July 27 – 30

Thursday, July 27th:

Happy National Crème Brûlée Day, National Chili Dog Day and National Scotch Day! And we are not talking about the Scotch in Hop Scotch!  

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11am – 3:30pm: Birthday Party Express It’s our birthday and cupcakes are on us! The first 300 kids 12 and under get a birthday gift and cupcake on us! In addition, entertainment available all day at River Valley Junction. Sunny Train will be performing half-hour shows at noon, 1:30, 3:00 and 4:00. Make our special day yours, too, with a memory to last a lifetime! Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

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{Reoccurs) 5pm: Alive@Five Outdoor Concert Series at Columbus Park in Stamford (runs until August 10th)


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{Reoccurs} 6 – 8pm: Summer SoundWaves: Terrapin Concert Series at Esker Point Beach in Groton (runs until 8/3 with 8/10 and 8/17 held as rain dates)

{Reoccurs} 6 – 8pm: Summer Concert Series: Billy Pilgrim in Colchester (runs until 8/3)

{Reoccurs} 6:30pm: Branford Jazz on the Green: The Recess Bureau (runs until 8/24)

{Reoccurs} 6:30pm: Summer Concert Series: The 5 O’Clocks at Sherman Green Gazebo in Fairfield (runs until 8/17)

{Reoccurs} 6:30pm: Sock Hop: Bill Rinoski at Ocean Beach Park in New London (runs until 8/17)

{Reoccurs} 6:30 – 8pm: Summer Concerts on the Square: Tuesday Saints in Mansfield (runs until 7/27)

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{Reoccurs} 7pm: CHIRP Concert Parks: Alexis P. Suter Ministers of Sound at Ballard Park in Ridgefield (runs until Labor Day)

7 – 9pm: Erik Ofgang Discovers Gillette Castle During his career as an actor, William Gillette portrayed world-renowned character Sherlock Holmes in more than 1,300 performances. His career as a playwright and actor afforded him the opportunity to purchase a 184-acre estate, where he also built a twenty-four-room medieval-style castle. Overlooking the Connecticut River, Gillette’s castle was complete with spy mirrors, sliding furniture, hidden rooms and a three-mile quarter-scale railroad. Since becoming a state park in 1943, it has evolved into one of Connecticut’s most popular tourist attractions. Writer and award-winning journalist Erik Ofgang examines the history of an iconic structure and Gillette’s life and role in the evolution of Sherlock Holmes. Byrd’s Books, Bethel

{Reoccurs} 7:30 – 9:30pm: Waveny Summer Concert Series: The Royal Kings in New Canaan (runs until 8/30) 

8:45pm: Free Outdoor Movie Night: Finding Dory in Harwington

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Thursday, July 27th – Saturday, July 29th

Thursday/Friday at 6pm, Saturday at 5pm: Vernon’s 9th Annual “Summer Days” Carnival

Evening of art, wine and jazz weekend at the Ridgefield Playhouse. 7.27 to 7.29 2017

Thursday, July 27th – Sunday, July 30th

West Side Story


Friday, July 28th:

Happy National Milk Chocolate Day and National Talk in an Elevator Day! 


{Reoccurs} 11am – 2pm: Storytelling Hour at The Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington (runs every Friday in July)

National Dance Day Flyer and Schedule

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{Reoccurs} 6 – 8pm (July) 5-7pm (August): Summer Concert Series: Bad Moon Risin at Westbrook Town Green (runs until 8/25)

{Reoccurs} 6 – 8:30pm: Friday Night Concerts: Music By Leslie Costa & The Usual Suspects at Grove Street Plaza in Darien (runs until 9/15)

{Reoccurs} 6 – 9pm: Summer UnWINEd Concert Series: Frank Viele Band at Priam Vineyard in Colchester (runs until August 18th)

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{Reoccurs} 7pm: Friday Nights Music: Whiskey, Wine and Coke at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk (runs until 9/8)

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{Reoccurs} 7pm: Summer Concerts on the Green Music Series: Gratefully Yours in Danbury (runs until 8/26 – raindate 8/27)

7 – 8:30pm: Reptiles of the World Join our Naturalists for a trip around the world to meet some really radical reptiles! Learn about what makes some of the oldest living animals on the planet so cool: where they live, what they eat, and what makes them so unique. Engage in the hands-on exploration of real reptile artifacts and get the chance to meet lizards, turtles, snakes, and more! Rain or shine. Register in advance as space is limited. $15 per person. New Canaan Nature Center

