July 27 – August 2

Welcome to the last days of July and to the beginning days of August! Below we have highlighted what to do over the next week across Connecticut, except Hartford – click here for Hartford happenings! All of the events listed below are one-time events or events that have an expiration date, for re-occurring activities click here. Check back often as we update daily.

Monday, July 27:

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Monday from 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination 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 three sessions. Michael’s locations.

Mondays (until 9/12) 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.

Mondays (until 8/3) from 6 – 8pm: Blues Monday Please join us for Blues Monday and enjoy some great music in a family setting on the Mystic River. Items for our food pantry are being accepted. Rain or shine. Rain location: Mystic German Club. Mystic River Park, Mystic.

Tuesday, July 28 – Wednesday, July 29:

Tuesdays – Wednesdays at 9:30am: Free Summer Movies: featuring Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Free admission with two movies to choose from each day. Marquee Cinemas, Westbrook.

Tuesdays – Wednesdays (until 8/19) at 10am: Free Summer Movies Bowtie Cinemas offers free movies for kids. Seating limited to theatre capacity, tickets issued on a first come, first serve basis. Free for kids. Select Bowtie Cinemas.

Tuesdays – Wednesdays at 10am: Summer Movie Express Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10am and are rated G or PG. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Select Regal Cinemas.

Tuesday, July 28 – Thursday, July 30:

Tuesday – Thursday from 10am – 12pm and 1 – 3pm: Free YouthSpark Summer Camps at Microsoft Kids ages 8 and older get hands-on experience with the latest technology as they learn how to code, create games, and use their creativity and imagination. This summer’s four camps are all-new, with two designed for coding beginners and two for intermediates looking to take their skills to the next level with Project Spark, Kodu, and TouchDevelop, and more. Each camp run four consecutive days, and last two hours per day. While your child is in camp, parents can learn about online safety for their kids, try out a Surface 3, get a PC tune-up, and more. Please note: The parent, legal guardian or authorized adult caregiver of every camp participant under 18 must sign a Participation Agreement on the first day of camp and remain in the Microsoft store for the duration of the event. Microsoft Stores.

Tuesday at 7:05pm, Wednesday at 10:35am and Thursday at 7:05pm: Somerset Patriots at Bridgeport Bluefish

Tuesday, July 28 – Sunday, August 1:

Tuesday – Sunday from 6 – 11pm:  Easton Volunteer Fire Department’s Carnival Carnival rides, games, food and entertainment. Lot’s of free parking at Helen Keller Middle School with a free shuttle bus to the Carnival.

Tuesday, July 28:

Tuesdays (until 8/4) at 10amKids Club: Powered by Nat Geo Kids The Danbury Fair Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, and interactive setting. We’ve teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. 7/14: Featuring the fabulous Conroy Warren and limbo on over and be a part of Conroy’s band. Sparkles the clown with exotic face painting and design your very own summer visor. Danbury Fair Mall, Danbury.

Tuesday from 10 – 10:30am: Stories by the Sea A family storytime for all ages at Darien’s Weed Beach Park.

Tuesdays from 10:30 – 11am: Tuesday for Tots Join our In-Store Educator Maureen with your little ones (4 and under) every Tuesday in our Cafe for a fun activity and storytime! Whole Foods, Fairfield.

Tuesday from 10am – 5pm: Golf Ball Art Calling all artists! Come create your own custom print with golf balls and paint. Included with the cost of admission. EverWonder Children’s Museum, Newtown.

Tuesdays (until 8/4) at 12pm: Summer Jam Children’s Concert Series Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs, picnic lunch and your friends for a fun and toe-tapping good time! Concerts are free of charge. Concerts are for ages 099, all are welcome! Newtown, CT

Tuesdays (until 8/11) at 12pm: Summer Tunes 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. Old Mine Ruins,Trumbull.

Tuesday at 7pm: Get Pop-Cultured: What Pet Should We Get? In celebration of the newest from Dr. Seuss, fans of all ages are invited to help us decide what pet we should get. Storytime with activities to follow. Select Barnes & Noble locations.

Tuesdays (until 8/27) at 7pm: CHIRP Concert Happenings in Ridgefield’s Parks at Ballard Park in Ridgefield.

Tuesdays (until 8/25) at 7pm: Summer Sunset Concerts at the Paradise Green in Stratford.

