Welcome to the first full week of August! Below we have highlighted what to do over the next 7 days across Connecticut, except Hartford – click here for Hartford happenings! All of the events listed below are one-time events or events that occur for a short run; for summertime events that reoccur with an expiration date, click here, for activities that always run, click here. Check back often as we update daily.
Thursday, August 6 – Saturday, August 8:
5 – 10pm: 48th Annual Italian Festival at the Holy Rosary in Ansonia.
Thursday, August 6 – Sunday, August 9:
Thursday – Sunday: Kent Sidewalk Festival The dog days of August? Not in Kent! If your idea of fun is great sales, fabulous food, toe-tapping tunes and jaw-dropping vintage cars, Kent is the place to be the first weekend of August for the Kent Sidewalk Festival. Sunday, August 9 in 2015, the Festival offers super-sized retail therapy as well as entertainment for the whole family. Special fun for kids will include activities sponsored by Club Getaway, a Kids Carnival sponsored by the Kent Memorial Library and face painting at the Fife ‘n Drum Gift Shop.
Thursday – Friday from 4 – 11pm, Saturday 9am – 11pm and Sunday 9am – 6pm: Potato and Corn Festival Usually corn and potatoes are considered common, some might even say lowly, but on the first weekend of August the residents of North Branford elevate the two starchy staples to extraordinary heights. In its 14th year, the Potato and Corn Festival now brings tens of thousands of visitors over four days to the typically sleepy farm town. Emerging almost overnight in a hay field at the former Augur Farm on Rt. 22 in the middle of town, a midway with rides, dozens of food vendors, craft vendors, potato sack races, corn shucking contests, tractor pulls and a classic car show all appear. Many local and far flung bands perform and a spectacular fireworks display, some say among the best in the state, occurs on Saturday night. And of course, there are baked potatoes and roasted corn.
Thursday from 4:30 – 10:30pm, Friday from 10:45am – 10:30pm, Saturday from 10:45am – 11:30pm and Sunday from 9am – 1:45pm: Bluegrass Music Festival The Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival will celebrate its 19th year with one of its most outstanding line-ups to date. There will be a series of free workshops, traditional crafts, storytelling, jam sessions, open stage band time, and a great variety of food available. We also will offer children’s entertainment and a children’s activity area.
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.
Friday, August 7:
10am – 12pm: Organic Scavenger Hunt Calling all kiddos! Grab your caregiver and come on down for a fun scavenger hunt. Stop by Customer Service to pick up your scavenger hunt sheet, hunt down the items, and then hand in your sheet at Customer Service to receive your prize. Whole Foods, Danbury.
10am – 5pm: National Lighthouse Day Come celebrate National Lighthouse Day at EverWonder! Ben’s Lighthouse will be making lighthouses in the EverWonder classroom. EverWonder Children’s Museum, Newtown.
5pm: Lobsterfest Live music, margarita tent, hay rides, petting zoo and much more. All Proceeds Benefit the Children and Programs of Torrington PAL. Action Wildlife, Goshen.
6 – 8pm: Mr. Bungles Balloon Art & Juggling Have fun with Mr. Bungles learning hot to juggle and make balloon animals during this new drop off class! Class includes jugglin instruction, balloon art class, bag of balloons and balloon pump to keep for practice at home, snack and bounce time. $35 per child per class. Ages 5 and up. Pump It Up, Norwalk.
7 – 8pm: Chris Rowlands: Puppeteer and Singer Come see Chris, who’s famous for getting everyone involved. He brings animals to life through his music, comedy, puppets, and colorful props. Sing along as he shares his songs about animals and their environment. Please register for this free interactive presentation. Ansonia Nature Center, Ansonia.
