25+ things to do this weekend in Connecticut, July 8 - 10

The second weekend of July will be filled with festivals, concerts and cruises. 

Here are some things to do this weekend.

Sailfest
New London

Fireworks are displayed at Binney Park.
Fireworks are displayed at Binney Park.
Tyler Sizemore

Sailfest is returning after a two-year hiatus and features a barbecue, concerts and fireworks. The festival lasts all weekend at 24 Eugene O’Neill Drive 

More information about the festival here. 

6th Annual NICE Festival
Norwalk

The annual Nice Festival Saturday, July 10, 2021, at Oyster Shell Park in Norwalk, Conn.

The annual Nice Festival Saturday, July 10, 2021, at Oyster Shell Park in Norwalk, Conn.

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This festival celebrates global heritage with music, dancing and food. It takes place at Oyster Shell Park on Saturday.

More information about the festival here. 

5 Seconds of Summer
Uncasville

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 04: (L-R) Michael Clifford, Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, and Ashton Irwin of 5 Seconds of Summer attend the 2022 iHeartRadio Wango Tango at Dignity Health Sports Park on June 04, 2022 in Carson, California.
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 04: (L-R) Michael Clifford, Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, and Ashton Irwin of 5 Seconds of Summer attend the 2022 iHeartRadio Wango Tango at Dignity Health Sports Park on June 04, 2022 in Carson, California.
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The award-winning band is making a stop during their world tour at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday

More information about the band here.

Pickin' & Fiddlin' Contest
Roxbury

Fiddler Howie Bojese of Bethel and guitarist Norman Plankey of Oxford playing "kildare's fancy/saint anne's reel" at the 43rd Annual Roxbury Pickin' & Fiddlin' Contest Saturday, July 8th, 2017. Howie was the first place winner in the old time fiddle category.
Fiddler Howie Bojese of Bethel and guitarist Norman Plankey of Oxford playing "kildare's fancy/saint anne's reel" at the 43rd Annual Roxbury Pickin' & Fiddlin' Contest Saturday, July 8th, 2017. Howie was the first place winner in the old time fiddle category.
Trish Haldin

This event pits fiddlers against one another and also features food, crafts and vendors. The contest is held on Saturday at Hurlburt Park.

More information about the contest here.

Joe DeRosa
Fairfield

AUSTIN, TEXAS - MARCH 13: Joe DeRosa performs onstage at The Stand NYC Stand Up Showcase during the 2022 SXSW Conference and Festivals at Esther's Follies on March 13, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Samantha Burkardt/Getty Images for SXSW)

AUSTIN, TEXAS - MARCH 13: Joe DeRosa performs onstage at The Stand NYC Stand Up Showcase during the 2022 SXSW Conference and Festivals at Esther's Follies on March 13, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Samantha Burkardt/Getty Images for SXSW)

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Stand-up comedian Joe DeRosa, who has performed with stars like Dave Chappelle and Dave Attell, will be bringing the laughs to the Fairfield Comedy Club on Saturday.

More information about the comedian here. 

Family Pirate Adventures
Essex

Playing on the Becky Thatcher riverboat on Friday, July 20, is Basically Blues.
Playing on the Becky Thatcher riverboat on Friday, July 20, is Basically Blues.
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat Facebook / Contributed photo/Contributed Photo

The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat is inviting young "pirates" to join the crew of Captain Kidd on a treasure hunt on Saturday.

More information about the adventure here.

'Kim’s Convenience'
Westport

The cast of Westport Country Playhouse’s Kim’s Convenience.

The cast of Westport Country Playhouse’s Kim’s Convenience.

Christopher Conte

Comedy “Kim’s Convenience,” which was the inspiration behind a Netflix show, will be running at the Westport County Playhouse until July 17.

More information about the play here.

Raspberry Festival
Middlefield

Sophie Kulas carries a container of raspberries she picked at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, Conn. Lyman Orchards has operated through wars, financial panics and a freeze that destroyed its peach crop. As they prepare to celebrate its 275th year in operation in 2016, the family is looking to cultivate its ninth generation of owner-operators.
Sophie Kulas carries a container of raspberries she picked at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, Conn. Lyman Orchards has operated through wars, financial panics and a freeze that destroyed its peach crop. As they prepare to celebrate its 275th year in operation in 2016, the family is looking to cultivate its ninth generation of owner-operators.
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The festival invites guests to pick their own raspberries as well as play with goats and do yoga. It kicks off on Saturday at Lyman Orchards' Apple Barrel.

