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Fourth Of July Celebrations In CT

Editor's note: Riverfest's annual Independence Day celebration, scheduled for July 9, has been canceled because of budget considerations. The Riverfest Food Truck Festival on Mortensen Riverfront Plaza is still running July 7 to 9.   Connecticut celebrates America's birthday with parties, parades...

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  • Riverfest Canceled After Hartford, East Hartford Pull Funding

    Riverfest Canceled After Hartford, East Hartford Pull Funding

    HARTFORD — Riverfest, the annual summer music and fireworks celebration in Hartford and East Hartford, was canceled by Riverfront Recapture on Monday after losing municipal funding. The abrupt cancellation comes less than two weeks before the July 9 event. A food truck festival planned for that...

  • Campgrounds To Be Closed, Lifeguards Reduced Across State

    Campgrounds To Be Closed, Lifeguards Reduced Across State

    HARTFORD — Faced with deep budget cuts in the new fiscal year, state officials announced Friday that they will be closing three campgrounds, reducing some park hours, and placing lifeguards on reduced schedules at popular shoreline parks, such as Hammonasset, Rocky Neck and Sherwood Island. The...

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  • How To Save On Summer Theater Tickets

    How To Save On Summer Theater Tickets

    June, July and August in the Northeast means summer stock theater productions, arts performances and other cultural events. But pricey tickets for all that entertainment can eat a hole in your vacation budget. Luckily, there are ways to save — if you know where to look. We've got behind-the scenes...

  • Nearby Bargain-Priced Vacations For Fun On A Budget

    Nearby Bargain-Priced Vacations For Fun On A Budget

    If you're looking for summer fun on a budget — and ways to avoid long airport security lines — here are some free and bargain-priced vacations and daycations within easy driving distance of Connecticut. >>Make a sweet day trip to Fascia's Chocolates in Waterbury, where you can tour the chocolate-making...

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  • From Cruise Nights To Movies To Sock Hops, Free Family Fun At Ocean Beach Park

    From Cruise Nights To Movies To Sock Hops, Free Family Fun At Ocean Beach Park

    Magicians, antique car shows, live music and more — summer weeknights in Connecticut just got more fun thanks to Ocean Beach Park in New London, which is jammed with free, family-friendly entertainment Mondays through Thursdays. Mondays are Cruise Nights, featuring a parade of antique cars and...

      • Summer Music On The Mountain At Powder Ridge Park

        Summer Music On The Mountain At Powder Ridge Park

        Kick back by the bonfire on the mountainside for the hot summer music series at Powder Ridge Park, which launches Saturday, July 2, when Connecticut's Bourbon Chaser plays a variety of covers from rock, folk and country artists. The fun starts at 7 and goes until 10 p.m. at the park, which is at...

          • Lobsterfest, Chicken BBQ, Arts And Crafts Show In Niantic

            Lobsterfest, Chicken BBQ, Arts And Crafts Show In Niantic

            Nothing screams summer more than an outdoor barbecue, so gather your friends and family and head to Niantic for the 38th annual Lobsterfest and Chicken Barbecue on Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3. The 56th annual Arts and Craft show, featuring paintings, sculptures, photographs, carvings, pottery,...

              • New Haven First Stop This Summer For Slide The City

                New Haven First Stop This Summer For Slide The City

                Get ready to make a splash and relive those childhood memories of wet, hot, summer fun as Slide the City takes over New Haven's Prospect Street on Saturday, June 25. This is the first year the 1,000-foot-long slip and slide takes on the Elm City and it's bringing along a block party with live music,...

              • Multi-Cultural, Eclectic Latino Fest At Riverfront

                Multi-Cultural, Eclectic Latino Fest At Riverfront

                Food will be spicy and entertainment will be hot, hot, hot, at the second annual Latino Fest on Saturday, June 25, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford. The free, multi-cultural celebration features a variety of Latin music, including mariachi, salsa, jazz and bachata,...

                  • Free Or Cheap Movies For Kids All Summer

                    Free Or Cheap Movies For Kids All Summer

                    School's almost out, so it's the season for free, or dirt-cheap, classic family films. They are shown inside theaters early in the day — get out of the heat and into the air-conditioned cinema — and outdoors at night in parks, where families can bring picnics. Several locations in the state are...

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