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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.

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

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

{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

{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: 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

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{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} 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

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.

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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Friday, August 18th:

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

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

Saturday, August 19th:

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

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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


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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Sunday, August 20th:

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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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