Everything You Need To Do In Hartford By July 29

The Graveyard at Mark Twain House

There’s no better way to get to know a city than to immerse yourself – we’re talking literally –  in its  food, art, culture, and heritage. And, with Taste of Hartford going on this week, there’s probably no better week to do just that. After nibbling your way through Hartford’s many scrumptious restaurants, treat yourself to birthday cake at Bushnell Park for the 100th celebration of the carousel. Then head over to Mark Twain House to get spooked by the haunted house tour (I hear it’s like a real life horror movie, people). Get a feel for local humor and idiosyncrasies at Sea Tea Improv’s free comedy show, and get your Monday night blues on with free local jazz at Bushnell Park. The City of Hartford wasn’t joking when they toted the phrase, “Hartford has it.” So, read on for more fun things to do – you have no excuse to stay inside this weekend!

When you see [UA] in the heading, it means the organization is supported by the contributions made to the Arts Council’s Annual United Arts Campaign.



Simsbury Community Band Summer Series Concert

When: Wednesday, July 23, 7PM

Where: Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, 22 Iron Horse Blvd. Simsbury

Bring your picnic basket and head over to Simsbury Meadows to hear the soothing tunes of the Simsbury Community Band.

Admission: Free. www.simsburyband.org



Film: My Sweet Pepperland [UA]

When: Thursday, July 24, 7PM – 9PM

Where: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main Street, Hartford

Follow Baran, a Kurdish independence war hero and sheriff, who agrees to be stationed in the most dangerous of borders – Iran, Turkey, and Iraq. Subtitles.

Admission: $7-$9. 860-838-4100. www.thewadsworth.org


Musical Comedy: How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying

When: Thursday, July 24, 7PM – 9PM (through July 26)

Where: RHAM High School Auditorium, 85 Wall St. Hebron

Follow the rise of window washer, J. Pierrepont Finch, who tries to climb the corporate ladder using a handbook called “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying,” in this family-friendly musical comedy presented by the 2014 AHM Summer Youth Theater.

Admission: $6-$9. 860-228-9488. www.ahmyouth.org

Let’s GO Arts: $1 off admission



Film: Snowpiercer   [UA]

When: Friday, July 25, 2:50PM; 7:40PM

Where: Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St. Hartford

Set in a dystopian future, a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet creating a stratified class system.

Admission: $10. www.realartways.org


4th Friday @ the Arts Café

When: Friday, July 25, 7:30PM

Where: Marlborough Arts Center, 231 North Main St. Marlborough

Bring your own wine and head over to Marlborough Arts Center for a concert by Eight Mile River Band.

Admission: $8-$15. 860-295-9389. www.marlborougharts.org


Free Movies after Dark

When: Friday, July 25, 6:30PM

Where: Riverside Park

The City of Hartford continues its free pastime movies series with the “African Queen” starting at sundown.

Admission: Free. www.hartford.com


Into the Woods Jr

When: Friday, July 25, 7PM

Where: Raymond Hill School, 345 Linwood St. New Britain

Starring your favorite childhood characters, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and the Wicked Witch come together in an original twisted tale you’ll children will love.

Admission: $11-$13. 860-515-8115. www.nybt.org



Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours   [UA]

When: Saturday, July 26, hourly from 6PM – 9PM.

Where: Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave. Hartford

Back for a limited time, take a goosebump-inducing tour of Mark Twain’s haunted house and learn the dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding séances and spiritualism.

Admission: $17-$22. 860-280-3130. www.marktwainhouse.org


CONCORA Summer Festival [UA]

When: Saturday, July 26, 4PM

Where: Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill St. Berlin

A must-see event for the classically-attuned, hear music by J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, and more, featuring renowned choral conductor, Dr. Pamela J. Perry.

Admission: $10-$30. 860-293-0567. www.concora.org

Let’s GO Arts: 2 for 1


100th Birthday Party of Bushnell Park Carousel

When: Saturday, July 26, 11AM – 9PM

Where: Bushnell Park

You’re invited to celebrate the century birthday party of the historic Bushnell Park Carousel with birthday cake, entertainment, and free rides.

Admission: Free. 860-585-5411. www.thecarouselmuseum.org


New/Now: Bob Gregson [UA]

When: Saturday, July 26, 10AM – 5PM

Where: New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St. New Britain

Have you ever felt removed from the physical world by the inundation of social media? Check out the humorous and thought-provoking work of artist Bob Gregson in this latest exhibition, Space to Maneuver, that explors the relationship between viewer and artwork, and creates opportunities for viewer participation.

Admission: $8-$12. 860-229-0257. www.nbmaa.org



Free Comedy Show with Sea Tea Improv

When: Sunday, July 27, 7PM

Where: City Steam Brewery Café, 942 Main St. Hartford

You can’t have improv comedy without an audience. Enjoy a performance by the talented Sea Tea Improv team over food and drinks from City Steam Brewery.

Admission: Free. 860-525-1600. www.citysteambrewerycafe.com



Young Professionals Summer Meet-up

When: Monday, July 28, 5:45PM

Where:  Bushnell Park near the Israel Putnam Monument.

Join the Arts Council’s Young Donors group for Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park. Meet at the Israel Putnam Monument and enjoy wine, light hors d’oeuvres and music! The rain date will be the following Monday on August 4th.

Admission: Free. RSVP to Emily Auger at 860-525-8629 ext. 236 or EAuger@LetsGoArts.org.


Monday Night Jazz

When: Monday, July 28, 6PM

Where: Bushnell Park

Free jazz at Bushnell Park continues with performances by the Espada Jazz Ensemble and Ray Mantilla Ensemble.

Admission: Free.  860-768-4701. www.hartfordmondaynightjazz.com



Summer Art Adventures: Artist-in-Residence Jim Brunelle [UA]

When: Tuesday, July 29, 10:30AM – 12PM

Where:  New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St. New Britain

Create original artwork and learn from artist-in-residence, Jim Brunelle, as he shares his expertise on outdoor sculptures, special exhibit galleries, and more.

Admission: $8-$12. 860-229-0257. www.nbmaa.org


Want a spot on our list? Submit your arts, heritage, or cultural event to our calendar, and we may just feature it next week.

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