July 31- August 2, 2015
Time to Sit Back and Unwind
Sit back and enjoy the fruits of summer. Dance and eat your way through the islands at Hartford’s Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival (Saturday). Experience non-stop musical entertainment, ranging from jazz, rock, Reggae to rhythm and blues at Bridgeport’s Gathering of the Vibes (Thursday-Sunday). Explore food trucks filled with gourmet foods and desserts, live music, and activities for kids at The Food Truck Affair in North Haven (Saturday-Sunday).
More summer fun:
“The Addams Family” – Warner Theatre, Torrington 06790
See everything change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s 'normal' boyfriend and his parents (Friday-Saturday).
“Faulkner’s Island Lighthouse” – Henry Whitfield State Museum, Guilford 06437
Learn how the island got its name, listen to shipwreck stories, try your hand at tying nautical knots and creating signal flag messages, and much more. Admission to the exhibit also includes self-guided tours of the 1639 house. Free parking (Friday-Sunday).
Moby-Dick Marathon – Mystic Seaport, Mystic 06355
Join the 30th annual celebration of Herman Melville’s masterpiece, Moby-Dick. At noon on July 31, “Mr. Melville” will make his annual appearance and kick off the reading by reciting the first chapter of the novel. Visitors can then sign up to read a chapter aloud as the marathon continues until its conclusion. Once the reading is complete at noon on August 1, celebrate the 196th anniversary of Herman Melville’s birthday (Friday-Saturday).
Danbury Railway Days – Danbury Railway Museum, Danbury 06810
Take a ride on a vintage locomotive car or caboose, explore historic railway exhibits, and participate in a railroad-related scavenger hunt (Saturday-Sunday).
“iD” Cirque Eloize - Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket 06378
Be dazzled by this astonishing modern circus as the stage comes alive with the boundless energy of acrobats, break dancers, and contortionists (Saturday-Sunday).
New London Lighthouse Festival – Various locations, New London 06320
Celebrate the storied sentinels that keep our waters safe. Participate in lighthouse talks, films, and exhibitions, boats, and Segway tours. Get up close and inside of some of the harbor’s most-historic beacons. (Sunday-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 by clicking on the Advanced Search link under the search box on the top right side of the page.
This Weekend in Connecticut
July 31- August 2, 2015
July 31 – Summer Concert Series: Family Stone – Town Center Park, 2761 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, 06518. Time: 7:30 p.m. With three of the original Sly & the Family Stone members, the group performs an explosive set of classics from the 1960s and 1970s. Admission: Free. (203) 287-2546
July 31 – Summer Sizzle Under the Stars: “Pat and Mike” - Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St., Hartford, 06103. Time: 5 p.m.-10 p.m. An a la carte dinner in Gengras Courtyard accompanied by live Soul Jazz music; followed by the film Pat and Mike. Admission: General admission $9, seniors and students $8 (not including dinner purchase). (860) 278-2670
July 31 – One in a Blue Moon Music Jam – Jillson Square, Willimantic, 06226. Time: 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Featuring opening band Tuesday Saints, followed by The Mighty Soul Driver, and heading with the Johnny Winter Legacy Band. Food and beverages available. Admission: In advance $20, at the door $25. (860) 423-6389
August 1 – Blueberry Festival - Church Of Christ Congregational, 5 Old Middle St., Goshen, 06756. Time: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy breakfast and lunch, along with pies, muffins, vendors and more. Admission: Free. (860) 491-2793
August 2 – Belltown Vintage Motorcar Meet - Haddam Neck Fairgrounds, Off Rte. 151, East Hampton, 06424. Time: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Hundreds of beautifully restored automobiles from the "Brass Era" to 1970 on display. The event features a large number of vehicles from the early days of automotives. A display-only (not for judging) area will be provided for 1972-1982 collector vehicles and modified cars. On-site flea market and food vendors. Admission: General admission $5, seniors and children (under 12) $3.
August 2 – 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
August 2 – “Brushwork” - Rowayton Arts Center, 145 Rowayton Ave., Rowayton, 06853. High-quality acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings are spotlighted in this exhibition. Awards presented during a reception on August 2, from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Admission: Free. (203) 866-2744
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