Paper-Making Workshop at the James L. Goodwin Conservation Center: Hampton

Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center and Museum 23 Potter Rd, Hampton

Interested in papermaking? Visit the James L. Goodwin Conservation Center for a workshop on the wonders of papermaking. The program will go over the steps, tools and materials needed, as well as tips and tricks to make one’s paper unique. This easy and relatively cheap activity can become fun for oneself-or the whole family! All are welcome – Adults and families. Email deep.goodwin@ct.gov to register, or if you have any questions.  For more information

Cardboard Explosion! at The Legacy Theater

Legacy Theatre 128 Thimble Islands Road, Branford

Saturday, July 27 at 10am Back by popular demand! Four original stories, brought to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. With help from the audience, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes! For more information

$25

Waterford Family Food Fest at Crystal Mall!

Crystal Mall 850 Hartford Turnpike, Waterford

Come join us at the Waterford Family Food Fest for a day filled with fun, food, and festivities! Enjoy a wide array of global cuisines, live dance performances, and shop from a variety of unique vendors. Don’t miss out on the chance to win great prizes in our raffles! Activities and Attractions Live Petting Zoo Bounce Houses Face Painting Train Rides Live music by DJ Ray Paul For more information

4th Annual Summer Farm Festival with Art & Craft Fair at Hein Farm

The Farm Truck at Hein Farm 303 Meadow Road, Farmington

August 10th & 11th, 2024 Join us for 2  days of celebrating summer with local artisans,  live music (12-3pm),  Greenhouse Tavern Food Truck (Saturday), The Dawg Tour Food Truck  (Sunday),  and Happy Tails Coffee Truck (Saturday).  Also enjoy the  grand opening of our cut your own flower garden, hayrides, face painting, plant sales and  more! For more information  

$14 – $44

Pups and Pints on the Plaza Hartford

Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford

🌌 SET BLASTERS TO ‘FUN’ Strap on your lightsabers, don your capes, and set your blasters to ‘fun’! The Connecticut Science Center is transforming into a galaxy far, far away for an out-of-this-world Star Wars celebration. Join us for a day of galactic fun; whether you’re a Jedi Master or an aspiring Padawan, there’s something for everyone. Immerse yourself in interactive LIVE science demonstrations, themed activities, and special guest appearances. May the Force be with you as you embark on an unforgettable Star Wars adventure. General admission or Membership to the Connecticut Science Center covers your intergalactic travel. For more information

$20 – $28

Concert on the Green: Sing and Play with Mrs. Bergin at La Grua Center: Stonington

La Grua Center 32 Water St, Stonington

Join Ms. Bergin, beloved local children’s musician for an hour of music and singing. Bergin O’Malley, a pop-folk singer songwriter, first started writing children’s music twelve years ago when she was pregnant with her first child Emmett. Along with her singing partner, Melissa Haith, she wrote and released two children’s albums, Sing and Play Together, full of upbeat, catchy songs. Ms. Bergin’s original music celebrates the simple joys of childhood, the bonds of families, the magic of colors and more. Her “Stonington Song” has become somewhat of a local anthem for children and grownups alike. Come enjoy some children’s classics as well as her own originals, during this family-friendly music program. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and get ready to sing and play! This concert is FREE. For more information

Free – $5

Sweet Dreams: A Bedtime Story Comes to Life at The Legacy Theater

Legacy Theatre 128 Thimble Islands Road, Branford

Saturday, August 17 at 10am Join SalliJune as her magical adventures begin when she drifts off to sleep, finding fun and friendship along the way! A Legacy Theatre Production with book, music, and lyrics by Chelsea Dacey and Keely Baisden Knudsen. For more information

$25

SCHEMITZUN: FEAST OF GREEN CORN AND DANCE

Mashantucket Pequot Community Center 2 Matts Path, Mashantucket

All are welcome to join our annual family-friendly celebration as we usher in the 2024 harvest season and give thanks to the Creator for our rich heritage while honoring our ancestors, warriors, veterans, and Elders. Located at the Mashantucket Pequot Cultural Grounds in the heart of one of America’s oldest Indian reservations, Schemitzun features traditional and contemporary tribal dance exhibitions, drum and live music, and plenty of authentic Native American-made crafts. For more information

$8 – $15

Four Town Fair: Somers

Four Town Fair 56 Egypt Road, Somers

​Sept 12 - Sept 15, 2024 The Four Town Fair is considered the oldest continuous Agricultural Fair in Connecticut. It happened in the winter of 1838-1839. People commented: Let’s have a contest! People gathered to have their contest; and 420 cows and oxen showed up. Nobody had ever seen so many cows and oxen in one place What are the towns in the Four Town Fair? The towns are Somers, East Windsor, Enfield and Ellington. Throughout the years, various locations were utilized by the four towns until 1960. The fair society, known as the Union Agricultural Society, purchased land in Somers as the permanent location of all future fairs. In 1964, the Society conducted its first three-day fair so that many more people could attend. Today, crowds are estimated at nearly 20,000 each year. For more information 

Free – $6

Chickenstock Music Festival at Hein Farm

The Farm Truck at Hein Farm 303 Meadow Road, Farmington

Chickenstock Music Festival includes an awesome line up of NINE different bands, food trucks, wine & beer, farm activities all while you enjoy exploring beautiful Hein Farm. Music Line Up includes Steve Dunn, The Meadows Brothers, Eddie Seville, Growing Giants, King Saison, Lee Ann Lovelace and more to be announced soon. Food Trucks: Meraki, Steve's Top Dog, Shake and Stir Beverage Truck, Ice Cream Sandwiches Cornhole & Horseshoes all day, Cut Your Own Flower Garden, Hayrides, Farmstand, Wandering Chickens to entertain. Haybale Toss contest with prizes. Parking included with ticket price. For more information  

$14 – $44

UNITY interactive public art project at the Whitfield Museum

Whitfield House 248 Old Whitfield St, Guilford

Free Event! UNITY interactive public art project – Multicultural Performances – Community Expo – Kindness Rocks – Food & Supplies Drive – Tours In celebration of Welcoming Week, you’re invited to this free event to help build a nation of neighbors! Welcoming Week is an annual international campaign and celebration showcasing the work of communities striving to be more welcoming places for all, including immigrants and refugees. The Whitfield House was built in 1639 as the home of Guilford’s first minister as well as a fort for the new settlement of about 350 Puritans fleeing religious persecution in England. While Puritans were religious refugees, they were often not welcoming to those with differing views or those they thought of as inferior. Here at the museum, we’re committed to Welcoming Week’s goal of building a nation of neighbors. WelcomeFest is a free event open to everyone where we learn about cultures different from our own, celebrate our similarities and differences, and foster mutual understanding and deeper belonging for all. Support provided by CT Humanities. For more information

A Place Called Hope Presents Birds of Prey – From the Porch: Hillstead

Hillstead Museum 35 Mountain Rd, Farmington

Come learn about different Birds of Prey endemic to Connecticut! A Place Called Hope, a Rehabilitation and Education Center for Birds of Prey, presents a one-hour program at Hill-Stead with four different Birds of Prey found in Connecticut. Ambassador Birds will come out of the aviaries to share their beauty and stories of survival. Audiences get to meet two daytime hunters and two night-time hunters. Learn each bird’s story of survival and ways to lessen conflicts with the wildlife in your very own backyard. This program is the result of a continuing collaboration between the Hill-Stead Museum and the Farmington Land Trust, a not-for-profit organization located in Farmington with the mission to protect open space in perpetuity through education, stewardship, acquisition, and advocacy. For more information  

$8 – $12