7 – 9pm: Midsummer Free Concert 2017: Nick Anderson and the Shady Creek Band This year, Nick Anderson and Shady Creek Band bring traditional bluegrass music with a healthy serving of that “high lonesome sound” to the banks of the Lieutenant River. With high-energy picking and soulful duet, trio, and quartet harmonies, the band will have you dancing in your seat. The free concert is always a favorite and makes for a picnic-perfect summer evening. Florence Griswold, Old Lyme

7 – 9pm: Gone Fishin’ The following listings are demonstration classes for a maximum of 6 people. Participants sit around the kitchen island and watch while I cook and explain the process for each dish. Tasting portions of each dish are served as they are finished. Wine, water, and seltzer are provided and everyone goes home with recipe packets with full color photos or illustrations. Chop Shop, Westport

7 – 9:30pm: Seals on the Rocks Join us for our annual Seals on the Rocks fundraiser event in support of Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program. Enjoy a summer evening of fun, food and live entertainment – all for an amazing cause! This year’s theme of Tapas ‘n’ Taps is sure to please. Enjoy a delicious selection of tapas and delightful array of beer while dancing to live music by The Dirty Dottys. Advanced tickets $25, at the gate $30. Must be 21+ to attend. Mystic Aquarium

{Reoccurs} 7:30pm: Summer Concert Series: Gary Puckett and The Union Gap at Town Center Park in Hamden (runs until July 28th)

{Reoccurs} 8pm: Summer Concerts: Ticket to Ride Tribute Band (plus fireworks) at Ocean Beach Park in New London (runs until 8/25)

{Reoccurs} 8:30pm: Summer Family Outdoor Movie Series: Zootopia in Norwalk (runs until August 19th)

{Reoccurs} 8:30pm: Friday Flicks: Jaws in New Haven (runs until 8/18)

Sunset: Movies in the Park: Animation Celebration: ET at Mill River Park in Stamford

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Friday, July 28th – Saturday, July 29th

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50th Annual Village Fair Days Sponsored by the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce and held on the magnificent village Green, Village Fair Days is the largest annual event in New Milford and draws thousands of visitors every year. With 2 full days of live entertainment, bingo, bouncy houses, a food court and almost two hundred vendor and community booths, Village Fair Days is a summertime destination for shopping, socializing, eating, and browsing.

Friday, July 28th – Friday, September 3rd

Friday, July 28th – Sunday, July 30th

Friday, July 28th – Saturday, September 23rd:

Saturday, July 29th:

Happy National Lasagna Day, National Lipstick Day, National Chicken Wing Day and National Dance Day! 

9 – 10:30am: A Summer Series: Nature’s Alphabet – Let’s Find Birds! Summer is a wonderful time to go bird watching. Let’s find out what birds are at Highlawn Forest this year! Led by Master Naturalist Lynn Kochiss, we will read stories about birds, color alphabet pages, and a take a walk through the forest to listen and see what we can find All children must be accompanied by an adult for this program. Free. RSVP recommended. Highlawn Forest, Middlefield

10 – 11am: Kids Hour: Sphero Maze Challenge Kids Hour is designed to spark imagination and creativity through fun, hands-on projects. Kids will explore coding with Sphero robots by programming simple movements, loops, and more. Then they’ll design a maze and navigate their robot through the obstacles. Kids can bring their own iPad and Sphero Sprk+ robot, or we’ll provide them. Recommended for ages 6 to 12. Apple Danbury Fair Mall

10am – 3pm: Education Area: Hands-On, Minds-On Over a dozen art, history, and nature museums gather together for hands-on fun. Participating organizations include the Avery-Copp House Museum, Children’s Museum of Southeast Connecticut, Connecticut Historical Society, Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, New Haven Museum, Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Museum of Art, Project O, and Submarine Force Museum. Florence Griswold, Old Lyme

10:30am – 5pm: Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey From Dragons to Damsels, counting these amazing creatures is fantastical fun! Become a citizen scientist by joining us for a short introduction to local dragonflies and damselflies followed by an annual survey for these species on the Audubon Greenwich grounds. A great way to get out and experience nature while helping to create valuable scientific data. Introduction 10:30 – 11:00 am followed by a day of counting. Come anytime and stay for as long as you’d like! All ages welcome. Free. Audubon Center in Greenwich