More information about the festival here.

Windsor Monarch Festival
Windsor

Locals will be decorating Windsor with butterfly-themed planters and hosting eco-friendly artisan markets on Saturday and runs until July 22.

More information about the festival here.

Free Summer Concert Series at Connecticut's Old State House
Hartford

The Old State House in Hartford

The Old State House in Hartford

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Connecticut's Old State House will host a free concert every Friday until Oct. 7. This week's performance is by the Jake Kulak Band. 

More information about the concert series here. 

Gene Moore art exhibition
Danbury

A landscape by Gene Moore.

A landscape by Gene Moore.

Still Rivers Edition / contributed

Gene Moore will be hosting his first art solo exhibition, featuring his paintings at The Gallery at Still River Editions starting Saturday and ending on Sept. 30.

More information about the gallery here.

Catch some fireworks
All across CT

Skyrockets light up the sky over Long Island Sound at the 2017 Independence Day Fireworks Fundraising Show at Compo Beach, Monday, July 3, in Westport, Conn.

Skyrockets light up the sky over Long Island Sound at the 2017 Independence Day Fireworks Fundraising Show at Compo Beach, Monday, July 3, in Westport, Conn.

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While Independence Day being over, several fireworks are still scheduled to light up the night sky this weekend. 

Check out our guide to see more information on when and where the fireworks will take place.

Magnificent Monster Circus by CactusHead Puppets
Storrs

University of Connecticut, Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
University of Connecticut, Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
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This free puppet show takes guests on a quest with various friendly puppets. See it live at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry on Saturday.

More information about the puppets here.

Goodnight Moonshine
Westport

Goodnight Moonshine will play the State House in New Haven.

Goodnight Moonshine will play the State House in New Haven.

Eben Pariser / Contributed photo

This husband-wife band blends music themes from the '60s and '90s into their own unique sound. They will be performing live at the Levitt Pavilion on Saturday.

More information on the band here.

Gary Lucas
Bridgeport

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 21: American guitarist Gary Lucas performing live on stage with Peter Hammill at the Union Chapel in London, on February 21, 2014. (Photo by Will Ireland/Classic Rock Magazine/Future via Getty Images/Future via Getty Images)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 21: American guitarist Gary Lucas performing live on stage with Peter Hammill at the Union Chapel in London, on February 21, 2014. (Photo by Will Ireland/Classic Rock Magazine/Future via Getty Images/Future via Getty Images)

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Guitarist Gary Lucas will be performing hits like "Rise Up to Be" and "She is Free" at the Bijou on Saturday

More information about the musician here. 

Evening Paddle on the Farmington River
Farmington

Farmington River.

Farmington River.

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Collinsville Canoe & Kayak are offering guests extended evening hours on Friday and Saturday to rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard on the Farmington River.

More information about the service here.

Soul Asylum
Uncasville

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - APRIL 30: Justin Sharbono of Soul Asylum during Beale Street Music Festival at Liberty Park on April 30, 2022 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Astrida Valigorsky/Getty Images)

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - APRIL 30: Justin Sharbono of Soul Asylum during Beale Street Music Festival at Liberty Park on April 30, 2022 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Astrida Valigorsky/Getty Images)

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This Grammy award-winning rock band is known for international hits like "Runaway Train” and “Black Gold.” They will be performing live at Wolf Den on Saturday

More information about the band here.

A 'Sample' of American History
Sharon

The Sharon Historical Society and Museum is displaying a collection of 55 early American samplers, which were sown by school-aged girls between the early 1700s and mid-1800s, until Oct. 15.

More information about the samplers here.

 

Saturday Sunset Cruises
Norwalk

The Maritime Aquarium is currently offering Saturday Sunset Cruises.

The Maritime Aquarium is currently offering Saturday Sunset Cruises.

Maritime Aquarium / Contributed photo

The Maritime Aquarium offers a 90-minute ride on its hybrid-electric research boat to give guests a chance to see ocean wildlife on Saturdays until July 30.

