October 2016 Events

October 1

Night Fall: this year, October 8th.

  • Clean Up: volunteer to clean up Columbus Park (between Franklin Avenue, Wethersfield Avenue, Bolton Street, and Victoria Road) for a couple hours starting at 10 a.m. Bring your own cleaning supplies (gloves, bags, etc.) if possible.    The Place 2 Be will provide breakfast for volunteers at 9, but meet at the restaurant (615 Franklin Ave) for that.
  • Civil War POW Walk: Meet at Cedar Hill Cemetery for a tour beginning at 10 a.m. They say: “Evelyn Bollert will lead visitors on a tour of the final resting places of prisoners of the Civil War and tell their stories of bravery, resilience and heartbreak.” General admission is $5. Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation and Let’s Go Arts members get in free.
  • Tree Tour: learn about trees in Elizabeth Park. This free tour begins at 10 a.m. Meet at the Cottage.
  • Tainted Inc Cleanout Sale: clothes, birdcages, trunks, and more for sale at 56 Arbor Street. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Community Health & Wellness Fair: free health screenings, along with information about financial planning, homeownership, and injury prevention. This is from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Simpson-Waverly School (55 Waverly Street).
  • Hartford Preservation Alliance Kitchen Tour: view the kitchens of five historic homes in the West End. $25. This is a self-guided tour from 10 a.m. — 3 p.m.
  • hARTsem DAYS: Today is the second in a two-day celebration of arts and spirituality at the Hartford Seminary. The day begins at 10 a.m. and lineup of events includes spoken word, violin performance workshops and lectures, food trucks, labyrinth tours, art displays, and more. Most of this is free, but the Hassan El Jai performance has a fee. Events occur in various locations in the Sherman and Lorraine Street area.
  • Yoga in the Park: Yoga taught in English and Spanish in Pope Park near the pond, 11 a.m. Bring your own mat/towel. Free.
  • Active Hope: a workshop at Toivo (399 Franklin Avenue) from 12-5 p.m. They say: “Do you feel overwhelmed by what is happening in the world? Are you troubled by the presidential race, the climate crisis, racial injustice, the opioid epidemic, discrimination against people who are in recovery, and other problems we are facing today? Do you feel sad, angry, afraid, and even hopeless at times? Instead of giving up or numbing out, you have another choice: Active Hope. Active Hope is a practice that supports us as active participants in the healing of our world. It does not require optimism, so we can apply it even in areas where we feel hopeless.” Space is limited, so reserve your spot by contacting Laura: lle@advocacyunlimited.org or calling her at (860) 296-2338 ext. 104. Suggested donation: $5.
  • Family Yoga Workshop: This free family yoga and meditation class can help you learn how to de-stress and get healthy as a family. The workshop begins at 2 pm in the Youth Program Room on the third floor of the Hartford Public Library. Please call 860-695-6330 to register.

October 2

  • Head of the Riverfront Regatta: Watch rowing races starting as early as 8:30 a.m., with the final race scheduled to start around 4:30 p.m. Bring a picnic lunch and watch the action on the Connecticut River. Free to just stand there and spectate.
  • Yoga in the Park: Free yoga in Colt Park near Wethersfield Avenue entrance, 11 a.m. Bring your own mat/towel. Free.
  • Light Bulb Swap: from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. exchange up to give incandescent or CFL light bulbs for an equal number of LED (60-watt equivalent) bulbs. The ones exchanged can be in working order, or not. This free offer is good for Hartford residents, so bring your driver’s license or other proof of residence like a utility bill. This is held in two locations: Milner School at 104 Vine Street and the South End Wellness Senior Center at 830 Maple Avenue. This is made possible through the Bright Idea Grant.
  • Rosh Hashanah in the Park: if you’d like a more casual, nature-filled High Holidays experience, come to Elizabeth Park for a service led by Congregation Beth Israel’s Rabbi Michael Pincus, Rabbi Andi Fliegel, and Cantor Lauren Phillips. This is a free, family-centered service on the Rose Garden Lawn. In the event of rain, this will be moved to Congregation Beth Israel on Farmington Avenue in West Hartford, practically in crawling distance of the City Line. This begins at 5 p.m. If you can walk, bike, or take the bus here, do it. Parking will be an adventure unless you manage to arrive early.
  • Games Night at Make Hartford (30 Arbor Street). From 6-8 p.m. enjoy playing a game (not electronic) that has been chosen for that month. This time around, it’ll be “Codenames.” If too few people arrive for that, there is a backup planned.

