A Booming Weekend
It’s a big weekend for fireworks.
On July 6 and 7, throw in some baseball with your patriotic celebration at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, where fireworks follow the 7:05 p.m. games between the Yard Goats and the Sea Dogs. (An added bonus: It’s a “Christmas in July” theme at the July 7 game.)
Also on July 7 there’s a festival on the lawn of City Hall in front of the river in Middletown (245 DeKoven Drive) from 5 to 10 p.m., and the neighboring Mattabesset Canoe Club hosts a summer BBQ buffet, with views of the fireworks (reservations start at 5:30 p.m.).
And in Manchester on July 7 at the Bicentennial Band Shell at Manchester Community College, the James "Dutch" Fogarty 4th of July Celebration features music by MASS CONN-FUSION and North Cove Rogues, with fireworks following. More fireworks at courant.com/fireworks2018
CTNOW hosts two upcoming “Barrel Night” whiskey and spirit-tasting events in Hartford and greater New Haven, featuring liquor samplings, live music, silent auctions to benefit local charity organizations and the opportunity to meet master distillers and spirits ambassadors. The Hartford event on July 12 is held at Infinity Hall, and the greater New Haven event on July 21 will be held at Bill Miller’s Castle in Branford. Tickets are $75 and available on Eventbrite.
It’s been 20 years since the “Seinfeld” sitcom ended its nine-season run with its characters languishing in a jail cell that could have been imagined by Jean-Paul Sartre. Seinfeld has kept his comedy fresh with solo stand-up tours, a reality series (“The Marriage Ref”), guest appearances on everything from “Inside Amy Schumer” to “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” and his unique interview show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” He returns to the Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, for an 8 p.m. show July 7. Tickets are $82.50 to $150. 1-800-FOXWOODS, foxwoods.com.
Salsa In The Streets
As part of its free summer arts series, Pratt Street continues its transformation to a dance floor on July 6 for a Salsa Social, which will be repeated on Aug. 17 and Sept. 7. The dance parties, which feature local DJs, are from 5 to 7 p.m., and you don’t need to be a salsa expert; all dance levels welcome.
Poetry And Music
U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is up next in the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival on July 11, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington. Music is by Hartford hip-hop artist Tang Sauce and DJ Stealth. The series runs through Aug. 5. Individual tickets are $15 online, $20 at the gate; children under 18 free. Parking free. Details and tickets: hillstead.org.
It’s a bit of a haul, but worth it for collectors or anyone looking for that perfect piece. Brimfield, one of the country's largest outdoor antiques and collectibles fairs, begins at dawn July 10 in a series of fields along Route 20 in Brimfield, Mass. The event features thousands of dealers and draws tens of thousands attendees searching for one-of-a-kind finds. A few fields charge $5 to $6, but most are free. The most expensive parking is $8 to $10 along Route 20 closer to the show. Show ends July 15, and returns Sept. 4 to 9. More information at brimfieldshow.org.
More than a dozen musicians come together for Spectacle 2018, a concert of ad hoc improvised groups on July 8 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St., Hartford.
Curated by guitarist Joe Morris (pictured), the afternoon of music culls from a roster of internationally known and emerging musicians from a variety of traditions and backgrounds: Jerome Deupree on drums and percussion; Stephen Haynes on cornets and flugelhorn; Agustí Fernández, piano; Nate Wooley, trumpet; Ben Hall, percussion; Ben Stapp, tuba; Brad Barrett, bass; Dan O'Brien, saxophone, clarinet; Do Yeon Kim, guyageum; Laila Smith, voice; Eric Stilwell, trombone; and Gabriel Garcia. alto and c-melody saxophones $15, $12 for members, $5 students. 860-232-1006 and realartways.org.
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