11am – 12pm: Fun Saturday Mornings – Sunny Songsters Trista Olivas has been working with children for nearly 15 years. She worked at Riverside Children’s Theatre for five years where she taught acting classes from Pre-K to 8th grade. She has also taught music at Gymboree, NY and currently performs with the Rockin’ Railroad band at Kidville. While attending San Diego State University, Trista wrote a musical with her classmates that toured elementary and junior high schools in and around San Diego County. She has appeared on many stages throughout Southern California. She holds a BFA in Acting from California State University of Fullerton, with additional study in musical theatre and voice at San Diego SU, California Institute of the Arts, and Riverside Community College. She loves performing for and working with children. It is one of her greatest passions in life! Will Leet is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and NYC children’s musician. After graduating from the University of Connecticut in 2013, with an Economics Degree and Music Minor he moved to the city to pursue his passion of music. Since December of 2013, Will has worked as a singer, guitarist, and pianist at Kidville in multiple locations around the city. Over the last year at Union Square Kidville, he has worked with Trista to bring their music program to a reputable status. He has also led play groups solo, with a startup in the West Village called “6 Degrees of Mom” He has also worked for Childs Play NY, as accompanist for children’s musical productions of Beauty and the Beast, Frozen and Peter Pan. Mill River Park, Carousel Lawn, Stamford

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1 – 2:30pm: Children’s Tea Program Children are invited to the Kellogg Environmental Center to learn about the “do’s and don’ts” of Victorian tea etiquette and about different tea types. At the end they will be able to take home handcrafted teas and teabags. Registration required, Free. Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby

2pm: Film: The Eagle Huntress The Eagle Huntress follows the story of Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl from Mongolia, as she attempts to become the first female eagle hunter to compete in the eagle festival at Ulgii, Mongolia, established in 1999. She belongs to a family of nomads that spend their summers in a yurt in the Altai Mountains and their winters in a house in town. The men in her family have been eagle hunters for seven generations, and she wants to follow in their footsteps. With her father Nurgaiv’s help, she learns how to train golden eagles, and then captures and trains her own eaglet. Although she faces some disbelief and opposition within the traditionally male tradition, she becomes the first female to enter the competition at the annual Golden Eagle Festival. She ends up winning the competition, and her eaglet breaks a speed record in one of the events. After the competition, she takes the final step toward becoming an eagle hunter by traveling with her father to the mountains in the winter to hunt foxes, braving snowy conditions and extreme cold. After some initial misses, her eaglet successfully kills its first fox and she returns home. White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield

3 – 6pm: Fundraising @ The MATT Annual Garden Party Celebrate Summer with this fun outdoor event benefiting the Mattatuck Museum. Stroll beautifully restored vintage gardens and picturesque fountains on the property of Victoria Elliot and Dr. Marvin McMillen. Cocktails, wine and light dinner fare. Tickets: $100. Tickets must be paid in advance, no sales at the door.

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5:30 – 7pm: Oyster Bar Fundraiser We will be offering food, drinks and a raw bar complete with oysters and clams harvested from pristine coastal Connecticut waters. In addition, we will be having a hands-on oyster shucking and grilling demonstration. Join us as we commemorate the launch of the East Norwalk Blue pump-out program and all of the work that has been keeping our waters clean. This ticket is 100% tax-deductible and includes admission to the party, the raw bar and the open bar. Norm Bloom & Son Oyster Company, Norwalk

5:30 – 7:30pm: Exhibition: The Art of Rowing This show will offer new artworks for sale by, among others artists, Peter Arguimbau, Harley Bartlett, Paul Garnett, Carolyn Hesse-Low, Neal Hughes, and Jeff Sabol. We look forward to welcoming patrons, art collectors, and rowing enthusiasts to the Gallery for this special themed exhibit. RSVP. Mystic Seaport

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{Reoccurs} 6:30pm: Summer Concert Series: (DNR) All Physician Rock Band at Sherman Green Gazebo in Fairfield (runs until 8/26)

{Reoccurs} 7pm: Summer Entertainment Nights at Ocean Beach Park in New London (runs until 8/19)

{Reoccuring} Sunset: Movies in the Park: Moana at Mill River Park in Stamford (runs until 8/4)