Tuesdays (until 8/28) from 7 – 9:30pm: Open Mic Night House band will provide back up, key board and percussion instruments if needed. Anyone interested in performing must sign up early that evening. Spots fill quickly. Bring a blanket/chair and join the fun! Freese Park, Norwalk.

Tuesdays (until 8/18) at sundown: Beach Blanket Moviefeaturing The Giver 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.  Ocean Beach Park, New London.

Tuesdays (until 8/25) at sundown: Movie Under the Stars: featuring ET The Madison Beach Hotel is hosting a complimentary summer-long weekly film festival for the whole family to enjoy! Each Tuesday, Madison Beach Hotel welcomes you and your family to come by and enjoy a featured film while underneath the starlit sky on Madison Beach’s lawn. Madison Beach Hotel recommends  bringing blankets for seating. Madison Beach Hotel, Madison.

Tip: Scroll up to things happening Tuesday Thursday or Tuesday Sunday. 

Wednesday, July 29 – Friday, July 31:

Wednesdays – Fridays (until 8/7) from 9 – 10:30am: Interactive Storytelling Join us at Apple Camp for three-day workshops where kids ages 8 to 12 bring their imaginations to life. They’ll learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. And each workshop ends with the Apple Camp Showcase so campers can share their finished projects. Register online. Space is limited. Apple Stores.

Wednesdays – Fridays (until 8/7) from 11am – 12:30pm: Stories in Motion Join us at Apple Camp for three-day workshops where kids ages 8 to 12 bring their imaginations to life. They’ll learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. And each workshop ends with the Apple Camp Showcase so campers can share their finished projects. Bring a digital camera or digital video camera if you’re coming to the Stories in Motion with iMovie workshop. If you don’t have your own, we can provide one. Register online. Space is limited. Apple Stores.

Wednesday, July 29:

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 (until 7/29) at 10am: Bookworm Wednesdays featuring How to Train Your Dragon 2. Just bring a book report with you to the select Bookworm Wednesdays movie and that’s your price of admission! Download the Book Report by clicking here. Children under six who accompany a participant and adults who accompany a participant receive free admittance to the Bookworm Wednesdays movie and do not need to submit a book report. Select Showcase Cinemas.

Wednesdays (until 8/5) at 10am: Peanut Butter Jam Concerts Kids will enjoy interactive musical, foot stompin’ performances on the Sherman Green every Wednesday this summer. Pack a picnic and journey down for a children’s musical celebration! Fairfield, CT

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Wednesday from 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination 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 three sessions. Michael’s locations.

Wednesdays at 10:30am: SOB Kids Day Every Wednesday children ages 410 are invited to take part in a crafting activity. Ocean Beach Park, New London.

Wednesdays (until 8/19) from 11:30am – 12:30pm: Storytime at Cheshire Park Meet us at the Cheshire Park this summer for a special program in the park! Bring your lunch and we will read stories and have fun with our parachute. Look for our Cheshire Public Library banner. If it’s raining, we will see you on the next sunny Wednesday! Cheshire Park, Cheshire.

Wednesday at 5pm: Speed Build Challenge Participate in a LEGO Minifigure Speed Build Challenge! See if you can build the most LEGO Minifigures in one minute. The fastest builder will win a Build A Minifigure 3-pack! Plus, bring your passport book to receive a special stamp. This event will begin at 5pm and is open to children ages 614 only. No purchase or sign-up necessary. See a Brick Specialist for details. LEGO store locations.

Wednesday from 5 – 7:30pm: Character Dinner Series Join us Wednesday evenings at Great Hollow Lake and meet your favorite costumed characters and enjoy dinner at the lake’s concession area. The moon bounce will be available for $1. Great Hollow Lake, Monroe.

Wednesdays (until 8/5) at 6pm: Summer Family Concert Series Take family and friends along to the playground and enjoy some children/family music from some wonderful artists. Feel free to pack a blanket along with a snack or dinner! Rain location is the Hamden Middle School auditorium. Larry’s Playground; Bassett Park, Hamden.

Wednesdays (until 8/12) from 6 – 8pm: Rock the Docks The event series features the Best Local Live Entertainment around to include Blues, Country, Today’s Hits, Rock and Swing! Bring your lawn chairs and sit back to watch the Norwich Waterfront come alive with sound for 6 Weeks on Wednesday starting in July! Howard Brown Park, Norwich.

