August 7-9, 2015
Summer Days Drifting Away
August is all about family friendly events. Swing into some music and fun at the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival at the Hebron fairgrounds (Thursday-Sunday). Sail along to Mystic Seaport to witness four exciting days of the Model Yacht Regatta (Thursday-Sunday). Or, mosey over to North Branford for food and fireworks at the Potato & Corn Festival (Thursday-Sunday).
Stay and play in Hartford with the Marriott Hartford Downtown: Family Breakfast & River View Too package. Add breakfast to your overnight stay. Enjoy the convenience and the quality of the award-winning Vivo Seasonal Trattoria just steps away from your guest room. The friendly staff is ready to welcome you. Choose from the breakfast buffet or items off the breakfast menu. This package includes: accommodations; breakfast for two adults and two children. Rates from: $159-$279.
More family fun:
Lebanon Country Fair – 122 Mack Road, Lebanon 06249
Stroll through this major agricultural fair with livestock, crafts, carnival rides, continuous entertainment, children’s games, food vendors, monster truck and helicopter rides (Friday-Sunday).
Litchfield Jazz Festival – Goshen Fairgrounds, Goshen 06756
Pull a chair up for world class jazz in a festival setting with arts and crafts, great food and drink. Enjoy jazz parties, main stage acts, artist talks, jam sessions and more. Sit on the lawn or under the tent (Friday-Sunday).
A Night of Comedy Headliners – Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield 06877
Spend an uproarious night of comedy with husband and wife Rich Vos and Bonnie McFarlane. Best known from "Opie and Anthony" and NBC’s hit reality show Last Comic Standing. McFarlane, also a standout on Last Comic Standing has appeared on HBO specials. This duo’s off-the-cuff style will appeal to all audiences (Saturday).
River Glow – Donahue Park, Pawcatuck 06379
Linger by the water with 37 floating bonfires illuminating the Pawcatuck River and create a beautiful setting for this community event. Take a hay ride through town; enjoy live music in three locations, dancing, children's activities, shopping specials and much more (Saturday).
24 Hours of LeMons: There Goes the Neighborhood – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Thompson 06277
Come to watch or race endurance racing for $500 cars. It's where Pintos and Maseratis battle to lap a Le Car. It's where first-timers dice with Nomex-soiling pros (Saturday-Sunday).
Hartford Latino Fest – Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford 06106
Gather your friends and family for a festival filled with live entertainment, food and beverage, children's games and activities, exhibitors and more (Sunday).
These highlights represent just a sampling of the many exciting events taking place across Connecticut this weekend. For more information about these and other entertaining activities, use the Events Quick Search by clicking on the Advanced Search link under the search box on the top right side of the page.
This Weekend in Connecticut
August 7-9, 2015
August 7 - Flamingo - The All-Women Swing Band - Manchester Band Shell, 60 Bidwell St., Manchester, 06040. Time: 7 p.m. Bring your blanket and picnic and enjoy family entertainment while listening to some great music. Admission: Free. (860) 647-3084
August 7-9 - "Summer Days, Starry Nights" and the Connecticut Pastel Society, "Purely Pastel" - Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St., Old Lyme, 06371. Time: noon-5 p.m., and by appt. Portraits, landscapes, still life paintings and sculpture abound in this annual juried exhibition of work by the Association’s members. A separate juried show in the Goodman gallery, Purely Pastel, will highlight the talented artist members of the Connecticut Pastel Society. Admission: Free, $5 donation is suggested. (860) 434-7802
August 8 – Herbs for Hearth & Health - The Hempsted Houses, 11 Hempstead St., New London, 06320. Time: 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Learn about the importance of herbs in an 18th century household for both food and medicine, and how you can still use them in your own home today with food ways historian Leslie Evans of Groton. Reservations required. Admission: $15. (860) 443-7949
August 8 – Night at the Museum – Lock Museum of America, 230 Main St., Terryville 06786. Time: Registration 5:45 p.m., activities 6 p.m.-8 p.m. The Plymouth Historical Society and the Lock Museum of America will host their first “Night at the Museum.” Events include a walking tour to the historic cemetery on South Main Street and then to the newly refurbished Eli Terry, Jr. Waterwheel. The tour ends at the Lock Museum, where participants can explore the exhibits and have refreshments. Admission: Adults $5, youth (under 18) free. (860) 921-6118
August 8-9 – Mystic Outdoor Art Festival – Downtown, Mystic 06355. Time: Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The festival stretches over two miles and is the oldest of its kind in the northeast, and has now grown to over 250 artists who come from all corners of the United States and bring more than 100,000 works of art. Admission: Free. (860) 572-9578
August 9 – Torrington Donors Week Road Race – Coe Park, 101 Litchfield Street, Torrington, 06790. Time: one mile fun run 9:30 a.m., five mile race begins at 10 a.m. The race is one of the oldest in Connecticut; the 5-mile race is preceded by a 1-mile fun run. Proceeds benefit the Torrington Trails Network - walking, jogging, biking, etc. Free tee shirts to the first 200 runners registered. Admission: Free for spectators. (860) 482-4425
August 9 - Community Free Day: Button Mosaics – Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St., Waterbury, 06702. Time: 1 p.m. Join stained glass artist Sarah Segovia for a tour of the museum’s extensive collection of buttons. Afterwards create a button mosaic from a variety of buttons and tiles in the Studio. Admission: Free. (203) 753-0381
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