Bark And Brew
Dog Star Rescue’s annual Bark and Brew fundraiser at Thomas Hooker Brewery (16 Tobey Road, Bloomfield) returns Sept. 29 at 6 p.m., with barbecue, craft beer samples, a puppy kissing booth, raffles and live music. Single general admission tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Designated drivers $10. Tickets on Eventbrite.
The Durham Fair
Billed as Connecticut’s largest fair, the Durham Fair (Sept. 27 to 30) draws the big names: This year, rock icon Melissa Etheridge will take to the main stage Friday night, and country star Scotty McCreery will perform Saturday (main stage events are included in fair admission.) A USO Show Troupe performs Sunday afternoon — Military Appreciation day.
Other highlights include a Connecticut craft beer and cider tasting, a talent show, a monster truck rally, and all the usual fair attractions. $9 Thursday; $14 other days. Free for 11 and under; senior and vet discounts. Those who buy tickets online will get a free parking pass, but passes are otherwise $5 for a day or $10 for a weekend. Shuttles available. durhamfair.com.
World Of Wizardry Bar Crawl
Harry, Hermione and Ron would never have been caught boozin’ through their world of wizardry, but they wouldn’t want that to stop you. On Sept. 29 from 1 to 9 p.m., Elite Bar Crawls hosts a after noon of magic at these venues in downtown Hartford: the Rocking Horse, Pigs Eye Pub, The Press, the Russian Lady and the Tavern Downtown. Your ticket ($32.48) gets you a wand (that chooses you); an LED bracelet indicating when to head to the next venue; a color-changing cup; entry to five or more venues, including the kickoff party from the halftime party, and the after party; swag and more. There will be DJs, a prize for the top wizard costume, maps and drink and food specials. But will there be butter beer? Advance tickets required at eventbrite.com.
A palette of pink covers Blue Back Square on Oct. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. for the Pink Park, an annual breast-cancer fundraiser that benefits the Susan G. Komen foundation. The fun includes a survivor fashion show, food, live music by Shaded Soul, dance performances by the Nutmeg Conservatory, face painting, raffle prizes. Admission is free. pinkpartyct.com
Apple Harvest Festival
Apple pies, candy apples and cider doughnuts are only a taste of two full weekends of family fun at the 50th annual Southington Apple Harvest Festival on the town green Sept. 28 to 30 and Oct. 5 to 7. There will also be live music, kids activities, an arts and crafts show, carnival rides, a parade and fireworks. Admission is free. southingtonahf.com.
Would you call him “Irresponsible”? That’s the title of Kevin Hart’s latest comedy tour, which brings the superstar to the Oakdale, 95 S. Turnpike Road, Wallingford, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 28. Tickets $65 to $176. 203-265-1501, oakdale.com.
“The Naked Magicians,” as it’s often been said, have nothing up their sleeves. No sleeves! No clothes at all, except maybe a hat to pull a bunny out of. The undressed prestidigitators, who hail from Australia, return to Connecticut for a single show 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. $39.50-$69.50. 860-987-5900, bushnell.org.
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