25+ things to do this weekend in Connecticut, Aug. 26 - 28

Connecticut residents can battle it out in some classic video games, enjoy a carnival ride or listen to some smooth jazz this weekend of Aug. 26-28, 2022.

Boyz II Men
Bridgeport

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 18: Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men performs onstage at BleauLive at Fountainbleau Miami Beach on December 18, 2021 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images)

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 18: Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men performs onstage at BleauLive at Fountainbleau Miami Beach on December 18, 2021 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images)

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The vocal group will perform at the Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater on Sunday

More information about the group here.

ShakesBeer Fest
Stratford

Ed Goodrich, of the Stratford Arts Commission, holds a glass of Two Roads Brewery beer as he stands in front of the American Shakespeare Theatre during the first annual Shakesbeer Festival Beer Festival at the American Shakespeare Theatre on Elm Street in Stratford on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. All profits on the festival will go to the American Shakespeare Theatre for their reopening.

Ed Goodrich, of the Stratford Arts Commission, holds a glass of Two Roads Brewery beer as he stands in front of the American Shakespeare Theatre during the first annual Shakesbeer Festival Beer Festival at the American Shakespeare Theatre on Elm Street in Stratford on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. 

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Guests can find over 50 craft breweries as well as live music and local food trucks at the American Shakespeare Theatre's ShakesBeer Fest on Saturday.

More information about the festival here.

The 2nd Annual Bridgeport Jazz Festival
Bridgeport

Guests will be able to enjoy live music from musicians like Alivia and Ana Lampert, as well as food vendors at this free event on Saturday.

More information about the festival here.

RetroWorld Expo
Hartford

This vintage video game and pop culture expo will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Connecticut Convention Center.

More information about the expo here.

 
Winsted Fireman’s Carnival
Winsted

The Winsted Fire Department will hold its annual Fireman's Carnival at 75 Rowley Street, Winsted, opening at 6 p.m. Aug. 24.

The Winsted Fire Department will hold its annual Fireman's Carnival at 75 Rowley Street, Winsted, opening at 6 p.m. Aug. 24.

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Guests can find a beer garden, carnival food, rides and fireworks at 75 Rowley Street until Aug. 27.

More information about the carnival here.

 

New London Pride 2022
New London

The New London Pride Festival supports the LGBTQ+ community with art, musical entertainment and resources. It will take place Saturday and Sunday at Ocean Beach Park.

More information about the festival here.

The SteelDrivers
Norwalk

(L-R) Tammy Rogers, Mike Fleming and Chris Stapleton of Bluegrass band The SteelDrivers perform during day 5 of the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds Race Course on May 6, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/WireImage)

(L-R) Tammy Rogers, Mike Fleming and Chris Stapleton of Bluegrass band The SteelDrivers perform during day 5 of the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds Race Course on May 6, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/WireImage)

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The band will be performing songs from its Grammy-winning "Best Bluegrass Album” at the Wall Street Theater on Friday. 

More information about the band here.

The Brooklyn Fair
Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Fair offers "entertainment for the whole family" with numerous agricultural shows and live music. The fair takes place all weekend at 15 Fairgrounds Road. 

More information about the fair here.

Linda Gale Lewis
Danbury

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MAY 02: Linda Gail Lewis performs during 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Day 6 at Fair Grounds Race Course on May 2, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Legato/WireImage)

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MAY 02: Linda Gail Lewis performs during 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Day 6 at Fair Grounds Race Course on May 2, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Legato/WireImage)

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Rockabilly Hall of Fame member Linda Gail Lewis will be performing her hits like "I Just Lived a Country Song" and "Wild Wild Wild" on Friday at The Palace. 

More information about the musician here.

ROCK The VALLEY
Ansonia

Guests can listen to musicians like the Steve Rodgers Duo and Frank Viele Band for free on Saturday at Nolan Field.

Sound Meditation Concert
Coventry

Patriots Park Coventry. 

Patriots Park Coventry. 

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This concert aims to relax audiences with the soothing sounds of live gongs and singing bowls. It takes place at Patriots Park on Friday. 

More information about the concert here.