Friday, August 7 – Saturday, August 8:
Friday at 7:05pm, Saturday at 6:05pm: Lancaster Barnstormers at Bridgeport Bluefish Friday promotion: The Ecto -1A vehicle from Ghostbusters will be on display at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. The Connecticut Ghostbusters will be in attendance. Fans will have a chance to take pictures, and players will wear Ghostbusters Specialty Jerseys to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
7:15pm: Annie Get Your Gun “There’s no Business Like Show Business,” especially if you are part of the travelling Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Watch what happens when the show comes in to Cincinnati, Ohio and Frank Butler and Annie Oakley go head to head to figure out who is the best shot! Annie knows that “You Can’t Get a Man With a Gun,” but she’s just “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly.” When Annie tests out show business the competition is high and the excitement is even greater, she knows that “Anything You Can Do, She Can Do Better.” Join us as this Wild West show comes through Musicals at Richter, “They Say it’s Wonderful!” Tickets $20 for adults, $10 children. Musicals at Richter, Danbury.
Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9:
Friday from 5 – 8pm, Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 10am – 12pm: The Rose Algrant Art Show 15% of the show’s proceeds will go to the Cornwall food and fuel Bank. Cornwall Consolidated School, Cornwall.
Friday 6 – 10pm, Saturday 8:30am – 11pm and Sunday from 9am – 9pm: Lebanon County Fair Adults $10, Children and actived, retiured or diabled military are free. Lebanon Lions Club Faigrounds, Lebanon.
Friday – Saturday at 7pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 12pm and 5pm: Disney’s the Lion King Jr. Newtown High School, Newtown.
Friday from 7:30 – 10:30pm, Saturday from 12 – 10:30pm, Sunday from 12 – 7pm: Litchfield Jazz Festival Goshen Fairgrounds, Goshen.
Saturday, August 8 – Sunday, August 9:
Saturdays at 10am and Sundays at 11am: 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.
Saturday from 10am – 6pm and Sunday from 10am – 5pm: Mystic Outdoor Art Festival The oldest festival of its kind in the Northeast, the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival attracts more than 85,000 people from New England and other areas of the country to our region during this two day event. As a juried art show, the festival attracts an audience of discriminating art enthusiasts who plan on purchasing both fine art and crafts from our 270 artists and artisans. The festival showcases more than 100,000 diverse pieces of oils, watercolors, photographs, pastels,sculpture, acrylics and more over two miles of art in the heart of Historic Downtown Mystic. The event is free of charge to the public and there are activities for all ages, including a Children’s Art Park. Area nonprofit organizations offer food and drink for sale to raise money for their organizations, making this a great community event.
Saturday at 12pm and Sunday at 11am: Cinderella Our tale is introduced by Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother as we follow one girl’s journey of kindness, courage, and self-empowerment that eventually enables her to become a benevolent leader in her kingdom. This fun witty new adaptation of this great tale, with larger than life characters, new contemporaray songs and audience participation. A great summer theatre experience for all. The Summer Theatre of New Canaan, New Canaan.
Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm: 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 munchkins 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.
Saturday, August 8:
8am: Ace of a Race A morning filled with excersize, fun and for a great cause! $25 for 5K race, $10 for 1 Mile Race. Tarrywile Park, Danbury.
9:30 – 11am: Second Sunday Hike Hit the trails for Sunday morning hiking fun! A great way to learn trails and a bit of natural history, too. These 1.5 hour guided hikes move along at a moderate pace and include brief stops to observe nature and take photos along the way. Meet before 9:30 am, in front of the Kimberlin Nature Education Center at Audubon Greenwich. All ages are welcome but hikes might be most suitable for energetic children 7 years & older. Audubon, Greenwich.
10am: Kids Cooking Class Fresh Pasta & Pesto It’s lots of fun to create homemade pasta. We’ll make the dough and roll it out with a hand-cranked machine. You’ll also watch us make dough in a machine that mixes and extrudes the pasta for you. Then we’ll whip up some basil pesto in a food processor. Finally, we’ll toss the cooked pasta with the pesto and eat. Super-simple and yummy! Suitable for ages 8–13. Suitable for ages 5 – 13. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.
10am: Hulk’s Tank Our “Marvel Avengers Assemble” Summer continues this week with Hulk’s Tank. Register your child and they can build this awesome project! Watch the Animated Series Sunday Mornings on Disney XD! Lowe’s Home Improvement locations.
10am – 12pm: Kids Club: Duck Tape Pencil Pouch Drop in and take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up. Michaels locations.
