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Events Calendar 2018

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Children & Families

Mystic Pirate Invasion 2018

Oct 12, 2018 - Oct 14, 2018 Downtown , Family, Kids Mystic, CT

Gear up for a fun-filled weekend full of pirates, plunder, kids crafts, balloon creations, pub crawling, scavenger hunting and much more!

Cruises

Stonington Harbor Cruises

Jul 11, 2018 - Oct 18, 2018 72 Water Street Stonington, CT

Come aboard this open-air Carolina Skiff and cruise historical Stonington Harbor for 90 minutes. Enjoy the beauty of the natural environment and listen to stories of the past and present unique to Fisher’s Island Sound. All tours and charters are by reservation only. Dress in layers for a cool on-the-water experience. BYOB

Dance

So You Think You Can Dance Live 2018

Oct 14, 2018 - Oct 14, 2018 Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT

"So You Think You Can Dance," the show that raised America’s interest in dance, returns to the road this fall. The show features the top 10 contestants from Season 15.

Historic

Haight Brown Scavenger Hunt

Jul 27, 2018 - Sep 3, 2018 Haight-Brown Vineyards, 28 Chestnut Hill Road Litchfield, CT

The Haight Brown Scavenger Hunt is a fun challenge in the beautiful town of Litchfield, CT. Solve five clues about the history of Litchfield as you visit the site of each clue. Fastest and most accurate teams are entered into a lottery for prizes. Plan on a full day at Haight Brown Vineyard to enjoy some wine, solve the clues and find the locations.

Museums

National Geographic Photo Ark Traveling Exhibit

Jun 2, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018 Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive Greenwich, CT

The National Geographic Photo Ark documents every species in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. The Photo Ark includes portraits of more than 12,000 species representing several animal classes. Exhibit is open through September 2, 2018.

“Exquisite Miniatures” Exhibit

Aug 3, 2018 - Sep 8, 2018 Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road Stamford, CT

Artists Wes and Rachelle Siegrist have created a world of these amazingly detailed paintings – so small you need a magnifying glass to see them -- for the exhibit Exquisite Miniatures. See 50 infinitely detailed works from the renowned miniaturists. A gallery talk and artists’ tour takes place on opening day, August 3, 1-3 p.m. $15. Exhibit on view through January 1, 2019

Music

Riverfront Summer Pops 2018

Jun 9, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018 Great River Park, 301 East River Drive East Hartford, CT

Summer pops concerts are performed by the Middletown Symphonic Band.
August 25 -- Symphonic Soundtrack. Hear music from pop stars, shows, and movies including highlights from "La La Land," "Star Wars," "Jesus Christ Superstar," and more. Music from composers Gilbert & Sullivan, Henry Mancini, John Lennon, and John Williams will fill out the evening.

2018 Summer Concert Series

Jun 27, 2018 - Aug 29, 2018 Calf Pasture Beach, Calf Pasture Beach Road Norwalk Norwalk, CT

Weather cancellations: 203-854-7938
August 8 – Penny Lane (Beatles tribute band)
August 15 – 45 RPM (70s music) August 22 -- The Neil Diamond Tribute featuring Tommy Lynn
August 29 -- The 60’s Experience

Concert Happenings in Ridgefield’s Parks (CHIRP) 2018

Jul 10, 2018 - Aug 30, 2018 Ballard Park, 485 Main Street Ridgefield, CT

Bring a picnic. Passengers and coolers may be dropped off at the CVS entrance to Ballard Park. Rain venues: ACT Theatre, 36 Old Quarry Road; St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 351 Main Street; Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road; ERMS, 10 East Ridge Road.
August 16: Della Mae –Never failing to deliver punch, soul and emotion in equal measure.
August 21: Janiva Magness –B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, 2015 Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year.
August 23: Ramy Essam – This Egyptian musician is known as the real voice of the Egyptian revolution.
August 28: Los Texmaniacs – This famed conjunto band incorporates elements from R&R and jazz with Tejano Music.
August 30: C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band –Come prepared to dance to Zydeco!

Sunset Sounds Concert Series 018

Aug 9, 2018 - Sep 13, 2018 Butler-McCook House & Garden 396 Main Street Hartford, CT

Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the lively music of the Hartford Steel Symphony on August 9th in the Butler-McCook Garden! The Hartford Steel Symphony will be playing a mix of soca, calypso, reggae, pop, classical, gospel and jazz, all with an island rhythm. The Sunset Sounds Concert Series takes place on the second Thursday of the month, June through September.

