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Events Calendar - 2019

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Downtown Sounds Summer Concerts & Food Trucks

Jul 19, 2019 - Aug 2, 2019 Veterans Memorial Park, 38 Canal St Shelton, CT

This series opens each week with a Kids Hour: Mad Science the Rocket Show, BringtheHoopla, and Hands On Drumming. Live music begins at 6 p.m.
July 19 -- The Split Coils and Slam Allen Band
July 26 -- Baby Dynamite and The Alpaca Gnomes
August 2 -- Jen Durkin and the Business and The Big Takeover
Food trucks are Pierogies on Wheels, Szabo’s Seafood Truck, Lucky Dog, Fryborg, M’estezo Grill and Tipsy Cones.

Arts & Crafts Shows

Guilford Art Center Craft Expo 2019

Jul 19, 2019 - Jul 21, 2019 Guilford Green, Guilford, CT

Craft Expo is known for its one-of-a-kind work of the highest quality in ceramics, fiber, jewelry, glass, painting, photography, sculpture and wood. Come enjoy a silent, craft making demonstrations, chalk artists, an art tent for kids, beer and wine, a food court, live music and more. Craft Expo is a must-see summer event.

Comedy

Nick Kroll -- Ridgefield CT

Jul 20, 2019 - Jul 20, 2019 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road Ridgefield, CT

It’s a night of stand-up from actor, writer, producer Nick Kroll. He most recently co-created and voiced numerous roles on the Netflix animated series “Big Mouth.”

Chris Tucker

Aug 10, 2019 - Aug 10, 2019 Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT

In 2018, Chris Tucker performed in a successful comedy stand-up tour. Before that, he was best known as Detective James Carter in the "Rush Hour" movies, He became a favorite on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam in the 1990s.

Cruises

Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry Cruise and Clambake

Jun 13, 2019 - Sep 19, 2019 departure from Hope Dock, 43 North Water Street (corner of Washington & North Water streets), Norwalk, CT

The Seaport Ferry takes passengers to the 1868 Sheffield Island and Lighthouse off the coast of Norwalk for Thursday evening clambakes. A true New England dining experience, the evening allows participants to dine in the festive tented pavilion on the lighthouse lawn, with tours of the lighthouse itself included in the cost. Advance registration only.

Fireworks

Summer Fireworks 2019 in Connecticut - New London, Guilford, Hartford, Canaan, Oxford, North Branford, Clinton, CT

Jun 28, 2019 - Aug 31, 2019 various locations New London, Guilford, Hartford, Canaan, Oxford, North Branford, Clinton, CT

Public fireworks don’t end after the Fourth of July. Below are fireworks happening in the state all summer. Check back as we add more listings.
July 13 – New London. Sailfest 2019. Fireworks above the Thames River.
July 13 -- Hartford. Great River Park & Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Riverfront Fireworks
July 13 -- Guilford. Guilford Fairgrounds, Lovers Lane. 7-10 p.m.
July 27 – Canaan. Lawrence Field
July 31 and August 2 – Oxford. Quaker Farms Fire Co. Carnival, Oxford High School, 61 Quaker Farms Road
August 3 – North Branford at North Branford Potato & Corn Fest 2019 at Auger Field, Route 22
August 31 -- Clinton. Clinton Summerfest and Fireworks at Clinton Town Beach

Literary

River Bend Bookshop Celebrates Dog Days of Summer

Jul 20, 2019 - Jul 20, 2019 2217 Main Street Glastonbury, CT 06033

Enjoy a walk around downtown Glastonbury with your four-legged companion and stop by the shop for water, treats, and a hand-selected collection of dog-themed books and other goodies pulled from our shelves and brought out for a very special "pup-up shop" on our front lawn.

Music

Summer Sounds Concert Series 2019

Jun 11, 2019 - Aug 6, 2019 Mystic River Park, Cottrell Street, Mystic, CT

The Summer Sounds concert series is presented by Noank-Mystic Community Band The concerts, which feature a local community music group each week, are free; bring lawn chairs or blankets. Picnics are welcome.
July 16 -- Old Lyme Town Band
July 23 -- Westerly Band
July 30 -- Waterford Community Band
August 6 -- Noank-Mystic Community Band

Summer Concerts Series at Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens

Jun 23, 2019 - Aug 25, 2019 Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, 151 Brookdale Road Stamford, CT

July 14 -- Bob Button Big Band
July 21 -- The Cutouts is a classic rock quartet
July 28 -- Hiroshi Yamazacki plays jazz
August 4 -- Gunsmoke plays traditional country music.
August 11 -- Maria Tiscia and Rio Bound bring the sounds of Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66
August 18 -- Richard "Cookie" Thomas is a jazz vocalist.
August 25 -- Sister Sun family folk band

