10 Awesome Events to Check Out in Hartford this Weekend

Photography by Ray Lamoureux

Baby, it’s cold outside! But with all the fun events going on this weekend, we recommend you don’t stay indoors. First on the agenda is Ray Lamoureux’s photography exhibition “Portrait of New England” where you can appreciate the beauty of New England in the warm space of 100 Pearl Street Gallery and mingle with the photographer himself along with other artists over cheese and wine. After that, head over to Real Art Ways for their cat-themed creative happy hour featuring a CAT-walk fashion show and cat-eye makeup tutorials, plus ongoing cat films playing throughout the night. Catch the performance of the wickedly popular musical WICKED at the Bushnell going on through Sunday, and don’t miss Welcome to Bohemia, an ode to Dadaist art on Saturday night.

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Gallery Reception: Portrait of New England – Photography by Ray Lamoureux

When: Thursday, November 20, 5PM-7PM

Where: 100 Pearl Street Gallery, Hartford

Experience the picturesque beauty of New England from the beaten paths to the eerie hollows and rustic textures at the opening reception of Ray Lamoureux’s “Portrait of New England.” Wine and appetizers provided.

Admission: Free. www.letsgoarts.org./gallery

Creative Cocktail Hour

When: Thursday, November 20, 6PM-10PM

Where: Real Art Ways

Mix and mingle with the creative crowd and enjoy a fashion show by local designer Matthew Reisman, as well as makeup styling by Shana Bartlett of Art Decade Makeup.

Admission: $5-$10. www.realartways.org

CANvas Member pricing: $5



When: Friday, November 21, 8PM (through November 23)

Where: Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

Back by popular demand, award-winning musical WICKED is flying back to Hartford! Follow the engrossing tale of two girls who meet in the land of Oz and grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

Admission: $47.50-$142.50. www.bushnell.org


When: Friday, November 21, 5PM-9PM

Where: Farmington Valley Arts Center

Farmington Valley Arts Center welcomes the public for a celebration of the holiday season with special works of art spanning 20 studios and gallery and complementary food and drinks to mark their 40th Anniversary Candlelight.

Admission: Free. www.artsfvac.org

The Nightmare before Christmas Carol – Holiday Ghost Tour

When: Friday, November 21 (and Saturday, November 22), 6PM-9PM

Where: Mark Twain House

If you loved the ghost tours at Mark Twain House you’ll want to sign up for this spooky holiday experience celebrating Hartford Stage’s “A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas.”

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


Welcome to Bohemia Dada Event

When: Saturday, November 22, 7PM

Where: 64 Pratt Street, Hartford

The 2nd Annual Hartford Dada Show highlights several local artists whose artistic views of the world we live in ranges from deadly serious to ironic to outright hilarious. Stop by the reception for art, music, performances and absurdity.

Admission: Advance tickets: $10; $25 (VIP). www.facebook.com/WelcomeToBohemia

Opening Reception: Holiday Art Exhibit

When: Saturday, November 22, 5PM-8PM

Where: Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art

Discover the several holiday exhibitions on display and meet the artists, plus enjoy wine tastings and hors d’oeuvres.

Admission: Free. www.mapleandmaingallery.com

Make.Art.Work. 2015 Preview

When: Saturday, November 22, 9:30AM-1PM

Where: The Events Center – Beacon Hall, Bridgeport

Turning your art into a career is an art in itself. Brush up on essential career strategies tailored to visual artists at the Make.Art.Work. 2015 Preview featuring keynote speaker Andrew Simonet, author of Making Your Life as an Artist.

Admission: $20. www.makeartwork.org/  

4th Annual Hartford Harvest Market

When: Saturday, November 22, 10AM-2PM

Where: KNOX Greenhouse, 75 Laurel St., Hartford

Stock up on your Thanksgiving ingredients by shopping Connecticut-grown produce and locally-made goods.

Admission: Free.  www.knoxhartford.org

11th Annual International Bazaar

When: Saturday, November 22,9AM-6PM (also, Sunday,8AM-1PM)

Where: 110 Main Street, Farmington

Shop handcrafted jewelry, clothing, art and more made with by artisans from around the world. Fair trade food, coffee, and crafts available.

Admission: Free. www.stpatsfarm.com

Want a spot on our blog or 7-day newsletter? Submit all Greater Hartford area arts and cultural events to Events@LetsGoArts.org for consideration.


  1. Once again you fail to mention the great reviewed musical “South Pacific” at Little Theatre of Manchester and yet advise us about Farmington Valley and Bridgeport (which last time I checked were not in Hartford). Do you have something against Manchester? Should I spread that word?

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