June 8 – 14

Welcome to the second week of June. Below we have highlighted what to do over the next 7 days across Connecticut. Check back often as we update our content as often as our wardrobes. As you can see we do not cover events in Hartford County – which is because we have a publisher exclusive to that county, click here to be directed there.

Monday, June 8 – Sunday, June 14:

Pirates Week Aaargh! Ahoy Mateys! Join us for a week of special shopping treasures at participating Pirate Stops during Pirates Week Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, the Milford Bank’s ‘Milford Moves Pirate Day 5K’ is a race open to walkers and runners of all fitness levels and ages. Prizes awarded. Pirate costumes welcome! Race Day Registration 6:30-7:30am, Race Begins 8am. For registration details, visit the Milford Bank website. Come back later in the day (Sunday) when the 11th Annual Cap’n Kidd Treasure Hunt Pirates Day will take place from noon to 5pm. Rain or Shine. Look for the pirate flags flying at participating Pirate Stops downtown. Enter the contest to win a trip aboard the Pirate Ship ‘Oz.’ Downtown Milford, Milford.

Monday, June 8:

{Reoccurs} Monday @ 6pm: Cruise Night Every Monday evening, Classic Hits 98.7 WNLC sponsors Ocean Beach Park’s “Cruise Night”  show Enjoy a parade of antique cars and other interesting vehicles and the sounds of a Live DJ spinning  classic music. Parking and admission is free. Ocean Beach Park, New London.

{National} Monday @ 6:30 – 6:30pm: Intro to Paper Crafting 101 Learn the basics of paper crafting as you create a gift card holder, paper bow, treat box and small gift box. Meet us in the classroom, and our Associates will help you shop for supplies. Free with cost of supplies. Michael’s locations.

Tuesday, June 9:

{National} Tuesday @ 6:30-8:30pm: Intro to Jewelry 101 Learn the basics of jewelry making as you create a nautical bracelet just in time for summer. Meet us in the classroom, and our Associates will help you shop for supplies. Free with cost of supplies. Michael’s locations.

Tuesday @ 6:30pm: Danbury Westerners vs Laconia Muskrats C’mon down to Rogers Park and watch the Danbury Westerners take on the Laconia Muskrats! Rogers Park, Danbury.

Thursday, June 11 – Sunday, June 14:

Thursday @ 7pm, Friday @9am – 3pm, and @7pm, Saturday @ 9:30am, 12-5pm, 3-6pm and 7pm and Sunday 11am – 3pm and 3-6pm: 36th Annual Sea Music Festival Fans of traditional sea music gather each year to hear national and international performers, along with the Museum’s chantey staff, perform music from the golden Age of Sail through the best of contemporary compositions. The 2015 roster includes music from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Canada, along with singers from across the United States. The weekend’s festivities include daytime and evening concerts, special performances for children, instructional workshops, a unique opportunity to witness sea music at work aboard historic vessels, and the Music of the Sea Symposium. This two-day collaborative program explores the interaction between sea, music, and song and features subjects from history and folklore, to literature, ethnomusicology, and other related topics. Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic.

Thursday, June 11:

Thursday @ 4pm: Veggiecation and Whole Foods Market have partnered to bring a free Healthy Kids Cooking Class to the community. Together with a Veggiecation instructor, kids will help prepare two simple, plant-based recipes. Each lesson follows Veggiecation’s signature formula where children are presented with a simple nutrition lesson as they learn to cook! After participating in the cooking process, they will get the chance to sample their culinary creation and cast a vote on how they liked the recipe. Children will take home complimentary character coloring pages, recipes, and stickers. Space is limited. Whole Foods Market, Danbury.

Thursday @ 7:05pm: Long Island Ducks at Bridgeport Bluefish Promotion: First 500 fans will receive a Jurassic Ballpark T-Shirt. College students can purchase tickets for just $5 by showing their student ID at the Bluefish Box Office. Ballpark at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport.