Talcott Mountain Music Festival 2019

Jun 28, 2019 - Jul 26, 2019 Simsbury Meadows, 22 Iron Horse Blvd., Simsbury, CT

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra hosts the Talcott Mountain Music Festival all summer. Pack a picnic and enjoy law seating or a table. Tickets are sold by the show or by season packages.
July 12 -- Come Fly with Me: Celebrating the Music of Frank Sinatra. Vocalist Rob Zappullachannels Ol’ Blue Eyes with music from every decade of classic Sinatra.
July 19 -- Swan Lake & Sleeping Beauty. Hear excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s greatest works: Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, and the Violin Concerto in D Major.
July 26 -- The Music of Elton John. Elton John’s musicianship and songwriting have kept him among the favorites of all music lovers for decades. Time:

Party on the Rooftop | Hot Summer Fun 2019

Jul 5, 2019 - Aug 30, 2019 Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, CT

Party on the Rooftop is the best spot for over-21 fun with $3 beers, specialty cocktails, wine, fire pits, table games, slot machines, food trucks, cornhole and more. There will not be rain dates or make-up dates. In bad weather, cancellations only will be announced by 2 p.m. on the day of the event.
July 12 -- Chicken Fried Zac Brown tribute band. With Backyard Smokers LLC, 744 Express, Canterbury Cones
July 19 -- 5 Against 1 Pearl Jam tribute band. With Munchies Food Truck, Captain Scott's Lobster Truck
July 26 -- Big Eyed Phish Dave Matthews tribute band. With The Whey Station, NoRA Cupcake Company
August 2 -- Pirate Flag Band Kenny Chesney tribute band. With Backyard Smokers LLC, Spuds Your Way, T.C. Scoops
August 9 -- Black Dog Led Zeppelin tribute band. With Backyard Smokers LLC, Munchies Food Truck, Canterbury Cones
August 16 -- Queen Flash Queen tribute band. With Uncle D's Blazin BBQ, 744 Express, Canterbury Cones
August 23 -- Bon Jersey Bon Jovi tribute band. With Munchies Food Truck, Spuds Your Way, NoRA Cupcake Company
August 30 -- Wild Heart Stevie Nicks & Fleetwood Mac tribute band. With The Whey Station, Captain Scott's Lobster Truck

Quartet Roots: The Miro Quartet Honors Kneisel Quartet -- Norfolk CT

Jul 20, 2019 - Jul 20, 2019 Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate, 20 Litchfield Road Norfolk, CT

The Miró Quartet pays homage to pioneers of chamber music in America by recreating this program of the famed Kneisel Quartet at the Schubert Club during the Quartet’s 25th anniversary season in 1910. While named for violinist Franz Kneisel, most of their programs featured a solo cello piece performed by Alwin Schroeder. Composers include Mozart, Gliere, Franck, Servais and Schubert.

Lionel Richie at Mohegan Sun -- Uncasville CT

Jul 20, 2019 - Jul 20, 2019 Mohegan sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT

Lionel Richie's music is woven into the history of pop music. Richie is loved for hits like "Endless Love," "Lady," "Truly," "All Night Long," "Penny Lover," "Stuck on You," "Hello," "Say You, Say Me," "Dancing on the Ceiling." Heco-wrote one of the most important pop songs in history, "We Are the World."

Elvis Costello & The Imposters And Blondie Summer tour

Jul 21, 2019 - Jul 21, 2019 Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd Uncasville, CT

Elvis Costello's wide-ranging recording career began in 1977 with the release of "My Aim Is True." Elvis Costello & The Imposters’ widely renowned "Look Now" was released in 2018. The catalogue will soon include the E.P., Purse, containing songwriting collaborations with Burt Bacharach and Paul McCartney and musical settings of lyrics by Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. Blondie remains a true national treasure.

Old Lyme Midsummer Festival Concert with Nekita Waller

Jul 25, 2019 - Jul 25, 2019 Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT

Connecticut State Troubadour Nekita Waller will be bringing your favorite music spanning several decades from pop, Motown, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Tower to Power, Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, Classic Rock, R&B, and originals. Part of the Old Lyme Midsummer Festival, this free annual concert at the Florence Griswold Museum is always a favorite and makes for a perfect summer evening on the banks of the Lieutenant River.

Godsmack at Mohegan Sun Arena

Jul 26, 2019 - Jul 26, 2019 Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT

Boston hard rocker, Godsmack, comes to Mohegan Sun Arena. In April 2018, Godsmack released their seventh full – length album, When Legends Rise. Floor is standing general admission. There will be no chairs on the floor.

Ben Folds and Violent Femmes

Jul 28, 2019 - Jul 28, 2019 Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT

Ben Folds created a large body of genre-nonspecific music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five. His last album was a blend of pop songs and his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra that soared to #1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts.