October 3

  • The Café at Fifty-Five officially opens! This is a breakfast and lunch place at 55 Bartholomew Avenue that is part of Hands On Hartford. The menu includes crepes, sandwiches, soups, and coffee.
  • Yoga in the Park: Free yoga in Bushnell Park near the Pump House, 5:30 p.m. Bring your own mat/towel. Free.
  • The Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs every Monday night at 8 p.m. at the Arch Street Tavern. Free.
  • Hartford Jazz Jam: Henry Conerway III Quartet will be playing Black-eyed Sally’s (350 Asylum Street), 8-11 p.m. $5 cover.

October 4

  • West End Farmers’ Market: buy Connecticut-grown (and even some Hartford-grown) fruits and vegetables from 3-6 p.m. on the Clemens Green (Farmington Avenue near Woodland Street).
  • Yoga in the Park: Free yoga in Elizabeth Park on the Rose Garden Lawn, 5:30 p.m. Bring your own mat/towel. Free.
  • Politics Over Pints: HYPE’s Civic Engagement Committee has organized a viewing of the Vice Presidential debate at the Corner Pug (1046 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford). No cover. 7:30-10 p.m.

October 5

  • Mariachi Mexico Antiguo El Orgullo del Noreste: mariachi music at 1 p.m. in the Hartford Public Library atrium.
  • There are many reasons that we love Charter Oak Cultural Center (21 Charter Oak Ave). Here’s another. They are hosting a Sukkah Decorating Party today, with music by Heavy Shtetl. From 4:30-6:30 p.m. there will be games, face painting, arts and crafts, and a community dinner. All free and family-friendly.
  • Elizabeth Colt 190th Birthday Celebration: Free event in the Parish House (155 Wyllys Street) that will include greetings from Elizabeth Colt and James Batterson (Imposters Impersonating History), along with tours, refreshments, and performances. 5-8 p.m.
  • Yoga in the Park: Free yoga in Bushnell Park near the Pump House, 5:30 p.m. Bring your own mat/towel. Free.
  • State Representatives Candidates Forum: there’s more than just a presidential election happening this year. Swing by the Hartford Public Library to hear from invited candidates, and maybe inquire as to why there is apparently no challenger for the third district’s incumbent. Invited candidates include: Matt Ritter, Ken Lerman, Minnie Gonzalez, Angel Arce, A. Lloyd Carter, Brandon McGee, Paul Panos, Ed Vargas, Russell Williams, Doug McCrory, and Giselle Jacobs. Free to attend. Refreshments at 5:30 p.m.; the main event starts at 6.
  • Extending the Growing Season: Learn how to keep your garden growing for a little bit longer. This is led by Carol Padberg and will be held at 202 Laurel Street. This is part of KNOX’s Urban Roots Workshop Series. This is free. 5:30-7 p.m. RSVP to 860-951-7694.
  • Get HYPEd: the casual networking event for young professionals and entrepreneurs meets at a different venue each month. Tonight they are at Hog River Brewing Co. (1429 Park Street). 5:30-8:30 p.m. No cover charge.

October 6

  • Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch Tours: take a free tour between 12-1:30 p.m. of the arch in Bushnell Park. You will need to be able to climb up steep steps.
  • YAD Happy Hour: the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford is hosting a happy hour at Vito’s By the Park (26 Trumbull Street).
  • Yoga in the Park: Free yoga in Elizabeth Park on the Rose Garden Lawn, 5:30 p.m. Bring your own mat/towel. Free.
  • Public Square: A new event series at the Connecticut State Capitol in the Old Judiciary Room. This free discussion on the presidential election will include panelists: Renny Fulco, Associate Professor of Legal and Policy Studies; Rachel Moskowitz, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Law; and Mark Silk, Director, Leonard Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life and Professor of Religion in Public Life. 6-8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
  • Judaic Studies Road Show: Forgiveness in Shakespeare — this is at the Charter Oak Cultural Center (21 Charter Oak Avenue). They say: “Timed to coincide with the Jewish High Holidays, this interactive lecture by UConn professor Jeffrey Shoulson explores the themes of forgiveness in the works of William Shakespeare. Live presentations of scenes from the selected works will make this a powerful evening of art and ideas.” 7-9 p.m. Free.
  • Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures — showing at 7 p.m. at the Wadsworth Atheneum. They say: “Robert Mapplethorpe dedicated his life not only to becoming an artist, but to making his chosen medium, photography, respected and valued as fine art. His final show, ‘The Perfect Moment’ — exhibited at the Wadsworth Atheneum in 1989 — was self-planned as he was dying of AIDS, and proved to be a cultural time bomb. Presented in collaboration with Out Film CT.” $9 general admission.
  • The Professors of Sweet Sweet Music (POSSM) are playing Peppercorn’s (357 Main Street) starting at 8 p.m. There’s no cover. If you want a fun time out without staying up all night, this is a fine option.

