June 22 – 28

Welcome to the last full week of June! School is out and camp is in! Below we have highlighted what to do across CT for this week.

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.

Daily through Sunday, June 28:

Daily @ 4:30 – 7:15pm: Shakespeare on the Sound presents The First Folio Kids Corner! Spend the Whole Afternoon Exploring Shakespearean Fun! Pinkney Park, Norwalk.

Daily @ 7pm: All’s Well That Ends Well The provocative challenge to the conventions of gender unfolds under the stars in the natural outdoor amphitheater of the park in Rowayton where a family festive audience assembles on blankets and low-slung deck chairs with picnic baskets crammed with goodies. Admission is free and so is parking nearby. At the same time, donations are collected at the gate, $20 suggested for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Reserved seating is also available for $50. The production runs Tuesdays through Sundays—Mondays are dark as they say in the theater—with patrons permitted to stake out space on the grounds with a blanket or deck chair starting at 4 pm, 3 ½ hours before the curtain. Most nights, one hour in advance,  there is a special preview presentation for children. Pinkney Park, Norwalk.

Time Varies through Saturday: 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!

Monday, June 21:

Paper Sailboat
Paper Sailboat

{National & Reoccurring} Monday @ 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Paper Sailboat $5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions. Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. Michael’s locations.

Monday @ 2:30 – 4pm: Family Tour: Floral Fun Join curator Amy Smith-Stewart and Museum educator Michelle Friedman for a focused tour of Virginia Poundstone’s exhibition. Explore the galleries and investigate her use of color, pattern, and floral imagery. Then, head to the Education Center to mix and press seed-filled paper, which can be planted directly into the ground to grow your own work of art. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield.

{Reoccurring} 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.

Tuesday, June 23 – Wednesday, June 24:

{National & Reoccurring } Tuesday – Wednesday @ 10am: Free Summer Movies featuring Rio 2 From June 23rd to August 19th Bowtie Cinemas offers free movies for kids. Seating limited to theatre capacity, tickets issued on a first come, first serve basis. Free for kids. Bowtie Cinemas, Trumbull and Stamford.

{Reoccurring} Tuesday @ 7pm: Summer Sunset Concert Series at Paradise Green, Stratford.

Tuesday, June 23 – Sunday, June 28:

{Reoccurring} Tuesday – Thursday @ 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday @ 8pm, Saturday – Sunday @ 2pm: Peter Pan “I know a place where dreams are born and time is never planned…” Peter Pan flies in to make this Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s most magical summer ever! Follow the boy who won’t grow up on a musical adventure to Neverland. In this fully produced enchanting spectacle, join the lost boys as they battle the greatest villain of all time Captain Hook played by Terrence Mann. This classic musical for all ages features the songs I’m Flying, I Won’t Grow Up, and the timeless Never Never Land. Let Connecticut Repertory Theatre sprinkle some fairy dust on you, and bring your family along as we soar off to Neverland! Adults $50, Students $12 and children under 12 years old — only $10! Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre, Storrs.

Tuesday, June 23:

{National & Weekly} 10 – 11:30am: Storytime at Pottery Barn Kids Join us each week for story time as we read aloud some of your favorite books. Become a book club member and receive a special gift after attending five-story times. Free. Pottery Barn Kids locations.

{Reoccurring} Tuesday @ 7pm: CHIRP Concert Happenings in Ridgefield’s Parks Ballard Park, Ridgefield.

{Reoccurring} Tuesday @ 7pm: Summer Sunset Concerts Paradise Green, Stratford.

{Reoccurring} Tuesday @ Sunset: Groton Cinemas Beach Blanket Movie Series featuring “The Amazing Spiderman 2.” Every Tuesday evening enjoy a free movie in the open night air from the comfort of your beach blanket. Our normal parking charge is always in effect and only $6 on weeknights. Movie is Rated PG-13 and runtime is 142 minutes. Come early to see students from Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School perform at 6pm. Ocean Beach Park, New London.

Wednesday, June 23:

Felt Picnic
Felt Picnic

{National & Reoccurring} Wednesday @ 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Felt Picnic Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. $5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions. Michael’s locations.

Wednesday @ 5 – 7pm: 3rd Annual Pizza War Come out and sample pizzas from Meriden Restaurants like: Andrea’s Pizza, Bella Luna Pizza & Restaurante, Zorba’s Restaurant & more. Proceeds will benefit the August Curtis Cultural Center’s programs and events. Many thanks to the 2015 Title Sponsor The Meriden Foundation for their continued support of the ACCC and their dedication to the well-being of the citizens of Meriden, Connecticut and its surrounding area. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 10 and under. This is a rain or shine event. E. Main Street, Meriden.