Wilco with Built to Spill
New Haven

Wilco will be performing its newest album "Cruel Country" at the Westville Music Bowl on Saturday.

More information about the band here.

'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.

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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.

RiMaConn Relay
Lincoln, RI

The RiMaConn Relay takes racers through Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. The race, which will also feature locally-sourced food, kicks off at Blackstone State Park on Saturday.

More information about the race here.

The Last Of The Duke Street Kings
Hartford

This band will be recreating the sounds of Bruce Springsteen on Friday at the Arch Street Tavern.

More information about the band here.

72th Manchester 8th District Peach Festival
Manchester

Manchester Fire Department 8th District will be baking peach creations (like peach shortcakes) and providing live music to guests on Aug. 26, according to Eventbrite.  

'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'
Branford

Families can enjoy the classic Peanuts musical at The Legacy Theatre from through Sept. 3.

More information about the musical here.

Open Air Market and Festival
Middlefield

Wadsworth Manson

Wadsworth Mansion

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The Open Air Market and Festival will bring together local farmers as well as artisans at Wadsworth Mansion on Aug. 28.

Meriano’s Bake Shoppe, Dope Fried Food, Wild Carrot Woven and Diamond in the Rough Beauty are some of the vendors who will be at the festival, according to its website. 

Musicians from the Middletown Commission on the Arts will also perform during the festival. 

Sunflower Maze
Middlefield

Lincoln Carew leads his mom, Ashley Carew, and grandmother, Karen Hogancamp, through the sunflower maze near L&A Family Farms just south of Paris in Illinois. A seemingly endless field of sunflowers is in bloom in east central Illinois, a golden spectacle that’s drawing families from all corners of the Wabash Valley and beyond.

Lincoln Carew leads his mom, Ashley Carew, and grandmother, Karen Hogancamp, through the sunflower maze near L&A Family Farms just south of Paris in Illinois. A seemingly endless field of sunflowers is in bloom in east central Illinois, a golden spectacle that’s drawing families from all corners of the Wabash Valley and beyond.

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Lyman Orchards is inviting guests to explore its maze of over 350,000 yellow, orange and red sunflowers until Aug. 28.

More information about the maze 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 final summer game Saturday.

More information about the polo matches 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.

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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 "Submarines, Battlefields, and Betrayers. Military Stories on the Thames" here.

Wildlife Encounters Animal Show
Hartford

A Crocodile. 

A Crocodile. 

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Guests at the Connecticut Science Center can meet exotic wildlife like alligators during the show, which happens every weekend until Aug. 28.

More information about the show here.

Open hours at Mill Hill Historic Park
Norwalk

Guests can visit the Mill Hill Historic Park's new exhibit “Norwalk’s Changing Communities: 13,000BC – 1835” to learn about the past every weekend until Sept. 4.

More information about the exhibit here.

Find a way to cool down

FILE PHOTO: Children are doused in falling water at a Milford splash pad. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-to-upper 80s Friday in Connecticut.

FILE PHOTO: Children are doused in falling water at a Milford splash pad. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-to-upper 80s Friday in Connecticut.

Brian A. Pounds / Hearst Connecticut Media

Connecticut offers a number of beaches, lakes and swimming holes that will help keep you cool during the first major heat wave of the summer. And if your brain is too over heated to think of any activities, we've gathered some ways to beat the heat in Connecticut.

Read more for a full guide to Connecticut lakes

Read more for a full guide to Connecticut beaches

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 Meadows Brothers.

More information about the concert series at Connecticut's Old State House 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 Gene Moore art exhibition here.

Take a hike
All across CT

Triathlete Laura Becker trains on the trails at Case Mountain in Manchester.

Triathlete Laura Becker trains on the trails at Case Mountain in Manchester.

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Many parks and trails across the state are open, giving Nutmeggers over 2,000 miles to explore.

Check out our guide to the state's picturesque landscapes 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.

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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.

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. 

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.

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Lake Compounce amusement park is open three days per week for Phantom Fall Fest this October. The park also became cashless this year.

More information more about Lake Compounce amusement 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.

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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.