October 7

Still at a loss for what to do with yourself? Go wander. We have miles and miles of sidewalks, seven large parks, many smaller ones, multiple cemeteries, and various unpaved paths.

  • Talk to artist Dulce Chacón whose watery ink drawings are featured in MATRIX 175 at the Wadsworth Atheneum. The one hour talk begins at noon and is free with admission to the museum (which is free for Hartford residents). Meet by the gift shop.
  • Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra: listen to music in The Kitchen at Hartford Public Library, 12-1 p.m. Free.
  • Book Release Party: Hartford resident Brett A. Maddux recently published Regent, a book of his poetry. This is the celebration of that. The party starts at 7 p.m. at Little River Restoratives (405 Capitol Avenue).
  • Read It and Sleep: if you aren’t ready yet for Brett’s poetry, maybe head over to Charter Oak Cultural Center (21 Charter Oak Avenue) to hear Anklet for a Princess: A Cinderella Story from India. The first 25 kids in attendance will receive a copy of the book to take home. This story-time event includes light refreshments. 7-8:30 p.m. Free.

October 8

  • Hartford Marathon: The marathon and half marathon start on Capitol Avenue between the State Capitol and State Library. The 5K starts on Washington Street at the intersection with Buckingham Street. The finish line is on Trinity Street. The routes for each vary. The wheelchair start time is 7:55 a.m.; general start is five minutes later. It’s free to spectate.
  • Plein Air Demo and Sketchcrawl: the rain postponed this event last month, so let’s try again. Gather near the pond house in Keney Park (Edgewood) and learn a little from Jane Penfield about pastel drawing. Bring your own art supplies or buy a sketchbook for $5 there. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Yoga in the Park: Yoga taught in English and Spanish in Pope Park near the pond, 11 a.m. Bring your own mat/towel. Free.
  • Clean Up: It’s a tradition for volunteers to help clean up the park both before and after a production of Night Fall. Show up around 11:30 a.m. at the Sunrise Overlook area of Elizabeth Park to get some gloves and garbage bags. Showing up early means being able to claim your seat for the event before all the good spots are taken. Volunteers are also needed to clean up after the event, so stick around for that.
  • Second Saturdays: free admission and hands-on art activities at the Wadsworth Atheneum from 1-4 p.m. Actually, admission is free all day, but because of the Hartford Marathon, the museum is moving the activities to the afternoon. The event includes family tours at 1:30 and 2 p.m.
  • Ride Your Bike to Night Fall with Friends: like it says. There are two organized group bicycle rides happening this afternoon. Both leave from their starting points at 4:30 p.m. The Hartford ride starts near the carousel in Bushnell Park. The West Hartford ride starts from REI near West Hartford Center. Be sure to bring a bike lock and lights. The rides both end in Elizabeth Park.
  • Night Fall: now in its fifth year, this free event features art, music, dance, and giant puppets. This is for all ages. The performance is at 6 p.m., but “grounds” (it’s a public park, so…) “open” at 2 p.m. Bring your own blanket to sit on. This year, the event is on the East Lawn in Elizabeth Park.

October 9

  • Yoga in the Park: Free yoga in Colt Park near Wethersfield Avenue entrance, 11 a.m. Bring your own mat/towel. Free. This is the final Yoga in the Park for the season.
  • Fixers’ Co-Op: Visit Make Hartford (30 Arbor Street) from 6-8 p.m. They say: “The second Sunday of every month from October through April will be Fixers’ Co-Op at MakeHartford. This is not a time to bring in things for others to fix for you (unless arranged in advance), but a time you can bring your workbox of things to get done, and maybe get help from others in the space. You will have access to MakeHartford’s tools, but please bring consumable supplies that you need as there’s no guarantee of things being in the space.” Free.