11am: The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School Storytime When a class leaves for recess, their just-baked Gingerbread Man is left behind. But he’s a smart cookie! Join us for our special hero Storytime featuring The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School. Barnes & Noble locations.
11am – 3pm: Healthy Summer Eating Tasting Event Join our team members for this fun storewide tasting where we will focus on healthy ideas for hot summer days to get you out of the kitchen quick! Whole Foods, Danbury.
11am – 3pm: SoNo Day Out Come join members of the Norwalk Department of Police Service and our community partners at SoNo Day Out at Ryan Park.
12 – 6pm: Graham Day Skate Festival Come and enjoy skating, music, and more at this free annual event held at the Graham Dickinson SPIRIT Skate Park. This festival is a tribute to Graham, a Ridgefielder who pioneered the building of the skate park. Rain date: Sunday, August 9.
1pm: 4th Annual Westside Reggae Festival $25-35 per ticket. Children 3 and under are free on the lawn only. Ives Concert Park, Danbury.
2 – 4pm: Herbs for Hearth & Health Learn about the importance of herbs in an 18th century household for both food & medicine, & how you can still use them in your own home today with foodways historian Leslie Evans of Groton. Admission is $15. Reservations required. Hempsted House, New London.
6pm: Night at the Museum Participants should register at the Lock Museum by 5:45pm. At 6pmTom Vaughn will lead a “Clocks and Locks” walking tour to the historic cemetery on South Main Street where famous clockmakers Eli Terry, Eli Terry, Jr., Hiram Welton are buried, as well as James Terry, owner of the Eagle Lock Company. From there we will walk to the newly refurbished Eli Terry, Jr. Waterwheel. The tour ends at the Lock Museum around 7:30, where participants can explore the exhibits and have refreshments. There will also be a scavenger hunt for kids with prizes. The event costs $5 for adults, which includes admission to the Lock Museum. Children under 18 are free. The Lock Museum, Terryville.
8pm: A Night of Comedy Headliners An uproarious night of comedy with husband and wife Rich Vos and Bonnie McFarlane! Best known from “Opie and Anthony” and NBC’s hit reality show “Last Comic Standing,” Vos pulls no punches with his unique, no-holds-barred perspective on relationships, divorce and parenthood. McFarlane, also a standout on “Last Comic Standing” has appeared on HBO specials, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.” This duo’s off-the-cuff style will appeal to all audiences! Jim Florentine is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, comedian, voice artist, and performer, who is currently co-hosting VH1 Classic’s hit heavy metal talk show series “That Metal Show” alongside Eddie Trunk and now label-mate Don Jamieson. Jim Florentine is best known for his work on Comedy Central’s show Crank Yankers. $37 per ticket. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield.
8 – 9pm: Rocks in Space Come to Ansonia’s darkest location for some unusual night sky viewing with Bob Carruthers and the New Haven Astronomical Society. In addition to a chance to see the annual meteor showers (and touch a real meteor!), lunar rays—glass ejecta from the moon’s meteor craters—and Saturn will be visible if we have clear skies. Telescopes will be available. Meet at picnic pavilion #2. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Please register in advance. Ansonia Nature Center, Ansonia.
8:30 – 10pm: Summer Astronomy Saturn is well positioned in the sky and its rings are at their widest angle to our earth which should provide some spectacular viewing. The International Space Station will streak across the northern sky around 8:50 PM. In the summer, to the south, we can view the center of the Milky Way which is rich in gaseous nebulae to be viewed. A portion of the Milky Way should also be viewable to the naked eye. Participants should bring insect repellant and a flashlight for the walk from the parking area to the observatory, you may also want to bring lawn chairs and binoculars. $6 per person, with a maximum of $24 per family for non-members. Registration is required. New Pond Farm, Redding.