More information about the cruises here.

Polo Matches at the Farmington Polo Club
Farmington

Farmington Polo Club

Farmington Polo Club

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The Farmington Polo Club is holding its summer games every Saturday.

More information about the polo matches here. 

Farmer's Market in Stamford
Stamford

Photos from the opening day of the Stamford Downtown Farmers Market in Stamford, Conn. Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Held every Wednesday on West Park Place, the market features a variety of vendors including Amelia's Florist & Farm Market, Beldotti Bakery, Blue the Baker, Country Farm, Mill Pond Essentials, and Waterview Farm

Photos from the opening day of the Stamford Downtown Farmers Market in Stamford, Conn. Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Held every Wednesday on West Park Place, the market features a variety of vendors including Amelia's Florist & Farm Market, Beldotti Bakery, Blue the Baker, Country Farm, Mill Pond Essentials, and Waterview Farm

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Veterans Memorial Park will be hosting a farmer's market every Saturday until Oct. 29.

More information about the farmer's market here.

Take the kids to a family-friendly activity
All across CT

Visitors to the Maritime Aquarium including Georgia Smith, 4, watch the seals frolic in their new enclosure.

Visitors to the Maritime Aquarium including Georgia Smith, 4, watch the seals frolic in their new enclosure.

Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media

The Nutmeg State has many kid-friendly activities for summer, including those at amusement parks, nature centers and libraries.

Check out our guide on family-friendly activities throughout the state.

Attend a free exercise class in CT
All across CT

Maladies Vargas, of Bridgeport, takes part in a free yoga class at McLevy Green in Bridgeport, Conn., on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. ConnectiCare's program Yoga in Our City, has teamed up with local yoga studio, Great Heart Yoga, to offer the free classes at McLevy Green and Seaside Park throughout the summer months. Classes are held each Tuesday at 5:00 PM at McLevy Green and again on Saturday at 9:30 AM at Seaside Park.

Maladies Vargas, of Bridgeport, takes part in a free yoga class at McLevy Green in Bridgeport, Conn., on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. 

Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut Media

Several gyms, libraries and community centers across the Nutmeg State regularly offer guests a free yoga session, Zumba class or self-defense class.

More information about the free classes here.

Enjoy one of CT's free thing to do
All across CT

The Elizabeth Park Conservancy in Hartford, Conn. July 2021

The Elizabeth Park Conservancy in Hartford, Conn. July 2021

Lisa Nichols

The Nutmeg State has plenty of free activities for residents and visitors alike to take advantage of, like attending a concerts or scouting out a swimming or hiking destination.

More information about some free things to do in Connecticut. 

'Flutter Zone'
Norwalk

Norwalk's Maritime Aquarium will open a new butterfly exhibit on May 28. The "Flutter Zone," is a walk-through exhibit in a floral habitat on the aquarium's riverfront courtyard.

Norwalk's Maritime Aquarium will open a new butterfly exhibit on May 28. The "Flutter Zone," is a walk-through exhibit in a floral habitat on the aquarium's riverfront courtyard.

Adriana Morga/ Hearst Connecticut Media

The Maritime Aquarium will be hosting a habitat filled with colorful butterflies that guests can walk through. The "Flutter Zone" will be available until Sept. 5. 

More information about "Flutter Zone" here.

Check off some items on Connecticut's summer bucket list for 2022

Illustration of paddle boarders

Illustration of paddle boarders

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Connecticut offers plenty of outdoor dining, day trips and festivals during the summertime. Check our list to start checking off some items.

More information about the summer bucket list. 

Cool down at a splash pad
All across CT

Joel Whyte, 7, plays at the Beardsley Park splash pad in Bridgeport, Conn., on Friday July 31, 2020.
Joel Whyte, 7, plays at the Beardsley Park splash pad in Bridgeport, Conn., on Friday July 31, 2020.
Christian Abraham/Hearst Connecticut Media

Splash pads across the state have turned their sprinklers on and offer a way for kids to cool down for free. 

More information about the splash pads here.

'David Hartt: A Colored Garden'
New Canaan

The Glass House in New Canaan was designed by Philip Johnson, one of "The Harvard Five."

The Glass House in New Canaan was designed by Philip Johnson, one of "The Harvard Five."