October 10

  • Forum on Race and Slavery: this free forum will feature Attorney James Bowers, Professor Eric Foner and Professor Manisha Sinha in a discussion about the “ideologies and the institutions that perpetuate racism in America.” They say: “The speakers will focus special attention on South Carolina’s complex history of justifying and expanding slavery, imposing Jim Crow laws and fostering racism.” Please register by October 7, 2016 if you plan to attend. This free event is open to the public. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Reading Room of William F. Starr Hall at UConn (45 Elizabeth Street); reception follows at 7.
  • Free jazz jam session at Hot Tomato’s (1 Union Place), 7-10 p.m.
  • Just down the street, hear the Joe Palmer Trio perform at Black-eyed Sally’s (350 Asylum Street), 8-11 p.m. $5 cover.

October 11

  • West End Farmers’ Market: buy Connecticut-grown (and even some Hartford-grown) fruits and vegetables from 3-6 p.m. on the Clemens Green (Farmington Avenue near Woodland Street).

October 12

  • Hartford Entrepreneur Hangout:  Every time we turn around there’s another happy hour. This one will be at the new Hog River Brewing Co. (1429 Park Street) from 5-7 p.m. No cover charge and free food. Register so they know how much food will be needed.
  • Acoustic Open Mic: Sign up at 5:45 p.m.; music begins at 6 p.m. in the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library.
  • MakeHartford Open House: tour the space and speak to the makers. Come and go as you please. 6:30-9 p.m. Free. This is at 30 Arbor Street, B7.

October 13

  • Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch Tours: take a free tour between 12-1:30 p.m. of the arch in Bushnell Park. You will need to be able to climb up steep steps.
  • Opening reception for the works of artist Jade Hoyer. They say: “Using printmaking and installation, artist Jade Hoyer reimagines a classroom setting.  Hoyer’s work ‘study’ examines socioeconomic inequality in secondary education.” The reception is 4-6 p.m. in the Widener Gallery of Austin Arts Center at Trinity College. Free.
  • Know Good Market: food trucks and live music in a parking lot on Bartholomew Avenue. 5-8 p.m.
  • Registrars of Voters Candidates Forum: learn about the candidates in this year’s election. Refreshments at 5:30; forum at 6 p.m. This is free and held at the Hartford Public Library.
  • Salons at Stowe: How Do Social Movements and Protests Effect Change? — David Canton, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Americana Studies Program at Connecticut College, and Jeffrey Ogbar, Professor of History, University of Connecticut, are the featured guests. This free event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (77 Forest Street). They ask participants to register and read this item in advance.
  • Medicinal Tea Talk: another inexpensive offering at Toivo Center (399 Franklin Avenue). They say: “Long before the billion dollar pharmaceutical industry was created, the ancients used nature’s medicine: herbs. With over 200,000 medicinal plants on earth, these healing helpers can be carefully blended together to create effective remedies in the form of loose leaf tea. In this eye-opening presentation, you will discover and taste these ground-breaking teas with sought-after health educator, Kevin W. Reese.” There is a $5 suggested donation. 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Patti Smith in Conversation: A Mark My Words Event. This discussion with Patti Smith will center around her memoir, M Train. This event will take place at Immanuel Congregational Church (10 Woodland Street) at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $25.

October 14

  • Fall Into Mindfulness & Self-Care Workshop: facilitated by Toivo Center team members, this workshop will provide tools to empower and heal. Refreshments will be provided at this event, which is a collaboration between YWCA Sexual Assault Crisis Service and Toivo. This will take place at 75 Charter Oak Ave. Building 1, first floor. 6-8 p.m. RSVP to Nuriye Rumeli (860) 225-4681 x 214 or Hilary Bryant at hybrant@advocacyunlimited.org. Free.
  • Fiber Alchemy: Two Viewpoints — the exhibit featuring Sandra Bender Fromson and Ellen Schiffman’s works opens today at ArtWalk Gallery on the third floor of the Hartford Public Library. The opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Free.

October 15

  • Angels Among Us: This event at Cedar Hill Cemetery begins at 10 a.m. They say: “Learn about the angels and allegorical figures that grace the landscape of Cedar Hill. From the angel Gabriel to representations of Faith, Hope and Memory, Foundation Director Beverly Lucas will highlight the figural monuments in our historic cemetery.” Free for Let’s Go Arts and Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation members; $5 for everyone else.