Dark Star Orchestra

Aug 1, 2019 - Aug 1, 2019 Stony Creek Brewery, 5 Indian Neck Avenue, Branford, CT

Continuing a long and strange trip since humble beginnings over a decade ago, Dark Star Orchestra’s determined commitment to ‘raising the Dead’ has drawn nationwide attention:

Entrain

Aug 10, 2019 - Aug 10, 2019 Infinity Norfolk, 20 Greenwoods Road West Norfolk, CT

Funky reggae with a jazzy blues fusion and some fun brass tones. That's what is in store with Entrain. Bring your dancing shoes, this is going to be fun.

Delbert McClinton

Aug 17, 2019 - Aug 17, 2019 Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, 32 Front Street Hartford, CT

Multi-Grammy Award winner Delbert McClinton has lived his dreams for more than six decades. He says, "One of the most important things about my songs continues to be that there is always a way out. Nothing I write spirals into the abyss. It’s all ‘I’ll be all right.’ "

The O'Jays & Kool and The Gang

Aug 17, 2019 - Aug 17, 2019 Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Mashantucket, CT

The O'Jays developed the Sound of Philadelphia, nailing big hits with “Backstabbers,” “Love Train,” and many more.

John Mayall

Aug 18, 2019 - Aug 18, 2019 Infinity Music Hall, 20 Greenwoods Road West Norfolk, CT

John Mayall is an English blues singer and founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, which included some of the most famous blues and blues-rock musicians of all time: Eric Clapton, Kal David Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Don "Sugarcane" Harris, Harvey Mandel, Aynsley Dunbar Walter Trout and Coco Montoya.

Jonas Brothers: The Happiness Begins Tour

Aug 21, 2019 - Aug 21, 2019 Mohegan sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT

Grammy-nominated trio the Jonas Brothers begin a 40-city Happiness Begins Tour this summer and fall with special guests Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw. The announcement coincides with the launch of the pre-order for the band’s highly anticipated comeback album Happiness Begins.

Daughtry

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

Daughtry is helping with the evolution of rock 'n' roll in the 21st century. He has released four albums that have reached the Billboard Top Te.

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo: 40th Anniversary tour

Aug 27, 2019 - Aug 27, 2019 Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, 40 Jesup Road Westport, CT

Pat Benatar has always been a rule-breaker and a trail-blazer with more than 30 years of rock 'n' roll performing. Her husband, Neil “Spyder James” Giraldo, has been a professional musician, producer and songwriter for over four decades, changing the face of the pop charts throughout the 1980s. For this ticketed event, chairs are provided for all concert-goers; seating is general admission within each section. This concert is rain or shine.

Parades

Deep River Ancient Muster 2019

Jul 19, 2019 - Jul 20, 2019 Tattoo is a Devitt Field, 15 Southworth Street; parade on Maine Street Deep River, CT

Scores fife and drum corp groups in Colonial dress converge on Deep River on Saturday to walk and ply along Main Street, performing music that accompanied troops into battle during the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. The tattoo on Friday night is a sequence of performances in a field,

Parties, Dances, Balls

Party at the Pink House -- Woodstock, CT

Jul 27, 2019 - Jul 27, 2019 Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169, Woodstoc, CT

Celebrate a summer evening with a garden party at Roseland Cottage, featuring wine from Taylor Brooke Winery, hors d'oeuvres from Mack's Catering Service, dessert by The Inn at Woodstock Hill, and Debra Vinick on the Celtic harp. Enjoy an after-hours look inside the house. Festive pink summer attire encouraged. Advance tickets required.

Science & Nature

Celestial Creatures: LIVE!

Jul 24, 2019 - Jul 24, 2019 Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Tpke., Clinton, CT

Gazing into the night sky, we see many groups of bright stars called constellations. Naturalists from Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center will teach about animal constellations, and help kids design their own constellation using inspiration from our favorite animal. No registration. *This event is for school-aged children and best suited for ages five and older.

Theater

“Mama Mia”

Jun 26, 2019 - Jul 28, 2019 Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street Ivoryton, CT

ABBA's songs form the backdrop of this strange tale of one mom, one daughter and three possible dads. It’s a trip down the aisle you'll never forget.

“Passing Through”

Jul 26, 2019 - Aug 18, 2019 Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main Street East Haddam, CT

The story of a young man who journeys on foot from Pennsylvania to California, collecting stories along the way. This musical that celebrates America and the power of what can happen when we open ourselves up to new people.

“Cabaret”

Aug 7, 2019 - Sep 1, 2019 Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street Ivoryton, CT

Explore the thrilling but tortured lives of people enjoying a brief revelry between the wars at the Kit Kat Club in Berlin as you watch “Cabaret.” Singable musical numbers that remain favorites for all time included “Wilkommen,” “Cabaret,” and “Maybe This Time.”