8pm: Star Party Talk topic: “Saturn – the Real Lord of the Rings” The Cassini spacecraft, which has been orbiting Saturn since 2004, has made many amazing discoveries about the planet and its rings. To prevent accidental contamination of one of the moons or another object by Earth microorganisms the spacecraft will be destroyed by burning up in Saturn’s atmosphere on September 15, 2017. We’ll discuss some of Cassini’s discoveries as well as the planet, its moons and rings. This year the rings, always a spectacular sight, are particularly visible. After the talk there will be stargazing if the weather permits. Free; open to the public. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Dress warmly, as even in the summer it may be chilly. White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield

{Reoccurs} 8:30pm: Summer Family Outdoor Movie Series in Norwalk (runs until 8/19)

Saturday, July 29th – Sunday, July 30th

10am – 4pm: Summer Honey Harvest The Bees have done their work, now it’s your turn! Join the Back Yard Beekeepers Association as they harvest honey from our local bee hives. Attendees can get a chance to spin the extractor as it pulls honey from honeycomb. Honey will be available for purchase while supplies last. No RSVP required. All ages welcome. Free with admission to the center grounds. Audubon Center in Greenwich

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11am, 2pm and 3pm: Pirate Weekend Arrrggghhh, pirates are invading Sheffield Island Lighthouse. Children young and old will get a glimpse of pirate life when they take a round-trip ferry ride to the Norwalk Seaport Association’s “Pirates Weekend,” taking place Saturday & Sunday dates tbd on Sheffield Island. Once there, visitors will be greeted by pirate re-en-actors who will entertain with gunfire and sword fighting demonstrations, sea chanteys, storytelling and other activities. “Pirates Weekend” activities are free, but participants must purchase round-trip ferry tickets to Sheffield Island.

Saturday, July 29th – Monday, July 31st

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Saturday, July 29th – Saturday, August 5th:

Zombie Prom

Saturday, July 29th – Sunday, August 6th:

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Sunday, July 30th:

1 – 3pm: Opening Reception The exhibition features approximately 80 prints from illustrated weeklies and journals by American Master, Winslow Holmer. The works were selected from a gift of engravings recently donated to the MattatuckMuseum by Fairfield collector David Jones and his wife Ann. This group of engravings will be complemented by several paintings on loan from Connecticut institutions, including Yale University Art Gallery, Wadsworth Atheneum, and New Britain Museum of American Art. This overview of Homer’s rich career as an illustrator will be presented thematically. It will reflect the concerns of a nation during a period of significant social and political change. The Mattatuck Historical Society, Waterbury

1 – 3pm: Up-cycled Mandala Sun Catchers Using a donation of clear drum heads EcoWorks received, Stephanie Lush will lead us in an amazing workshop creating up-cycled Mandala Sun Catchers on these alternative canvases. Using translucent paints, markers, glue, ephemera, and an array of embellishments, learn to create a hanging window design using all recycled and re-purposed materials. All supplies provided and great for all ages. $25 per person. EcoWorks, New Haven

2 – 4pm: Flag Weaving Workshop Visual artist, textile designer, and weaving instructor Ruben Marroquin invites attendees of all ages and abilities to the experience the unique joys of textile art and introductory weaving technique. Each participant will create their own unique woven flag using bamboo, yarn, and textiles, inspired by the artist’s own intricate woven flags that grace the Broad Stripes and Bright Stars exhibit. Each two-hour workshop is free and open to the public, with looms and materials provided. Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven

{Reoccurs} 4pm: Summer Concert Series in Milford (runs until 9/3)

5pm: Abstraction Expression Come see works by these two fantastic Arists, who display the broad spectrum of Abstract Expressionism. Cahill’s work is bursting with vibrant color, high energy, and movement. While Putnam’s work is filled with rich, lush and warm colors resulting in a beautiful, calm and happy body of work. The White Gallery, Lakeville

{Reoccurs} 5 – 8pm: Summer Music at Mystic Seaport (runs until August 27th)

5 – 7pm: Summer Concert: Last Call in East Norwalk

{Reoccurs} 6pm: Summer Concert Series on the Green in Madison (runs until 8/20)

{Reoccurs} 6 – 8pm: Concerts on the Green in Redding (runs until 8/27)

{Reoccurs} 6:30pm: Summer Concert Series: Big Beat (Oldies) at Sherman Green Gazebo in Fairfield (runs until 8/20)

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