This monthly event listing includes arts and entertainment, civic engagement, academic, cultural, wellness, and other types of activities happening in Hartford during June. 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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The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s string quartet will be giving a free lunchtime concert in Liam E. McGee Memorial Park (formerly “HartBeat Park– Garden Street, Frazer Place, and Myrtle Street ) 12-1 p.m. If it rains, this will take place on June 3rd.
Community Matters: Wrestling with Public Restroom Use & Other Laws Aimed at Excluding LGBTQs— YWCA Hartford Region (135 Broad Street) is hosting a conversation on this topic. Catherine Blinder will moderate. Dan Barrett, Legal Director at ACLU CT, and Cesar Aleman, Community Outreach and Education Coordinator at CT Fair Housing Center, will be participating in the discussion. This free event starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Soromundi Room.
Free yoga in Bushnell Park at 5:30 p.m. Bring your own mat and water; wear comfortable clothing. Meet on the lawn between the pond and Pump House.
Get HYPEd: gather at Firebox (539 Broad) for this month’s networking event for young professionals and entrepreneurs. Show up whenever, stay as long as you’d like. No cover. Bring business cards and money for your own drinks. 5:30-8:30 p.m.
At 10 a.m. take a free tour of the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden. Meet at the Cottage.
Billings Forge Farmers’ Market is from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Broad Street, between Capitol Avenue and Russ Street.
Art on the Streets: from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., check out what Justin O’Brien (Asylum and Trumbull) and Tang Sauce (Phoenix Gateway [you probably know this area as Constitution Plaza]) have to offer. Free. (Can we stop with the Hxxxford nonsense now? Patently false! It never left.)
Take a free tour of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Bushnell Park. Drop by from 12-1:30 p.m. Call 860-232-6710 to confirm that rain has not cancelled.
Free yoga in Elizabeth Park at 5:30. Bring your own yoga mat and water; wear comfortable clothing. Meet on the lawn near the rose garden.
hARTford Art Show: artwork on the themes of identity, community, and Hartford, created by Hartford middle and high school students, will be on display at Butler-McCook House & Garden (396 Main), 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free.
The POSSM and Now for Ages will play at Peppercorn’s Grill (357 Main) starting at 8:30 p.m. No cover.
Witness the Puerto Rican Flag Raising Ceremony at the Connecticut State Capitol at 12:30 p.m.
Opening reception for Headstrong by Marc-Yves Regis at ArtWalk Gallery, located in Hartford Public Library (500 Main Street). 6 p.m. Free.
In Your Neighborhood: Each Saturday we showcase a different neighborhood in Hartford. These photos are taken while out on foot or on bicycle, because Hartford is not the Interstate and we should see it at human speed.
This week features the Sheldon/Charter Oak neighborhood, with pics taken at a few different times during recent weeks. This area is just south of Downtown, with Wethersfield Avenue, Wawarme Avenue, and the Connecticut River as the basic boundaries. This area includes Colt Park, Dillon Stadium, and Charter Oak Landing.
The horses make an appearance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Garden and Ashley on May 11, 2016
It’s been a tough few weeks for the police, perhaps tougher for those who have made questionable moves.
Budget cuts have eliminated the Mounted Police, effective at the beginning of July. A few mounted police made an appearance at the Zunner Building opening ceremony on Wednesday, where the governor, mayor, and other elected City and State politicians were present. Though well attended, the need for crowd control at this event was not apparent.
The Animal Control Unit has been significantly reduced; ACO Sherry DeGenova, who has earned the reputation of being valuable for her non-stop passion and commitment to her work, was among those cut. Responding to this decision, the community — including many people from beyond Hartford’s borders who adopted dogs that would have otherwise been killed — has marched, petitioned, filled City Hall during a Council meeting, and gone very public with its discontent over a budget cut that some are claiming will actually cost the City of Hartford more money in the long run. (more…)
L-to-R: Yvonne Matthews, Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association; Andrea Perreira, Local Initiatives Support Corporation; Luke Bronin, Mayor of Hartford; Lynda Godkin, NINA; Jack Ellovich, Hartford Community Loan Fund; Matt Ritter, State Rep.; Dannel Malloy, Governor
“Government sometimes gets it right,” Malloy told onlookers at the grand opening ceremony for The Zunner Building, a restoration project that has been, according to Lynda Godkin, 15 years in the making.
View of Asylum Hill from inside the Zunner Building, located at the corner of Garden and Ashley Street
In this case, the State of Connecticut was a significant source of the funding for what turned a 90-year old, much dilapidated building, into a refreshed mixed-use building with help from Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (NINA).
Besides the State Housing Tax Credit Contribution Program, State Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program, and Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, funding for $2.4 million renovation of 207-215 Garden Street came from the City of Hartford Façade Improvement Program, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Eversource Energy, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Hartford Community Loan Fund, Travelers, Wells Fargo Bank, Connecticut Natural Gas, and ConnectiCare Insurance Company. (more…)