August 12 – 18

Welcome to the second 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.

Wednesday – Sunday:

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.

Wednesday, August 12:

10am – 2pm: Women in Science Day This day will feature Mystic Aquarium’s very own women scientists, researchers, and animal trainers and will showcase the amazing work that they do. Each scientist will staff a station with information and hands-on activities about her work.  Talk to our scientists and discover what it’s like to be an aquarium veterinarian or a penguin researcher. Explore different career options in the science fields, learn about the pathways each woman scientist took to get to where she is now, and what real world impacts they are having on their fields. Free with regular admission; no registration required. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.

2:30 – 4:30pm: Little Yogis Adventure Scavenger Hunt Drop your little ones off for a two hour yoga adventure and scavenger hunt through our three studio rooms. We’re never too young to learn mindfulness techniques. Each aspect of the scavenger hunt will include instruction and a mindfulness tool that even our littles yogis can take with them. Hidden will be mini mala beads, mandala coloring sheets, eye pillows, and other fun tools. Throughout the search, Sage will lead the kids through a yoga story adventure, we’ll play yoga games, and learn about the things we find. Pre registration is required. $30 per child. Dew Yoga, Stamford.

Thursday, August 13 – Sunday, August 16:

Thursday – Friday at 7:05pm, Saturday at 6:05pm, Sunday at 5:35pm: York Revolution at Bridgeport Bluefish Sunday promotion: Bluefish will remember the legendary Elvis Presley on the anniversary of his passing with a performance by an Elvis Impersonator. Bring your dogs out to The Ballpark at Harbor Yard for Bark in the Park.

Thursday, August 13:

5:30 – 8pm: Beachcomber Night, an evening of shopping and entertainment in downtown Madison. For only $10 per person, you’ll enjoy great music, wine & beer samplings, and, to quench your hunger, purchase a variety of delicious food samplings. Check-in tables to purchase your admission wristband will be located at every beverage tasting table, or simply pre-purchase one here. We hope you can join us for this fun evening and support this great cause. A portion of the proceeds benefit Madison resident Kyle Connors, who has recently been diagnosed with ALS. To learn more about Kyle, please click here.

Friday, August 14 – Saturday, August 15:

Friday at 6pm, Saturday at 2pm and 6pm: Aladdin Jr. Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail! The narrators enter to set the scene (“Arabian Nights”). At the palace gates, townspeople eagerly await the arrival of the royal family — for at long last, today is the day they will learn who Princess Jasmine’s future husband will be! Among the “red carpet”-like atmosphere, we catch a glimpse of our hero, Aladdin, as well as the nefarious Grand Vizier, Jafar, and his conniving parrot, Iago. Ah! Here comes the royal family! The Sultan begins to parade his perspective princes for his daughter, Jasmine, much to the crowd’s delight. Jasmine tells her father that she doesn’t want to marry any of these men. She wants to be the one deciding who she marries and when. The Sultan reminds her that the “law is the law,” and the law says she must marry a prince…by tomorrow. Approximate running time is 60 minutes. Warner Theatre, Torrington.

Friday, August 14:

11am – 1pm: Once Upon a Author The Narayan sisters, Sushimita and Himani, will be coming in to do a reading and interactive workshop for their book, Happy Celebrations! The authors will have an interactive session with the kids where they’ll read the story from their book, share their old artworks, and help them get started with their own stories. Included with the cost of admission. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk.

6 – 7:30pm: Hermann’s Royal Lipizzan Stallions The Herrmann family, breeders and trainers of the famed Lipizzan horse, demonstrate the highest levels of horsemanship in three shows. These stallions are among the last horses capable of executing the “Airs Above the Ground” maneuvers, dramatic leaps and plunges that were developed as aggressive battle maneuvers in the sixteenth century, and are now among the most beautiful displays of equine grace and strength. Please bring seating. $12-15 nonmembers/$10-12 children (6 to 12 years old). Roseland Cottage, Woodstock.

6:30pm: Family Movie Night: Hoot is a film about three middle school children who try to save a burrowing owl habitat from being bulldozed by a developer who intends to turn the site into a pancake house. The children successfully protect the owl habitat, making this a great movie to prove the point that children can make a difference. Jimmy Buffett fans will be pleased to learn that he composed the soundtrack for Hoot. The movie is free; you can buy popcorn and lemonade for $1. Please register. Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center, Ansonia.

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.