Friday, June 12 – Saturday, June 13:

Friday – Saturday @ 8pm: Harry Connick, Jr.’s meteoric rise in the world of music was only a prelude to a multi-faceted career. This pianist, vocalist, composer, band leader, actor, and philanthropist has received awards and recognition for his live and recorded musical performances, and for his achievements on screens large and small as well as the Broadway stage. Throughout his stellar career, Harry Connick, Jr. has earned three Grammy awards, two Emmy Awards, and two Tony nominations, and spearheaded efforts to help rebuild his hometown of New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Connick recently returned for a second year as judge on American Idol, with Season 14 of the show currently airing on FOX. Entertainment Weekly raves that he brings a “frank honesty but also lighthearted energy” to the show. $57 per ticket and up. The Palace Theatre, Stamford.

{Reoccurring} Friday @ 5:30 – 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am – 9pm: The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is a 15-day extravaganza of performing arts, lectures, and conversations that takes over theaters and open spaces in New Haven, Connecticut each June. More than 80% of Festival events are completely free!

{Reoccurring} Friday – Sunday @ 7:15 – 11:30pm: Once Upon a Mattress “We Have An Opening for a Princess!” Do you think you could pass Queen Aggravain’s tests and marry the loveable mama’s boy, Prince Dauntless the Drab? “Many Moons Ago” the minstrel witnessed the TRUE story of the Princess and the Pea and this summer he will bring the timeless fairytale to the Richter Stage, with all it’s hidden secrets! Join the Knights and Ladies-in-Waiting as they hope for the right Princess to come along. She may be “Shy,” and far from “The Swamps of Home” but everyone is sure to live “Happily Ever After!” Richter, Danbury.

Friday, June 12 – Sunday, June 14:

Friday @ 5 – 11pm, Saturday @ 12 – 11pm and Sunday @ 12 – 9pm: Greek Festival Traditional Greek food and pastries, vendors, live music, (evenings only), Greek dancing and fun for the whole family. The Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Danbury.

Friday @ 5-10pm, Saturday @ 11am-10pm and Sunday @ 11am – 5pm: Taste of Mystic Fabulous food and music, with proceeds going to support the Mystic Y and Mystic Aquarium! Beer garden, music and more! Olde Mistick Village, Mystic.

Friday, June 12:

Friday @ 5:30pm: Niantic Bay 10k run & 5k walk Road Race The 10K course starts just outside McCook’s Point Park entrance on Atlantic Street. This 6.2 mile race course is mostly flat with a few small hills and travels through local neighborhoods. The 5K walk is a 3.1 mile fun walk that generally starts about 15 minutes before the 10K Run. McCook Point Park, Niantic.

Friday @ 6 – 10pm: Flanders Field Forest 5K Trail Run & Walk This is more than just your average trail run! Enjoy a scenic 5K trail run or walk through the picturesque nature sanctuary, and a post-race celebration with local food trucks. The Big Green Pizza Truck, the Fryborg Truck, Ice Cream Truck, beer and live entertainment with the rock band, Root Six. Registration fee includes run or walk, two food truck items and, for those over 21, a complimentary craft beer. Awards will be given to all top male and female finishers overall and in 8 age categories ranging from under 10 years of age to over 60. All proceeds from the Field & Forest 5k benefit Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust. The Race Day Sign Up fee will be $40. Rain or shine. Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust, Woodbury.

Friday @ 6:30pm: Danbury Westerners vs Sanford Mainers C’mon down to Rogers Park and watch the Danbury Westerners take on the Plymouth Pilgrims! Rogers Park, Danbury.

{Parenting Time Out} Friday @ 7 – 9pm: Strawberries Under the Stars Evening Fundraiser Enjoy champagne under the stars and vote for your favorite strawberry-inspired dessert from our local chefs! The winner, chosen by you, receives the museum’s first annual Strawberry Star award! $50 per couple or $30 per individual. Click here to purchase tickets online. The Institute For American Indian Studies, Washington.

