August 14 – 20

Monday, August 14th

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

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

10am – 4:30pm: East Windsor Day Half price admission special for East Windsor residents. Proof of residency required. Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

{Reoccurs} 11am: Storytime Mondays Join us for storytime featuring stories about the adventures of trolleys and trains. (Runs until August 28th). Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

{Last Call} 6pm – 9pm: Monday Night Jazz: Allen Lowe and Darius Jones at Bushnell Park in Hartford 

6:30 – 8:30am: Make Cactus Art Paint a quartet of cartoon cacti. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $48. Michaels

{Reoccurs} 7pm: Outdoor Summer Concerts: Musical Cavaliers (Polish) in Manchester (Runs until 8/21) 

7pm: Simply Swing, a 10-piece orchestra. Simply Swing specializes in the music of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Count Basie; vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole and Diana Krall; and high-energy swing dance favorites. These concerts are a wonderful opportunity for families, friends and neighbors to enjoy time together in their own communities. The concert series is free and open to the public. Walnut Hill Park, New Britain

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

Tuesday, August 15th:

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

10am – 4:30pm: Enfield Day Half price admission special for Enfield residents. Proof of residency required. Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

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.

{Reoccuring} 6pm: Sun is Shining Concert Series: Still Kickin’ and the Big City Horns at First Church, West Hartford (Runs until 8/29)

{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: August Solar Eclipse Presentation Are You Ready for the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse? Dubbed “The Great American Eclipse,” this amazing celestial event will be visible from Connecticut as a partial, not total, eclipse. This means that you need proper preparation to view it safely. CCSU astronomy professor Dr. Kristine Larsen will speak on this important topic Eclipse Resources: What the (partial) eclipse will look like in Connecticut. How to safely view the partial eclipse in Connecticut (or anywhere else) Plan ahead for the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse (visible from parts of New England). What’s it like to experience a total solar eclipse? Listen to Dr. Larsen’s enthusiastic comments in this video taken during the total solar eclipse in the Faroe Islands (her 4th total solar eclipse). $10 per person. The Connecticut Audubon Society Center, Glastonbury

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make with Dylan’s Candy Bar Make candy-topped cupcakes using goodies from Dylan’s Candy Bar. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $28. Michaels

7pm: Lecture: Luna Park West Hartford’s original amusement park, Luna Park, is perhaps the most seasonally-appropriate topic for a summer lecture. This talk on the short turbulent life of West Hartford’s only amusement park will begin with the story of how and why such places got started at Coney Island in the 1890s. Dr. Leach will then describe in detail how West Hartford’s Luna Park appeared in a corner of the Charter Oak Racetrack grounds, roughly where Home Depot now stands on New Park Avenue, in 1906. Photographs and postcards will illustrate the mechanical rides, games, shows, contests, and concessions that drew many thousands to Luna every summer – but never enough thousands to make the park profitable. A series of owners struggled to sell more tickets by remodeling the park from season to season. But respectable West Hartfordites never welcomed this risqué venue in their midst and finally, in 1910-1911, the hostility of town leaders contributed to shutting it down. This event is free to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended. Noah Webster House, West Hartford


{Reoccurs} 7 – 8:30pm: Summer Concert Series: Southern Voice (Country) at Rockwell Park in Bristol (Runs until 8/22)

{Reoccurs} 7:30pm: Talkback Tuesdays An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests. Runs until August 22nd. Theaterworks, Hartford

Tuesday, August 15th – Wednesday, August 16th:

{Last Call} Tuesdays – Wednesdays (until 8/16) at 10am: Free Summer Movies: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 at 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 – Sundays until August 27th

Wednesday, August 16th:

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10am: Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Secret Life of Pets $1 movies in Manchester (Runs until 8/23)

9am – 1:30pm: Mobile Mammography Those eligible are women age 40 and over who have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months and one day. Windsor Town Hall

10am: Discover Cedar Hill Bob Chudy leads this introductory tour about Cedar Hill’s most prominent residents. Hear about the discoverer of anesthesia and his tragic life, the woman behind the management of Colt Manufacturing, and the man who saved the country from bankruptcy twice. $5. Cedar Hill, Hartford

10am – 4:30pm: Windsor Day Half price admission special for Windsor residents. Proof of residency required. Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

