August 2017 Events in Hartford

Daymark performs at Connecticut Historical Society on August 17, 2017

DISCLAIMERS

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 or want to know what the plan is for inclement weather.

To get an event published for next month, send details to realhartford@gmail.com by August 25th. Nothing is added after the calendar is published.

This calendar is curated — it’s not a free-for-all. If an event is not in Hartford, wicked expensive, sketchy, or unclear, it’s not going on this calendar without major convincing that it belongs here.

August 1

  • People under age 18 are invited to the Parker Memorial Community Center (2621 Main Street), 10 am -1 pm, for free lunch and Track & Field activities. No paperwork or preregistration needed.
  • Get your grocery shopping done at the West End Farmers’ Market on Clemens Green (385 Farmington Avenue) every Tuesday, 4-7 pm. SNAP/EBT is accepted and doubled.
  • National Night Out: Child-centered event with games and food at Cronin Playground (490 Granby Street), 4-7:30 pm. Free.
  • Members of the Hartford Public Library’s senior leadership team — including Greg Davis (Board President), Bridget Quinn-Carey (CEO), and Andrea Comer (Chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee) — will be available to speak with the community about the plan to close the Ropkins, Blue Hills, and Goodwin branches, and conversion of the Mark Twain branch to a mobile library. This begins at 6 pm at the Blue Hills branch (649 Blue Hills Avenue).
  • WIP Into Shape: Free bootcamp-style fitness class at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 6-7 pm. The class is described as being accessible to all levels.

August 2

  • Asylum Hill Walking Tours: check out the latest NINA project at 94-96 Ashley Street. 12 pm. Free.
  • Midday Meditation: Experience a half hour of free guided meditation at the Riverfront, 12:30 pm. This is on the lower level near the Amie sculpture.
  • Potter on the Plaza: Listen as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is read aloud on Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 12:30-1:30 pm. Free.
  • Get HYPEd: The casual monthly networking event for young professionals and entrepreneurs will be at Chango Rosa (1 Union Place) from 5:30-8:30 pm. No registration necessary. This is free. Bring your business cards and money for drinks.
  • Members of the Hartford Public Library’s senior leadership team — including Greg Davis (Board President), Bridget Quinn-Carey (CEO), and Andrea Comer (Chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee) — will be available to speak with the community about the plan to close the Ropkins, Blue Hills, and Goodwin branches, and conversion of the Mark Twain branch to a mobile library. This begins at 6 pm at the Goodwin branch (460 New Britain Avenue).
  • Yoga Flow on the River: A free “accessible to all bodies” yoga class meets at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 6-7 pm. Bring your own yoga mat or towel.
  • Enjoy a free concert by Mass-Conn-Fusion in Elizabeth Park, 6:30-8 pm. This will be on the Rose Garden Lawn. If there’s bad weather, the concert will be reschedule for August 3rd.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy will be screened outdoors at the stadium, 7-9 pm. This is free.

August 3

  • Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch Tours: take a free tour any time between 12-1:30 pm. Climbing steep stairs is involved. This is the arch in Bushnell Park.
  • Thursday Nights on the Plaza: POSSM will be playing originals and covers at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. The Brasato food truck is schedule to be there. 4-8 pm. Free.
  • Art After Dark: The Wadsworth Atheneum is hosting their traditional Caribbean Block Party on the museum lawn, 5-8 pm. Expect steel drums, stilt walking, dominoes, art activities, docent-guided tours, and dancing. There is some complimentary food, but drinks are extra. At 8 pm, Hidden Figures screens indoors. $10 general; $5 for museum members.
  • Neighborhood Studios Film Festival: Free public screening of students’ film projects. Director Q&A and pizza reception follows the screening. 5:30-7 pm at Real Art Ways (56 Arbor Street).
  • Members of the Hartford Public Library’s senior leadership team — including Greg Davis (Board President), Bridget Quinn-Carey (CEO), and Andrea Comer (Chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee) — will be available to speak with the community about the plan to close the Ropkins, Blue Hills, and Goodwin branches, and conversion of the Mark Twain branch to a mobile library. This begins at 6 pm at the Mark Twain branch (927 Asylum Avenue).
  • Stowe Prize Book Club: Read (in advance) and discuss March: Book One, 6-7:30 at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (77 Forest Street). This is free, but the Stowe Center likes reservations to be made.
  • Parkville Studios: Homebound — opening reception for the works of multiple Parkville artists. This free reception is at Charter Oak Cultural Center (21 Charter Oak Ave.), 6-8 pm.
  • Breakdancing Shakespeare: As You Like It — Watch students give a modern hip hop treatment to Shakespeare’s play. Admission is $10. This begins at 7 pm at Hartford Stage (50 Church Street).

