This year’s Hartford Rib Off is June 15 and 16 at Riverside Park. Friday night’s event, the Hartford Rib Off Beer Fest, features a surf-and-turf dinner by Taino Smokehouse, beer samplings from 18 breweries, Tito's vodka drinks and a KCBS Grill contest, with pitmasters competing for the title of best steak and shrimp. Doors open at 6 p.m; all-inclusive tickets are $75. (With the purchase of a full-price Friday beer fest ticket, guests will receive a 30 percent discount code for a Saturday ticket.)
Saturday's festivities, starting at 11:30 a.m., include a KCBS barbecue contest, all-you-can-eat food by Taino Smokehouse, beer by Two Roads Brewing, music, entertainment and a car show. Saturday all-inclusive tickets are $65 for adults and $20 for guests ages 12 to 20 (free for children under 12.) A family pack, with two adult and two under-21 tickets, is $120. hartfordriboff.com.
CT House Music Festival
Rain postponed the second Connecticut House Music Festival from May 27 to June 17, when 17 DJs will spin 12 hours of house music at Bushnell Park from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dad’s Day Out
The casinos offer Dad a day of deals: Mohegan Sun’s SolToro offers a mixed grill platter, and Foxwoods offer specials at Cedars Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, Festival Buffet, Golden Dragon, Sugar Factory, Veranda Café and VUE24. You can find a whole list of Father’s Day dining options at courant.com/fathersdaydining.
If Dad is a beer lover, let the kids run wild at Lake Compounce in Bristol while he takes advantage of a Father’s Day Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., featuring brews from the likes of Thomas Hooker, Back East, City Steam, Black Hog and Stony Creek. The early admission price of $49.99 includes park admission and unlimited sampling or more than 30 beers. Season pass holders pay $24.99 plus tax at the gate. lakecompounce.com
‘On Your Feet!’
As biographical jukebox musicals go, “On Your Feet!” skews closer to “Beautiful” or “Motown the Musical” than, say, “Jersey Boys” in the way that it delves deeply into its subjects’ romantic relationships.
In this case, it’s the lives and careers of the Cuban-American “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” singer Gloria Estefan and her producer/musician husband Emilio.
Besides a host of Estefan’s hits, “On Your Feet!” features a new song co-written by Gloria and her daughter Emily. The national tour of the Broadway musical, starring Christie Prades and Mauricio Martinez, comes to The Bushnell in Hartford June 19 to 24. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $22.50 to $118.50. 860-987-5900 and bushnell.org.
Festival Of India
A Ratha Yatra, or a chariot parade carrying idols of Hare Krishna deities, kicks off this afternoon of Indian culture on June 16 in Bushnell Park, followed by a vegetarian feast, Indian dance, yoga and meditation, face painting and other kids’ activities, a magic show, henna tattoos and more. The festivities run until 6 p.m.; admission is free. facebook.com and ctparade.com/
Best-selling author and multiple Moth StorySLAM and GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks, pictured, launches his first nonfiction book, “Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling,” with a PG-13 story performance on June 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St., Hartford. Tickets are $5. 860-232-1006, ext. 109, or realartways.org.
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