June 29 – July 5

June is ending and July is beginning all is the same week! This week we are celebrating Independence Day! Thank you to all of the women and men who serve and have served our country and to their families who standby while they are serving. Below we have highlighted what to do over the next week across Connecticut! Click here for a listing of firework displays. Check back often as we update daily.

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 29:

Mondays at 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 30 – Wednesday, July 1:

{National} Tuesday – Wednesday @ 10am: Free Summer Movies featuring How to Train Your Dragon 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.

Tuesday, June 30 – Friday, July 3:

{Reoccurring} Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2pm, Friday at 8pm: 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 30:

Tuesdays at 12pm: Summer Tunes at the Old Mine Ruins Grab your lunch and a blanket and join us for concerts at Old Mine Park, Upper Pavilion, at 12 noon. All music is geared toward children ages one to ten. Participation will be encouraged.

Tuesdays at 7pm: CHIRP Concert Happenings in Ridgefield’s Parks Ballard Park, Ridgefield.

Tuesdays at 7pm: Summer Sunset Concerts Paradise Green, Stratford.

Tuesday at 7 – 8:30pm: Family Fun Night Come discover the Nature Center! This family friendly program is designed for out-of-town visitors. Explore the pond and trails for critters, meet some of the live animals that live at the DPNC, and end the program with marshmallows around the campfire! All ages welcome. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

Tuesdays at Sunset: Groton Cinemas Beach Blanket Movie Series featuring “Maleficent.” 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. Ocean Beach Park, New London.

Wednesday, July 2 – Saturday, July 4:

Wednesday – Saturday from 6 – 11pm: Annual Monroe Fire Department’s Carnival

Wednesday, July 2:

Wednesday at 10:30 – 11am: Stories in the Park Drop-in Story Time in Bruce Park playground across from the Bruce Museum. Meet in the Gazebo. In case of inclement weather, story time will be held in Greenwich Library Children’s Room (decision made by 9:30am). Families welcome. No registration needed. Bruce Park Gazebo, Greenwich.

Wednesdays at 12:30pm: Peanut Butter Jam Concerts Picnic performances for kids featuring Wayne from Maine. Pack a picnic and journey down for a children’s musical celebration! Sherman Green, Fairfield.

Wednesday at 5 – 8pm: Grill n’ Chill Mark Schwartz rock out to the music of the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and others. Cool down with the sizzlin’ sounds of the best bands around at the JCC’s Grill n’ Chill Summer Music Series. Kosher BBQ food available for purchase. Indoor seating available. BYOB. Free admission. JCC, Woodbridge. Thanks to the JCC for submitting this event.

Wednesday at 5 – 11pm: Cooking Class Chef Kevin Cottle Presents an Interactive cooking class with dinner. Demonstrating recipes and techniques with his special brand of expertise and humor. A 3 course meal will be served with wine tasting from a local vineyard. Power Ridge Mountain Park & Resort, Middlefield.

Wednesday at 5:30pm: Come to see students from Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School perform at 6pm and then stay for a magic show at 7pm. Ocean Beach Park, New London.

Thursday, July 3 – Sunday, July 5:

{Reoccurring} Thursday – Friday at 8pm and Sunday at 4pm: Legally Blonde The Musical A fabulously fun international award-winning musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming warming, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal! The Summer Theatre of New Canaan, New Canaan.

Thursday, July 2:

Thursdays 11am – 1pm: Garden Fun for Toddlers The Garden of Ideas offers Garden Fun for Toddlers every Thursday this summer – facilitated play for parents and their toddlers, including drop-in activities, marsh, meadow and woodland exploration, a stone maze, and vegetable fields, along with free play in the sand-box. Experience nature through the eyes of your child. Bring your own lunch or purchase at the Vegetable stand. $5 per family. Garden of Ideas, Ridgefield.

{National} Thursday at 12pm: Max Baby Pictures offers discounted admission to enjoy a current movie in a convenient, baby-friendly setting on select Thursdays each month. Our amenities include dim lighting to allow for easy child care in the auditorium; lowered movie volume for babies’ sensitive hearing; baby changing stations and stroller area. Admission is $6.50. Rated PG. Select Showcase Cinemas.

Thursday at 2pm: Get Pop-Cultured: Throwback Thursday 1950s Join us for a nostalgic journey and relive iconic moments in pop culture from the 1950s. Explore the books, toys, games, music, movies, TV and fashion that shaped the decade and participate in a fun Hula Hoop contest. Danbury Square; Barnes & Noble, Danbury.

Thursdays @ 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.

Thursdays @ 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.

Thursday at 7pm:  Field of Dreams, released in 1989, is a movie that has inspired millions and became an Academy Award nominee for “Best Picture of the Year.” Welcome to this home, this farm, this baseball field, this little piece of heaven on earth. Welcome to this place where reality mixes with fantasy and dreams can come true. An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago Black Sox come. Starring Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones. Meet and greet the with the Torrington Titans 6 PM, Warner Lobby. Tickets $5. Children 12 and under are free with an adult. Warner Theatre, Torrington.