Wednesdays (until 9/2) at 6:30pm: Summer Concert Series Kids Show: Curious Creatures Concert to follow. Raindate: Thursdays. Times and entertainment changes weekly. Calf Pasture, Norwalk.

Wednesday from 6:30 – 8:30pm: Concert Series at Danbury Fair Mall.

Wednesdays (until 8/26) from 7 – 9pm: Music under the Stars The Huntington Green, Shelton.

Wednesdays (until 8/19) from 7:15 – 8:45pm: Summer Concert Series Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Greenwich.

Wednesday (until 8/26) at 7:30pm: Waveny Summer Concert Series Bring a chair or blanket, a picnic super and enjoy the music. Raindate: Thursdays. Waveny Park, New Canaan.

Tip: Scroll up to things happening Tuesday Wednesday or Tuesday Sunday. 

Thursday, July 30 – Sunday, August 2:

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Thursday – Sunday: Gathering of the Vibes Gathering of the Vibes is an annual music, arts and camping festival now in its 20th year. Vibes has grown into a four-day festival that has featured such world-class talent as all founding members of the Grateful Dead, Gov’t Mule, Elvis Costello, Crosby, Stills and Nash, John Fogerty, Allman Brothers Band, James Brown, Jane’s Addiction, The Black Crowes, John Butler Trio, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Cliff, Primus, George Clinton and P-Funk, Bruce Hornsby, Branford Marsalis, Damian Marley and Nas, and more. The Vibes is also a launching pad for extraordinarily talented, young, up-and-coming bands who have the opportunity to showcase their talent to the 25,000 people who attend each year. Seaside Park, Bridgeport.

Thursday from 5 – 11pm, Friday 5pm – midnight, Saturday 12 – midnight and Sunday from 12 – 5pm: Orange Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival Fireworks Friday at 10:30pm and Saturday at 10:45pm. Ride bracelets $28 per person. Orange Fairgrounds, Orange.

Thursdays – Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 4pm: Legally Blond 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.

Thursdays – Saturdays at 8pm (until 8/8) and Sundays (until 8/2) at 2pm: Company It’s Bobby’s 35th birthday and you’re invited to celebrate! Company, based on a book by George Furth with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, features a series vignettes that follows Robert (Erick Sanchez), a bachelor about to celebrate his 35th birthday, and the friends trying to convince him – and themselves – of the joys of marriage. Tickets $20 per person, $15 for students. Brookfield Theatre, Brookfield.

Thursday, July 30:

Thursday from 10 – 11:30am: ‘Sun’sational Summer Playdate We invite you to join us for Zion’s Hill Preschool’s first annual ‘Sun’sational Summer Playdate, featuring a live outdoor musical performance by Fairfield County’s preeminent children’s musician Tom Weber! Known for his enthusiasm and playfulness, Tom uses a variety of instruments and puppets which will get your little ones laughing, dancing and singing. Come join us for this complimentary event where we can all celebrate the joys of summer while your children enjoy our beautiful playgrounds with new friends and where you meet other parents with young children at this community wide event. Come see what “purposeful play” means at Zion’s Hill Preschool, as your children develop gross motor skills, musical appreciation, and develop social connections during this exciting summer event at Zion’s Hill Preschool. Snacks, refreshments, and fun for all ages will be served! Please RSVP. Zion’s Hool Preschool, Wilton.

Thursday from 11am – 1pm: 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.

Thursday at 2pm: Cinderella Come enjoy this new children’s musical adaptation of the classic Cinderella story featuring Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother guides audiences through Cinderella’s journey of kindness, courage, and self-confidence. This high energy musical features great songs, magic, audience participation and some funny new characters. This new adaptation is produced by The Summer Theatre of New Canaan, Connecticut’s premier summer theatre. $20 per adults, $12 per child (ages 12 and under). The Kate, Old Saybrook.

Thursdays (until 8/13) at 5pm: Alive@Five Outdoor Summer Concert Series Adults $10, Kids 12 and under are free. Under 21 must enter before 7pm and cannot leave and re-enter. You must be 21 and older to get into the concert area after 7 pm. Hands will be marked for under 21. Photo ID is required. Rain or shine. Columbus Park, Stamford.