Jazz Week New Haven 2018

Aug 17, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018 See description below New Haven, CT

Here’s the schedule of events for Jazz Week New Haven 2018:
August 17 -- Dr. Eddie Henderson Quartet at Lyric Hall; Phil E. Brown Trio at Amoy’s Cajun Restaurant; Jazz Jam at Cafe 9
August 18 -- Nick DiMaria at Cave A Vin Winebar
August 20 -- Morris Trent Duo at Anchor Spa; Rohn Lawrence at Toad’s Place – Lilly’s Pad
August 21 -- Jonathan Barber Trio at Three Sheets;
August 22 -- Hawkins Jazz Collective at Owl Shop
August 23 -- Ric Cunningham Duo at Harvest
August 23 -- Joe Morris & The NHIC at The State House; New Haven Fusion Night at Stella Blues
August 24 -- Alec Rice Quintet, Andrew Beals Quartet, Adam Rogers DICE, all at Temple Plaza opposite Omni Hotel; Kelly Green with guest George Coleman at Cafe 9
August 25 -- Jazz Jam at Cafe 9; Herb Wilson at Cave A Vin Winebar

Running on Empty: the Music of Jackson Browne

Aug 24, 2018 - Aug 24, 2018 Infinity Norfolk, 20 Greenwoods Road West Norfolk, CT

Celebrating the music of Jackson Browne and the Laurel Canyon sound! Hear the hits like “Doctor my Eyes” and many more.

Melissa Etheridge: The Rock Show

Aug 25, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018 Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, 40 Jesup Road Westport, CT

Melissa Lou Etheridge;s debut album (1988) and became an underground success and reached No. 22 on the Billboard 200. "Bring Me Some Water" won Etheridge a Grammy Award nomination.Rain or shine.

Tony Bennett

Oct 4, 2018 - Oct 4, 2018 Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT

His last recording, “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” just won a Grammy Award and Bennett recently won the Gershwin Prize marking the first time that an interpretive singer has been honored. Bennett's latest album will be a collaborative project with long – time friend and colleague Diana Krall.

Christina Aguilera’s Liberation Tour

Oct 6, 2018 - Oct 6, 2018 Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT

Aguilera has achieved five # 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart making her the fourth female artist to top the chart over three consecutive decades. She holds the honor of being the only artist under the age of 30 included in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time.

Josh Groban and Idina Menzel

Nov 10, 2018 - Nov 10, 2018 Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT

Singer, songwriter, superstar Josh Groban tours form the first time since his sold-out Stages Tour on 2015/2016. Joining him is recording artist and actress Idina Menzel. Tickets on sale starting March 16 through Ticketmaster and starting March 17 at the Mohegan Sun box Office.

Outdoor Activities

Wine, Cheese & A Moonlit Walk

Aug 23, 2018 - Aug 23, 2018 Audubon Center in Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT

Gather in the newly renovated Asnes Barn to enjoy drinks, food and conversation in the setting of our beautiful, historic barn. Afterwards walk the paved accessible trail to take in the sights and sounds of a moonlit summer evening. For guests age 21 and older. RSVP required to Eli at 203-930-1349 or eschaffer@audubon.org.

Parties, Dances, Balls

Cruise to Parrotdise

Aug 24, 2018 - Aug 24, 2018 Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, 1 Railroad Avenue Essex, CT

Hop aboard the Becky Thatcher for a sunset cruise. The band Changes in Latitude will be playing your favorite Jimmy Buffett tunes while you enjoy the river winds and sip on frosty margaritas. Tropical refreshments will be served. Get in the running for cash prizes in our Loudest Hawaiian Shirt Contest! The more colorful the better! This cruise is a sell-out and a ridiculously good time. For guests age 21 and older.

Theater

“Oliver”

Jun 29, 2018 - Sep 8, 2018 The Goodspeed, 6 Main Street East Haddam, CT

Bounced from workhouse to forced labor, Oliver Twist escapes to the streets where he meets Fagin, the Artful Dodger and a band of child pickpockets. Performance schedule and tickets/

“Cyrano”

Aug 3, 2018 - Sep 2, 2018 Terris Theatre, 33 North Main Street Chester, CT

The legendary romance about a proud and impassioned poet who ghostwrites love letters is rekindled in a timeless and unconventional new musical featuring music by members of the Grammy Award-winning indie alternative band The National. Performance schedule and tickets.

“A Chorus Line”

Aug 8, 2018 - Sep 2, 2018 Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street Ivoryton, CT

“A Chorus Line” examines one day in the lives of 17 dancers all vying for a spot in the chorus line” of a Broadway musical. ased on real Broadway dancers’ stories, “A Chorus Line” is funny, heartbreaking, and refreshingly honest. This singular sensation is the longest-running American Broadway musical ever.

“Love’s Labor’s Lost” by Elm Shakespeare Company in the Park

Aug 16, 2018 - Sep 2, 2018 Great Lawn of Edgerton Park, 75 Cliff Street off Whitney Avenue New Haven, CT

The King of Navarre has sworn to give up the pleasures of the world for serious study and contemplation. But when the Princess of France arrives, exuberant frivolity triumphs over studious drudgery and the whole town erupts in pursuit of what (and who) they love! Performed daily except Mondays.