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VNE Events Calendar - 2019

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All Ages

ArborEarth Festival 2019 at Bartlett Arboretum

Apr 27, 2019 - Apr 27, 2019 Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, 151 Brookdale Road, Stamford, CT

Families will enjoy listening to music, touring the Bartlett's gardens and greenhouse, viewing tree climbing and planting demonstrations and visiting our booths to learn about gardening, nature, conservation, and sustainability. Kids will also love learning about backyard critters and pollinators, face painting, composting, riding in a cherry picker, and crafting.

Earth Day Open House 2019

Apr 27, 2019 - Apr 27, 2019 Indian Rock Nature Preserve, 501 Wolcott Road/Route 69 Bristol, CT

Enjoy tours, hayrides around Indian Lake and through the forest, programs and activities related to Earth Day, visits with our farm animals, a native plant sale, live bird of prey show and a Native American demonstration (including a tour of our wigwams). Enjoy a first-hand look at our Summer Camp activities such as archery and recreational tree climbing. Email: eoconnell@elcct.org

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.


Patti Smith and Her Band

Apr 27, 2019 - Apr 27, 2019 Bushnell Performing Arts Center, 166 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT

Patti Smith is a four time Grammy nominee, and a legend for her albums Radio Ethiopia, Easter, and Wave, Dream of Life, Gone Again, Peace and Noise, Gung Ho, trampin, Land, twelve, Banga. Outside Society, and Horses/Horses.

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.

Patti LaBelle

May 31, 2019 - May 31, 2019 Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT

Soul icon Patti LaBelle will bring her vocal performance to classic R&B, pop standards and spiritual ballads.

Earth, Wind & Fire

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

Earth, Wind & Fire has sold out concerts all around the globe over five decades, scored eight #1 hits and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide. Celebrating timeless songs and a commitment to spreading positivity, Earth, Wind & Fire has consistently made music that has bridged the gap among all generations and nationalities.

Lionel Richie at Mohegan Sun

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

Lionel Richie's music is essential to pop music; he is one of only two songwriters to have #1 records for nine consecutive years. Richie is known for his mega-hits such as “Endless Love,” “Lady,” “Truly,” “All Night Long,” “Penny Lover,” “Stuck on You,” “Hello,” “Say You, Say Me,” “Dancing on the Ceiling.”

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.


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.’ "

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.


Memorial Day Parade and Picnic

May 27, 2019 - May 27, 2019 Main Street Southbury, CT

The parade begins at 11 a.m. at the Pomperaug Office Park and continues down Main Street South to the Memorial Green. Main Street South between Depot Hill Rd and the Senior Center will be closed to traffic during the parade. Family Day Picnic is held from noon to 3 p.m. at Ballantine Park, 611 Old Field Road.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Queen Latifah at Mohegan Sun

Jul 13, 2019 - Jul 13, 2019 Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, CT

Latifah is the first hip-hop artist to be crowned with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She received rave reviews, an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress and a Golden Globe nomination and a SAG Award nomination for her portrayal as Mama Morton in "Chicago. " Most recently, Queen Latifah took to the stage and small screen performing as the title character in NBC’s "The Wiz Live!"


“The Music Man

Apr 12, 2019 - Jun 16, 2019 Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main Street East Haddam, CT

Professor Harold Hill and Marian the Librarian march into this riveting new production of the most beloved American musical. Tap your feet to the rhythms of “76 Trombones,” “Trouble,” and “Till There Was You!”

“Guess Who's Coming To Dinner”

Apr 24, 2019 - May 12, 2019 Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street Ivoryton, CT

A progressive white couple's is taken aback when daughter brings her black fiancé home to meet them in this fresh and relevant stage adaptation of the iconic film. In this clash of racial differences, will love prevail?