Thursdays (until 8/6) from 6 – 9pm: Summer Jazz Concert Series Join us for an evening of Jazz music on the picturesque town green. Bring your dinner or visit one of the local restaurants, sit back and enjoy! Town Green, Branford.

Thursdays at 6:30pm: Sock Hop DJ Bill Rinowski 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.

Thursdays (until 8/13) at 6:30pm: Summer Concerts Grab a blanket or some lawn chairs and bring your friends and family for an enjoyable evening with great music! Concerts are free of charge and everyone is invited! Dickinson Park Bandshell, Newtown.

Thursdays (until 8/27) at 7pm: CHIRP Concert Happenings in Ridgefield’s Parks Ballard Park, Ridgefield.

Thursdays (until 9/3) at 7pm: Summer Concert Series Matthews Park, Norwalk.

Tip: Scroll up to things happening Thursday Sunday. 

Friday, July 31 – Saturday, August 1:

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Saturday at 2pm: Peter Pan Fly with us to Neverland! The Youth CONNection kicks off our new season with the classic musical, made famous by the likes of Mary Martin, Sandy Duncan, and Cathy Rigby. Peter Pan is one of the world’s most celebrated musicals! Here is all the charm of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, the children Wendy, Michael and John, Captain Hook, pirates and Indians, embellished with show-stopping songs, “Never Never Land”, “I Won’t Grow Up” and “I’m Flying”. Fly with Peter and Wendy on a magical adventure to Neverland and back, from the safety of the Darlings’ nursery to the underground home of the Lost Boys, the Indians’ encampment, the Mermaid’s lagoon (home of the ticking crocodile) and the pirate ship captained by the dastardly Captain Hook and his fearsome crew! Peter Pan is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up. $20 per adults, $10 per child. Shelton High School, Shelton.

Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 2pm: Aladdin Jr. All of your favorite characters from the hit Disney film – Aladdin, Jasmine, Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more – are here on stage in Disney’s Aladdin JR.! Join us for a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides! $12 Adults, $10 students. Middletown High School, Middletown.

Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2:

Friday from 5 – 10pm, Saturday from 8am – 10pm and Sunday from 8am – 4pm: 4-H Fair Weekend Durham Fairgrounds, Durham.

Friday from 5 – 11pm, Saturday from 1 – 11pm and Sunday from 1 – 9pm: Italian Festival Authentic Italian food, games, rides, vendors and refreshments. Free admission and parking. Ameriigo Vespucci Lodge, Danbury.

Fridays – Saturdays (until 8/29) at 7:15pm: Concerts on the Green Bring a chair(or rent one of ours) and a picnic and enjoy the show! Click here for more info on the weekly schedule. City Center, Danbury.

Fridays – Saturdays (until 8/8) at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm: An Evening of One-Acts Join us for an entertaining evening of favorites by established authors and local budding playwrights. It’s a limited-run event you won’t want to miss! Adults $18, children 10 and under $10. Town Players’ Little Theatre, Newtown.

Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Mary Poppins Trumbull High School, Trumbull.

Friday, July 31:

Fridays (until 8/28): Free Fun Fridays offers visitors no cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts. Museums include: The Institute of Contempoary Art in Boston, Sandwich Glass Museum in Sandwich, Cape Code Museum of Art in Dennis, Garden in the Woods in Framingham, Wenham Museum in Wenham, American Textile History Museum in Lowell and the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst.

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Friday from 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination 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 three sessions. Michael’s locations.

Friday at 1:15pm: Wild Theater Performance open to the public. Celebrate an epic outdoor wild theater performance from our Two Coyotes theater camp at Sticks and Stones Farm. Puppets, costume, original story and so much more! Sticks and Stones Farm, Newtown.

Friday from 1 – 2pm: Firefly Hike Rangers Martin and Dan will follow the park’s wooded paths looking for glowworms in the leaf litter under the light of the moon. We’ll end the hike with a show by beetles in the Lampyridae family, better known as lightning bugs and fireflies. Fee: $1 per person. Please pre-register. Wear shoes for hiking. Ansonia Nature Center, Ansonia.

Friday from 1 – 3pm: Performance of Elizabeth Keckly Elizabeth Keckly, who was born a slave around 1820 and became a sought-after Washington dressmaker after purchasing her freedom, will be portrayed at the Hempsted Houses by performing artist Tammy Denease on Friday, July 31.  The performance starts at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public. It will be hosted by the site’s youth group and geared to kids. Denease will talk with kids after her performance. Hempsted Houses, New London.

