford

1 – 2:30pm: CFPA Ramble: In the Tracks of Dinosaurs Connecticut is home to one of the largest dinosaur track sites at the Dinosaur State Park. Join us in this unique park for this CFPA Ramble. The park hosts a swamp, an upland forest, an old lava bed, and an area that was once farmed but is now returning to forest. Enjoy interpretive signs along the trail that point out interesting features of the area. We will experience a variety of plants and a likely a few animals. Parking and the hike itself are free. After the hike, participants who want to add a visit to the park’s museum to experience the fossils and learn more about the history will be charged an admission fee to the building. This will be a 1.5-mile hike suitable for families, as well as those who spend a lot of time in the woods. Most of the terrain is flat or gently sloped, but there are rocks on the trail, so sturdy sneakers or boots are recommended. No dogs, please. Please come prepared with insect repellent, sunscreen, and water. Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill


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{Reoccurs} 5:30 – 6:30pm: Yoga in the Park Join WHY every Wednesday evening throughout the summer for an all levels, fun yoga class. Bring your yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Free. Runs until August 23rd. Eisenhower Park, West Hartford



{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! Free. Runs until August 30th. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

{Reoccurs} 6 – 8pm: Kid’s Entertainment Series: Fun with Hoops at the Southington Drive-In in Plantsville (runs until 8/22)

6:30 – 7:30pm: Wacky Wednesday: Tanglewood Marionettes Featuring beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, this performance of The Fairy Circus will showcase turn-of-the-century style puppetry. The puppets will dance, play instruments, juggle, and fly through the air, all to the best-loved music of favorite composers. No registration required. These programs are best suited for ages 5 and up. Farmington Library

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

{Reoccurs} 7pm: Outdoor Summer Concerts in Manchester: Harbor Moon (Runs until 8/23) 



8pm: Skygazing Join TMSC staff for an enlightening evening observing the night sky from the top of Talcott Mountain! Arrive on campus and begin the evening learning about the stars, constellations and the night sky in the Captain Alan M. Bean Planetarium. Then, when the skies have darkened, we’ll head outdoors to our final skygazing destination atop Talcott Mountain. With a wide array of telescopes at our disposal, we’ll be looking for stars, planets (including Jupiter and Saturn) and other celestial gems. $8. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be postponed to Thursday, July 27th. Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon

Wednesday, July 26th – Sunday, July 30th:



Thursday, July 27th:

Happy National Crème Brûlée Day, National Chili Dog Day and National Scotch Day! And we are not talking about the Scotch in Hop Scotch!  If you are out celebrating anyone one or all of these national holidays, please let us know by tagging us on social media!


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{Reoccurs} 10am:$2 Summer Movies: The Lego Movie at Cinépolis in West Hartford (runs until 8/1)

{Reoccurs} 10am: Free Summer Movies: SING Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Free. Runs until 8/21. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

10am – 12pm: Railroad Day at Imagine Nation Hop aboard the Roaming Railroad and take a spin around our parking lot at Imagine Nation, in Bristol, CT! Enjoy a special story time of “The Little Red Engine that Could”. The Roaming Railroad is known to be “New England’s Nicest Trackless Train” and is appropriate for all ages. Admission on the Railroad is $3 per ride. General admission into our Museum Studios $10/person. Our unique Museum Studios and events are best for youth ages 2-8. Imagine Nation, Bristol

11:30am – 2:30pm: Storytime Pottery Hour This summer we are hosting a very unique Story Time for our guests! Select mornings at 11:30am we will be reading a short children’s story and then painting a piece of pottery that relates to the subject of the book! All our glazes are lead free, non-toxic and food safe once fired making this art form both fun and functional! $18 per person. Pottery Piazza, Plainville

1 – 2:30pm and 4 – 5:30pm: Film Screening: The Cool School The Story of the Ferus Art Gallery Narrated by Academy Award Nominee Jeff Bridges, The Cool School tells the story of Los Angeles’s Ferus Art Gallery, its proprietors Walter Hopps and Irving Blum, and the “beatnik” artists they groomed into a coterie of competitive, brilliant creators. Included in this film are interviews with Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston, and Ed Ruscha. Included with the cost of admission. NBMAA, New Britain

{Reoccurs} 4 – 8pm: Thursday Nights on the Plaza Turn rush hour into happy hour — join us at Upper Mortensen Riverfront Plaza for gorgeous views, cold beer, music and good company, every Thursday night this summer. Runs until August 4th. 