August 4

  • The Upward Hartford (20 Church Street) co-working space is open for all to use today, 10 am – 2 pm.
  • Judy Handler and Mark Levesque are giving a free performance from 12-1 pm at Connecticut’s Old State House.
  • Breakdancing Shakespeare: As You Like It — Watch students give a modern hip hop treatment to Shakespeare’s play. Admission is $10. This begins at 7 pm at Hartford Stage (50 Church Street). They call themselves “Hartford’s newest high-tech hub of innovation comprised of office and shared space for entrepreneurs and start-ups.
  • Free outdoor screening of Trolls at Riverside Park, approximately 8 pm.
  • Public Access and Chill Extravaganza: at time of publication, there are few details about this event. Usually, that’s super annoying. But with this? Look at the title. And it’s happening at Sea Tea Comedy Theater (15 Asylum Street). How can you go wrong with that? The show starts promptly at 9 pm. Tickets are $10.

August 5

  • Free admission to the museum galleries of Connecticut Historical Society (1 Elizabeth Street), 9 am – 5 pm.
  • Historical Tour of Bushnell Park: Gather at the carousel at 10 am for a one-hour guided tour of the park. Free.
  • Coltsville Walking Tour: The National Park Service presents free walking tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 am and 2 pm both days. Meet the park ranger by the Sam Colt monument in Colt Park. Call (717) 856-9629 for more information.
  • Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival: Head to the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza for music, games, and a chance to choose from a number of food vendors. 1-9 pm. Free admission.
  • Breakdancing Shakespeare: As You Like It — Watch students give a modern hip hop treatment to Shakespeare’s play. Admission is $10. This begins at 2 pm at Hartford Stage (50 Church Street).

August 6

  • Coltsville Walking Tour: The National Park Service presents free walking tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 am and 2 pm both days. Meet the park ranger by the Sam Colt monument in Colt Park. Call (717) 856-9629 for more information.
  • Bushnell Park Qi Gong: Wear comfortable clothing and prepare to move! 1-2 pm by the carousel in Bushnell Park. Free.
  • Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance: Potluck dinner begins at 6 pm; this is followed by a program of speakers poetry, and music. Candle-lighting ceremony will be outdoors at 8 pm if weather allows. This is at the Unitarian Society of Hartford (50 Bloomfield Avenue).
  • Syllable: E.V. Legters, Ony Obiocha, Susan Campbell, and Diana Lestz will be sharing their writing at Little River Restoratives (405 Capitol Avenue), 7 pm. Free admission.

August 7

  • Meet the Artisans: weavers from the Hartford Artisan Weaving Center will talk about their work in the “Time to Try Tied Weaves” exhibit in the Hartford Public Library. Meet in Exhibition Hall on the third floor of Hartford Public Library at 11 am. Free.
  • The Slooh Airstream Bus launches its transcontinental road trip at the Connecticut Science Center, 1-4 pm. They say: “In anticipation of the celestial event of the century, Slooh, the CT-based leading media brand in outer space, is trekking across the country in the Slooh Mobile Observatory, from Connecticut to Stanley, ID, where they will capture and broadcast the total solar eclipse live on August 21st. Slooh will kick off their incredible journey from the Connecticut Science Center! During their journey west, Slooh will share their excitement and educate the public about the eclipse. Come check their unbelievable telescopes and the air stream bus that will take them on their journey.”
  • Karaoke every Monday night at Chango Rosa (1 Union Place) starts at 6:30.
  • Monday Night Jazz: Free jazz concerts in Bushnell Park beginning at 6 pm with Matt and Atla DeChamplain; Clifton Anderson headlines at 7:30 pm. Picnics encouraged!
  • The Hartford Jazz Orchestra puts on a free performance every Monday at Arch Street Tavern, 8 pm.