Saturday, August 15 – Sunday, August 16:

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Saturday from 12 – 7pm and Sunday from 12 – 6pm: The 9th Annual Shoreline Winefest will celebrate fine wines from Connecticut Wineries and Vineyards from all over the state, all offering their fine wines that range from grape wines to fruit wines. Pair this with some of the area’s finest foods, with the backdrop setting of a beautiful farm orchard and background sounds of tasteful music to put you in the mood. This two day festival is a ticketed event that affords you the opportunity to taste the wines from all of the wineries, enjoy a tour of the Bishop’s Orchards Winery, numerous wine seminars given by local wine experts, live music and entertainment, and a chance to visit with local vendors and artisans. Food offered at the event is an additional charge. Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford. $35 per person plus tax. Designated drivers are $10 plus tax.

11am, 12:30pm and 2pm: Passengers from the Past Mark Twain, one of Connecticut’s most famous residents, will visit the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat to do what he does best – entertain crowds with storytelling and humor. Often called “the father of American literature,” Mark Twain is best known for his novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He is also a celebrity humorist and will be sure to share many, many stories with fellow passengers. Always with a smile, always with wit, Mr. Twain makes “Passengers from the Past” experience fun and exciting. A tip for your ride aboard the Becky Thatcher riverboat: be sure to ask Mr. Twain about the Tom Sawyer character the riverboat is named after. Essex Steam Train & Riverboat Ride, Essex.

Saturday, August 15:

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7 – 11am24th Annual Steeple Chase Bike Tour Fund-Raiser  There are five different scenic rides you can choose from, all starting at the Eastern Connecticut State University Athletic Complex on Mansfield City Road in Mansfield, Connecticut. Or you can choose to participate in a 5-mile walk that is new to the Steeple Chase event for 2015! Registration opens at 7am. 100 and 62.5 mile cyclists must be out before 8:30am, 50 mile cyclists out by 9:30am and 35, and 20 mile cyclists out by 10:30am. 5 mile walkers can go out up until 11am. The event will take place, rain or shine. Eastern CT State University, Mansfield.

9am: 18th Annual Snap Fitness Bluefish 5K Road Race Race day registration begins at 7am. $40 per runner. Free parking is available at The Joel School and Peters Complex on Glenwood Road, less than one mile from the Eliot School race site. Free shuttle buses will run continuously from 7 a.m. until 8:45 when registration closes. Buses will run again following the race. Music will be provided by disc jockey Anthony Buzzeo and Sounds by DJ Buzz. Jared Eliot Middle School, Clinton.

10 – 11:30am: Open House for the Waldorf inspired kindergarten and parent/child classes at the Clover Hill School in Norwalk.

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10am – 12pm: Kids Club: Perler Backpack Dangler They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included.

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10am – 12pm: Kidgits Back to School There will be fun DIY activities, arts & crafts, games, a moonbounce, a movie, and so much more! Local businesses: Kids Quest from Mohegan Sun, Yankee Candle, and JCPenny Portrait Studio will be participating at the event with exciting activities for Kidgits members. Not already a Kidgits member? Sign-up online anytime for just $5, at Guest Services, or at any event for a whole year! Crystal Mall; Old Navy Court, Waterford.

10am – 3pm: Saltwater Fishing Day Fishing, crabbing, fish activities, fish catchiong strategies and more. Free. Fort Trumbull State Park, New London.

10am – 4pm: Peach Fest Join us as we celebrate our homegrown Peaches and Nectarines with a day of delicious family fun!  We’ll have lots of great activities for the whole family, Lyman’s luscious and juicy peaches, and sweet treats from the Apple Barrel. Come out and enjoy the sounds of Middlefield’s own Monthei Brothers Band. Joe and John were inducted into the Connecticut Country Music Association Hall of Fame and we’re thrilled to have them play at Peach Fest. More fun activities include Breakfast on the Deck, fruit picking in the orchard, complementary food tastings and demos, pie eating contests, pony rides, and interactive activities for children throughout the day. Lyman Orchards, Middlefield.

10am – 6pm: 41st Annual Milford Oyster Festival This year we will have 35,000 oysters and 19 varieties from 8 states on the East Coast. Try one of each! Free admission.

11am – 6pm: Smorgasbord on Pine Creek Live music, vendors and local retail shops, food and dessert trucks, beer and wine tastings, fun for kids and more. Free admission. Scandanavian Club, Fairfield.