Friday at 5pm: The 27th Annual Children’s Circus Seating is on the lawn, please bring chairs and blankets. Street parking only, please carpool. Raindate: 8/1. Cash only, at the door. $5 for adults, $3 for Students. Spencer School, Middletown.

{Parents Time Out} Fridays (until 8/14) from 6 – 8pm: Cocktails with the Whales Looking for fun after work? Chill out with the coolest crowd in town! Our Arctic Coast belugas play as you mingle to live music and savor our new signature drink and “on the fly” menu. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.

Fridays (until 8/21) from 6 – 8pm (in July) and 5 – 7pm (in August): Summer Concert Series Town Green, Westbrook.

Fridays (until 8/21) from 6 – 9pm: UnWINEd Concert Series Enjoy live music, great wine, great food and the sunset in the vineyards. Picnics and dancing are welcome. Our 2015 Concert Season is complete, take a look and mark your calendars. $14 in advance, $16 the day of. Food available for purchase (cash only) by Mystic Oyster Company and Jessica’s Lobster Shack and others. Priam Vineyard, Colchester.

Fridays (until 8/28) from 6:30 – 8pm: Concerts in the Park Bring a chair or blanket and pinic in the park. Brookfield.

Friday from 6:30 – 8:30pm: Danbury Westerners vs Plymouth Pilgrims Rogers Park, Danbury.

Friday from 6:30 – 8:30pm: Family Dance Night Come as a family and dance the night away with dance classics such as the Cotton Eye Joe, Cha Cha Slide, the Macarena and More! And then we’ll mix it up with the top hits of today! Who’s In? $15 per family. Sparkarts, Bethel.

Friday at 7pm: Get Pop-Cultured: Dr. Seuss Spectacular Join us in our final celebration of Get Pop-Cultured as we celebrate the beloved Dr. Seuss. Fans young and old are welcome, there’s fun to be done! Storytime with craft and activities to follow. Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character!  Select Barnes & Noble locations.

Fridays (until 8/14) at 7pm: Movies in the 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.

Fridays (until 8/28) at 7pm: Cabaret Night Rain location: blue tented pavilion. Calf Pasture Beach; Calfe Mu, Norwalk.

Fridays (until 8/7) from 7 – 9pm: Summer Concert Series Surf Club, Madison.

Friday at 7:15pm: Summer Concert Series With three original Sly and the Family Stone members Jerry Martini, Rose Stone and Cynthia Robinson, the group will perform an explosive set of classics from the 1960s and 1970s: I Want to Take You Higher, Everyday People, Dance to the Music, Hot Fun in the Summertime, Family Affair, Thank You for Lettin’ Me Be Myself Again. Opening act: Blessing Offor, a former Hamden resident and a singer who advanced through several rounds of NBC’s The Voice returns to our stage. In the event of inclement weather, concerts may move to Hamden High School. Town Center Park, Hamden.

Fridays (until 7/31) at 7:30pm: The 27th Annual Summer Concert Series Be sure to bring your blanket, chairs and your favorite food and beverage and enjoy an evening outdoors under the stars with friends and family. 2015 Wolfe Park vehicle parking sticker needed to park in main parking lot. Those without sticker need to park in the overflow lot. Wolfe Park, Monroe.

Friday from 7:30 – 9pm: Friday Family Fun Night: Once Upon a Blue Moon Once upon a blue moon, astrological events align perfectly with our Friday Family Fun Nights here at NCNC! A Blue Moon is what we call the 2nd full moon of a single month. This July, this rare event just so happens to be occurring on a Friday – what better time is there for your entire family can come on down to NCNC to learn all about the wonders of the night sky? Join our Naturalists as we share some of our favorite stories of the stars, before exploring the night sky in search of some of our favorite summer constellations. The sky’s the limit for what we might discover! Come dressed for the night weather & able to be outdoors in the dark for at least 1 hour. Spaces are limited & advanced registration required, so register early! Rain or shine. $15 per family. New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan.

Friday from 7:30 – 10:30pm: Square Dance No Experience Necessary! Singles, Couples, Families; Young & Old; Dance: Children’s, Squares, and Lines. $6 per person, $25 per family. Blue Slope, Franklin.

Friday from 8 – 9pm: 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.