Friday @ 7:05pm: Long Island Ducks at Bridgeport Bluefish Promotion: Come out to support Barnum Festival Night in honor of P.T. Barnum, which is yearly celebration. Meet Ringmaster Fred Hall as players will wear Ringmaster themed jerseys. First 500 fans will receive a Ringmaster Fred Hall Bobblehead. Do you like the Bluefish on Facebook? If you’re a loyal follower, the Bluefish will send out a message to their fans during every Friday home game that allows “our friends” to receive a half-price ticket offer and a merchandise discount in the Gear Shop. Ballpark at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport.

Saturday, June 13 – Sunday, June 14:

{Reoccurring} Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 11am: Charlotte’s Web Generations of children and parents have enjoyed the book Charlotte’s Web. In this theatre for a young audience play we begin after a restless first night in the Zuckerman family barn, a wide-eyed young pig named Wilbur meets a witty and resourceful spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur learns through his fellow barnyard creatures of some unsettling plans for his future, Charlotte takes it upon her spinnerets and her trusty web to save him. This magical tale of what it means to be a good writer and a good friend features the much-loved characters created by E.B. White. The Summer Theatre of New Canaan, New Canaan.

Saturday, June 13:

All Day: Connecticut Open House Day Connecticut residents are invited to discover – and rediscover – the state’s exciting arts, history and tourism offerings with a variety of special incentives, such as discounted or free admission, free gifts or special exhibits and activities. Open House Day is a great way for you to experience all the state has to offer and to encourage you to become Connecticut Ambassadors who take pride in sharing your new discoveries with visiting family and friends. The annual event is coordinated by the Connecticut Office of Tourism, a division of the Department of Economic & Community Development. Click here for a listing by city, there are too many to list.

Saturday @ 8am: Beat the Beast 5K Registration: Starts at 7:00am at the Bethel High School track. Race day registration – $30. Kids 12 and under can run 100 meters and /or 400 meters. All proceeds from the Beat the Beast 5K will go to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Bethel. The money we raise saves lives by supporting education and prevention efforts, funding groundbreaking cancer research and providing free information and services for people with cancer and their caregivers who need them. Bethel High School Cross Country Course, Bethel.

Saturday @ 8 – 11am: Super Hero 5K Besides a smooth out and back 5K course through tree-lined backroads, there will be a family-friendly 1K walk. All participants are encouraged to wear Superhero costumes. There will be cash prizes for the best dressed child and adult. Food trucks such as The Whey Station will be selling breakfast after the race. Catalyst Church, Middletown.

Saturday @ 8:15am – 12:30pm: Second Saturday Workshops This workshop is designed to help women who are contemplating or are in the very early stages of the process of untying the knot. Second Saturday deals with the legal, financial, family and personal issues of divorce in a logical, yet compassionate way. With the guidance of trained professionals, workshop participants gain greater understanding of the confusing divorce process. The fee is $35 but the information is priceless! Southport Congregational Church Library, Southport.

Saturday @ 9 – 11am: Fishing 101 With fishing season in full swing, there is no better time than now to grab a rod, cast a line and get yourself hooked on fishing! The Fishing 101 workshop is designed for families who want to experience fishing, but are unsure where to start. Our experienced instructor will teach you how to select a body of water, what bait to use, how to tie a strong knot, how to cast your bait and how to identify certain freshwater fish. Other topics include; safety tips, proper care of gear, proper handling and release of your catch. There is a limited amount of fishing gear for use during class, so get there early. Please bring your own equipment if you have it, and our instructor will be glad to look it over, and organize it for you. $7 per family. Recommended Ages 6-adult (6-12 require parent supervision). Trumbull Nature and Arts Center, Trumbull.

Saturday @ 9am – 3pm: The Great Duck Race The Saugatuck River at Jesup Green, Westport.