12pm: Shakespeare on the Green: The Tempest Audiences of all ages will revel in the circus-like atmosphere created  by Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s young artists in our 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s enchanting tale of a magical island full of monsters and fairies. When a storm washes his royal enemies ashore, Prospero has a chance to take his revenge—or will he conjure a happy ending instead? Perfect for the whole family! Green Expo runs from 12 – 2pm and the performance starts at 2pm. Tickets are free; limited first come first served basis. Tickets will be held until 1pm the day of the event. Please call the box office to reserve your tickets at (203) 438-5795. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield.

12pm: 1st Annual Zucchini Car Race Bring your own zucchini or buy one at Market…if your competitors haven’t beaten you to it. We will provide toothpicks for axles and veggies for wheels (or bring your own, veggie or not). Your creativity is welcome! Entrance fee is a $5 donation to the Goshen Farmers Market. Goshen Farmers Market, Goshen.

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1pm: Kaleidoscope Theatre: Pinocchio Kaleidoscope Children’s Theater returns to the Kate! An amazing series of adventures awaits Pinocchio in his quest to become a real boy. Will he take the Blue Fairy’s advice and listen to the smart little cricket? Or will he end up as a donkey on the Isle of Joy? Come and find out! It’s a show the whole family will enjoy, no strings attached! $16 Adults, $10 Children 12 and under. The Kate, Old Saybrook.

1 – 2pm: Amazing World of Arthropods with James Tully Meet some of James’s amazing arthropods. He will teach us all about animals that have an external skeleton (called an exoskeleton), segmented bodies, and jointed legs. Come up close to real live scorpions, tarantulas, and our resident Walking Sticks. Please call to register for this free event. Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center, Ansonia.

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1 – 4pm: Fun Family Craft Time: Activity Chart Make a customizable family activity chart to help keep your kids on track. $7 per project, supplies included. Michaels locations.

2pm: Around the World: Performance Series Anne Pasquale: Living History: Liberty Belles – Inspired by her own grandmother’s tales, Anne’s program is based on the stories of female immigrants from many cultures. She uses these stories, as well as songs, to explore this nation’s cultural diversity and common heritage. Included with the cost of admission. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk.

5pm: Interactive dinner with Executive Chef Kevin Cottle Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort proudly offers cooking classes with Chef Kevin Cottle – an interactive evening of dinner & beer. Chef Cottle prepares an interactive five course meal, demonstrating cooking techniques and sharing recipes. Chef will provide recipe cards to follow along and ask for volunteers to help cook. This makes a great date night! The multi-course event on Aug. 15 will be a special Chef Kevin Cottle menu featuring beer tastings from Two Roads Brewery. Special guest speakers Clem Pellani founder of Two Roads Brewery and Brew Master Andrew Godiksen. Anthony and Ray – an acoustic duo from the band The Locomotives – will be playing at the event. The duo plays music from the 60s and 70s including tunes from Jim Croce, JJ Cale, The Monkeys, Mama and the Papas, Van Morrison, Paul Simon and many more. Cash bar opens at 5pm, event starts at 6pm. Advanced reservations required. Space limited to 40 guests. $79. per person.

5:30pm: Festival Cubano Featuring Chuchito Valdés Quartet Don’t miss a night of Live Cuban Jazz at The Ridgefield Playhouse featuring the heir to the Cuban piano dynasty Chuchito Valdés and his Latin Quartet. In the lobby before the show enjoy a wine tasting, Cuban food tastings with Babaloo Rum tastings and artwork by Cuban artists courtesy of DiscoveriesInArt.com and collector Terri and Steven Certilman starting at 5:30 p.m. Specialty Rum cocktails, Cuban inspired food and more at this special night celebrating all things Cuban! Tickets: $35. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridegfield.

6 – 8pm: Wine Tasting Each room of the Homestead has inspired a wine and appetizer pairing. Taste six local wines with appetizers in each room. Reservations required. $25 per person, $45 per couple. Nathan Hale Homestead, Coventry.

6 – 9pm: Food Truck Festival Choose your favorite food truck, grabbed and order and go! Pick a spot and enjoy live music along the beautiful New London waterfront. 6pm Music by: Jay Dempsey Band performs at the City Pier stage! Free kids activities: face painting, balloon animals. kids can color a large chalk drawing on the Waterfront sponsored by Studio A. Downtown New London, New London.

