This Weekend

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August 29-31 and September 1, 2014

Labor Day

One month left to the summer season and there are all kinds of fun to be had during the Labor Day Holiday Weekend. The Historic Festival 32 Vintage Auto Racing Extravaganza will be a feast for the senses with more than 250 vintage race cars; plus five cars from Ralph Lauren’s private collection at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville (Thursday – Monday). Participate in collecting and examining animals from Long Island Sound on the Marine Life Study Cruises in Norwalk (Friday-Saturday). Or, enjoy West Hartford’s Labor Day Concert featuring The Hartford Pops Band performing Broadway favorites (Monday).

Discover Connecticut's coastal vineyards along the Connecticut Wine Trail; dine at a local favorite restaurant and sleep in total comfort at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina with their Wine & Dine Package. Package includes:  Two night stay at the award-winning waterfront bed and breakfast; Candlelit breakfast each morning overlooking the marina; $50 dining gift certificate to your choice of three local favorite restaurants; gift bag with wine glasses and certificate for a wine tour and wine tasting at Jonathan Edwards Winery*; complimentary bottle of wine during your wine tour; coupon for a complimentary gift at nearby Divine Wine Emporium; and complimentary snacks and beverages throughout your stay. Rates from: $445 to $860 per couple based on room choice and season.

More holiday weekend activities:

"Things We Do for Love" -  Westport Country Playhouse, Westport 06880
Experience Alan Ayckbourn's wickedly funny play that questions just how sane anyone really is when it comes to love. (Thursday-Sunday).

Words & Birds – Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon 06001
View a series of works dedicated to many avian species (Friday-Saturday).

"Farm, Winery, Bistro II" - Six Summit Gallery at Chamard Vineyards, Clinton 06413
Wander through more than 100 pieces of fantast farm, winery and bistro related art and sculpture featured throughout the winery (Friday-Sunday).

Railroad Day - Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum, Willimantic 06225
Tour the Museum and check out the equipment as you’re entertained with music and song.  Enjoy a nice ride in an open air train car (Saturday).

Constitution State Feis - Irish Dance Competition - Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury 06762
Watch hundreds of dancers from throughout New England compete. Guest watching the Feis are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating. (Saturday-Sunday).

Labor Day Farewell - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport 06610
Wish a fond farewell to the zoo’s special summertime guests – the Zoo’s three visiting camels (Monday).

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 29-31 and September 1, 2014

August 29 - 31 - "Opera and Giant Puppets: Amy Trompetter's 'Barber of Seville'". Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry, 1 Royce Circle, Storrs, 06269.  Time: Fri.-Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Amy Trompetter's spectacular display of giant, life-size, and miniature figures, which reveals the stunning potential of puppets and opera, was performed to great acclaim in New York City and Vienna from 1983 into the 21st century. This exhibition reveals not only Trompetter's vivid sculptural and performance style, but also her dynamic and unconventional approach to the classic opera, an interpretation that both supports and transgresses the original. Admission: Free, $5 donation appreciated. (860) 486-8580

August 29 - 31 - "Connecticut at Work" - Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South Street, Coventry, 06238. Time: Fri.-Sat. noon-4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Connecticut Landmarks is delighted to host the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibition The Way We Worked at the Nathan Hale Homestead. The Way We Worked draws on the national archives’ rich photographic collections to document 130 years of changing work life in America. Admission: Free with museum admission. (860) 742-6917

August 29 - September 1 – Haddam Neck Fair – Haddam Neck Fairgrounds, 26 Quarry Hill Rd., East Hampton, 06424. Time: Fri. 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Mon. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Major agricultural fair featuring baking contest, tractor pulling, horse show, road race, exhibits, family entertainment, midway, truck and tracker pulls. Admission: varies. (860) 267-5922

August 29 - September 1 Woodstock Fair - 281 Rte. 169, South Woodstock 06267. Time: Fri.-Sun. 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Mon. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. The state's second oldest agricultural fair featuring crafts, lots of food, livestock shows, petting zoo, free stage shows, midway, go-kart races, Better Living Center, vegetables, flowers, strolling entertainers, and much more. Admission: General admission $12, seniors & active Military $8, children (10 and under) free. (860) 928-3246

August 30 – September 1Goshen Fair, Goshen Fairgrounds, 116 Old Middle St. (Rte. 63), Goshen, 06756. Time: Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Mon. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Major agricultural fair with livestock judging, draft horse show, woodcutting competition, entertainment, food vendors, midway, arts and crafts, home exhibits, and more. This celebration includes an adult spelling bee, fireworks, hay bale toss contest, parade, pie eating contest, and a skillet throw contest. Admission: General admission $8, children (under 12) free. Senior Sat. $5. (860) 491-3655

August 31 - United States Coast Guard Band Concert - Fort Trumbull State Park, 90 Walbach St., New London, 06320. Time: 3 p.m. The United States Coast Guard Band performs at the historic Fort Trumbull State Park with a vigorous program including Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture with a cannon fire. Admission: Free. (860) 701-6826

September 1 - 5K/10K Run/Walk Family Fun Day - Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., Stamford, 06905. Time: 9 a.m.-noon. Enjoy lots of family fun after the walk, including classic field races. For the safety of all participants and to satisfy insurance requirements, no bikes, skates, scooters or animals are permitted. Open to the community. Admission: Free for spectators. (203) 487-0941

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