August 8

  • Farmers’ Market Green Drinks: the West End Farmers’ Market gathers every Tuesday from 4-7 pm on Clemens Green (385 Farmington Avenue). Today, community organizer Chris Pressley will give a talk at 7 pm titled “Why Growing Your own Food is a Revolutionary Act: A Primer for the Hartford Backyard Gardeners Club”. Start mingling at 6 (or before), This Green Drinks is alcohol-free due to the nature of the venue. No need to register; just show up! Free.
  • WIP Into Shape: Free bootcamp-style fitness class at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 6-7 pm. The class is described as being accessible to all levels.

August 9

  • Asylum Hill Walking Tours: Forgotten Asylum Hill — take a free tour at noon. Check back to the site to see where this will begin.
  • Midday Meditation: Experience a half hour of free guided meditation at the Riverfront, 12:30 pm. This is on the lower level near the Amie sculpture.
  • Potter on the Plaza: Listen as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is read aloud on Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 12:30-1:30 pm. Free.
  • Yoga Flow on the River: A free “accessible to all bodies” yoga class meets at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 6-7 pm. Bring your own yoga mat or towel.
  • Enjoy music from The Mighty Soul Drivers in Elizabeth Park, 6:30-8:30 pm. This free event takes place on the Rose Garden Lawn.

August 10

  • World of Sounds: Free outdoor performance by Nzinga’s Daughters at the Hartford Public Library, 12-1 pm.
  • Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch Tours: take a free tour any time between 12-1:30 pm. Climbing steep stairs is involved. This is the arch in Bushnell Park.
  • Pop! Happy Hour: Free admission and tours of the Wadsworth Atheneum, 4-7 pm. Snacks and beverages available for purchase. Bar opens at 4; tours begin at 5.
  • Thursday Nights on the Plaza: Have a beer, visit a food truck, listen to live music. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 4-8 pm. Free.
  • Sunset Notables Tour: This begins at 6:30 pm in Cedar Hill Cemetery. They say: “Discover the history and beauty of Cedar Hill Cemetery on this tour showcasing some of our most celebrated residents and renowned monuments. Stops include General Griffin Stedman, Gilbert Heublein, John Pierpont Morgan and Mark Howard. Participants will enjoy watching the sun set over Cedar Mountain during the walk.” $5 general; free for CHCF and Let’s Go Arts members.

August 11

at Hartford Stage, August 3-5, 2017

  • Dixieland Stomp is giving a free performance from 12-1 pm at Connecticut’s Old State House.
  • Pop Up Improv: Sea Tea Improv will be doing a fully improvised show at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 12:30-1:30 pm. Free.
  • Salsa Social: Free salsa dancing on Pratt Street, 5-7 pm. This is free.
  • Summer Sizzle: Dial M for Murder plays at the Wadsworth Atheneum in its outdoor courtyard. You can begin enjoying live music and purchase dinner beginning at 5 pm. Picnics, portable chairs, and coolers are not permitted. The movie begins at sundown. This is free for museum members; $9 regular admission. If it rains, this moves indoors.
  • Dinner and a Movie: Enjoy a free dinner and outdoor screening of Coraline at Charter Oak Cultural Center (21 Charter Oak Avenue) with the family. Dinner is served at 6 pm; movie begins at 7.
  • Yet another chance to see a free outdoor movie — go to Charter Oak Landing for a free screening of The Boss Baby. Film begins at sunset.
  • For something more active, go to Ducks on the Ave (572 Farmington Avenue) for bowling and music by The Sparkomatics and The Clams. Starts at 9 pm.

August 12

  • Colt Park Clean Up: Show up to help keep our community clean. 8:30-10 am. You don’t need to stay the entire time.
  • Stories in Stone: 10 am in Cedar Hill Cemetery. They say: “Learn about monument styles often found in 19th-century cemeteries such as Hartford’s historic Cedar Hill. From the sarcophagus to the obelisk, Celtic cross, pyramid and more, Foundation Director Beverly Lucas will discuss the artistic and architectural design of the cemetery’s illustrious memorials.” $5 admission; free for CHCF and Let’s Go Arts members.
  • Second Saturdays at the Wadsworth Atheneum means free admission to all from 10 am – 1 pm. There are hands-on art projects for the kids, along with family-centered museum tours at 10:30, 11, and 11:30. Once you’re in, you can stay until the museum closes at 5 pm.
  • Coltsville Walking Tour: The National Park Service presents free walking tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 am and 2 pm both days. Meet the park ranger by the Sam Colt monument in Colt Park. Call (717) 856-9629 for more information.
  • Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation: Spawn, Culture, and Substrate — Joel Weik will be teaching mushroom cultivation from 1-2:30 pm at Knox (75 Laurel Street). RSVP for this free event 860-951-7694
  • Heal Through the Seven Chakras: Alanna Kaivalya, Ph.D. will lead this workshop on “history of the yogic system of the chakras, an interactive overview on each chakra, a practical meditation to locate each chakra within your own body, a visualization to reveal where the body might be hiding important information, and instruction on discovering your path to healing and the empowered wisdom that the chakra system engenders.” This is 2-5 pm at Toivo (399 Franklin Avenue). There is a $15-20 sliding scale fee for this class.
  • Kirtan: Come listen to spiritual music at Toivo (399 Franklin Ave), 6-7:30 pm. Suggested donation: $5.