Tip: Scroll up to things happening Thursday – Sunday and/or on Friday and Saturday.

Saturday, August 1 – Sunday, August 2:

Saturday – Sunday: Museums on Us Bank of America Cardholders can get in free to participating museums.

Saturday from 10am – 4pm and Sunday from 12 – 4pm: 9th Annual Danbury Railway Day Train rides hourly from 10:302:30. $10, children under 3 are free. Danbury Railway Museum, Danbury.

Saturday from 11am – 10pm and Sunday from 11am – 8pm: Harbor Point Summerfest Circus, rides, luxury car show all day. DJ Saturday from 59pm and live music from 48pm. $10 Adult, $5 Children (ages 6-12), free children ages 5 and under. Free parking. Harbor Point Road, Stamford.

Saturday – Sunday from 1 – 7pm: Food Truck Affair $15 (ages 13 and over). Children ages 12 and under are free. Rain or shine. North Haven Fairgrounds, North Haven.

Saturdays at 2pm and Sundays at 1pm: Charlotte’s Web Generations of children and parents have enjoyed the book Charlotte’s Web. In this theater 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.

Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays (until 8/16) at 2:30pm: Man of La Mancha The musical tells the story of the “mad” knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. Songs such as All the Same, Dulcinea, I’m Only Thinking of Him, The Impossible Dream, I Really Like Him and Little Bird will stay with you long after the curtain closes. $2530. The Gary-The Olivia Theater, Bethlehem.

Saturdays (until 8/2)at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm: The Addams Family features a story that is every father’s nightmare.  Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents. Warner Theatre, Torrington.

Saturday, August 1:

Saturday from 9 – 11am: Fly Fishing & Fly Casting Fly fisherman and veteran instructor Tim Laughlin is looking forward to introducing you to the art of fly tying. Create your own Wooly Booger, practice your casting techniques, and then spend time fishing in the pond! We will provide the equipment. Space is limited! $20 per non-member family. New Pond Farm, West Redding.

Saturday from 9am – 12pm: Chalkboard Door Hanger Come learn how to make a chalkboard door hanger. Free hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5–12. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Home Depot locations.

Saturday from 9am – 3pm: Fairfield University Antique and Classic Car Show Raindate: 8/2. Fairfield University, Quick Center, Fairfield.

Saturday from 9:30am – 3pm: I Paddle 4 Join us at Downunder Westport to paddle four miles on the Sagatuck River. We can only accept 50 paddlers made up of SUP and Kayak. However if you would like to be part of the event we will be hosting a party following the paddle. The post oaddle party will include food, drinks, raffles and more.  Downunder, Westport.

Saturdays at 10am: Kids Cooking Class Tomatoes are ripe and ready for eating and cooking this summer! Join us and learn to make some delicious dishes that are sure to impress your family. You’ll also learn some fun facts about tomatoes. Suitable for ages 8–13. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

Saturday from 10 – 11:30am: Habitat Hike If you like exploring fields, forests and ponds then this class is for you! Come and discover what types of animals live in different habitats and why. Help us keep track of the sights and sounds around us! Ages 5 and up. $7 per child. Registration is required. Trumbull Nature & Arts Center, Trumbull.

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Saturdays from 10am – 12pm: Kids Club 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, Michaels locations.

Saturday at 11am: If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! Bring in the little ones and enjoy a rousing tale of why it might not be a good idea to bring an alligator to school for show-and-tell! Activities to follow; all ages welcome. Select Barnes & Noble locations.

Saturday from 11am – 12pm: Summer Saturdays A variety of projects will be offered from tin-punching to quill writing vegetable stamping to weaving. Recommended for ages 410. $10 per child for non-members or $25 per family. Wilton Historical Society, Wilton.

Saturday from 11am – 3pm: Annual Green Corn Festival Join the IAIS staff and friends at our Tenth Annual Green Corn Festival as we welcome the first corn of the season with music, food, family, & fun. Come and enjoy fun-filled activities for the whole family including drumming, dancing, crafts, storytelling, powwow style food, arts and crafts for sale, and much more. Held Rain or Shine. $10 per adult, $6 per child. The Institute For American Indian Studies, Washington.

