If there’s one weekend to take a staycation it’s this one. Bring your fanny pack and camera because this Saturday, June 13 is Connecticut Open House Day where you can explore museums, historic homes, gardens, and festivals for little or no cost all over the state of Connecticut. It’s the perfect time to discover or rediscover our region’s arts and cultural scene. Check out our curated list below for Open House Day events in Greater Hartford. Get the full list of participating organizations.
|Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Birthday [UA]
Where: Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Join the fun at Harriet Beecher Stowe’s birthday celebration. Enjoy birthday cake, plein air painting and craft activities, free Stowe House tours, exhibitions, and more! A free shuttle bus transports you between the Stowe Center festivities, Juneteenth Family Day at Amistad Center for Art & Culture and ImPACT Fest in Bushnell Park. Shuttle service 10 AM to 3:30 PM. Learn more.
Admission: Free. 860-522-9258 x 317. www.HarrietBeecherStowe.org
|Ebony Horsewomen 11th Annual Spring Festival
Where: Ebony Horsewomen, Equestrian and Agricultural Center
Enjoy a 1970s themed festival including a couple’s dance contest complete with cash prizes, food, entertainment, and hay rides. Learn more.
Admission: Free; pay for rides, food and vendor wares. www.ebonyhorsewomen.us
|Connecticut Open House Day: Art & Garden Tour
Where: Various locations
Discover and shop art from ten artists in Northeastern Connecticut as part of CT Open House Day. See the full listing.
Admission: Free. Learn more.
|Juneteenth Family Day: Stories & Songs of Freedom [UA]
Where: Wadsworth Atheneum
Celebrate African American art and culture and to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth with free, family-friendly performances, art-making, tours, and more!
Admission: Free. www.thewadsworth.org
|CT Open House Day & Plein Air Festival
Where: Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden
Grab your brush, paints or camera & capture the beauty of the Phelps-Hatheway gardens in this celebration of the natural world! Learn more.
Admission: Free. www.ctlandmarks.org