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Children & Families

February School Vacation at New England Air Museum

Feb 16, 2019 - Feb 24, 2019 New England Air Musuem, 36 Perimeter Road Windsor Locks, CT

Explore three giant exhibit hangars filled with over sixty historic aircraft and experience the wonders of flight. Hand-on activities for february school vacation week include building a model airplane, building a flying machine with Legos, foam flyer challenge, watching constellations, straw glider challenge,

Presidents Day at Imagine Nation

Feb 18, 2019 - Feb 18, 2019 Imagine Nation, 1 Pleasant Street Bristol, CT

Join Imagine Nation on Presidents Day for presidential workshops and drop-in activities, like log cabin building, selfie photos in historic costume in the Playbox Theater, building Mount Rushmore in clay, a presidential birthday party, presidential pets, and a presidential matching game!


Ice Festival 2019 at Mystic Seaport

Feb 16, 2019 - Feb 18, 2019 Mystic Seaport Museum, 75 Greenmanville Avenue Mystic, CT

Weekend events include a planetarium show, "Aurora Borealis: The Northern Lights." On Saturday and Sunday meet Steve Lancia, owner of Northcamp Wilderness Survival School, who will talk about winter survival skills. Also on the weekend days see winter working dog demonstrations by Huskies and St. Bernards. Sharks Come Cruisin’ plays live musci at noon and 3:30 p.m., in the Greenmanville Church. On Saturday, guests can watch the ice carving artists. there will be a bonfire every day.


Connecticut Flower & Garden Show 2019

Feb 21, 2019 - Feb 24, 2019 Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT

It's already spring at the annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show. More than 200 exhibitors, demos, talks, markets, insights for gardening this year.


Black Experience Tour of Stowe Center

Feb 2, 2019 - Feb 28, 2019 Harriett Beecher Stowe Center, Connecticut Historical Society, Amistad Center Hartford, CT

The Black Experience Tour includes visit to two or three local museums for one price. The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center covers the black experience of the 19th century and today, including discussion of Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” The Connecticut Historical Society tour discusses black Connecticans, both ordinary and extraordinary, from the 1600s to today. Dates: February 2, 9, 16, and 28


Sea Chanteys at The Gris

Jan 21, 2019 - Mar 25, 2019 Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street Essex, CT

Every Monday the Jovial Crew brings the Tap Room to life with this old seafaring tradition, extremely popular today. Come and add your voice to these traditional songs,

Lynyrd Skynyrd Last Of The Street Survivors Farewell Tour

May 24, 2019 - May 24, 2019 Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT

Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd embarks on its Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour, performing live at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour marks a big moment for generations of fans; Lynyrd Skynyrd has been touring consistently since the 1990s.


Mystic Irish Parade 2019

Mar 24, 2019 - Mar 24, 2019 Greenmanville Avenue and Main Street to Water Street Mystic, CT

Come enjoy this uplifting parade, a favorite in the community, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Downtown parking is at the Mystic Arts Center Parking lot, 9 Water Street, where the parade ends. Smaller parking lots can be found along the parade route or on the many side streets along the route.

Parties, Dances, Balls

Oscar Party at The Kate

Feb 24, 2019 - Feb 24, 2019 Katharine Hepburn cultural Arts Center, 300 Main Street Old Saybrook, CT

The Kate’s annual red-carpet event honors its namesake -- Katharine Hepburn -- and makes for a great party and fundraiser. Walk the red carpet. Pose for a photo with a real Oscar. Watch the 91st annual Academy Awards live on the Kate’s big screen as you enjoy delicious food prepared by Fresh Salt with a cash bar.

Fat Tuesday Celebration 2019 at Black-Eyed Sally's

Mar 5, 2019 - Mar 5, 2019 Black-eyed Sally's BBQ & Blues, 350 Asylum Street Hartford, CT

If you're looking for a place to party all day on Fat Tuesday, then head for Hartford. Black-eyed Sally's serves up an all-you-can eat Southern lunch buffet. There'll be happy hour specials and free vittles. The evening features N'awlins menu specials and, at 7:30 p.m., the bayou sounds of River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs. Also ; beads, stilt walkers, face painters and more.

Science & Nature

Eagle Watch on the CT River

Feb 9, 2019 - Feb 23, 2019 Audubon Shop, 907 Boston Post Road Madison, CT

Winter brings bald eagles down the Connecticut River from Canada in search of fishing. In recent years, over 50 eagles have wintered on the lower Connecticut River. During the Winter Eagle Watches on the Connecticut River, Jerry Connolly of The Audubon Shop will help participants spot eagles from a variety of locations. This is a land-based trip. Bring binoculars and camera (or rent binoculars for $4.) Participants must pre-register. Your ticket includes soup and sandwich at Otter Cove Restaurant in Old Saybrook.

Great Backyard Bird Count

Feb 15, 2019 - Feb 18, 2019 Audubon Centers, 613 Riversville Road, Audubon Center at Bent of the River in Southbury Greenwich and Southbury, CT

Around 200,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the Great Backyard Bird Count each year to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds. Last year in Connecticut, 132 species were spotted and submitted to eBird. See CT Audubon's website to learn how you can participate. Great activity for kids!

Shows & Exhibits

Home & Garden Show

Feb 22, 2019 - Feb 24, 2019 Earth Expo & Convention Center, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT

Find home improvement assistance; learn something new about home renovations or garden design and landscaping care.

Southern New England RV & Camping Show

Mar 8, 2019 - Mar 10, 2019 Earth Expo & Convention Center, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT

The Southern New England RV & Camping Show will feature over 125,000 square feet of the latest in recreation vehicles, travel trailers, camping supplies, accessories, campgrounds and travel information exhibits.