October 16

Dear Hartford Residents, if you have been in hibernation mode and missed it…wake up! The Wadsworth Atheneum is now offering free admission for you and four guests during regular museum hours. If this weren’t rad enough, by showing your card you get discounts at the gift shop and cafe. All you need is to show proof that you are a Hartford resident.

  • Climate Justice: from 3-4 p.m., Dr. Mark Mitchell will give a talk at Toivo (399 Franklin Avenue) on the subject of climate justice. Free.
  • Hartford Fashion Week: “Off the Runway.” Free and open to the public. This is a chance to shop the designers, jewelers, and more. This will be in Union Station, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • String Thing: stop by Make Hartford (30 Arbor Street) from 6-8 p.m. for a free gathering. They say: “Anything you do with string: knitting, crocheting, spinning, knotting, tatting, weaving, macramé, and more.  Bring your project to work on or get some help.”

October 17

  • World Food Day Community Breakfast: enjoy a free meal at The Studio at Billings Forge (539 Broad Street) from 8:30 — 11 a.m. There will also be a discussion led by the Hartford Advisory Commission on Food Policy. The commission will be unveiling its policy recommendations for 2016. No cost, but email ( meg@hartfordfood.org ) to participate.
  • Homeschool Day at Connecticut Historical Society. This is a day of programs and workshops designed for homeschool families. Prices vary and pre-registration is required.
  • Yarn: this was scheduled before, then canceled. Now, the event will be on October 17 starting at 7 p.m. This is a film screening followed by spinning demonstrations at Real Art Ways (56 Arbor Street). $11 general admission.
  • The Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs every Monday night at 8 p.m. at the Arch Street Tavern. Free.

October 18

  • West End Farmers’ Market: buy Connecticut-grown (and even some Hartford-grown) fruits and vegetables from 3-6 p.m. on the Clemens Green (Farmington Avenue near Woodland Street).
  • State Senators Candidates Forum: learn about the candidates in this year’s election. Refreshments at 5:30; forum at 6 p.m. This is free and held at the Hartford Public Library.

October 19

  • This is as good a day as any to use your free admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum and roam around.
  • Café Society: film screens at 7:30 p.m. at Cinestudio (300 Summit Street). General admission is $10.

October 20

Photo courtesy of Thomas Giroir // Fire or Ice is at the Bushnell on October 22 and 23.

  • Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch Tours: take a free tour between 12-1:30 p.m. of the arch in Bushnell Park. You will need to be able to climb up steep steps.
  • Chi-Raq: reception, guest speaker, film, and post-movie Q&A at the Wadsworth Atheneum. $10 general admission. This starts at 5:30 p.m and is a collaboration with the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and The Amistad Center for Arts & Culture.

October 21

  • Come by Arch Street Tavern for music from Cris Jacobs and Wise Old Moon. Doors open at 8:30; music starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $7-10. This show is 21+.

October 22

  • Scavenger Hunt & Pooch Parade: completing a scavenger hunt in downtown Hartford will get you admission into the Pooch Parade and costume contest. From there, hang out on the Salute patio for Yappy Hour. Admission is $10; proceeds go to Kenway’s Cause. Events begin at 10 a.m. at Naturally Dogs and Cats (10 Trumbull Street).
  • Poets on Poetry: this is a monthly poetry book discussion series. Mark Sheridan will be giving a talk on Sylvia Plath. This two-hour event begins at 10:15 a.m. in the Hartford Public Library. Free.
  • Garlic Planting: get some free and useful information at this Urban Roots Workshop by KNOX. Emily Petersen will lead this session at 75 Laurel Street, 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon. RSVP to 860-951-7694.
  • The F Word: showcase featuring artwork of Anne Gogh, Sarah Gubetta, and Aariyan Googe. This is 7-10 p.m. in the TimeFrozen Photography suite at 30 Arbor Street.
  • Fire or Ice: Sonia Plumb Dance Company’s original production blends modern dance with ballet, breakdancing, and salsa, with dancers and musicians performing live on the same stage. Tickets start at $33. Tonight’s production at the Bushnell (166 Capitol Avenue) begins at 8 p.m.

October 23

  • Fire or Ice: Sonia Plumb Dance Company’s original production blends modern dance with ballet, breakdancing, and salsa, with dancers and musicians performing live on the same stage. Tickets start at $33. Today’s production at the Bushnell (166 Capitol Avenue) begins at 2:30 p.m.
  • Maker Movie: Make Hartford is hosting free film showings at 30 Arbor Street. Tonight’s movie is Mad Max: Fury Road. The fun starts at 6 p.m. You’re welcome to bring your own food.

