Everything You Need to do in Hartford By October 21

Hooker Day Parade in Hartford


It’s not everyday that we get to honor and celebrate Hartford’s quirky side, but on Saturday, October 18 we’ll have every reason to do so. Head downtown to the Hooker Day Parade (sponsored by the Greater Hartford Arts Council) at 2PM sharp for a Mardi-Gras style celebration with live music from the West End Blend and a block party in front of Black-eyed Sally’s at 3PM.  Other highlights for the weekend include numerous ghostly tours and the last Hartford Hodgepodge of the season.  And if you haven’t yet, RSVP to ARTini, our annual fall fundraising martini mixer on the night-before-Halloween with a throwback to the Art Deco era.

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. 




Spirits at Stowe: An Otherworldly Tour [UA]

When: Friday, October 17, 6:30PM, 7:30PM, 8:30PM

Where: Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Visit the Stowe House in the dark! Harriet Beecher Stowe, like many 19th-century Americans, attended séances and visited mediums to communicate with departed family members. Explore Stowe’s involvement with the paranormal and learn about investigations by the SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters at Spirits at Stowe: An Otherworldly Tour.

Admission: $10-$15. 860-522-9258 ext. 317. www.HarrietBeecherStowe.org


Masculinity and its Discontents [UA]

When: Friday, October 17, 7:30PM

Where: Real Art Ways

Explore the intersection between football, war, and American culture at this evening panel featuring bestselling authors Steve Almond, William Giraldi, and D’Arcy Maine and hosted by Mike Pesca.

Admission: $5. www.realartways.org. 


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat [UA]

When: Friday, October 17, 7:30PM (through October 19)

Where: The Bushnell

Watch the hilarious family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son, choreographed by Tony Award-winner, Andy Blankenbuehler.

Admission: $21-$65. www.bushnell.org


West Hartford Hauntings

Where: Friday, October 17, 6:00-8:45PM (through October 25).

Where: North Cemetery, 80 North Main St. West Hartford

Take a tour through the rows of gravestones at the North Cemetery and hear the creepy tales of several past residents of West Hartford.

Admission: $9-$13. 860-521-5362 ext. 21. www.noahwebsterhouse.org


Exhibit This! The Museum Comedies

When: Friday, October 17, 8PM-9:30PM (through October 25)

Where: Vernon Community Arts Center

Mix and mingle with artists and comedians for a fast-paced series of comedic plays set in a museum gallery.

Admission: $10-$12. 860-871-8222. www.vernonarts.org




Graveyard Shift Ghost Tour of the Mark Twain House [UA]

When: Saturday, October 18, 6PM. 7PM, 8PM, 9PM (through October 30)

Where: Mark Twain House & Museum

Get into the Halloween spirit with MTH’s ever-popular Ghost Tour! Take a nocturnal journey into this national historic landmark, hear tales of family tragedies, and learn about reported encounters with the paranormal.

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

CANvas member price: $17 


Annapurna [UA]

When: Saturday, October 17, 8PM (through November 9)

Where: TheaterWorks

After 20 years apart, Emma tracks down her ex-husband to a trailer park in the wilds of Colorado. Their reunion, charged by pain and compassion is both healing and humorous.

Admission: $50. 860-527-7838. www.theaterworkshartford.org 


Hartford Hodgepodge

When: Saturday, October 18, 11AM-4PM

Where: State House Square

Catch the last Hartford Hodgepodge of the year full of local artisans, vendors, musicians, and of course, Hartford’s best food trucks.

Admission: Free. www.hartfordhodgepodge.com


Behind-the-Scenes Tour: CHS Gets Creepy

When: Saturday, October 18, 2PM-3PM

Where: Connecticut Historical Society

History gets creepy at the Connecticut Historical Society with this spooky look behind the scenes tour. Tales of vampires, corpses on ice, death portraits, and even séances haunt the storage vaults of the CHS. Come and get the history scared out of you! Tour lasts approximately 1 hour and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

Admission: $12. 860-236-5621 ext. 289.  www.chs.org

CANvas member price: 2-for-1 admission.


Hooker Day Parade

When: Saturday, October 18, 2PM

Where: Downtown Hartford

Celebrate all things Hartford and honor Hartford founder Thomas Hooker at the annual Mardi-Gras inspired Hooker Day Parade.

Admission: Free.





Mark My Words: A Wicked Cool Evening  [UA]

When: Tuesday, October 21, 8PM-10PM

Where: Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

Don’t miss this wicked cool event featuring a conversation between the authors of the book and Broadway hit WICKED in collaboration with the Mark Twain House and Museum.

Admission: $25-$125. www.bushnell.org


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