Sunday, August 9:
12 – 5pm: Shoreline Jewish Festival Artists and artisans will be selling a variety of Judaica, jewelry, art and unique Israeli products. Books, videos and games of Jewish interest will be available for sale. Festival-goers will be able to choose from delicious kosher fair favorites. Kids will enjoy inflatable slides, obstacle course and a variety of Jewish-themed arts and crafts projects. At 12 -1:45pm: Mr. Shabbos plays a unique mix of Jewish and biblical lyrics with country, bluegrass, rockabilly music. For the young—and the young at heart—Mr. Shabbos leads an interactive sing-along show that is guaranteed to get everyone up on their feet and dancing. At 2 – 3:30pm: Lazer Lloyd Blumen played in local bands during his youth in Madison, CT. Now Israel’s most acclaimed blues guitarist, his latest album “Lazer Lloyd” is on top of the US Blues charts and his single “Burning Thunder” is now #1. He reunites with former Shoreline band members to perform both acoustic and electric blues, as well as his unique approach to traditional Hassidic tunes and Middle Eastern melodies. At 3:45 – 5pm: Zev & The Klezmen are a four-piece band from West Hartford specializing in klezmer music and popular Jewish favorites. Walter ‘Zev’ Mamlok, the group’s clarinetist, and his talented musicians play a rich and lively mix of music that laughs and cries, dances, soars and dives to reach the hearts and souls of their audience. Guilford Green, Guilford.
1pm: Technique Class: Pairing Fresh Pasta with Sauces It’s easier than you might imagine to make fresh pasta at home. We’ll demonstrate everything, from preparing the dough to rolling it through a hand-cranked machine and showcase techniques for pasta extruding as well. Then we’ll create some simple sauces. Take home smart shortcuts for getting a pasta supper on the table even when time is short. Class times vary by store location. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.
1 – 3pm: Bee Hotels Butterflies, bees and pollinators need homes too! Learn about the importance of pollinators on a walk to the meadow, and then make a bee hotel out of natural materials to take home. These simple crafts provide an important shelter for the hardworking pollinators that live in our fields and forests. Ages 6-16. $10 per non-member. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.
1 – 3pm: Community Free Day: Button Mosaics Join stained glass artist Sara Segovia for a tour of the Museum’s extensive collection of buttons. Afterwards create a button mosaic from a variety of buttons and tiles in the Studio. Children 6-12. Free admission all day. The Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury.
Monday, August 10 – Sunday, August 16:
National Puppetry Festival The National Puppetry Festival of the Puppeteers of America will be celebrated at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. The Festival will include more than 20 national and international performances, 30 professional workshops and master classes, 6 exhibitions, a parade, outdoor spectacles and many unanticipated events across the UConn campus and in Storrs Center.
Monday, August 10:
6 – 8pm: Holistic Moms Network: Back to School Whether your children attend a traditional school, alternative school or homeschool, we want to share our best tips for a wonderful year. We will talk rhythm, healthy lunches, immunity boosting and so much more! Bring your favorite lunch recipes to share with the group. Everyone will have a chance to swap and copy them to take home! Family Wellness Center, Middletown.
Tuesday, August 11:
9:30 – 11am: Toddler, Trails, & Tales Center volunteer and dad of two, Nick Beams, will entertain your toddlers with stories, activities and fun along our trails. Wear clothes and boots appropriate for cold weather. All children must be accompanied by an adult. $5 non-members. Center at Pomfret, Pomfret Center.
10am – 5pm: Lighthouse Sun Catchers Calling all scientists and artists! Come check out EverWonder’s new Art Lab activities. From Tuesday, August 11th to Sunday, September 20th, Lighthouse Sun Catchers will be running in the Yellow Art Lab. EverWonder Children’s Museum, Newtown.
6:30 – 8:30pm: Free Intro Class: Jewelry Combine natural materials with a pop of color and a bit of bling to make this stylish wrapped cord necklace. Michael’s locations.
7:30pm: Twilight Tuesdays Join us for four relaxing evenings of music under the stars! Connecticut Harp Circle This concert opens with Connecticut Harp Circle, founded by NMS faculty member Haley Hewitt, to bring harp players together in a relaxed, informal setting. They have prepared a special program of old music from around the world. Concerts will take place in the Park of the Arts, behind Neighborhood Music School. Rain or shine! Neighborhood Music School, New Haven.
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