What to do in Connecticut this summer

Thursday, June 4, 2015

CONNECTICUT -- With the warmer weather finally here, it's time to get out and celebrate the beautiful summer season in Connecticut. Grab your friends and family to plan a glorious beach vacation, enjoy a night camping under the stars, or make a stop at a local festival with live music and delicious food. From scrumptious eats to Father's Day celebrations and fun-filled activities for children, this summer is shaping up to be the best ever!

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  • June

    "Guys and Dolls"

    Goodspeed Opera House

    Now - June 20, 2015

    Luck be a lady tonight! Times Square's most colorful saints and sinners make their first appearance at Goodspeed in a brassy new staging of the American musical comedy classic.

    "Winfred Rembert: Amazing Grace"

    New Haven Museum

    Now - June 21, 2015

    This is the first major retrospective of New Haven resident Winfred Rembert, whose art on leather conveys his compelling personal narrative of joy and struggle during the tumultuous moments of the American Civil Rights Movement. The exhibition was organized by the Hudson River Museum.

    "Reed + Light: Works by Anne Cubberly" & "Masters of the Marionette: Rufus and Margo Rose"

    Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

    Now - June 28, 2015

    The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut presents two new exhibitions: Reed + Light: Works by Anne Cubberly, and Masters of the Marionette: Rufus and Margo Rose.


    IMAGES Juried Photography Exhibition

    Fairfield Museum and History Center

    Now - July 19, 2015

    Annual photography competition, which celebrates the exceptional work of talented regional photographers.

    Art Exhibition: Rick Stromoski

    Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden

    Now - July 26, 2015

    A fun and exciting opportunity awaits all ages in the first art exhibit of the season.

    Modern Marine Masters Exhibition & Sale

    Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport

    Now - July 19, 2015

    This year's exhibition will include a special 'show within a show' of three featured artists: David Bareford, Neal Hughes, and Ronald Tinney. Works by more than 50 invited contemporary masters will be on display, featuring the timeless beauty of the sea with ships, sailing yachts, fishing vessels, wildlife, and marshes.


    The Artists of Gallery One at ELLE

    ELLE Design Studio

    Now - August 30, 2015

    Member artists include David Brown, Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Mary Fussell, Gray Jacobik, Judith Barbour Osborne, T. Willie Raney, Diana Rogers, Victoria Sivigny, and Jill Vaughn.

    "Howard Schatz: 25 Years of Photography"

    Fairfield Museum and History Center

    Now - August 31, 2015

    Based in Sherman, CT, Howard Schatz's work focuses on the human body, from the soft features of newborns to the statuesque figures of athletes, and has been hung in galleries and exhibitions around the world and featured in Vanity Fair, GQ, Vogue, and The New York Times, among other notable publications.

    Grove Street Cemetery Historical Tours

    Grove Street Cemetery

    Now - August 31, 2015

    Learn about the history of this more-than-200-year-old cemetery, as well as a chance to see the gravestones of some of the eminent and prominent people buried there in this one hour walking tour.


    Travel Deals of June

    $134 Summer Fun at Lake Compounce Package: Rollercoasters, water fun and dinosaurs await you at Lake Compounce! Package includes spacious overnight accommodations at Holiday Inn Express in Southington, two to four tickets to the park and free breakfast.

    $179 Suite and Salty Wellness Package in Danbury: Pamper yourself with a spa getaway to the Residence Inn by Marriott in Danbury. Starting at $179, offer includes overnight accommodations, a 45-minute session at the Saltana Himalayan Salt Cave and a welcome gift upon arrival.

    June 6 & 7

    Celebrate National Trails Day and explore over 225+ trail events happening across Connecticut on June 6 and 7.

    What's happening in Connecticut

    -Enter to Win a CT Getaway: Sweepstakes alert! Enter NOW for a chance to win a getaway to Connecticut.

    -Get a Taste of the Best Summer Eats: Enjoy the stunning weather with an outdoor dining experience or a unique food truck festival this summer.

    -Summer of the CT Coast Guard: Celebrate Connecticut's Coast Guard Summer with special commemorative events across the state.

    -Start Planning for Father's Day: Check out Goshen Stampede in Goshen, taste test some of the best BBQ spots in CT or plan a guys getaway weekend.

    -Enjoy Outdoor Summer Events: This June, attend the Travelers Championship in Cromwell and 150th Yale-Harvard Regatta in New London.

    -Have Dino-Sized Fun in CT! Explore "roar-worthy" attractions, dining and overnights offered throughout the state on Roar Tour.

    Getaways of June

    -The Weekend Gourmet #1: This summer, enjoy locally grown tastes from around the state. Whether you pick up produce at a farmers' market, sample wine at a vineyard or dine on local foods at a restaurant, you'll be amazed at the breadth and quality of what's grown in Connecticut.

    -Backpack Adventure #28: Take advantage of the warmer weather with an overnight backpacking trip across the state. Here's a hike with two overnights that will take you across the spectacular peaks and valleys of Northwest Connecticut.