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{Last Call} 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

{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


{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

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6pm: Wheels on Wednesdays MaryEllen will lead an 18-mile ride through West Hartford linking many of the hidden connectors. All those wishing to participate in rides will be required to have a helmet and sign a liability release waiver. Lights on bikes are strongly encouraged. Town Hall, 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

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

{Reoccurs} 7pm: Outdoor Summer Concerts: Patti and the Percolators (Blues/Swing) in Manchester (Runs until 8/23). (Weather permitting)

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

Thursday, August 17th:

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

11am – 12pm: Trash to Tunes Show for Kids Join us for a unique musical performance on Thursday, August 18th at 11am for kids! Using a wide array of instruments, indigenous and homemade, Dennis Waring weaves fun and fascinating tales of the origin of music and how all cultures through time have utilized their natural environments to make fantastic sound-making devices. Kids will get to check out evocative instruments like the bull roarer, mouth bow, animal horn, sea shell trumpet and bamboo flute! Our unique Museum Studios and events are best for youth ages 2-8. This event is included in the $10 per person admission fee. Imagine Nation, Bristol

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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 refreshingly cold beer, wine, and craft cocktails amidst the warm summer weather on our Pritchard Family Terrace. Overlooking Walnut Hill Park, each night will also includes various activities—this week offers a Paint Night, so come ready to drink AND create! Drinks are cash-only. Activity is for adults only and is available at cost (materials included). Entry to pop-up bar is free, Museum admission not included Cash bar, $4 well drinks, $6 calls, and $8 top shelf.

6pm: Cruisin’ on the River Love movies, improv comedy, and not getting seasick? Then this is the “cruise” for you! There’s no boat involved: this is a show all about TOM CRUISE! Sea Tea Comedy Theater will help us create a dramatic action movie inspired by lines, ideas, and ridiculousness straight from any Tom Cruise movie. Any and all suggestions will come straight from you, the audience! Enjoy this fully improvised movie and collaboration between Riverfront Recapture & Sea Tea Comedy Theater. Free Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

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6 – 8pm: Noah Webster Backpack Bash The Noah Webster House in West Hartford is thrilled to announce the inaugural “Backpack Bash” to collect backpack donations for West Hartford students in need. The Backpack Bash will feature food tastings from area restaurants, including: Black Bamboo, David Alan Catering, Lindsay Culinary, Noble, Rockin’ Chicken, and Seoul BBQ, as well as wine and beer samples from Maximum Beverage, a kids play area, live music by Band2, raffle prizes and more. The entrance fee is either a new backpack or a donation ($20 for adults, $10 for kids 8+, 7 and under free.) Backpacks will be donated and delivered to the Town That Cares at their annual backpack donation event on the August 22nd. Larger backpacks for middle and high school students are especially appreciated. Monetary donations will support the Town That Cares and the educational mission of the Noah Webster House. Guests are encouraged to pre-register by calling the Noah Webster House or visiting the website as the entrance fee will increase to $25 per person at the door. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

{Last Call} 6:30 – 8pm: Summer Concert Series: Sister Funk at Mills Pond Park in Canton (Runs until 8/17)

{Reoccuring} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concerts: Southern Voice at Windsor Town Green (Runs until August 24th with raindates on the following Tuesday)

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7 – 10pm: Museum After Dark Celebrate the dog days of summer at Museum After Dark: Endless Summer, where guests can groove to 1960s surf rock by The Clams! This three-piece group, complete with Go-Go dancers, offers surf classics, twangy tunes, and “surfed-up” rock favorites. Kick off your weekend with drinks, dancing, and access to our galleries and featured exhibition California Dreaming: Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston & Ed Ruscha. Come dressed in your 1960s “California-best”—surfers, go-go dancers, beatniks, and hippies welcome! Tickets purchased online are redeemed onsite at the prepaid check-in table. Online ticket sales end one week prior to the event. Admission includes Museum entrance to galleries and exhibitions, live music, beer, wine, and light snacks. $30 per non-member. NBMAA, New Britain

Friday, August 18th:

9:30am: Farmington Chamber & East Farmington Volunteer Fire Dept Golf Tournament Farmington Woods Golf Course, Avon