Thursday, June 25 – Saturday, June 27:

Thursday – Saturday @ 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.

Thursday, June 25 – Sunday, June 28:

Thursday – Friday @ 5pm, Saturday – Sunday @ 4pm: 115th Italian Festa Celebration St. Andrew Club Grounds, New Haven.

Thursday, June 25:

{Reoccurring} Thursday @ 6 – 9 pm: 3rd Annual Street Fest Five stages simultaneously host a wide variety of music and entertainment while over 100 vendors showcase a variety of handcrafted goods and services. Willimantic’s diversity really shines through in the delicious authentic international cuisine. Enjoy locally produced artwork, beer, music, and soda. Street performers and free children’s activities abound!  Main Street, Willimantic.

Momogram Sign
Monogram Sign

{National} Thursday @ 6:30 – 8:30pm: Make It: Monogram Sign Personalize a pretty door hanger with a daisy initial. $20 per project, supplies included. Michael’s locations.

{Reoccurring} Thursday @ 6:30pm: Sock Hop Check out DJ Bill Rinowski starting at 6:30. Bill always has lots of games with prizes as well as surprises for all kids. Our normal parking charge is always in effect and only $6 on weeknights. Ocean Beach Park, New London.

{Mommy Time Out} Thursday @ 7 – 9pm: Filly Night For adult women who want to get back into riding or just want to try it for the first time. You will groom & tack the horses and take part in a group lesson. $20 and bring a dish. There is a potluck get together after riding. Space is limited, register in advance. Ray of Light Farm, East Haddam.

Friday, June 26:

Fun Fishing Game
Fun Fishing Game

{National & Reoccurring} Friday @ 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Fun Fishing Game Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. $5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions. Michael’s locations.

{Reoccurring} Friday @ 4:30 – 5:30pm: Campfire Stories Want the campfire without all the camping gear? End your week with relaxing around the campfire with your family. Every Friday we’ll have the fire going and stories to share. Each week will be filled with different stories, rhymes and songs, and the magic of a crackling campfire! For families with children up to 8. $5 for non-members. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

{Parents Time Out} Friday @ 6:30pm: Playhouse Happy Hour Join us for a pre-show bash on the patio! Enjoy great food, beer, wine and cocktails, plus cool music and fun prizes. $25 (includes Happy Hour and performance). Ages 21-35 only, please show ID at the door. Westport Country Playhouse, Westport.

Friday @ 7:15pm: Navy Band Northeast Brass Band Hamden’s Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display, sponsored by Hamden’s Volunteer Firefighters. Navy Band Northeast Brass Band, 7:15 pm. D.J. Bry will entertain before and after concert. In case of inclement weather on the 26th, the band will move to Hamden High School and the fireworks and D.J. will be postponed to the 27th. Town Center Park, Hamden.

Friday @ 7:30pm: Barnum Skyblast Fireworks The skies over Long Island Sound will light up with a fantastic fireworks display. Free! Seaside Park, Bridgeport.

Saturday @ 9:30pm: 4th of July Fireworks Raindate 6/28.

Saturday, June 27 – Sunday, June 28:

{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.

{Reoccurring} Saturday – Sunday @ 11am – 6pm and Saturday @ 7 – 9pm: Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Fair Welcome Lords and Ladies! Come and Join Us for a day of exciting adventures for the whole family! Explore an interactive fantasy world set in a time long ago where elves, fairies, orcs, goblins, animal-kin, dwarves, and magic are real. $16 for adults (ages 15 and up), $11 young adults (ages 10-14), $6 children (ages 5-9), free for children 5 and under. Warsaw Park, Ansonia.

Saturday – Sunday @ 11am – 4pm: Early Guilford Days Family Festival Experience the sights, the sounds and the aromas of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries as Guilford’s five history museums present two days of tours, craft demonstrations, hands-on activities and refreshments during the 2nd annual Early Guilford Days: Family Festival. The museums will be open between 11 am and 4 pm as they recreate the popular fourth grade educational program Early Guilford Days for the whole family. Start your adventure at any of the five museums where you can buy a discounted ticket for admission to all the sites for both days of the event. Tickets are $5 per person, $10 per family of two or more and children 11 and under are free. Have your ticket punched at all five museums and redeem it at your last stop for a free gift. In addition to regular tours and refreshments, a variety of activities will be offered at each museum: The Henry Whitfield State Museum, The Hyland House Museum, The Thomas Griswold House Museum, The Medad Stone Tavern Museum and The Dudley Farm Museum.

Saturday – Sunday @ 12 – 7pm: Westfield Meriden Luau Food Truck Fest Top gourmet food trucks from the state, entertainment, vendors and more. We’ll be giving away leis until we run out. Luau theme, come out and enjoy the fun. Free admission. RSVP on Facebook. Westfield Mall, Meriden.

