7 Things to do in Greater Hartford before Labor Day


I don’t know about you but I’m holding onto summer with a mighty grasp. I absolutely love autumn; cute scarves, pumpkin spice lattes, and apple picking are some of my favorite things. However, I’m not quite ready to let go of beach trips, barbecues and flip flops. With that being said, Labor Day is right around the corner! Our cultural calendar is FULL of things you can do all-year round, but here are 7 events that we recommend you don’t miss before summer comes to a close!

  1. Pop-Up Bar on the Park, August 25th

During July and August, the New Britain Museum of American Art has been hosting a pop-up bar overlooking Walnut Hill Park in New Britain. Don’t miss their last happy hour of the summer featuring lawn games, summer weather and cold beer, wine and craft cocktails inspired by works in their collection. Pass me a Shakers (not stirred) Pink Martini, please! Find the recipe here! Learn more about Pop-Up Bar on the Park!

  1. Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, August 21st

Shakespeare’s cherished romantic comedy “Twelfth Night” is full of mayhem, magic and mistaken identities. Take a trip to the Little Theatre of Manchester on Sunday, August 21st and enjoy the hijinks of some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters: Viola, Sebastian, Duke Orsino, Malvolio and Countess Olivia. If you can’t make the matinee on Sunday, the show runs through August 28th. Buy your tickets today! Visit our cultural calendar for more information on Twelfth Night!

  1. Community Market in Downtown Hartford, August 26th

Take your Friday lunch hour outdoors! Enjoy live music performances and public art displays featuring local Hartford businesses, artists, vendors, fresh farmer produce and more! The market is located at Heaven Skate Park: Museum of Public Art in Downtown Hartford across from the Dunkin Donuts Stadium and Business District. Click here for more details!

  1. Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours, August 26th and 27th

The popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours at the Mark Twain House have been reprised with summer influence. Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding séances and spiritualism, these tours are equally historical and spooky. Tours sell out fast! Call (860) 247.0998 to make your reservations today! Check out our cultural calendar for more info on these chilling Ghost Tours! And keep your eyes peeled for more Ghost Tours coming in the fall!

  1. Cedar Hill Movie Night, August 25th

Pack a blanket, some popcorn and your favorite candy for a movie under the stars at Cedar Hill Cemetery! Enjoy 1938’s Holiday starring Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn. In case of storms, the rain date is scheduled for Friday, August 26th. Learn more about Cedar Hill Movie Night here!

  1. Improvaganza at Playhouse on Park, August 26th & 27th

You have two nights to escape the heat at Playhouse on Park and enjoy some of Connecticut’s best improv! Tickets for a night jam-packed with comedic relief are $10 and are available by calling (860) 523.5900 x10. For a full line-up visit playhouseonpark.org or check out our cultural calendar!

  1. Art & Literature Lecture: The Lady with an Ostrich-Feather Fan, by Frederick R. Andersen, August 31st

Free with museum admission at the New Britain Museum of American Art on Wednesday, August 31st is a discussion regarding Frederick R. Andersen’s historic novel: The Lady with an Ostrich-Feather Fan. The lecture delves into the most renowned art lawsuit in American legal history concerning two famous portrait paintings by Dutch master Rembrandt. Details on this don’t-miss lecture can be found here!


Don’t forget, you can check out our cultural calendar year round for things to do in Greater Hartford!

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