10am – 4:30pm: Science Day Learn about the circuitry, mechanics, and pneumatics that allow trolley cars to operate safely for the transportation of passengers and supplies. Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

10am – 4:30pm: Windsor Locks Day Half price admission special for Windsor Locks residents. Proof of residency required. Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

12 – 1:30pm: {Reoccurs} Pratt Street Music Series: The Auburn Mode There’s music in the air on Pratt Street. Enjoy free, live music every Friday. Grab your lunch and hit the bricks. Runs until 8/25. Pratt Street, Hartford

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5:30 – 7:30pm: Beat the Heat Hot and thirsty? Cool down with these no-oven required recipes for smoothie bowls and guacamole with a twist. Shop Rite, Manchester

6 – 7:30pm: Kid’s Monster Face Catch-All Bowl Workshop! Want to squeeze in the last bit of summer fun for your kids? So do we! Join us on Friday, August 18th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for our monster face catch-all bowl painting workshop! Each child will create their own unique monster using different shapes, colors, and designs. Pre-registration is required, cost is $28 (plus tax) per child. Kids ages 8 and up. The Claypen, West Hartford

{Last Call} 7pm: Outdoor Summer Concerts: Shaded Soul in Manchester (Runs until 8/18)

7pm: Simply Swing, a 10-piece orchestra. Simply Swing specializes in the music of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Count Basie; vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole and Diana Krall; and high-energy swing dance favorites. These concerts are a wonderful opportunity for families, friends and neighbors to enjoy time together in their own communities. The concert series is free and open to the public. Weather permitting. Bicentennial Bandshell, MCC, Manchester

8pm: Free Movies in the Park: Moana Free movies in the parks are back. All movies start at sundown. Keney Park, Hartford

Friday, August 18th – Saturday, August 19th:

Friday, August 18th – Sunday, August 20th

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Friday, August 18th – Sunday, August 27th


Saturday, August 19th:

{Reoccurs} 8 – 9am: Yoga in the Park Join WHY every Saturday morning 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

8am – 4pm: The Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival, now in its 17th year, invites community and club teams for a day of fun competition on the Connecticut River. Over 80 teams will paddle our 500m course in three heats, and spectators (and paddlers) can enjoy the Asian Festival on the upper plaza between races, complete with dancing, music, and an excellent selection of Asian beer and food. Admission to the Dragon Boat & Asian Festival is free. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

9am: Member Appreciation Ride & BBQ The Farmington Valley Trails Council Board of Directors invites you to join us for our third Annual Membership Appreciation Ride and Cookout to be held at Tunxis Mead in Farmington. Last year’s event was a great success as we watched our members have an opportunity to get to know each other better after their rides. Whether you chose the 10 or 30 mile option or just take to the trail to do your own thing, when you get back you will find the members of the board there to greet you with smiles, food, drink and conversation. Every rider must be wearing a helmet. A $20 donation is requested per non-member rider. – Farmington

10am: Farmington’s Freedom Trail Tour The Farmington Historical Society offers an introductory lecture followed by a guided walking tour to the various sites throughout the village which were part of the Mendis stay in Farmington, as well as several sites which were part of the Underground Railroad. The introduction is presented by historical interpreter, Kim A. Silva, in English and American Sign Language. Prices are $5 per adult, $1 per child. First Church of Christ, Farmington

10am – 12pm: German School Open House First Baptist Church, West Hartford

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11am: National Aviation Day – Double Header 11am Roger Van Dyke, former U.S. Naval Commander shared his experiences on life aboard an aircraft carrier as a A-4 Skyhawk carrier pilot during the Vietnam War. 1pm Retired General Jim Skiff; from combat pilot to Bradley Air National Guard base commander to the modern world of drone warfare. $15 per person. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

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1pm: Family Series: Improvised Tom Sawyer You know the classic Tom Sawyer story, but now you can put your own spin on it! Sea Tea Improv, Hartford’s favorite comedy company, will update this classic work based on YOUR ideas! What if Tom Sawyer didn’t paint a fence — but a giant billboard instead? What if he & Becky didn’t get lost in a cave — but in an amusement park? This retelling of a classic boyhood tale will be fun, funny, creative, and family-friendly! Don’t miss this once-in-lifetime event! Tickets are $5. Mark Twain House, Hartford