Saturday from 11am – 4pm: Annual Summer Honey Harvest Each summer, beekeepers across the nation harvest honeycomb from their hives and spin the comb so they can bottle and sell the sweet treat. How do they do it? Come see when local beekeepers from the Backyard Beekeepers Association share their secrets. Stop in between 11 AM and 4 PM to see, to help and to taste! Honey and related products will be sold on-site but supplies are limited. $3 per adults, $1.50 per child. National Audubon Society, Greenwich.

Saturday from 11am – 4pm: Arthur & Curious George Come out and join Arthur and Curious George at CPTV Kids Day at the Sunflower Maze. Two of PBS’ favorite characters will help open this year’s Sunflower Maze and will visit with children of all ages at the Apple Barrel starting at 11am. Bring your camera for photos with these lovable and timeless characters. Admission: $10 $5 for ages 412 Free for Children 3 and under. Lyman Orchards, Middletown.

Saturday from 11am – 4pm: The Stonington Village Fair is a regional time-honored tradition drawing thousands annually. The first Village Fair was held on August 14th, 1952 to commemorate the 1814 Battle of Stonington. With the assistance of over 100 volunteers, this popular event brings together community and draws thousands, local and tourist alike, for a fun filled day of games, music, food and crafters. Traditions of the fair include a respite in the garden to enjoy local soups and treats; used book sale featuring hundreds of books; artisan booths selling fine crafts and artisanal goods; live entertainment; silent auction and Treasures & Trifles featuring bargains galore. Wadawanuck Square, Stonington.

Saturday from 12 – 2pm: How to Eat a Rainbow Join Chanel du Pare for this imaginative and delicious nutrition program, which will illustrate the importance of eating fruits and vegetables of every color, every day. Learn how much our food changes from its natural state until it hits the supermarket, and discover how much sugar is really hiding in the processed snacks we eat! Do a bit of harvesting in our gardens and learn to make “scrumptious skewers” of healthy and delicious foods and see if you can identify a carrot before it’s harvested. $15 per non-member child. New Pond Farm, West Redding.

Saturday from 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! Candlewood Yacht Club, New Fairfield.

Saturday from 1 – 2pm: Snakes of Connecticut Meet some of nature’s most important predators up close and personal! Discover how they eat, what’s inside those long, skinny bodies, and how invasive species impact the natives. Ranger Jess will show us some of our indigenous snakes. Free. Please pre-register. Ansonia Nature Center, Ansonia.

Saturday from 1 – 2pm: Join us for “Superheroes, Villains, and Spaceships, Oh My!” by UConn Puppet Arts MFA student Anatar Marmol-Gagne. This show tells a fantastical tale of superheroes, villains, wizards, and space! Admission is $5 for children, $7 for adults. Storrs Campus; Ballard Institute Theater, Storrs.

Saturday from 3 – 5pm: Hike with Us Bear Mountain Reservation is located off Route 37. We will do a moderate hike about 1.7 miles, with lots of sun and shade, and some moderate hills. Hope to see you there. Bring your sunblock and bug spray! We can carpool over to Bear Mountain Reservation in Danbury. Free. Yoga Culture, Danbury.

Saturday from 4 – 8pm: Car Cruise Bring your antique auto, your hotrod and your tractor to Markham Meadows car cruise. Entertainment, food, t-shirts and a great country setting to bring your cooler and enjoy the evening! Markham Meadows Campground, East Hampton.

Saturday at 5pm: The first annual “No Gimmick Music Festival” is part of the WXCI radio “Live at the Ives” Concert Series featuring over 16 of the best unsigned R&B artists in Connecticut, featuring Fred The Godson, Ab.y.ss, Phil Blount, and many more. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door and $5 with student ID. Ives Concert Park, Danbury.

Saturday from 5:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concert Series Warren Woods, Warren.

{Parents Time Out} Saturday at 6pm: Cooking Classes with Executive Chef Kevin Cottle Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort proudly offers cooking classes with Chef Kevin Cottle – an interactive evening of dinner and wine. Chef Cottle prepares an interactive four course meal, demonstrating cooking techniques and sharing recipes. Chef will provide recipe cards to follow along and ask for volunteers to help cook. Cash bar cocktail hour is from 5 – 6pm. This makes a great date night! Advanced reservations required. Space limited to 40 guests. $79. per person. Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort, Middlefield.