August 13

  • Coltsville Walking Tour: The National Park Service presents free walking tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 am and 2 pm both days. Meet the park ranger by the Sam Colt monument in Colt Park. Call (717) 856-9629 for more information.
  • 350 CT General Assembly: Meet at 11 am at the Charter Oak Cultural Center (21 Charter Oak Avenue). They say: “Are you a climate activist? Have you ever had an idea that would inspire people to join the climate movement in CT? Do you have skills or experience that can help 350 CT speed up the transition away for fossil fuels? Being a member-driven organization means we ALWAYS value & welcome new ideas, improvements, and even criticism at our regular meetings. We have scheduled an assembly in August for this specific purpose. We need as many climate activists as possible to join us to propose, discuss and adopt policies, practices, structures, and action proposals that will make 350 CT successful in creating a Fossil-Free Future. Remember, our voices are stronger when they are joined together!” Free.
  • Bushnell Park Qi Gong: Wear comfortable clothing and prepare to move! 1-2 pm by the carousel in Bushnell Park. Free.
  • Last chance to participate in CREC’s “Operation Fill-A-Box.” Donate classroom essentials like notebooks, pens, pencils, and erasers at any of the following locations: Bear’s (25 Front St.) 11 am – 10 pm, Blind Pig (89 Arch Street) 11 am – 10 pm, or Chango Rosa (1 Union Place). Supplies will be donated to students in the Hartford area.

August 14

  • Monday Night Jazz: Last of the free jazz concerts in Bushnell Park for this season! It begins at 6 pm with Allen Lowe; Darius Jones headlines at 7:30 pm. Picnics encouraged!
  • Women’s Open Mic Workshop: Work on various writing prompts, then share. This is from 6:30-8 pm and participants are asked to be mindful of the starting time. Almost every event at Toivo (399 Franklin Avenue) is free, including this one. No registration required.
  • Karaoke every Monday night at Chango Rosa (1 Union Place) starts at 6:30.
  • The Hartford Jazz Orchestra puts on a free performance every Monday at Arch Street Tavern, 8 pm.

August 15

  • Asylum Hill Walking Tours: Asylum Hill Congregational Church — Lynn Snyder will guide you through the inside of this church at noon. Meet at 814 Asylum Avenue. Free.
  • Get your grocery shopping done at the West End Farmers’ Market on Clemens Green (385 Farmington Avenue) every Tuesday, 4-7 pm. SNAP/EBT is accepted and doubled.
  • WIP Into Shape: Free bootcamp-style fitness class at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 6-7 pm. The class is described as being accessible to all levels.

August 16

  • Take a free webinar on Managing Your Online Reputation, available through University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center. 9-10:30 am. Registration required.
  • Discover Cedar Hill  — Highlight Tour: They say: “Bob Chudy leads this introductory tour about Cedar Hill’s most prominent residents. Hear about the discoverer of anesthesia and his tragic life, the woman behind the management of Colt Manufacturing, and the man who saved the country from bankruptcy twice.” Meet at Cedar Hill Cemetery at 10 am. $5 general; free for CHCF and Let’s Go Arts members.
  • Asylum Hill Walking Tours: Aetna — get a guided tour of the inside of Aetna. Meet at the corner of Broad and Farmington by the YWCA. Bring photo ID and register for this free tour in advance. Noon.
  • Potter on the Plaza: Listen as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is read aloud on Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 12:30-1:30 pm. Free.
  • CREC’s Back to School Block Party: free food, ice cream, and games, along with haircuts to the first 50 children. 3-6 pm at CREC (111 Charter Oak Avenue).
  • Yoga Flow on the River: A free “accessible to all bodies” yoga class meets at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 6-7 pm. Bring your own yoga mat or towel.
  • Enjoy music from Eight to the Bar in Elizabeth Park, 6:30 – 8 pm. This is on the Rose Garden Lawn. If it rains out, the concert is reschedule for August 17.