Friday, July 3 – Sunday, July 5:

Fridays at 11am, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 11am: The Wizard of Oz Join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Lion as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road through Oz to find the Wizard sharing one adventure after another. A perfect summer show for young families. Picnics, parties and munckins welcome!  Talented cast of 9 actors and some special puppets perform all the roles. Great fun for all ages! The Summer Theatre of New Canaan, New Canaan.

Friday at 7:05pm: York Revolution at Bridgeport Bluefish Saturday at 6:05pm Promo: Celebrate Independence Day at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard with a special USA Birthday Fireworks Extravaganza. Sunday at 5:35pm Promo: Bluefish are giving away a 2015 Bluefish Team Photo, presented by Orthopedic Specialty Group, to the first 500 fans.

Friday, July 3:

Fridays at 7pm: Movies in the Park: Jurassic Park The movie will begin as soon as the sun sets. All Friday night films will either take place in a park or feature an outdoor recreational activity. Mill River Park, Stamford.

Friday at 8 – 9:30pm: Full Moon Hike Hike the lower fields by the light of the full moon then warm up by the campfire with marshmallows. Bring a flashlight. Free. Pratt Nature Center, New Milford.

Friday at 7pm: Happy 75th Birthday Ocean Beach Park Circus Aerial Show, Steve Smith and the Nakeds, Birthday Cake, Laser Show, Fireworks and More. Lets celebrate in a big way all that the park has done over the decades to enhance our lives! Ocean Beach Park, New London.

Saturday, July 4 – Sunday, July 5:

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, July 4:

Saturday at 9am – 12pm: Kids Workshop Learn to Build a Minions Scooter Come learn how to build a Minions Scooter. All kid get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Free hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12. Home Depot locations.

Saturdays at 10am: 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.

{National} Saturdays at 10am: Jr. Chef Class: Berry Pies and Crisps Join us to make a lattice-crusted blueberry pie and a berry fruit crisp! Kids will learn how to roll out pastry dough, cut a lattice crust, and use seasonal fruit to create delicious filling for their favorite desserts. Suitable for ages 5-13. Williams-Sonoma locations.

Saturdays at 11am: Musicals at Richter’s Fairy Tale Theater is now in its seventeenth season of theater for children. Performing on the lovely grounds of Wooster School, parents and their children enjoy a different story each Saturday morning in July. Prior to the show, each child has the opportunity to meet, and receive a special gift from, Mother Goose as well as participate in a craft activity related to that day’s performance. Each show is interactive with song and movement, and many of the children in the audience join the actors onstage to become part of the story. With birthday celebrations during intermission, a visit to Fairy Tale theater will undoubtedly be memorable for the whole family. Families are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets for performance seating. Grounds open at 10:30 am and performance at 11am. All tickets are $5. Rain or shine. Richter Arts Center, Danbury.

Saturday at 11am: Boom Box Parade Jillson Square, Willimantic.

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

Saturday at 2:15pm: Bring your pet uptown for our Annual Pet Parade and Turn-of-the-Century Fest! Following the parade, play games and have some ice cream, generously donated by Peaches n’ Cream! Litchfield Historical Society, Litchfield.

Saturdays at 7-10pm: Summer Concert Series Walnut Beach. Milford. Note: future concerts are 4-7pm.

Sunday, July 5:

{National} Sundays at 1pm: Free Technique Class: The Perfect Roast Chicken Using a vertical chicken roaster creates juicy, perfectly cooked chicken every time. We’ll show you two easy recipes for cooking your chicken, as well as an easy side dish of roasted potatoes and veggies to serve with it. Times can vary by location. Williams Sonoma locations.

Sunday at 1:30 – 4pm: Deep-sea scientist Dr. Craig McClain will be the guest speaker launching the Bruce Museum Seaside Center’s new Fred Elser First Sunday Science Series. Named in memory of longtime Bruce Museum benefactor Fred Elser, who was a stalwart supporter of science education, especially for young people, this series will provide monthly programs for families and adults related to science and marine topics, particularly as they concern the Long Island Sound environment.  The free event will be held along with family activities at the Bruce Museum Seaside Center in Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich, from 1:30 to 4pm. For complimentary Greenwich Point Park entry for the event, contact Cynthia Ehlinger by July 2 at 203-413-6756 or cynthiae@brucemuseum.org.

Sundays at 5 – 8pm: Summer Music Sundays Mystic Seaport is extending the summer weekend experience and will offer complimentary after-hours Museum admission to all Sunday evening visitors in July and August. Stroll through Museum grounds and along the waterfront. Relax with friends while dining outdoors at Schaefer’s Spouter Tavern and listen to live music beginning at 5:30 p.m. Mystic Seaport, Mystic.

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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