October 24

  • Spoken Word Workshop with Iron Poets: free and open to all ages at the Ropkins Branch (1750 Main Street) of Hartford Public Library, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs at Arch Street Tavern starting at 8 p.m. Free.

October 25

October 26

  • U.S. Representatives and Senators Forum: learn about the candidates in this year’s election. Refreshments at 5:30; forum at 6 p.m. This is free and held at the Hartford Public Library. This event is also noted as being tentative, so check back with the Hartford Public Library before showing up.
  • Free Funk Wednesdays: Listen to the music of West End Blend and others at Arch Street Tavern, 9 p.m. No cover.

October 27

  • Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch Tours: This is your last chance for this season to take a free tour between 12-1:30 p.m. of the arch in Bushnell Park. You will need to be able to climb up steep steps.
  • Salons at Stowe: How Can Communities Transform Law Enforcement? — This discussion will consider questions like “What does police reform look like? And how can communities play a role?.”  David McGuire of Connecticut ACLU is the featured guest. This is 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (77 Forest Street). Participants are asked to make reservations and read two texts in advance.
  • Stop by Hanging Hills Brewing Company (150 Ledyard Street) to drink some suds and listen to music by the Hartford Hot Several Brass Band and spoken word by Zulynette Morales. This starts at 6:30 p.m. No cover.

October 28

  • Green Bag Lunch: They say, “John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer at United Technologies Corporation and co-author of the book Food Foolish, will share the extraordinary social and environmental opportunities created by wasting less food and why he is optimistic that real solutions to feeding the world and preserving its resources can be unlocked in the context of mitigating climate change.” Bring your own lunch or enjoy the desserts and beverages provided. The event is at 1429 Park Street, Suite 114 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. This is a free event, but registration is required.
  • Hallowed History Lantern Tour: one of Hartford’s most interesting events, don’t expect to just be able to show up. Call 860-956-3311 to make reservations; also, bring a flashlight and wear appropriate shoes for walking around in a graveyard at night. They say: “Join us for the only night Cedar Hill Cemetery is open to the public after dark. Led by lantern light, attendees will visit the final resting places of some of Cedar Hill’s notable and not-so-notable residents. Character actors will share their true-yet-darker-tales.” They also say this might not be appropriate for people under 13 years of age; parents, make your own decisions on that. Tickets are $15 and tours begin at 6 p.m.

October 29

  • Run for Kids’ Sake: 5K race and half-mile kids’ fun run starting in Riverside Park. Start times vary, but all are in the morning. Free to watch.
  • Last chance to view Peter Waite‘s paintings at EBK Gallery (218 Pearl Street)

October 30

  • Mad Map Making: At Toivo Center, The Icarus Project will ask “participants to draw from our own reserves of wisdom to help ourselves and each other to understand how we have gotten to where we are today and creative strategies of where we would like to go. We will use our past traumas, instances of discrimination or abuses we have endured, not as barriers, but as tools in our own empowerment.” 2-4 p.m. at 399 Franklin Avenue. There is a $5 suggested donation, but nobody is turned away for lack of funds.
  • Make Hartford is kicking off its book club with discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Free to participate. Bring your own dinner, or purchase snacks on site. 6-8 p.m. at 30 Arbor Street. Participants are responsible for obtaining their own copies of the book.

October 31

  • Spirits at Stowe: last chance to attend “An Otherworldly Tour” in the Katharine Seymour Day House (77 Forest Street) during the Halloween season. The 45-minute tour (by flashlight) will include stories about Harriet Beecher Stowe Tickets are $18. The tours are recommended for ages 12 and up. 7:30 p.m.
  • The Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs every Monday night at 8 p.m. at the Arch Street Tavern. Free.
  • Listen to the Jovan Alexandre Trio at Black-eyed Sally’s (350 Asylum Street), 8-11 p.m. $5 cover.

 

DISCLAIMERS

This monthly event listing includes arts and entertainment, civic engagement, academic, cultural, wellness, and other types of activities happening in Hartford during October. There is no intent to include all events — it’s curated, with preference given to what the widest range of Hartford residents can afford (free or low cost) and what sounds most interesting to us.

This information is accurate as of publication to the best of our knowledge. Keep in mind that events are sometimes cancelled or postponed, and that incorrect details are at times given to us. Verify with the venue if you are concerned about last minute surprises.

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