This Weekend

Past Weekends

August 22-24, 2014

Living History

Immerse yourself in the life of Connecticut’s historic past. Take a walking tour through the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford to see the many monuments attributed to James G. Batterson, founder of Travelers Insurance and builder of the Connecticut State Capitol (Saturday). Learn more about Connecticut’s most famous traitor at Fridays at Hempsted: An Evening with Benedict Arnold (Friday). Buy your own piece of history at the Madison Antiques Fair (Saturday).

Find a temporary home with the Lighthouse Weekend Overnight Package at the 19th century Big House Bed and Breakfast in New London. Package includes: One overnight stay in the master bedroom; morning breakfast; two lighthouse boat trips ($79 value); 10% discount on dinner for two at one of five downtown restaurants; 10% discount on purchases at the Custom House Museum Shop; and free admission for two to the Custom House Maritime Museum ($10 value). Rates from $155.

More history in the making:

Bubblemania – The Ivoryton Playhouse, Ivoryton 06442
Back by popular demand! Casey Carle performs tricky undulations, manipulations and juggling with bubbles.   An extremely unique program combining high energy entertainment with artistic achievement, BubbleMania is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities and beauty of spherical liquids (Friday).

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" – Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield 06877
Follow along with Christopher, fifteen years old, with an extraordinary brain, as he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs. Shears' dog Wellington. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world (Friday).

Jackson Browne – Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford 06492
See Jackson Browne, who has written and performed some of the most iterate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics (Friday).

Summer Romance at the Burr Homestead - Fairfield Museum and History Center, Fairfield 06824
Witness a special reenactment that will commemorate the graceful wedding ceremony of John Hancock and Dorothy Quincy, followed by a reception in the Burr Gardens (Saturday).

Grit ‘N Wit – Keney Park, Hartford 06112
Not your ordinary obstacle course. This event challenges participants with more than three miles of mental challenges, mind puzzles, and physical obstacles (Saturday).

Corvair & VW Car Show – Lyman Orchards Apple Barrel Market, Middlefield 06455
Enjoy a viewing a selection of these great classic cars (Saturday).

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 22-24, 2014

August 21-24 – Brooklyn Fair - Brooklyn Fairgrounds, Rte. 169 & 15 Fairgrounds Rd., Brooklyn, 06234. Time: Thu. 4 p.m.-11 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Oldest continuously active agricultural fair in the United States. Draft horses, livestock shows, home and garden exhibits, live entertainment, historical displays, special daily events, midway and great food. Admission: General admission $10, children (under 12) free. Parking $5. (860) 779-0012

August 22-24 – Country Fair - Chester Fairgrounds, Rte. 154, Chester, 06412. Time: Fri. 6 p.m.-11 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Major agricultural fair with livestock/animal shows and pulls, garden tractor pull, flowers, arts and crafts, baking contests, midway, children's games, musical entertainment, lots of food. Admission: General admission $8, children (under 12) free. Three-day pass $21. Free parking. (860) 526-5947

August 22 – The CCAP Kermis - Rentschler Field, 615 Silver Lane, East Hartford, 06118. Time: 4 p.m. The CCAP Kermis is a local bicycle road race with a fair-like atmosphere. It is friendly for all ages and experience levels, and provides plenty of entertainment for entire families. Racing takes place on a three-mile course that competitors repeat dozens of times. This format makes the event fun to participate in and just as much to watch. The atmosphere in the spectator area is amplified by many vendors, kid's events, and great music and race announcing. Admission: Free for spectators. (609) 923-0109

August 22-24 – Country Fair - Terryville Fairgrounds, 171 Town Hill Rd., Plymouth, 06786. Time: Fri. 6 p.m.-11 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Old-fashioned country fair with cattle, dairy, horse, and goat shows; racing pigs, wood chopping contest, tractor pull, fireworks, exhibits, arts and crafts. Admission: Friday General admission: $7.00; Senior citizens: $5.00*; Children 10 and under: FREE**. Saturday & Sunday General admission: $8.00; Senior citizens: $6.00*; Children 10 and under: FREE**. (860) 582-0709

August 23 - River Cruise to the Old Saybrook Lighthouses - Eagle Landing State Park, Rte. 82, Haddam, 06438. Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Join the RiverQuest for a relaxing cruise south down the Connecticut River to view the Inner and Outer Lighthouses by water. Observe the beautiful, pristine river “One of the Last Great Places,” as we cruise by the towns of Haddam, East Haddam, Hadlyme, Lyme, Chester and Deep River, ultimately reaching Old Saybrook and Old Lyme at the river mouth on Long Island Sound. No children under 10. Admission: $45. (860) 552-0677

August 23 – Secrets of the Veeder House Tours - Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St., Hartford, 06105. Time: 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. When Asylum Avenue still passed through cow pastures, Curtis Veeder built a grand home with an elevator, central vacuum, and even an indoor car wash. This special tour highlights features of the 1928 house that is now the Connecticut Historical Society that are not regularly accessible to the public. Come unlock the secrets of the Veeder House and learn more about the historic house and the history of its West End neighborhood. Admission: $4-$8. (860) 236-5621

August 24 – Herbs Past and Present - Windsor Historical Society, 96 Palisado Ave., Windsor, 06095. Time: 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Herbs Past and Present:  Everything You Need to Know About Present Day Herb Gardens and Colonial Herbs with Gordon Kenneson. Learn about Colonial herbs and their uses, and how to design your own herb garden.  Potted herbs from the Society’s herb garden will be offered for sale, and delicious herb-infused refreshments will be served. Admission: Adults $6, seniors and students $5. (860) 688-3813

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