Saturday @ 12 -11pm and Sunday @ 8:30 – 7pm: Connecticut Irish Festival Admission $10, free for 16 years and under. North Haven Fairgrounds, North Haven.

Saturday, June 27:

Saturday @ 8:45am: Run for Chris Certified 5K road race, 1M road race plus kids fun run and 2M walk benefits the Chris Belfoure Memorial Fund at Community Foundation of Middlesex County, to integrate multicultural and foreign language programs to the Lower Valley of Middlesex County. Essex Town Hall, Essex.

{National} Saturday @ 10am: Happy Places Event Get inspired to design your dream nursery. Plus, create your baby registry. Enjoy great prizes and giveaway, meet other parents and share ideas. All giveaways and event materials available while supplies last and distributed to participants only. Quantities limited; no rain checks. Free. Select Babies R Us locations.


Saturday @ 10am: Kids Clinic: Captain America Motorcyle The Avengers are back this week with Captain America! Register your child and they can build a motorcycle inspired by “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble!” Watch the Animated Series Sunday Mornings on Disney XD! Lowe’s Home Improvement locations.

{National} Saturday @ 10 – 11:30am: Baking with Grace Join Williams-Sonoma and American Girl for a hands-on baking class inspired by Grace—the 2015 Girl of the Year! Each student will learn Grace’s favorite French Madeleine recipe, then finish the pastries with dark chocolate, white chocolate, and a few other toppings. We’ll also make and decorate sugar cookies from scratch. Each child will take home a special American Girl goodie bag! $30 per child. Suitable for ages 8–12. Call your local Williams-Sonoma store to sign up. Class size is limited to 12 students. Williams-Sonoma locations.

Pie Tick-Tac-Toe Game
Pie Tick-Tac-Toe Game

{National & Reoccurring} Saturday @ 10am – 12pm: Kids Club: Pie Tick-Tac-Toe Game Drop in and take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up. $2 per child. Michael’s locations.

Saturday @ 11am: Family Fun Run The Connecticut Irish Festival Feis and Agricultural Fair Sponsored by the Irish American Community Center partners with the CFMS Fund for a Family Fun Run Saturday June 27th, registration from 10-11am to raise awareness and money for cystic fibrosis and multiple sclerosis. Registration on the day of the event is $15 per person and $30 per family. North Haven Fair Grounds, North Haven.

Orion and the Dark
Orion and the Dark

Saturday @ 11am: Orion and the Dark Storytime Join us for Storytime where we read Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett and There’s Something in the Attic by Mercer Mayer. Orion is scared of a lot of things, but most of all he’s scared of the dark. Click here to learn more about this book. Free. Barnes & Noble of Danbury Square.

{National & Reoccurring} Saturday @ 11am – 3pm: Free Crafts Kids can make a Father’s Day craft for Dad. Ages 3 and up. Free. Lakeshore Learning Center, Hamden.

2nd Annual Road Jam Fest

{Parents Time Out} Saturday @ 12 – 7pm: 2nd Annual Road Jam Bands performing are Connecticut local bands Snooty Garland, McLovins, and The Alpaca Gnomes. Headlining will be New Orleans own – The Soul Rebels! Farmboys BBQ, Vazzy’s Canteen, Fryborg, Valencia and Ruff’s Pizza are the food trucks. 21 and over only, no re-entry. Rain or shine. $25 gets you entrance and your first pint ($18 for designated drivers).

Saturday @ 1pm: Gaylord Gauntlet 5k Trail Run Get ready for a day of fun and challenge as you navigate through 20 man-made and natural obstacles through woods and field. Teams are encouraged and prizes will be awarded. Plan to spend the day and enjoy the festival area with beer and food vendors as well as DJ and bands! Walk-in registrations will be accommodated in the 1pm wave. The race is appropriate for those 12 and older, otherwise open to everyone. Fee is $60.  Gaylord Hospital Campus, Wallingford.

Saturday @ 2 – 4:30pm: Butterfly Extravaganza Join us as we celebrate all things butterfly (and moth)! Learn about the butterfly lifecycle. Learn how to create a butterfly garden. Visit the Native Butterfly and Moth House, participate in a scavenger hunt, and take a wild butterfly walk through the meadow. Additionally, there will be many craft tables, face painting, music, & delicious treats from Zest Fresh Bakery. The celebration culminates in a parade to the meadow, where each attendee will release a live Tickets include activities, refreshments and the butterfly release. Ticket prices are:Adults $25, Child (13 and under) $18, under 2 are free (but doe not include a butterfly for release). Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

