Awesome Things to do in Hartford this Weekend 5/1-5/3

34th Annual Fine Art & Flowers at the Wadsworth Atheneum


Happy Friday / International Workers’ Day / May Day! Nothing says May like fresh flowers and new art, so don’t miss the Wadsworth’s 34th Annual Fine Art & Flowers going on through May 3, featuring florists, garden clubs, and interior designers from across New England. There are also a bunch of parties going on Friday night from Dino De Mayo Liquid Lounge at the CT Science Center to First Friday at New Britain Museum of American Art. Enjoy the outdoors at the Riverfront on Saturday for Samba Fest and discover new works of art from award-winning artists at the Vernon Community Arts Center on Sunday.  Scroll down for the full list. Have a great 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. 


Jay Leno [UA]

When: Friday, May 1, 8PM

Where: The Bushnell

Acclaimed TV late night show host and admired stand-up comedian, Jay Leno, makes a special appearance at The Bushnell.

Admission: $49.50-$125.


Artwalk Gallery Opening & Reception

When: Friday, May 1, 5:30PM-7:00PM

Where: Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden

Meet Rick Stromoski, Suffield’s own comic strip genius and purchase his latest books and paintings in the gift shop. Light refreshments will be served. Learn more.

Admission: Free.


First Friday [UA]

When: Friday, May 1, 5:30PM-8PM

Where: New Britain Museum of American Art

Mix and mingle over music, tastings, and art at the NBMAA’s monthly First Friday. Learn more.

Admission: $10-$15.


Coney Island Café [UA]

When: Friday, May 1, 5:30PM-7:30PM

Where: The Wadsworth Atheneum

Kick off the 34th Annual Fine Art & Flowers with a cocktail reception inspired by Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, featuring Onyx Moonshine, NoRA Cupcakes, Bear’s BBQ Smokehouse, City Steam Brewery and Two Roads Brewing Company, complimentary tastings of fine Scottish ales by Olde Burnside Brewing Company, plus treats from Coney Island!

Admission: $35-$45.


Liquid Lounge: Dino De Mayo

When: Friday, May 1, 6-10PM

Where: CT Science Center

Party with a larger-than-life fiesta featuring live music, dancing, liquid delights, and MUCH more. See the newest blockbuster traveling exhibit, Extreme Dinosaurs, wear your best Cinco de Mayo outfit for a chance to win awesome prizes!




The Importance of Being Earnest

When: Saturday, May 2, 8PM (through May 3)

Where: Playhouse on Park

Effervescent romantic exploits meet scintillating social satire in one of the most celebrated comedies of all time by Oscar Wilde.



Samba Fest

When: Saturday, May 2, 11AM-6PM

Where: Mortensen Riverfront Plaza

Celebrate the region’s rich Brazilian culture at Samba Fest. Led by the rhythmic beat of Trinity College’s Samba Ensemble, the event features international and local music which integrates people from different countries and generations alongside the inspiring scenery of the Riverfront.

Admission: Free.



Academic Artists Association’s 65th Annual National Exhibition

When: Sunday, May 3, 1PM-4PM

Where: Vernon Community Arts Center

Enjoy the opening reception of the Academic Artists Association’s 65th Annual National Exhibition featuring original oil paintings, water colors, graphite and pencil drawings, pastels, and sculptures. Many of the artists are well known regionally and nationally for their award winning artwork, and have been featured in major art publications. Most of the work is for sale. Learn more.



La Boheme

When: Sunday, May 3, 7PM

Where: Infinity Music Hall, Hartford

Connecticut Lyric Opera and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra present a new production of Puccini’s beloved masterpiece, fully staged and with full orchestra conducted by maestro Adrian Sylveen. Sung in Italian with English subtitles projected above the stage.

Admission: $38-$68.


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