This Weekend

Past Weekends

May 29-31, 2015

Green Things: Grass/Well Being

May is the month for green and growing things. Discover the best the local farms have to offer at the Coventry Regional Farmer’s Market, located at the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry (Saturday-Sunday). Enjoy local food, live performances on the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza at the Hartford Earth Festival (Sunday). Learn the proper way to navigate the outdoors at the Compass Challenge at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center (Sunday).

Experience this southern Connecticut vacation spot in style with this thoughtful getaway at the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa’s Bed and Breakfast Vacation Package. Just check in, pop the cork on your complimentary bottle of wine, and decide what to do next. This package is available Sunday through Thursday; includes: deluxe accommodations for two, complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival, $20 per person credit toward breakfast in Fresh Salt Restaurant. Rates: Call.

More great things to do:

Bluegrass Festival – Strawberry Park Resort Campground, Preston 06365
Revel in the four-day bluegrass festival featuring concerts, music workshops, food and craft vendors, and more.  Day tickets and weekend passes available, as well as free rough camping (with music pass), rentals and campsites. Folk music stage as well (Thursday-Sunday).

Dorence Atwater Day - Civil War Living History – Baldwin Park, Terryville 06786
Join in the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the return of Dorence Atwater, Civil War hero, to his hometown of Plymouth. Dorence Atwater has been called by the National Park Service, "perhaps the most important enlisted man in the Union Army" (Saturday).

Feeding Time! – The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Norwalk 06854
A family breakfast you will always remember. After a sumptuous buffet, your family will make the rounds as Aquarium staff feeds an amazing assortment of hungry animals. Take a turn feeding the turtles, horseshow crabs and rays. Get up close and personal with the harbor seals at a private feeding. Best of all, watch behind-the-scenes as the aquarists feed the big sharks. Children must be five and older (Saturday).

New Britain Memorial Day Parade – Downtown, New Britain 06051
Celebrate Memorial Day at a parade that features veteran organizations. the Sphinx Temple Motor Patrol, cyclists, and Temple Guard, school marching bands, clowns, a stilt walker, the Police, EMS, Fire Departments, and many Fife and Drum Corps, youth and local organizations (Saturday).

Food Truck Festival – Long Wharf Park, New Haven 06510
Enjoy savory choices of the great New Haven street food, on historic Long Wharf waterfront. Featuring delicious food, live musical performances, children's activities and rides, handmade items from local vendors (Saturday-Sunday).

NBAA Northeast Military Division, Candlewood Fishing Tournament - Candlewood Lake, Lattins Cove, Danbury 06811
This fishing tournament is to benefit the military. The goal is to help military service members and veterans relax, rehabilitate, and reintegrate through fishing and the outdoors at fees lower than traditional organizations and tournament trails. Teams may have non-DOD/military members, as long as one member of the team meets the military requirements (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
 May 29-31, 2015

May 30 – “Bach in a Barn” - Eli Whitney Barn, 916 Whitney Ave., Hamden, 06517. Time: 7 p.m. The Haven String Quartet with Susan Clinard performs the music of J. S. Bach among sculpture installations by artist Susan Clinard. Presented by Music Haven. Admission: $20 suggested donation. (203) 745-9030

May 30 – Grow Your Own Meadow - 180 Hemenway Rd., Middlefield 06455. Time: 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Interested in establishing a meadow or caring for an existing one? Join Kathy Connolly to discuss what a meadow is, the role of native species in a meadow, meadow ecology basics, and steps you can take right now to get started. After the lecture, you can purchase books and native seedlings grown especially for this event by the Society’s Nasami Farm Nursery (cash or check only in CT). Admission: $32. (508) 877-7630

May 30 – Antiques Sale & Appraisal Day - General William Hart House, 350 Main St., Old Saybrook, 06475. Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Held on the beautiful campus of the Old Saybrook Historical Society and the historic "Trivet Green," more than 60 quality dealers offer antiques and collectibles and several appraisers will provide verbal evaluations of antique and collectible items (10 a.m.-1 p.m.). Admission: Free, fee for appraisals. (860) 662-0245

May 30-31 – Safety on Sea and Shore Weekend - Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, 06355. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Safety on Sea and Shore Weekend recognizes and appreciates the work of present-day emergency personnel, while also providing visitors an opportunity to learn more about the people, methods, and vehicles involved in maritime rescues during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The programming lineup will feature an exciting combination of hands-on activities, live demonstrations, and displays of historic apparatus. Admission: Free with museum admission. (860) 572-0711

May 30 or 31 - Pop-Up Celebrations: Celebrate Fair Haven May 30. Christopher Columbus Family Academy, 255 Blatchley St., New Haven, 06510. Time: 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Activities include a volleyball tournament and free-throw competition, local craft vendors, kid’s activities, a neighborhood food tour; and performances by Carlos Santiago y Su Momento Musical and Elation NYC Rumberos. Admission: Free. Celebrate the Hill May 31. Trowbridge Square Park, 164 Cedar St. New Haven, 06510. Time: 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Activities include performances from Manny Jones, The Gospel Fused Band, The Forresters, N'Finity Muzik, and DJ/emcee Brian Sams; climbing wall and activity truck, exhibition of perspective drawings from artist Krikko Obot; and free hamburgers and hot dogs. Admission: Free.

May 31 - Auerfarm Hosts Bloomfield Festival - 4-H Educational Center at Auer Farm, 158 Auer Farm Rd., Bloomfield, 06002. Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Farm fun with hayrides, tours of the grounds and new hiking trails, visit the farm animals, yoga class and a karate demonstration, free samples of ice cream and other treats, vendor area with refreshments and products. Admission: Free. (860) 242-7144

May 31 – Touch-A-Truck - STW Community Center, 1338 Middletown Ave., Northford, 06472. Time: 11 a.m-2 p.m. Get a good look at your favorite big rigs. Come touch, feel, climb through, into and out of many interesting and unique vehicles. And, of course, give those horns a honk or two. Food trucks on-site for your dining please. Admission: Free. (203) 484-6017

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