7pm: August Family Overnight Ever wonder what the aquarium’s animals do at night? Bring your sleeping bag, pillow and a flashlight for a family overnight adventure in an underwater world to find out. Tour the exhibits, enjoy snacks and get a great view of the beluga whales. Then pick a place to sleep next to the circling sharks, beautiful clownfish or even the elusive octopus. A continental breakfast is provided after a night of excitement and wonder. Children must be accompanied by a paid adult and crafts and activities are geared toward children ages 5 to 12. (Children must be at least 5 years old to participate.)$Adults $60, children $50. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.

Sunday, August 16 – Saturday, August 22:

CT Tax Free Week for clothing and footwear less than $100.

Sunday, August 16:

10am – 4pm: Meet a Lighthouse Keeper Interact with a costumed interpreter as he describes the life of a 19th-century lighthouse keeper at Faulkner’s Light. Included with admission. Henry Whitfield State Museum, Guilford.

11am – 3pm: Kidologie Goes Back to School Celebrate the coming of fall and upcoming school year by attending the 4th Annual Kidologie Goes Back to School at the Westfield Trumbull Mall. Annually held on the first day of tax-free week, this Kidologie event brings together under one roof kid-friendly businesses offering information on social, recreational, cultural, and educational activities and programs to assist families plan their fall and winter schedule. The fun packed and educational event attracts more than 35 local and regional exhibitors. This unique event includes a lot of free stuff, including free admission for all, free continuous entertainment by leading area performers, free hands-on activities for children, free signature goody bags for families, free giveaways with products, discounts and other gifts, and an opportunity to win a the grand prize all-inclusive family vacation to Woodloch Resort. Westfield Mall, Trumbull.

1pm: Technique Class: Focaccia Making with Oil and Vinegar Tasting Learn how to make the classic Italian flatbread known as focaccia. Then we’ll dip the freshly baked bread into an assortment of oils and vinegars—a simple but amazing combination. Class times vary by store location. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

1 – 3pm: Tomato Tasting + Family Fun Enjoy an epicurean afternoon at Ambler Farm while tasting and learning about a variety of fresh heirloom, hybrid and “garden variety” tomatoes. Bring the largest tomato from your home garden and the attendee with the largest one will receive a prize! Farmer Jonathan will also take us on a tour of the bountiful Ambler Farm production garden. We will have a tomato cooking and recipe demonstration on making tomato jam, as well as lawn games including horseshoes and corn hole. We also encourage you to bring a tomato-based dish for sharing at the event (if you plan to participate, please email us the recipe in advance and bring a copy on August 16th). Bring your own picnic and blankets or chairs. Cost: $20 per family. Register online. Walk-ins welcome. Rain or Shine. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ambler Farm, Wilton.

1 – 4pm: Madagascar Family Day Fun family activities for all ages and a performance by Erik’s Reptile Edventures at 2:00 pm. See live reptiles and amphibians from Madagascar and learn about their adaptations and the role they play in rainforest ecology and Malagasy culture. Free with Museum admission. Bruce Museum, Greenwich.

2pm: SteveSongs Connecticut’s Own Mr. Steve, host of PBS Kids, brings his entertaining, interactive and educational musical journey back to the Apple Barrel. Bring a chair or blanket to the Apple Barrel tent and enjoy a great day with the family. Steve blends participatory songs, clever stories and great melodies that really gets the crowd jumping — from exuberant children flocking towards the stage, to the moms bouncing babies with the beat, to the parents and grandparents singing and grooving along. The concert is free! Lyman Orchards, Middlefield.

2 – 3pm: Dreamcatch Workshop Come to hear the history and legend of Native American dreamcatchers. Join historical interpreter Daniel Bosques to construct your own dreamcatcher out of materials found in nature. Please call to register. Materials Fee: $3. Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center, Ansonia.

Monday, August 17:

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Steak Out for Charity at Sedona Taphouse Sedona Taphouse is proudly supporting Stepping Stones Museum for Children. On four different Mondays, Sedona Taphouse customers can receive a Black Angus Flat Iron Steak for a special price of $10.00. On each Monday, Sedona Taphouse will donate $5 of the proceeds from every Black Angus Flat Iron Steak sold to our award-winning children’s museum. Offer is for dine-in only. Offer is available for Lunch or Dinner. Sedona Taphouse, Norwalk.

Tuesday, August 18:

6 – 8pm: Meet & Greet Curious George Westfield Mall, Trumbull.

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.

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