Saturday @ 3:30pm: Great American Backyard Campout Come and take part in our Great American “Backyard” Campout – NCNC’s 6th year participating in the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout, a nation-wide celebration of camping as a way to connect to nature and wildlife. Join us for an evening full of fun, camp tunes, a night hike, and the adventure of camping in New Canaan’s favorite backyard! Spend a unique evening and night here at the New Canaan Nature Center, under the stars and with the night creatures (all harmless). Participants are welcome to set-up their tents in the afternoon between 3:30-5:30pm. From 5:30-7:30pm, we’ll provide a classic camping-style barbeque dinner of hot dogs, grilled corn & chips (with watermelon for dessert). Lemonade and water will be available for all ages; adults are welcome to BYOB. As folks are finishing up the tasty treats from the grill, all are invited to enjoy field games, music and all around fun on the Green! As the sun begins to set, get ready for the night time adventure to begin. We’ll fire up the campfire ring and head off into the darkness for a special early summer night hike experience. Upon our return we’ll be sure to fill our bellies with some fireside S’mores before dozing off to sleep. Participants are encouraged to bring along musical instruments to join in and create classic campfire music. In the morning, awake to fog over the meadow, deer browsing nearby and the promise of another magical day! A light breakfast of bagels, juice, and coffee will also be served. Bring your own camp gear and snacks. Access to bathrooms will be available through the night. $110 per family. NCNC has a limited number of tents for rent at $25 per tent. Pre-registration is required and space is limited! New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan.

Saturday @ 7pm: 5th Annual Celebration for the Bats Help Gerri Griswold celebrate our planet’s most extraordinary creature! A lecture featuring a live Big Brown Bat will begin the evening’s festivities. We can then count our bat colony as it emerges from the Green Barn! Charming bat cupcakes and lemonade will be served (to humans..not bats..they prefer insects)! Pack a picnic or BYOB! The event is on rain or shine. Come out and show your support for bats! Call to register. Free but donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses. White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield.

Saturday @ 7 – 9pm: Red, White & Brew Wine Tasting Enjoy live music, sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres, an introduction to some of the farms rescued animals, bid on amazing silent auction items featuring MVP Club Yankee tickets right behind home plate while enjoying some of the areas fines wines. This third annual wine tasting will support the farms continuing animal rescue and animal assisted therapy efforts which has saved over 120 horses and donkeys as well as countless other animals. Ray of Light Farm has also helped and inspired hundreds of individuals with various needs. All proceeds from this event will go to Keep the Light Shining at Ray of Light Farm so tell your friends, family and community! Ray of Light Farm, East Haddam.

Saturday @ 7:30pm: The Litchfield Jazz Festival Salutes New Orleans and It’s Heroes. The concert features an all-star band including: Don Braden, Albert Rivera, Gary Smulyan, Winard Harper, Antoinette Montague, Avery Sharpe, Peter McEachern, Nick Roseboro, Dave Ballou and Zaccai Curtis. Proceeds benefit Litchfield Jazz Camp scholarships. The concert will honor individuals whose sacrifice and labor helped make a difference to their fellows and to the city that created the music we all love. Awards will be presented to individuals who served the people of New Orleans in the post-Katrina period and helped with the recovery of that city. Join us. Tiockets $37 per person. VPA Veronica Hagman Concert Hall, Danbury.

Saturday @ 8pm: 3rd Annual Dance for Peace: Eight celebrated local and regional dance companies will be featured, as well as the International Peace Belt. Since 2003, the Peace Belt has traveled to over twenty-eight countries on five continents, and has been worn during hundreds of artistic performances and sacred ceremonies. A reception and pre-show performance begins at 7:00PM; show time begins at 8:00PM. $40 per person. The Kate, Old Saybrook.

Sunday, June 28:

Sunday @ 12 – 3pm: Fairies at the Farm Barbara and Sue will have many activities including decorating wings, make a floral crown, decorate a wand, decorate a fairy house, makeup and nail polish, dancing, parade to the fairy village and other fun! No age restriction. Parents must stay for duration. $25 per child. Space is limited to the first 30 paid participants. Ray of Light Farm, East Haddam.

Sunday @ 12 – 3pm: JCC Blue Marlins Swim Team Tryouts Swimmers strengthen their fundamentals and work on developing strength and endurance for competition. Ages 6-18 who are motivated, dedicated and just want to learn. Registration fee will be applied to swim team fee. $40 registration fee up front. Register in advance. JCC of Greater New Haven, Woodbridge. Thanks to the JCC of Greater New Haven for submitting this event. 

{National} Sunday @ 1pm: Fourth of July Cookout A red, white and blue motif pairs perfectly with a menu of all-American foods cooked on the grill and ultra-creative desserts in star-spangled colors. This menu is wonderful for sharing with family and friends—a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Times may vary per location. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

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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