Saturday @ 9:30 – 10:45am: Taste of Tinkergarten Come join us for a free taste of Tinkergarten. You’ll get to see, first hand, what a class feels like and how we inspire authentic, play-based learning for children (and a great time for all)! This free class is designed for children 18 months through five years old and a treasured adult. Cranbury Park, Norwalk.

Saturday @ 9:30am: Tour de Noank 5K Road Race & Kids Fun Run Take in the scenic streets of Noank with this certified 5K road race and kids fun run! Race begins and ends at beautiful Esker Point Beach. A portion of the proceeds from the 2015 race benefit Groton’s special needs programming. Race day registration at Esker Point Beach opens at 8:30 a.m. and closes 15 minutes prior to the start of the race. Esker Point Beach, Noank.

{National} Saturday @ 10am: Iron Man’s Avenjet The Avengers are coming to Lowe’s! Bring in your child to build Iron Man’s Avenjet as part of our “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” Summer series. Lowe’s Home Improvement locations.

{National} Saturday @ 10am: I Love Zoku Join us for some frosty Zoku fun! The amazing Zoku products turn out everything from quick and easy pops to slushies and ice cream. If you’d like, you can preorder your choice of a Zoku pop maker, slushie maker or ice cream maker. We’ll have it frozen and ready for you to create a cool work of art. Suitable for ages 5–13. Williams-Sonoma locations.

{National} Saturday @ 10am – 12pm: Father’s Day Duck Tape Frame Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up. Michael’s locations.

Saturday @ 10am – 1pm: Fifth Anniversary Party! Giant Steps is turning five and it’s all thanks to you! Here at Giant Steps we would like to thank our loyal customers and welcome newcomers the best way we know how: with a party! Come share our special day with a morning filled with fun activities and crafts! Free. No registration required. Giant Steps, Fairfield.

Saturday @ 10am – 3pm: Masonicare’s Family Festival You are invited to Masonicare’s Family Festival with fun for all ages including a lively and colorful parade starts at 10:30am and features Shriner clowns, the Sphinx Highlanders and Chanters, the Gaelic Highland Pipe Band, the Yalesville Sr. Ancient Fife and Drum Corps, Connecticut Alumni Senior Drum and Bugle Corps and more. There will be outdoor activities for young and old including free “kiddie” rides, a petting zoo, mobile gaming bus, Touch-A-Truck with local firefighters, a bubble table, tattoos, make-a-necklace, horse & carriage rides, caricaturist, music, tours, a book sale, sand art truck, and handmade crafts  available for purchase. Activities indoors include a visit to the model railroad room. The Connecticut Freemasons will provide their Child Identification Program. A Community Health Fair will take place from 11am to 2pm in the Medical Office Building where you can hear doctors speak on hot health topics, get free screenings, chair massages, giveaways, and more. Parking and continuous free shuttle bus service available from the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford. Masonicare, Wallingford.

Saturday @ 10am – 5pm: The Sharon Audubon Festival is back with one full day packed with ongoing nature programs, live animals, vendors, exhibitors, food vendors, live music and even a contra dance! $10 per person or $25 per car. Sharon Audubon Center, Sharon.

{National} Saturday @ 11am: Touch the Brightest Star A companion to the popular and acclaimed Tap the Magic Tree! In this interactive bedtime story, touch, tap, blink, whisper and more to make magic happen in the nighttime sky. Select Barnes & Noble.

Saturday @ 11am: Middletown Kids Health and Safety Day Information and activities related to kids health and safety. Middletown Police Department, Middletown.

Saturday @ 11am – 4pm: Our annual Strawberry Fest kicks off our summer event season, celebrating family fun, Lyman’s fresh grown strawberries, and sweet strawberry treats from the Apple Barrel. Fun activities include Breakfast on the Deck, Strawberry picking in the orchard, live music, complementary food tastings and demos, pie eating contests, pony rides, and interactive activities for children throughout the day. Wagon and pony rides from 11am – 3pm, free face painting from 12-4pm. Lyman Orchards, Middlefield.

