A Summer Weekend Brings Boat Racing, Movies, Gardens, Parties To Hartford

If you have been waiting to begin enjoying the summer, you might want to move it! The countdown has begun and for many, there are two, just two, weekends left before school begins and the summer season is unofficially done.

What nicer way to enjoy the best of summer than to be under the stars in a beautiful garden. Is that your wish? Done! On Thursday, Aug. 13, head down to the Butler McCook House and Garden at 396 Main Street in Hartford for another in its Sunset Sounds Concert Series. Free and open to the public, the event not only includes music in the breathtaking historic garden, but tours of the house and a pop-up art show as well. It all begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information go here.

Another summer pleasure is surely movies under the stars. Is that your wish? Granted! The Hartford Park Free Movies After Dark presents “Drumline” with Nick Cannon on Friday, Aug. 14 at Keney Park. Movie starts at 6:30 p.m. and it’s free of charge. For more information go here.

A little culture perhaps? With some summer fun of course? Head over to the New Britain Museum of American Art for its “Museum After Dark” M(art)ket Party beginning at 8 p.m. The event includes live music, a comedy show, food and camp-themed activities, as well as an art sale. For more information go here.

In Hartford, there’s a river running through it and some of the season’s finest fun has to do with that water. On Aug. 15 and 16, it’s the annual Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival. Be prepared to be impressed by the exciting sport of dragon boat racing as well as festival highlights including authentic Asian music and dance, food, vendors, an Asian beer garden and more. For more information on this free, family event go here.

June is cherries, July is blueberries and August is peaches in these parts.

Those peaches will be properly praised Saturday, Aug. 15,  when Lyman Orchards hosts its annual Peach Festival. The event includes a pie eating  contest, wagon rides, entertainment, crafts, peach treats and more. The free event begins at 8 a.m. For more information go here.

In other summer bargain news, remember Java told you it's almost back to school time?

Get ready by taking advantage of Sale Tax Holiday Week which  begins Sunday, Aug. 16.

Through Aug 22, most individual items of clothing and footwear priced under $100 are exempt from Connecticut sales and use tax.

For more information go here.




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