5 – 6pm: Kids Hour: Making Movies Together This Kids Hour is dedicated to exploring creativity through movie making for both kids and parents. We’ll start with brainstorming ideas. Then kids will practice basic camera techniques and shoot footage using iPad Pro. They’ll finish by creating a professional movie trailer with iMovie. Kids can bring their own iPad or we’ll provide one. Recommended for ages 6-12. West Farms Mall, Apple Store, Farmington


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5 – 8pm: Thrive A College Preparation Program A fun and interactive college prep program for those entering their freshman year of college or senior year of high school. How ready are you feeling for this next chapter in your life? We want to help you feel as prepared as possible.This program will cover critical life skills needed to feel confident in college life. Topics covered: Making new connections. How to keep yourself and others safe. Maneuvering new responsibilities. Managing stress. Staying Healthy. Includes self-defense. South Windsor Youth & Family Services


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5:30 – 8pm: Pop-Up Bar This summer, cool off at our Pop-up Bar on the Park! Patrons ages 21+ can sip on refreshingly cold beer, wine, and cocktails. Each night will feature a different activity; from live music and performances, to art activities and film. To participate in the activity on Tie Dye Night, please bring your own dyeable items and $10/person (fee also includes one drink ticket). Entry to the Pop-up Bar is free. Museum admission not included. Cash bar. NBMAA, New Britain

5:30 – 8:30pm: FLOW Happy Hour Calling all Future Leaders of West Hartford! FLOW is taking over the rooftop at Elbow Room you’re invited to join for signature cocktails, boozicles and apps. Fingers crossed for great weather otherwise we will move downstairs to the bar area. This event is free for Chamber and FLOW members or $20 for non-members. The Elbow Room, West Hartford

{Reoccurs} 6pm: Sounds of Summer Concerts: Full Crew 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

{Last Call} 6 – 8pm: Summer Concert Series: 102nd Army Band at Mill Pond Park in Newington (Raindate on August 3rd and 10th)

6 – 8pm: Pasta Making Class Learn how to make fresh pasta! Chef David Borselle will teach you how to knead, roll and cut pasta. Bring a friend, have fun, learn how to make fresh pasta AND take some home with you! Tickets are $40 per person and include small bites and a glass of wine… Space is limited. Park & Oak, West Hartford


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6:30pm: Riverfront Scramble Series Get ready to Scramble this summer! Runners battle wet sand, dirt paths, rocky hills, grassy knolls, stair climbs and even a little asphalt, followed by beer, food and live music. Super Heroes – Throw on that cape, put on your Clark Kent glasses, and don’t forget your utility belt. Run in costume and you could win the coveted best costume prize. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

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

{Reoccurs} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concerts: The Big City Horns at Windsor Town Green (Runs until August 17th with raindates on the following Tuesday)

{Reoccurs} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concert Series: The Sounds of Frank at Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in Rocky Hill (Runs until 8/3) 

{Reoccurs} 7pm: Concerts on the Green: Caribbean Music Night in Bloomfield (Runs until 8/3)

7 – 8pm: Pajama Family Yoga Night Come in your pajamas and have fun while listening to yoga stories! Meditation and a relaxing bedtime snack too! All Ages Welcome. Just $5 for the entire family. South Windsor Youth & Family Services

7 – 8:30pm: Author Talk: Kory Stamper The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is pleased to announce that it will host author and lexicographer Kory Stamper this summer. Stamper will present a talk on her debut book, Word by Word. This event is free to the public. Copies of Word by Word will be available for purchase at the museum the night of the event. Space for this program is extremely limited. Reservations are required. Noah Webster House, West Hartford


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



Thursday, July 27th – Saturday, July 29th


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Thursday, July 27th – Sunday, July 30th:


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Friday, July 28th:

Happy National Milk Chocolate Day and National Talk in an Elevator Day!  If you are out celebrating either national holiday, please let us know by tagging us on social media!