Robert Gregson / Contributed

The Glass House is featuring a new exhibition of paintings and videos that explore life at the turn of the century. The exhibit will be on display until Nov. 15. 

More information about the exhibit here. 

'Submarines, Battlefields, and Betrayers. Military Stories on the Thames.'
New London

Gov. Ned Lamont in early August 2021 at the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Conn, a short distance up the Thames River from the Electric Boat subsidiary of General Dynamics has been hiring hundreds of people this year.

Gov. Ned Lamont in early August 2021 at the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Conn, a short distance up the Thames River from the Electric Boat subsidiary of General Dynamics has been hiring hundreds of people this year.

Susan Haigh / Associated Press

The Thames River Heritage Park Foundation is inviting guests to come to the river and hear about some military history that happened on the river until Sept. 10

More information about the storytime here.

'Speed: Hydroplane Racing on the Connecticut River, 1900-1940'
Essex

Aerial view of the Connecticut River and Essex Harbor. The Connecticut River Museum in Essex will hold an event on its waterfront lawn on Saturday

Aerial view of the Connecticut River and Essex Harbor. The Connecticut River Museum in Essex will hold an event on its waterfront lawn on Saturday

Al Braden / Hearst Connecicut Media file photo

This exhibit covers the era of racing on the Connecticut River by showcasing photographs, trophies and vintage outboard racing motors. It's on display at the Connecticut River Museum until Oct. 9. 

More information about the exhibit here. 

 

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition
Hartford

The Big E, which runs for 17 days, Sept. 15 through Oct. 1, in West Springfield, Mass., is one of the most anticipated annual events in New England. A highlight this year will be “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition,” an exact replica in large-scale photographs.
The Big E, which runs for 17 days, Sept. 15 through Oct. 1, in West Springfield, Mass., is one of the most anticipated annual events in New England. A highlight this year will be “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition,” an exact replica in large-scale photographs.
MAX / Contributed photo

This special exhibition lets patrons get up close and personal with reproductions of Michelangelo's most famous works. The exhibition runs until June 26 at the Connecticut Convention Center.

More information about the artwork here. 

Enjoy outdoor dining across the state

Outdoor dining at the Hopkins Inn

Outdoor dining at the Hopkins Inn

Lidia Ryan

Summer's warm weather makes it the perfect time to grab a bite to eat outside.

More information about the best locations to eat outdoors, according to Connecticut Magazine. 

Open Arts Studio for Families
New Cannan

This is a rendering of the Alyson Shotz sculpture, which will be one of the many changes at Grace Farms in New Canaan when it reopens in September.  Photo contributed July 2021

This is a rendering of the Alyson Shotz sculpture, which will be one of the many changes at Grace Farms in New Canaan when it reopens in September.  Photo contributed July 2021

Contributed by Grace Farms Foundation, photo by Niv Rozenberg / Hearst Connecticut Media

Grace Farms is letting visitors experiment with new materials and art-making techniques every Saturday until Nov 30.

More information about the art studio here. 

'Solitary Garden'
Old Lyme

The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Conn. July 2021.

The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Conn. July 2021.

Lisa Nichols

Tour the gardens at the Florence Griswold Museum until Dec. 31. 

Find out more about the gardens here. 

Visit Lake Compounce amusement park
Bristol

Lake Compounce, the theme park in Bristol, is going all-cashless starting in the 2022 season.

Lake Compounce, the theme park in Bristol, is going all-cashless starting in the 2022 season.

TinaMarie Craven / Hearst Connecticut Media

Lake Compounce amusement park is open for its 2022 season. The park also recently became cashless.

More information more about the park here. 

Glow in the Park at The Adventure Park
Bridgeport, Mansfield

Livia Clark, 7, of Mendham, NJ, rides a zip line during her first ever ropes course with her family during opening day at The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, Conn., on Friday, April 1, 2022.

Livia Clark, 7, of Mendham, NJ, rides a zip line during her first ever ropes course with her family during opening day at The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, Conn., on Friday, April 1, 2022.

Brian A. Pounds / Hearst Connecticut Media

The Adventure Parks in Storrs and the Discovery Museum will be filled with colorful lights until Aug. 27 that illuminate the path for guests as they zipline through the trees.

More information about the lights here.