August 17

  • Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch Tours: take a free tour any time between 12-1:30 pm. Climbing steep stairs is involved. This is the arch in Bushnell Park.
  • Thursday Nights on the Plaza: Have a beer, visit a food truck, listen to live music. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 4-8 pm. Free.
  • Stop by Connecticut Historical Society (1 Elizabeth Street) for an outdoor folk concert featuring Daymark, an international trio that will be performing traditional Irish music. The grounds open at 5 pm for picnics; music begins at 6. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Free.
  • Cruisin’ on the River: This is a free improv show all about Tom Cruise. 6-7 pm on Mortensen Riverfront Plaza.

August 18

Go exploring!

  • Queer Academy Presentation of Learning: This free event is from 12-3 pm at True Colors (30 Arbor Street). They say: “Queer Academy is True Colors’ annual summer program for queer youth leaders. Over the past 7 weeks, our campers have been exploring identity, intersectionality, and social activism. Join us on August 18th at Queer Academy (30 Arbor St, Hartford) and experience the knowledge and power of a diverse group of queer youth who have committed to understanding, imagining, creating, and now taking control of their worlds. Join us for light refreshments, learning and a community resource fair!
  • Free screening of Moana in Keney Park at sunset. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs.

August 19

  • Improvised Tom Sawyer: Sea Tea Improv will be putting a different spin on the Tom Sawyer story. Tickets are $5 and this will be family-friendly. 1-2 pm at the Mark Twain House & Museum.
  • Dragon Boat & Asian Festival: Over eighty teams compete on the river. There is also Asian dance, music, beer, and food. Free admission. 8 am – 4 pm at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza.
  • There are two organized dog walks happening this morning, both beginning at 9 am and expected to last until around 11. One begins by the Sam Colt monument in Colt Park; the other by the sign at the main entrance to Goodwin Park. Contact Bob of Naturally Dogs and Cats for more info: (860) 249-8780.
  • Coltsville Walking Tour: The National Park Service presents free walking tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 am and 2 pm both days. Meet the park ranger by the Sam Colt monument in Colt Park. Call (717) 856-9629 for more information.

August 20

  • Parkville Neighborhood Clean Up Day: Meet at the Parkville CTfastrak station beginning at 8 am. A free breakfast is served at 8:30; cleaning begins at 9. Lunch is provided for volunteers. Contact Tom Kenney at 860-478-2522 for more information.
  • Coltsville Walking Tour: The National Park Service presents free walking tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 am and 2 pm both days. Meet the park ranger by the Sam Colt monument in Colt Park. Call (717) 856-9629 for more information.
  • Bushnell Park Qi Gong: Wear comfortable clothing and prepare to move! 1-2 pm by the carousel in Bushnell Park. Free.
  • Goonies will be screening outdoors in Colt Park, 7-10 pm. Free.

August 21

  • Mindfulness through Movement Workshop for Women: Robin Cullen will faciliate this workshop about how the body and mind are interconnected. Wear comfortable clothing and prepare to move! This is 6:30-8 pm at Toivo (399 Franklin Avenue); suggested donation of $5.
  • Karaoke every Monday night at Chango Rosa (1 Union Place) starts at 6:30.
  • The Hartford Jazz Orchestra puts on a free performance every Monday at Arch Street Tavern, 8 pm.

August 22

  • Get your grocery shopping done at the West End Farmers’ Market on Clemens Green (385 Farmington Avenue) every Tuesday, 4-7 pm. SNAP/EBT is accepted and doubled.
  • WIP Into Shape: Free bootcamp-style fitness class at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 6-7 pm. The class is described as being accessible to all levels.

August 23

  • Potter on the Plaza: Listen as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is read aloud on Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 12:30-1:30 pm. Free.
  • Yoga Flow on the River: A free “accessible to all bodies” yoga class meets at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 6-7 pm. Bring your own yoga mat or towel.