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11am – 12pm: Mad Scientists Fire & Ice Show Join us and be dazzled and entertained as you interact with the Mad Scientist! Foggy dry ice storms, giant beach balls floating in the air, and so much more will amaze children as they learn about chemical reaction and more! 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} Lunchtime Drive Bring your golf club to work, or borrow one of ours and hit a fish food golf balls out of the park (and into the river). Cost: 2 balls for $5 or 7 for $15. (Runs until July 28). Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford


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5pm: Summer Sizzle Under the Stars: Undercurrent Enjoy live music and à la carte dinner service prepared by the Museum Café beginning at 5pm, with films beginning at sundown (approximately 8:15pm). Please note that portable chairs and coolers are prohibited. The program will move indoors during inclement weather. Middle-aged bride Ann Hamilton soon begins to suspect that her charming husband is psychotic and has plans to murder her. 1946. USA. 116 min. Not Rated. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Starring Katharine Hepburn, Robert Taylor, and Robert Mitchum. Pre-film music by guitarist and singer Hiroya Tsukamoto. $9 admission. Wadsworth Athenuem, Hartford

6pm: Music Among the Memorials Enjoy an evening of music at Cedar Hill Cemetery with the New Haven-based bluegrass band Five in the Chamber. Voted Fan Favorite at the 2016 Podunk Bluegrass Festival, the band’s tight arrangements and unique harmony vocals bring a fresh interpretation to the bluegrass songbook. Bring blankets, chairs and picnic dinners for an evening to remember. The concert is held on the sprawling lawn between the community mausoleums – follow signs once you enter the cemetery. Free. Raindate 7/29.


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6:30 – 8:30pm: Market Bags & Coin Purse Art Party Join artist Nancy Doherty for a relaxed, enjoyable evening dyeing 2 all cotton market bags, and hand painting a matching coin purse. Keep them for yourself or give as a special gift. Bags are 100% cotton. Dyes are colorfast when fixed, and last for years after repeated washings. $45 includes 2 market bags, 1 coin purse, all materials, glass of wine, and refreshments Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon

7pm: Butterfly Gardens are for the Birds Based on results from our annual butterfly count—find out which butterflies have done well this summer and how you can garden to attract these lovely creatures to your yard. Cost: $3 members, $6 nonmembers Pre-registration requested. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

7pm: Friday Night Music Series G. Rockwell, a 15-year-old multi-instrumentalist plays locally in Southern Connecticut venues including Stamford’s Palace Theatre, Two Boots Bridgeport, and The Acoustic Cafe. With a style fusing bluegrass and classic rock, G Rockwell’s influences range from banjo great Tony Trishcka to the Grateful Dead. His repertoire ranges from traditional fiddle tunes to originals, written for banjo and guitar. $10 per person. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol

{Reoccurs} 7pm: Outdoor Summer Concerts: Undercover in Manchester (Runs until 8/18)


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{Last Call} Dusk: Summer Movies: SING in the Park at Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in Rocky Hill


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Sundown: Free Movies in the Park: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Raindate 7/30) Bushnell Park, Hartford

Friday, July 28th – Saturday, July 29th:


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Friday, July 28th – Sunday, July 30th:


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Friday, July 28th – Saturday, August 5th:



Saturday, July 29th:

Happy National Lasagna Day, National Lipstick Day, National Chicken Wing Day and National Dance Day!  If you are out celebrating either of these national holidays, please let us know by tagging us on social media!

