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Events Calendar - 2023

Find a multitude of fun events and great things to do, including weekend events, throughout the year, like music; festivals; comedy; outdoor fun; boat cruises; excursions for families and kids; food, wine and beer tastings. Weather is no problem; lots of things to do happen indoors.
Be sure to check out the listings of year-round Fairs & Festivals throughout New England. See also, Great Things to Do.

Please remember to check about health & safety guidelines with each venue before purchasing tickets or attending an event.

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Boat Shows

CT Spring Boat Show – Essex CT

Apr 28, 2023 - Apr 30, 2023 Safe Harbor Essex Island Marina, 11 Ferry Street, Essex, CT

Shop for ships, yachts, and boats at the Spring Boat Show. Walk the docks and browse among the vessels, and meet exhibitors selling boat gear, parts, accessories, and more. There will be opportunities for sea trails prior to purchase. Connect with the boating community of Connecticut.

DIY Gifts & Crafts

Sunday Fun Day Crafts: Jewelry – Washington CT

Jan 17, 2023 - Feb 17, 2023 The Institute For American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT

Learn how to craft basic Native American jewelry at the Institute for American Indian Studies. Start a new project as you learn about the history of jewelry making in New England and connect with Native American culture.

How to Awaken Your Creative Juices – Manchester CT

Feb 16, 2023 - Feb 16, 2023 WORK_SPACE, 903 Main Street, Manchester, CT

Artist, art teacher and author, Dorothy L. Hall, shares stories and examples of how to light your creative spark and overcome moments of indecision and overwhelm. Join us to learn strategies to bring excitement and passion to your work and life. 

Black History Month Paint Night – East Haven CT

Feb 25, 2023 - Feb 25, 2023 Faith Art Studio LLC, 214 Main Street, East Haven, CT

Celebrate Black History Month through art. Enjoy an evening full of creativity, music, soul food, something sweet, and lots of fun. Tickets include all of your art supplies: paints, brushes, and aprons. Advanced registration is required.

Festivals

Winter Weekend in Norfolk – Norfolk CT

Feb 25, 2023 - Feb 26, 2023 Main Street, Norfolk, CT

Take in Norfolk’s winter beauty during this weekend full of local fun and events. Have fun both inside and outside with activities such as live music, art shows, food, films, curling and skating, hiking, stained glass window tours, a bonfire, kid’s events, and more.

Food, Wine, Beer

Stories in Silver: The Chocolate Pot – Hartford CT

Feb 23, 2023 - Feb 23, 2023 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT

Warm up this winter with a cup of “historic” hot chocolate as curator Linda Roth explores the connections between chocolate and silver. Learn how chocolate made its way to Europe from the Americas, establishing itself as a breakfast staple before becoming the cherished ingredient of contemporary desserts. Sample an eighteenth-century hot chocolate recipe, sip a modern chocolate cocktail, and indulge in chocolate-inspired treats while you view objects in The Silver Vault that were used to serve all things cacao. 

Maple

Connecticut's Maple Weekend – Various CT

Mar 18, 2023 - Mar 19, 2023 Various locations, Various, CT

Late winter and early spring mark the production of the state’s first agricultural product, maple syrup. Sap from maple trees is harvested and turned into delicious syrup and value-added products. Come see how it's made and celebrate all things maple on Maple Weekend. Tour local sugarhouses and learn the process. Meet the maple syrup producers, sample the products and purchase something Connecticut Grown. Maple Weekend runs from March 18th to the 19th. 

Maple Weekend at Sullivan Farm – New Milford CT

Mar 18, 2023 - Mar 19, 2023 Sullivan Farm, 140 Park Lane Road, New Milford, CT

The open house will display maple syruping techniques used by indigenous peoples, early colonists, civil war era and finishing with a tour of our modern facility lead by student docents. The entire tour should take around 30 minutes. Maple syrup and other maple products will be available for purchase. 

Music

Dueling Pianos – Madison CT

Feb 10, 2023 - Feb 10, 2023 94 W Wharf Road, Madison, CT

Enjoy a fantastic evening of dueling pianos featuring the talent from Savage Pianos, a troupe hailing from New York City.  The audience creates the playlist and the pianists make it come alive  they're funny, spontaneous, creative and super talented.

Outdoor Activities

Dazzlingliffe Lantern Festival at Lyman Orchards – Middlefield CT

Dec 10, 2022 - Jan 31, 2023 70 Lyman Road, Middlefield, CT

Marvel at more than 400 illuminated lantern displays on a winding 1/2 mile walking path. Adventure through a vibrant wonderland of animals, insects, reptiles, plantlife, and more  all inspired by the 2000-year old Asian art of lantern making. Each larger-than-life lantern is masterfully handcrafted using thousands of colored LED lights. New this year are a Phoenix and an Amerciana-themed section, including a 26 foot tall Statue of Liberty lantern.

Performing Arts and Theater

"The Bridges of Madison County" – Enfield CT

Feb 10, 2023 - Feb 26, 2023 124 North Maple Street, Enfield, CT

The Bridges of Madison County is one of the most romantic stories ever written. The two time Tony Award-winning musical is based on the 1992 novel of the same name. The novel was also adapted into the 1995 film starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. This production features soulful music and an unforgettable story. 

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Greenwich CT

Mar 19, 2023 - Mar 19, 2023 Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road, Greenwich, CT

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with the town of Greenwich. The parade will begin at Town Hall, travel up Field Point Road, turn right at the Greenwich Library onto Putnam Avenue, and then go right again down Greenwich Avenue to end at Railroad Avenue. All are welcome, including dogs.