Saturday from 7 – 10pm: Films on Foss: Frozen First park in the lots on Wyllys Avenue or on Mt. Vernon Street. Then meet us on Foss Hill at 7pm for a picnic, where local food trucks will be available. Finally at 8:30pm, when the sun is down, the movie starts! Bring your family, picnic blanket, and your favorite reindeer because we’re watching Frozen! Wesleyan University, Middletown.

Saturdays (until 8/29) from 7:30 – 9pm: Outdoor Concert Join us for the first of five outdoor concerts on the bandstand on Saturday evenings. Dress for the weather. Concert will be performed “weather permitting.” We suggest you bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. New Milford Green, New Milford.

Saturdays (until 8/22) at 8:30: Drive-In Movies: Wreck It Ralph Bring your own seating, refreshments and bug spray. River Walk-Veterans’ Memorial Park, Shelton.

Saturdays (until 8/15) at dusk: Family Movie Night Face painting and games from 6 – 8pm. Bring a lawn chair and blanket. Shady Beach, Norwalk.

Tip: Scroll up to things happening Thursday – Sunday and/or on Friday and Saturday.

Sunday, August 2:

Sunday at 8am: Sea Legs Shuffle The 20th annual race features panoramic views of Long Island Sound and serves as the CT 10-Mile Championship. After the race enjoy a post-race party with pasta salad, fruit, bread, live music and much more. Free tech shirt to first 600 registered runners. Guilford Fairgrounds, Guilford.

Sunday from 9am – 3pm: Farm Crawl A Farm Crawl is a way for you to personally experience the best of what Western CT agriculture has to offer directly from the people that are offering it. Participating farms will have their doors open and invite you to visit them on the farm. You can try to visit all the farms in one day, you can pick only the farms of interest to you, or you can pick a few this year knowing that you will visit the rest throught the rest of the season or at next year’s Farm Crawl. On the day of the Farm Crawl you are free to come and go on any of the participating farms. To keep it organized, all farms that offer guided tours will be doing so on the hour, ever hour. Inbetween those “on the hour” tours you are free to travel between farms, do a self-guided tour of the farm, or sit back, relax, and take in the bucolic landscape. Camps Road Farm, Riverbank Farm, Goatboy Soaps, Averill Farm & Orchard Happy Acres, Mountainview Farm, Fort Hill Farm and Wave Hill Breads (Located at Goatboy Soaps) are all participating farms.

Sunday from 10am – 5pm: 17th Annual Walnut Beach Arts & Crafts Festival Activities, live music, food, artisans and artists. Walnut Beach, Milford.

Sundays at 1pm: Technique Class Summer gardens are at their prime in August, offering a wealth of inspiration in the kitchen. Tomatoes are ripe and ready at last, and we’re hungry to use them in everything! Join us for homemade Zucchini, Tomato and Ricotta Herbed Lasagna, plus tomato sauce prepared two ways. Class times vary by store location. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

Sunday from 1 – 3pm: Kids Nature Explore: Treasure Hunt Given a set of instructions and a compass could you find your way to the treasure? Join us and find out! Children will be given a brief lesson on Orienteering and then will have to follow the clues to get to the treasure! Recommended for children 8 and up. James L. Goodwin State Forest, Chaplin.

Sunday at 4pm: Letters From Home aka America’s Bombshell Duo started in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 2010, and is now one of the fastest growing musical groups in the United States. The duo (Erinn Diaz & Serah Haley) sings in harmony and tap dances in their incredibly comedic and moving patriotic performances. The group started at the suggestion of Pat Dearth, a coast guard veteran who loves the 1940’s-style music. With their mission to honor veterans, active military and their families through the music and spirit of the 1940’s, the group has toured in over 20 states. $35-38 per person. The Kate, Old Saybrook.

Sundays (until 8/30) from 5 – 7pm: Summer Concert Series No raindates. Calf Pasture Beach, Norwalk.

Sundays (until 8/9) at 6pm: Summer Concerts Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics. Municipal Center Lawn, Bethel.

Sundays (until 8/30) from 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 5:30pm. Mystic Seaport, Mystic.

Sundays (until 8/23) from 6 – 8pm: Summer Concert Series Madison Town Green, Madison.

Sundays (until 8/30) from 6 – 8pm: Concert on the Green Series Redding Town Green, Redding.

We always provide the links for your convenience and encourage you to check the event listing directly for any changes, re-schedules or typos (we are not robots), before heading out.

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

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