{Reoccurs} 8 – 9am: Yoga in the Park Join WHY every Wednesday evening throughout the summer for an all levels, fun yoga class. Bring your yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Runs until August 23rd. Free. Fernridge Park, West Hartford

10am: Civil War POWs More than 175 Civil War soldiers, some of whom endured horrific conditions as prisoners of war, are buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Evelyn Bollert leads visitors on a tour of the final resting places of prisoners of the Civil War and tells their stories of bravery, resilience and heartbreak. The tour will begin near the pond between Sections 2 & 10 – follow the signs once you enter the cemetery. $5 per person. 



10am – 2:30pm: 4th Annual Project S.T.E.M Field Day Hosted by Pratt & Whitney’s Project S.T.E.M team, this is the 4th annual event whereby middle school aged children have the opportunity to have fun learning about science and engineering. Check-in is at 9am and lunch will be provided. Kids ages 7-14. Click here for a flyer. RSVP. Manchester Community College, Manchester


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1 – 2:30pm: CFPA Ramble: Cheney Railroad History Walk Join us for to trace the route of the former railroad, built-in 1869 to connect the Cheney silk mills to the main rail line in the North End. At 2.5 miles, it was the shortest private freight-and-passenger railroad in the United States. We will start our hike in the South End of Manchester, heading north toward Center Springs Park, where we will see a foot-bridge over Bigelow Brook. Some of the hike will be along roads overlooking the old railbed, and after we cross Center Street, the terrain is a bit difficult and hilly. Depending on the weather, the hike may continue to Middle Turnpike or beyond, so could be up to 5 miles round-trip. Extreme weather cancels. No dogs, please. Cheney Railroad Trail Manchester

1 – 3pm: Bling It Out For Back To School Buy a pencil box, clutch, notebook, mirror or T-shirt, and the rest of your supplies. Michaels’ locations

2 – 3pm: Lecture: Gallery of the Louvre History Professor James Crawford is the author of the essay James Fenimore Cooper and His Family in Samuel Finlay Morse’s Painting: The Gallery of the Louvre. During this lecture, Crawford will compare and contrast the lives and works of James Fenimore Cooper (a prolific American writer of the early 19th century who is featured in the painting) and Samuel F.B. Morse. After almost 14 years of curating at museums in Vermont and New York, James Crawford turned his attention to teaching and currently serves as a history professor at various universities and institutions in North Carolina. Included with the cost of admission. NBMAA, New Britain


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3 – 3:45pm and 4:15 – 5pm: Pee Wee Pros is an instructional program designed to introduce golf to young children 3-6 years of age. The primary objective is to instill a message that golf is fun and share with parents and care-givers how they can best support this objective. No golf equipment is necessary…we provide all children with SNAG golf equipment to use during the clinics. SNAG (Start New At Golf) equipment is designed to make learning golf easy. The clubs and balls are over-sized and brightly colored to increase the likelihood that our Pee Wee Pro’s will meet with success. The only thing we ask is that each child be accompanied by an adult to share in the fun and help with safety. Willow Brok Golf Course, South Windsor

4 – 5pm: Kids Hour: Sphero Maze Challenge Kids Hour is designed to spark imagination and creativity through fun, hands-on projects. Kids will explore coding with Sphero robots by programming simple movements, loops, and more. Then they’ll design a maze and navigate their robot through the obstacles. Kids can bring their own iPad and Sphero Sprk+ robot, or we’ll provide them. Recommended for ages 6-12. West Farms Mall, Apple Store, Farmington

5 – 6pm: Kids Hour: Sphero Maze Challenge Kids Hour is designed to spark imagination and creativity through fun, hands-on projects. Kids will explore coding with Sphero robots by programming simple movements, loops, and more. Then they’ll design a maze and navigate their robot through the obstacles. Kids can bring their own iPad and Sphero Sprk+ robot, or we’ll provide them. Recommended for ages 6 to 12. Evergreen Walk, Apple Store, South Windsor