Saturday @ 11am – 4pm: Family Day Fun for the whole family! Immerse yourself in history from Colonial days to the Gilded Age, with historic re-enactors, period crafts, hands-on-demonstrations, games, food, music, period dancers, a cake contest, antique cards, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting and much more. Keeler Tavern Museum, Ridgefield.

Saturday 11am – 5pm: The Hindinger Farm Strawberry Festival is often thought of as one of the best ways for families to celebrate the beginning of summer. The festival is held every June as the strawberries ripen. Join us for family hayrides, Brian making his famous Balloon Characters, Kelly’s Ice Cream, lots of food, live entertainment from Five in the Chamber, and of course, beautiful, delicious red juicy strawberries! Raindate: 6/14. Hindinger Farm, New Haven.

Saturday @ 12 – 3pm: The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook Launch Authors Tracey Medeiros and Christy Colasurdo will present their new cookbook, “The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook” along with free samples from their favorite recipes. Fairfield University Bookstore, Fairfield. Thank you to Fairfield University Bookstore for submitting this event.

Saturday @ 12 – 4pm: Introduction to Sailing Candlewood Yacht Club offers this program to the general public as part of our community outreach and to generally promote the sport of sailing. It is free of charge, and intended to give folks who might be interested in sailing a chance to experience it first hand, as well as get to know our club and what great fun it is to sail! The program is open to adults (18 years or older) from all surrounding communities, and they may include their dependents if they are 8 years or older. Free. Candlewood Yacht Club, New Fairfield.

Saturday @ 12 – 4pm: Get Out & Play The Meriden-Wallingford NAACP Health Fair Committee presents Get Out & Play, A Family Health Fitness Fun Day. Enjoy games, music, food, activities and health prevention information. Free. Mountain Mist Outdoor Center, Meriden.

{National} Saturday @ 1 – 4pm: Fun Family Craft Time: Father’s Day Tie-Dye Tee Spend some craft time with Dad this year and create a colorful T-shirt. $7 per shirt, including supplies. Michael’s locations.

Saturday @ 1 – 9pm: Oddfellows Playhouse is 40! All ages are invited to the Playhouse for a fun-filled afternoon of creativity and community! 1pm Juggle Jam, 2pm Sing Along and 3pm Family Improv Games. Art activities, videos and photos from the days of yore all afternoon. Oddfellows Playhouse, Middletown.

Saturday @ 2 – 5pm: Star Wars Party Star Wars fans of all ages can enjoy an afternoon of all things Star Wars–freebies, activity sheets, and much more! Fairfield University Bookstore, Fairfield.

Saturday @ 4 – 8pm: Rockin’ the Ville Music, food and auctions all to benefit the Hawleyville Fire Department. $15 (in advance) for the dance, $20 at the door and $10 per plate for food. Wine and beer sold separately. Hawleyville Fire Department, Newtown.

Saturday @ 6:05pm: Long Island Ducks at Bridgeport Bluefish Promotion: Your favorite superheroes will be taking over the Ballpark at Harbor Yard and taking pictures with fans courtesy of Alternate Universe, Boy Scout Troops will have an opportunity to spend the night in the outfield post-game, and Monroe businesses will receive a special offers for Monroe Community Day. Enjoy a spectacular post-game 3D Fireworks show. Ballpark at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport.

Saturday @ 6:30pm: Danbury Westerners vs Vermont Mountaineers C’mon down to Rogers Park and watch the Danbury Westerners take on the Vermont Mountaineers! Rogers Park, Danbury.

Saturday@ 7:30pm: The Barnum’s Got Talent Vocal Competition is back and bigger than ever! Singers will compete in five categories, 10-13; 14-16; 17-20; 21 and over, and an Open Opera Division – male and female, any age. Hundreds of talented contestants will compete for coveted finalist spots with a winner to be named in each age category. Winners will receive $500 and will have the chance to sing at Barnum Festival events. Tickets are $15. Downtown Cabaret Theater, Bridgeport.