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1 – 3pm: Ice Cream and Face Painting Social Stop by for free Tulmeadow Farm ice cream and face painting, and to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Simsbury Historical Society. This event is rain or shine. In case of rain, join us in Phelps Tavern. Simsbury Historical Society, Simsbury

3-3:45 and 4:15-5pm: Pee Wee Pro’s 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 Start New At Golf (SNAG) golf equipment to use during the clinics. SNAG equipment is designed to make learning golf easy. The clubs and balls are oversized 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. $20 per clinic. Willow Brook Golf Course, South Windsor


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Saturday, August 19th – Sunday, August 20th

 Educator Appreciation Days

Saturday, August 19th – Monday, August 21st

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Summer Scout (Solar Eclipse Weekend) Come on a special just for Scouts (Scout Day) or take advantage of Scout Group Pricing and come any day with your troop for a visit full of hands-on fun. Individual scout families who do not have a group of 10 or more can visit this summer during our new Scout Appreciation Weekends. 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. Proof of scouting is required (Either wear a piece of your uniform or a tee-shirt, or recite the pledge/promise”). Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

Saturday, August 19th – Sunday, August 27th

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9 – 4:30pm: Dinosaur State Park Day – Rocky Hill

9:30am: Goat Yoga Join us for a delightfully silly yoga practice outdoors at Bradley Mountain Farm, with a few very special guests, the goats of Bradley Mountain Farm! The goats are very friendly, and will love to cuddle and play as you flow through an all levels yoga sequence. We will guide you through an upbeat, hour-long yoga practice tailored for all levels, right outdoors on the picturesque Bradley Mountain Farm. The goats will roam and romp amongst us, as we flow through this unique and playful class. Come stretch, laugh, and cuddle with the Bradley Mountain goats, for a yoga class unlike any you’ve experienced before! Once class is complete, you’ll have an extra hour to cuddle with the herd, tour our store, or take a stroll around the beautiful Crescent Lake. Please keep in mind that you’ll be practicing with live animals and some degree of messiness (and a lot of silliness) may be involved! Please dress accordingly. Bradley Mountain Farm, Southington

11am – 2pm: Summer Send Off Enjoy the beautiful weather and explore various activities throughout the Museum’s grounds at Summer Send Off! An all-ages outdoor party, this afternoon will ignite 1950s nostalgia with classic cars from Tri-Town Cruzers, music, a paint party on the Robert Lehman Entrance Terrace, and ice cream. Paintable items for the art activity are available for purchase for $1 (cash only) while supplies last. All other activities are free. Included with the cost of admission. Rain date: Sunday, August 27th. NBMAA, New Britain

2pm: Free Women’s Self Defense Seminar It’s time to go back to school, or simply back to work (like every other day) and with that means more human interaction and, unfortunately, more instances where violence could rear its ugly head. Instructors at The Deep, part of Adaptive Movement Parkour, are here to help you learn to navigate the situations you could face in a real situation. As the saying goes, “hope for the best, prepare for the worst.” Taught by Scott Hoffman, an instructor with over 20 years in the martial arts, you will learn to defend yourself in multiple scenarios, and come armed with experience and confidence. We won’t fool you into thinking you can win the UFC after this seminar, but we will help you develop the skills and mindset to resist, overcome, and escape a bad situation. This seminar is open to women ages 13 and up, but especially for college age females who are heading back to campus soon. AMParkour, New Britain

2 – 3:30pm: Free Kids’ Yoga Introduction Looking for something to help focus your child, or simply looking for a new healthy outlet? Why not try it out? It’s free! This 90-minute introductory class will feature mindfulness training, traditional yoga practice, games, and crafts. Adaptive Movement Parkour, New Britain

{Reoccurs} 4 – 5pm: Summer Fun Party Visit one of our summer fun parties, happening all summer long! This is a parent-supervised event open to all ages. 1 month to 11 years. Runs until August 27th. My Gym, Glastonbury

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8pm: Free Movies in the Parks: Goonies Free movies in the parks are back. All movies start at sundown. Colt Park, Hartford

Sunday, August 20th – Saturday, August 27th

Annual Tax Free Week Click here for examples of clothing and footwear that are exempt from sales free week.

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