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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.


Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry Cruise and Clambake 2019

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.


Riverfront Fireworks

Jul 13, 2019 - Jul 13, 2019 Great River Park & Mortensen Riverfront Plaza Hartford, CT

Start the night off with a concert on either side of the river and prepare to be enjoy the fireworks show.


Tribute Thursdays at Foxwoods

Jun 6, 2019 - Jul 6, 2019 Live@Atrium Bar & Lounge at Foxwoods Mashantucket, CT

Every Thursday starting through August, visitors to Foxwoods can enjoy rock n’ roll classics for free at Live@Atrium Bar & Lounge . Featured bands include tributes for everyone from the Beatles and Bon Jovi to Aerosmith and the Allman Brothers; see below for a full schedule.
June 6 – Takin’ It to the Streets: The Doobie Brothers Tribute
June 13 – Awaken: YES Tribute
June 20 – On the Serious Side: Tower of Power Tribute
June 27 – Chicago Total Access: Chicago Tribute
July 4 – 1 Wild Night: Bon Jovi Tribute
July 11 – Crazy On You: Heart Tribute
July 18 – Brickyard Road: Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute
July 25 – The Brothers of the Road: Allman Brothers Tribute
August 1 – Back In Time: Huey Lewis Tribute
August 8 – Sacred Fire: Santana Tribute
August 15 – New York State of Mind: v Billy Joel Tribute
August 22 – Pump: Aerosmith Tribute
August 29 – The Cast of Beatlemania: Beatles Tribute

Concerts on the Green with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas 2019

Jun 8, 2019 - Jun 22, 2019 New Haven Green New Haven,, CT

Enjoy marvelous music from around the world at these free concert of the New Haven Green. Performers tell stories of their musical heritage through traditional, R&B, hip-hop, jazz, and Latinx beats. This is an event of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas 2019.
June 8 -- Marion Meadows & Rohn Lawrence with Thabisa, 8 p.m.
June 9 -- Garba360 with Kashyap Jani and Friends. 7 p.m.
June 15 -- Vivian Green with Force MDs. 8:45 p.m.
June 16 -- Gina Chavez with The Carrie Ashton Band. 7 p.m.
June 22 -- Tiempo Libre with New Haven Symphony Orchestra. 7 p.m.

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.
June 11 As Time Goes By
June 18 -- Noank-Mystic Community Band
June 25 -- Thames River Big Band
July 2 -- U.S. Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band
July 9 -- Middletown Symphonic Band
July 16 -- Old Lyme Town Band
July 23 -- Westerly Band
July 30 -- Waterford Community Band
August 6 -- Noank-Mystic Community Band

Tanya Tagaq

Jun 20, 2019 - Jun 20, 2019 College Street Music Hall 238 College Street, New Haven,, CT

Tanya Tagaq's methods of Inuit throat singing began as an improvisational game between two women, in which they practice intense vocalizations, cyclical rhythms and circular breathing. Katajjaq is a friendly competition that is won when one of the women stumbles or slips into laughter. The femininity of katajjaq is reborn through Tagaq’s most recent album, Retribution. This is an event of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

Jon Batiste & Stay Human Summer Gala

Jun 21, 2019 - Jun 21, 2019 The Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT

You see him every night on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" — now see him live with his band Stay Human at The Ridgefield Playhouse.

Diana Ross at Foxwoods

Jun 22, 2019 - Jun 22, 2019 Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Mashantucket, CT

From her days as the leader of The Supremes, Ross helped shape the sound of R&B, and won an Oscar nomination for her role as Billie Holiday in the film "Lady Sings the Blues."

Richard Thompson

Jun 23, 2019 - Jun 23, 2019 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road Ridgefield, CT

Heralded as “the finest rock songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix,” by the LA Times, Thompson’s mastery of acoustic and electric guitar win him new friends and a place as a folk rock master.

Summer Concerts Series at Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens

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

June 23 -- Tim Currie's Motown Review
June 30 -- Sun Kings Beatles tribute band
July 7 -- Abbie Gardner channels Lucinda and Bonnie
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.
June 28 -- Dancing in the Street. The Music of Motown. Hits by artists like Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Diana Ross, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder.
July 5 -- Celebrate America! HSO and the Asylum Hill Congregational Church Choir perform all of your patriotic favorites and tunes from the movies. Fireworks follow the concert.
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:

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.

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 5 -- Parrotbeach Jimmy Buffet tribute band. With Backyard Smokers LLC, The Whey Station, NoRA Cupcake Company
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

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.

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.

Dar 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:


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.

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.

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.

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.

pat Benatar and Neil Gilaldo: 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.


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,

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Scene on the Green

Jun 8, 2019 - Jun 21, 2019 New Haven Green New Haven, CT

Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, for music and performances during the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Below is a sampling of the dozens of events on the Green. See website for more listings.
Luke Hendon Acoustic Combo. June 12, noon. French style guitar and acoustic band does a modern gypsy jazz sound.
Bob Bloom: Drumming About You. June 12, 1 p.m. Kids play along with Bob as he launches some of the world’s most legendary and joyous songs.
Zikina. June 12, 6:30 p.m. Uganda native Gideon Ampeire draws you in with a variety of traditional East African instruments.
St. Luke’s Steel Band. June 13, 6:30 p.m. Repertoire includes soca, calypso, reggae, classical, sacred, jazz, popular and Island folk music.
Rick Reyes. June 14, noon. Latin Urbano, Latin pop, dance sound.
New Haven GospelFest. June 14, 6:30 p.m. Soul-stirring music performed by some of New Haven’s richest talents.
The Flyin’ Hawaiian Show. June 15. Combination for a three ring circus and a Hawaiian vacation.
Raquel De Souza Band. June 18, noon. Country-rock band.
Boogie Chillun‘. June 19, noon. A cappella spiritual melts into gospel.
Nekita Waller. June 20, noon. A mix of pop, Motown, soul, jazz, and classic rock favorites with original music.
Surface with Bernard Jackson. June 21, 7:30 p.m. The 80s soft soul vocal trio––known for such lush ballads as "Closer Than Friends."

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!"

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.



Jun 15, 2019 - Jun 23, 2019 Warner Theatre, 68 Main Street Torrington, CT

Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and the unforgettable songs of the 1970’s take center stage in this funny homage to classic disaster films. With beloved songs of the '70s, including "Knock on Wood," "Hooked on a Feeling," "Sky High," "I Am Woman" and "Hot Stuff," "DISASTER!" will have you dancing.

“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.