Sunday, June 14:

Sunday @ 12 – 4pm: Ice Cream Social Featured entertainment at the Ice Cream Social will include performances by the Mulkerin School of Irish Dance of Norwalk and West Haven, Norwalk Academy of Dance, The Grandmas and Grandpas of Wilton, magician and juggler Jason Pipitone, palm reader Jessica Fattahi of Stamford, high-wheelers, and much more. $5 per person (reduced admission). Mathews Park, Norwalk.

Sunday @ 12 – 6pm: 13th Annual Georgetown Day Festival As part of the festival day the Wilton Family Y and the Wilton Chamber of Commerce sponsor the Georgetown Gallop, a 5K race for both adults and children, held along Old Mill Road and ending at Main St. in Georgetown. Before the festival even begins, crowds form on Main St. to observe the race.  The Festival then opens its doors to a hungry crowd ready to shop. The day features activities for adults as well as children: live music provided by local bands, delicious international foods, palate warming chili cook-off, a beer tent, a dunking booth, artisans and vendors. The youngsters can have their faces painted, laugh with the clowns, take a turn in the bounce house, and more. Main Street, Georgetown.

{National} Sunday @ 1pm: Father’s Day Feast Make Dad a meal he’ll remember by cooking the perfect burgers and piling them high with all the fixin’s. We’ll teach you the techniques and tricks for preparing flavorful burgers, including stuffed ones with savory fillings, plus creative ideas for garnishing them. Times vary by location. William-Sonoma locations.

Sunday @ 1 – 3pm: Nautical Knots Inspired by the exhibition, The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America, participants of all ages are invited to the museum to participate in a hands-on workshop led by nautical knot-maker Matthew Beaudoin from Mystic Knotwork in Stonington, Connecticut. Visitors will have the chance to make survivor bracelets. The Beaudoin family has been the source for nautical knots throughout New England for over 50 years. Free. Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury.

Sunday @ 1 – 4pm: Native Soles: Moccasin Making Workshop The word moccasin comes from the Algonquian word meaning shoe or footwear. These sturdy slipper-shaped types of shoes were sewn from tanned animal hides. Come join Darlene Kascak, of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, and make a contemporary sandal moccasin that is both beautiful and functional as well. Learn how to make a pattern for this modern style sandal using the same techniques that were used by moccasin makers for hundreds of years. $60 for non-members. The Institute For American Indian Studies, Washington.

Sunday @ 1 – 8pm: Family Day on the New Haven Green Join us for a fun-filled, free day of performances and activities for all ages on the New Haven Green! Box City: 1-5pm: Box City is a craft activity in which young city planners construct buildings and neighborhoods out of craft supplies and boxes. Boxes and craft supplies will be provided. Magmanus: 3 and 6pm: This Swedish street circus arts duo charm the audience with wild and fun tricks for all to enjoy, featuring juggling, a teeterboard, acrobatics, and comedy. Seating for this event is available to purchase in advance or at the gate – standing room is free! New Haven Green, New Haven.

Sunday @ 1:35pm: Long Island Ducks at Bridgeport Bluefish Promotions: Members of the New York Jets Flight Crew will be performing, taking pictures, and signing autographs for fans on Cheerleader Day. Cheerleading and dance teams will receive special offers, and the first 500 fans in attendance will receive a 2015 Bluefish Team Baseball Card Set presented by Dot Generation. Ballpark at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport.

If Westchester County, New York isn’t too far for you or you don’t mind the commute onto Long Island, check out our sister sites. For our Westchester County site click here and for our Long Island site click here.

We always provide the links for your convenience and encourage you to check the event listing directly for any changes, re-schedules or typos (cause I am not a robot), before heading out.

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