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Party In Plainville: 3-Day Hot Air Balloon Festival Returns

Nearly two dozen brightly colored hot air balloons will fill the sky surrounding Plainville's Norton Park at the crack of dawn and at dusk on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26 to 28, as part of the town's annual Hot Air Balloon Festival. Entertainment at the park, 197 South Washington St., includes...

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  • Tax-Free Week Just In Time For Back To School Shopping

    Tax-Free Week Just In Time For Back To School Shopping

    Connecticut holds its annual tax-free week Sunday to Saturday, Aug. 21 to 27, and if you wait until then to do your back to school shopping, you'll see plenty of discounts designed to draw in customers. During this time, you won't pay the state's 6.35 percent sales tax on most adult and kids clothing...

  • Country Fairs In Connecticut

    Country Fairs In Connecticut

    Fried dough, ag exhibits, midways, pig races, live music and pie-eating contests are all part of a Connecticut tradition of closing out the summer and welcoming the fall. From Berlin to Woodstock, each town celebrates in its own way, and we've gathered some memories of fairs past and details of...

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  • Once You’ve Toured Newport's Mansions, Head To The Beach

    Once You’ve Toured Newport's Mansions, Head To The Beach

    NEWPORT, R. I. — There are those of us who simply will not sit or lie on a beach all day. Not that sun, sand and surf are not wonderfully relaxing and rejuvenating. The question is, how much time are you going to bake in the oven, even with sunscreen? Me, I'm good for maybe two hours. Actually,...

  • Rockland, Maine: Coastal Scenery, The Arts And Good Food

    Rockland, Maine: Coastal Scenery, The Arts And Good Food

    Every town in mid-coast Maine has its unique charms and attractions. Freeport is the place for shopping at outlet stores and the legendary L.L. Bean. For beautiful beaches, there's Reid State Park in Georgetown or Popham Beach in Phippsburg. For a view of the water from up high, hike (or drive)...

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  • 3-Day Dream Ride Extravaganza Benefits Special Olympics

    3-Day Dream Ride Extravaganza Benefits Special Olympics

    Thousands of motorcyclists from the around the East Coast and Canada make their way to Farmington for a three-day Dream Ride extravaganza Friday through Sunday, Aug. 26 to 28. In 16th year, the ride raises money and awareness for the Special Olympics. It's grown to include a Dream Show, Dream Cruise...

    • Two-Day Pride Festival In New London

      Two-Day Pride Festival In New London

      A puppy parade and a Ms. Fabulous contest are two of the highlights of the New London Pride Festival Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26 and 27. The opening ceremony at Hygienic Art Park is from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, with New London Mayor Michael Passero, the Navy color guard and national anthem performed...

    • Open Air Market Day At The Wadsworth Mansion

      Open Air Market Day At The Wadsworth Mansion

      Experience a European en plein air market vibe at the annual Open Air Market Day at The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate in Middletown on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors will sell Connecticut-grown produce, along with breads, cheeses, jams and crafts. Entertainment includes...

      • Dragon Boat & Asian Festival On The Riverfront

        Dragon Boat & Asian Festival On The Riverfront

        The dragon boat races are back, helping to celebrate Asian culture on the Riverfront at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza Saturday, Aug. 20, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Authentic Asian music and dance, food and merchandise, an Asian beer garden, martial arts expo and arts and crafts are also part of the festivities....

      • TerrifiCon Comic Con At Mohegan Sun

        TerrifiCon Comic Con At Mohegan Sun

        Comedian Kevin Smith and Michael Cudlitz of "The Walking Dead" and Camren Bicondova of "Gotham" are among the celebrities at TerrifiCon Friday through Sunday, Aug. 19 to 21, at Mohegan Sun. The three days will be filled with the requisite cosplay contest (no masks or face coverings in the gaming...

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