This Weekend

Past Weekends

August 1-3, 2014

Tasty Treats

Summer events with fun foods and rides are easy to find this weekend. Gratify your starchy-side at the North Branford Potato & Corn Festival (Friday-Sunday). Mix camping and gourmet cooking at the Muddy Chef Challenge 3 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville (Friday-Sunday).  Sample some authentic Caribbean cuisine at the Taste of Caribbean & Jerk Festival at Hartford’s Mortensen Riverfront Plaza (Saturday).

Satisfy your yearning for the sea and explore one of Mystic’s finest attractions with the Fish and Ships Package offered by Howard Johnson Inn – Mystic.  At the Mystic Aquarium, spend a day getting acquainted with the fascinating animals that inhabit our oceans and local waters. Then soak up the flavors, fun and activities of Mystic Seaport’s bustling recreated 19th Century coastal town. Package includes: Two adult tickets to Mystic Aquarium, Two adult tickets to Mystic Seaport, and a $10 voucher to the Mystic Diner Restaurant, per day. Room for a two night stay (choose one king or two queen size beds). Rates: Starting at $168.

More delicious activities:

Parrothead Cruise - Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam, 06438
Dress in your “Parrothead” attire and meet other “Parrotheads.” This is a designed fun, active Sunset Cruise aboard RiverQuest while cruising on the Connecticut River and listening to “Parrothead” music. Bring along your margaritas or any favorite beverage and your picnic basket. . No one under 21 please (Friday).

Gathering of the Vibes – Seaside Park, Bridgeport 06605
Hear non-stop musical entertainment, ranging from jazz, rock, reggae, to rhythm and blues. Festival lineup includes John Fogerty, Widespread Panic, Umphrey's, McGee, Maceo Parker, moe., and Ziggy Marley. Camping available (Friday-Sunday).

5K Brew Run & Craft Brew Festival – Edgewood Park, New Haven 06511
Start with a 5K that begins at noon at Edgewood Park and the brew festival that follows at 12:30 p.m. The Brew Festival is open to all 21+ race registrants after the race, in addition to those who purchased ticket for just the Brew Fest portion of the event (Saturday).

Green Corn Festival - The Institute for American Indian Studies, Washington, 06793
Come and enjoy fun-filled activities for the whole family including drumming, dancing,  kids’ crafts, storytelling, powwow style food, arts and crafts for sale and much more. Held rain or shine (Saturday).

The Farmer's Cow: Corn Roast in the Hayfield - Cushman Farms, Franklin, 06254
Indulge in fresh picked local sweet corn as it’s slow roasted in the husk over a charcoal fire. There will be plenty of butter on hand or you can ‘Shake & Make’ your own from The Farmer’s Cow heavy cream. Enjoy wagon rides around the fields, visit the cows, take a hike along the one mile rustic nature trail, or cool off with some delicious ice cream (Saturday).

Stamford Tables Summer Restaurant Weeks – Various Locations, Stamford  06901
Participate in Stamford Restaurant Weeks; a great way to celebrate the summer with specially priced menus. Reservations suggested. Starts Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 (Sunday).

These highlights represent just a sampling of the many exciting events taking place across Connecticut this weekend. For more information about these and other entertaining activities, use the Events Quick Search on the right side of the page.


This Weekend in Connecticut
August 1-3, 2014

August 1 - New Riders of The Purple Sage - Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, 20 Greenwoods Rd., Norfolk, 06058. Time: 8 p.m. The New Riders of the Purple Sage, signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis, released its eponymous first album in September 1971 to widespread acclaim.  In the next 11 years the band toured and released over 12 albums, selling over 4 million records. Admission: $35/$50. (866) 666-6306

August 1Micky Dolenz - Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, 06877. Time: 8 p.m. Micky is known to the world as a director, author, television actor, Broadway star, and most recognizably, as the drummer and lead singer of the legendary 1960s group, The Monkees. Admission: $60. (203) 438-5795

August 1-3 - "Hairspray: The Broadway Musical" - Waveny Park, 10 Farm Rd. (New Canaan High School entrance), New Canaan, 06840. Time: Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 4 p.m. Set in 1962 in Baltimore, this musical tells a story of the lovable plus-sized teen whose only desire is to dance on the popular television show. When her dreams comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to  help integrate a television network all without denting her 'do!  Admission: $25-$50. (203) 966-4634

August 1-3 - "As You Like It" - American Shakespeare Festival Theater, 1850 Elm St., Stratford, 06615. T  ime: 8 p.m. A comedy by William Shakespeare adapted by Ellen Lieberman and set in 1969. Think Hair. Think Godspell. Think flower children…the plot involves feuding, disguised lovers and misplaced love resulting in a great deal of hilarity. Bring blankets and chairs for seating. Performances are cancelled only when weather is severe. Admission: Free. (203) 232-8805

August 2 – Clam Bake - Brownstone Park & Exploration Park, 161 Brownstone Ave., Portland, 06480. Time: 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Clam bake. Admission: $49.95 per person, plus park admission. Park admission passes will be 50% off on this day for those who purchase tickets for the Clam Bake. Reservations are required and must be made through the Sales Department.  (866) 860-0208

August 2 - Sunflower Maze - Lyman Orchards, 32 Reeds Gap Rd., Middlefield, 06455. Time: Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting. It is an amazing maze, with all the twists and turns of a real roller coaster. Winding your way among thousands of sunflowers will bring you lots of fun. Nothing screams excitement like towering sunflowers providing a visual experience unlike any other. Fun trivia challenges help guide your way. Admission: $10, $5 for ages 4-12, Free for Children 3 and under. (860) 349-1793

August 3 - Niantic Bay Triathlon & Aqua/Bike – McCook Beach Park, 8-10 Atlantic Ave., Niantic, 06357. Time: Race begins 7:30 a.m. A flat, sprint distance race with a 1/2-mile swim, 12-mile bike, and 3.5-mile run. Swim is a loop course in Niantic Bay, an ocean bay with no waves or strong currents. The 12-mile bike loop is through scenic East Lyme with water views and shaded streets. The 3.5-mile run brings you through the beach community of Niantic. Aqua/bike runs simultaneously on swim and bike courses. Admission: Free to spectators. (860) 652-8866

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