August 24

  • Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch Tours: take a free tour any time between 12-1:30 pm. Climbing steep stairs is involved. This is the arch in Bushnell Park.
  • Thursday Nights on the Plaza: Have a beer, visit a food truck, listen to live music. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 4-8 pm. Free.
  • Cedar Hill Movie Night: Come see Stage Door, a film featuring Katharine Hepburn. This is outdoors at Cedar Hill Cemetery at 7:30 pm. CHCF members free; $5 everyone else. Signs will direct you to the location once inside Cedar Hill. Rain date: August 25th.
  • Or, see West Side Story outdoors on the East Lawn of Elizabeth Park at 8 pm. Free.

August 25

  • The Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble is giving a free performance from 12-1 pm at Connecticut’s Old State House.
  • Finding Dory screens in Bushnell Park at sunset. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Free.

August 26

  • Mushroom Walk: at 10 am in Cedar Hill Cemetery. They say: “Join Joe Lenoce of Connecticut Valley Mycological Society in search of mushrooms at Cedar Hill Cemetery. During this educational hunt, Joe will discuss the basic types of fungi, where to find them and proper methods of collecting. After the walk, he will review documentation resources while identifying any fungi collected. Meet near the bridge along the entrance drive.” $5 general; free for CHCF and Let’s Go Arts members.
  • Coltsville Walking Tour: The National Park Service presents free walking tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 am and 2 pm both days. Meet the park ranger by the Sam Colt monument in Colt Park. Call (717) 856-9629 for more information.
  • Renascence Arts Festival: Artists, musicians, and performers. 24 Francis Avenue, 12-8 pm. Free.
  • Indivisible March on Connecticut: 1-5 pm at the Connecticut Legislative Office Building.
  • Summer Courtyard Concerts: The Americas Ensemble performs at Charter Oak Cultural Center (21 Charter Oak Ave.). Food and drink are available at 1:30 pm; music begins at 2. Free.

August 27

  • Coltsville Walking Tour: The National Park Service presents free walking tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 am and 2 pm both days. Meet the park ranger by the Sam Colt monument in Colt Park. Call (717) 856-9629 for more information.
  • Renascence Arts Festival: Artists, musicians, and performers. 24 Francis Avenue, 12-8 pm. Free.
  • Bushnell Park Qi Gong: Wear comfortable clothing and prepare to move! 1-2 pm by the carousel in Bushnell Park. Free.

August 28

Walk along the Connecticut River

  • Creative Collage Workshop for Women: All materials will be provided. No registration needed. Just show up! This is at Toivo (399 Franklin Avenue), 6:30-8 pm.
  • Karaoke every Monday night at Chango Rosa (1 Union Place) starts at 6:30.
  • The Hartford Jazz Orchestra puts on a free performance every Monday at Arch Street Tavern, 8 pm.

August 29

  • Get your grocery shopping done at the West End Farmers’ Market on Clemens Green (385 Farmington Avenue) every Tuesday, 4-7 pm. SNAP/EBT is accepted and doubled.
  • WIP Into Shape: Free bootcamp-style fitness class at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 6-7 pm. The class is described as being accessible to all levels.

August 30

  • Potter on the Plaza: Listen as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is read aloud on Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 12:30-1:30 pm. Free.This is the final one!
  • Yoga Flow on the River: A free “accessible to all bodies” yoga class meets at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 6-7 pm. Bring your own yoga mat or towel.
  • HYPE Terrarium Night with KNOX: Registration closes on August 28th for this, so don’t wait until the last minute! They say: “Get close to nature with our Social Events Committee and a night in the KNOX Inc. greenhouse! This workshop will provide you with everything you need to build your own terrarium including a glass container, soil, and a variety of different succulent plants. Feel free to get creative and bring your own container if you’d like (no bigger than 2 qts, please – we’ve seen people use old coffee pots or wine glasses)! Standard round glass bowls will be provided otherwise. Want to take your terrarium to the next level? Look around for sentimental items you can place inside it to bring with you that night. Ideas include small rocks, shells, crystals, marbles, jewelry, or even tiny toys/action figures (like Legos). Once assembled, KNOX will provide an overview for aftercare and how to keep your plants healthy. Beer, wine, and refreshments included!” This takes place at KNOX (75 Laurel Street) in the greenhouse. $30 general; $20 for HYPE members.

August 31

  • World of Sounds: Free outdoor performance by Jennifer Kreisberg at the Hartford Public Library, 12-1 pm.
  • Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch Tours: take a free tour any time between 12-1:30 pm. Climbing steep stairs is involved. This is the arch in Bushnell Park.
  • Thursday Nights on the Plaza: Have a beer, visit a food truck, listen to live music. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 4-8 pm. Free.

 

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