Everything You Need To Do In Hartford by August 5


It’s the last week of July, and that means in a few short months the words “polar vortex” and “snow” will be part of our daily vernacular again (shudder). All of that said, you’ll want to spend as much time enjoying the outdoors, and there’s no better way to do that than with free movies and music in various parks around Hartford this week. Scroll through the list of outdoor events and don’t miss the equally exciting indoor ones, including a summer party and art show at Dirt Salon, First Friday at the New Britain Museum, and a gallery reception at Real Art Ways.

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.




Youth Drawing 101 (Ages 11-13) [UA]

When: Wednesday, July 30, 4PM – 5PM

Where: New Britain Museum of American Art

Bring your budding artist for a workshop where he/she can hone their drawing skills while learning about the history and practice of art.

Admission: $10-$20. 860-229-0257 x 220. www.nbmaa.org




Gallery Reception: “Seeing Things”

When: Thursday, July 31, 6PM

Where: Manchester Community College’s Arts & Education Center

Mingle and discover the work of seven regional artists across Connecticut in this new contemporary photography exhibition.

Admission: Free.  860-647-6030. www.manchestercc.edu




Free Movies after Dark

When: Friday, August 1, 6:30PM

Where: Goodwin Park

The City of Hartford continues its free pastime movies series with Karate Kid playing at sundown.

Admission: Free. www.hartford.com


Climb Aboard: First Friday Family Festival

When: Friday, August 1, 5PM

Where: Imagine Nation Museum

Bring your kids to climb aboard fire trucks, construction trucks, tractors, and more in the Imagine Nation Museum parking lot. The festival also includes arts and crafts, pizza, and ice cream.

Admission:  $6. 860-314-1400. www.imaginemuseum.org


Movies and Music under the Stars: Bombshell [UA]

When: Friday, August 1, 5:30PM – 10PM

Where: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Enjoy a classic date-night of dinner and a movie starting with live music by Criollo Clasico at 5:30 and a screening of Bombshell, the 1933 comedic drama featuring Lola Burns at 8:15.

Admission:  Free for members; $9 for non-members. 860-838-4100. www.thewadsworth.org


First Fridays [UA]

When: Friday, August 1, 5:30PM – 8PM

Where: New Britain Museum of American Art

Mix and mingle at First Friday featuring live Latin jazz music, wine, hors d’oeuvres, Chet’s Italian Ice, and special guest, jewelry designer, Gail Reiner.

Admission: $10-$15. 860-229-0257. www.nbmaa.org




Gallery Reception: Real Unreal; Extraction; Collision [UA]

When: Saturday, August 2, 6-8PM

Where: Real Art Ways

Take a stroll through three different gallery exhibitions and chat with artists at this opening reception.

Admission: Free. www.realartways.org


Deep Blue Rendezvous: Dirt Salon’s Official Summer Party

When: Saturday, August 2, 9PM – 1AM

Where: The Dirt Salon

Art meets entertainment at Dirty Salon’s official summer party and “Underwater” art show inspired by Wes Anderson’s film The Life Aquatic. Live performances by surf rock band, The Aquatudes, and an acoustic set by Mike Leonard.

Admission: $10-$15. 860-978-9345. www.thedirtsalon.com


Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival 

When: Saturday, August 2, 1PM – 11PM

Where: Mortensen Riverfront Plaza

A fun-filled celebration of everything Caribbean from food to dancing to live music.

Admission: Free.


Family Program: Make Your Own Sunglasses  [UA]

When: Saturday, August 2, 10AM – 1PM

Where: Connecticut Historical Society

Bring your own lunch and head to the Connecticut Historical Society for free 1st Saturday including a fun workshop where kids can make their own sunglasses to wear this summer.

Admission: Free. 860-236-5621 x222. www.chs.org




Film: A Coffee in Berlin (German with subtitles)  [UA]

When: Sunday, August 3, 5:35PM

Where: Real Art Ways

Follow Niko, a 20-something college dropout, through his absurd encounters on the streets of Berlin in this award-winning German film.

Admission: $10. www.realartways.org




Monday Night Jazz 

When: Monday, July 7 6PM – 9PM

Where: Bushnell Park, Hartford

Free summer jazz continues in Bushnell Park with performances by N’dea Lloyd and Renee Rosnes Quartet.

Admission: Free. 860-242-6688. www.HartfordMondayNightJazz.com




World Sounds in the Garden Concert Series [UA]

When: Tuesday, August 5, 6PM

Where: Butler-McCook House & Garden

Bring your chair and picnic basket to this free outdoor concert featuring a trio of traditional African music by world renowned musician, Boubacar Diébaté.

Admission: Free. www.ctlandmarks.org


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