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6:30pm: Max’s Chef to Farm Dinner “Dinner & A Movie Under The Stars” Join us for Dinner and a Movie Under the Stars. The film, award winning “La La Land” starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. You may have seen it in the theaters, but you’ve never seen it on the big screen in the moonlight! And from Max’s Oyster Bar, star Chef Hunter Morton will be creating a farm fresh menu inspired by California cuisine. Reception begins at 6:30pm, followed by a multi-course tasting menu paired with wine by Rosedale Farms & Vineyards. Popcorn, cash bar, and other theater treats will be available after dark for the screening, which is slated for 9pm with a runtime of 128 minutes. Pack a picnic blanket, chairs, or pillow for the film – you will have time to retrieve these before the opening credits. Join us for the ultimate date night! Tickets are $99 and all-inclusive, except for Evenrbrite fees. By purchasing this ticket, you are also making a donation to the CT Farmland Trust. Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury



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7 – 9pm: Riverfront Summer Pops: Pop, Rock & Roll Get ready to Pop, Rock, and Roll. Hear some classic favorites from the Beatles and more performed on woodwind, brass, and percussion. Great River Park, East Hartford

7 – 9pm: Firefly Night Join us for a Firefly Presentation/Book Signing and an Evening Walk presented by noted biologist and firefly expert Sara Lewis. Sara dives into the fascinating world of fireflies and reveals the most up-to-date discoveries these beloved insects. Discoveries about these beloved insects are covered in Sara’s recently published book, Silent Sparks, will be available for sale and signing. Following the presentation will be an evening walk in search of fireflies. Free. Northwest Park, Windsor


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Saturday, July 29th – Sunday, July 30th

Saturday 9am – 2pm and Sunday after 9:30am Appalachian Craft Fair Residents living in the coalfields of southeastern Kentucky have few opportunities for employment but we are doing its part to help artisans in the Cumberland Mountains earn a living. In an effort to alleviate a real unemployment rate approaching 50% in the Red Bird Valley, Red Bird Mission Crafts markets a wide selection of high quality crafts for as many as 100 different crafters living within an 80-mile radius of the mission. Shoppers will find beautiful handmade traditional crafts developed in an age when total self-sufficiency was necessary for those living in the isolated mountains. Many handmade items include jewelry, hand-painted gourds, woven place mats, and brooms for use or decoration. Doll collectors will have opportunity to purchase a variety of handmade dolls, and several varieties of corn shuck flowers will delight flower lovers. Wooden crafts consist of toys, games, kitchen utensils, cooling racks, stools, and benches. Adorable wood and cloth Christmas ornaments, an assortment of nativity sets, and the one-of-a-kind Santa dolls add to the colorful display. Trinity Church, Windsor


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Sunday, July 30th:

Happy National Cheesecake Day! If you are out celebrating, let us know by tagging us on social media. 

10 – 11:30am: Kid’s Cookie Class In this hands-on class, kids 12 and under will make icing and decorate Summer-themed sugar cookies! This fun class has been designed to get kids in the kitchen and involved in decorating treats to bring to the next BBQ, camp, or sporting event! Grab some friends and enjoy a morning of fun with local chef educator, Lindsay Perkins. $30 per child. Ages 12 and under. Cookshop Plus, West Hartford






2 – 4pm: Visit the Old Stone Schoolhouse The Old Stone Schoolhouse, located at Red Oak Hill and Coppermine Roads, is open to visitors today. You can learn more about the Schoolhouse and its long history by clicking here. The Old Stone Schoolhouse, Farmington

5 – 6pm: Kids Hour: Making Movies Together This Kids Hour is dedicated to exploring creativity through movie making for both kids and parents. We’ll start with brainstorming ideas. Then kids will practice basic camera techniques and shoot footage using iPad Pro. They’ll finish by creating a professional movie trailer with iMovie. Kids can bring their own iPad or we’ll provide one. Recommended for ages 6-12. West Farms Mall, Apple Store, Farmington


a fund-RAGER celebrating Chef Rossi's Birthday, anti-catered by The Raging Skillet herself - Chef Rossi


{Reoccurs} 7pm: Music in the Park: ETA at Riverfront Park in Glastonbury (Runs until 8/6)

Plan Ahead:


Breakdancing Shakespeare



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