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Take It To Go: CT Events July 19th – 21st

The heatwave is on! Even though it’s tempting to stay near the air conditioner this weekend, we’ve got some events that are bound to get you out of the house and enjoying some hot – okay, really hot – summer fun.

Art Anyone?

Guilford Art Center Craft Expo

(Photo Credit: Courtesy of Guilford Art Center)

Friday (12:00 – 8:30pm), Saturday (10:00am – 7:00pm), Sunday (12:00 – 5:00pm)
Guilford Green

The Guilford Art Center hosts its 62nd annual Craft Expo on the Guilford Green. More than 180 artisans will have work on display and for sale including ceramics, wearable/non-wearable fiber, metals, jewelry, glass, mixed media, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and handmade crafts.

One of the top crafts shows in New England, the expo also features demos, live music, and food.

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All That Jazz

(Photo Credit: Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz)

Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz

Friday (7:00pm), Saturday (2:30pm), Sunday (1:30pm)
Bushnell Park, Hartford

The largest free jazz event in New England, the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz attracts more than 70,000 fans over the course of the weekend. The annual event features two days, three nights of live jazz at the Performance Pavilion and features artists from around the world. The festival also hosts food and crafts vendors. Wine, beer and wine coolers are available for purchase.

Bring your cameras, portable tables, blankets, and lawn chairs. Leave portable gas grills at home.

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Fairytale Evening

(Photo Credit: Steven Laschever)

Swan Lake & Sleeping Beauty at the Talcott Mountain Music Festival

Friday, July 19, Gates open at 6pm, music begins at 7:30pm.
Simsbury Meadows, 22 Iron Horse Blvd.

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra performs excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s greatest works: Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, and the Violin Concerto in D Major performed by HSO’s second violinist Gary Capozziello.

Lawn seats begin at $25, table seats $40.

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Calling All Collectors

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Westport’s 46th Fine Arts Festival

Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm
Downtown Westport

Lovers of art, books, and community will want to attend Westport’s annual Fine Arts Festival. More than 175 vendors will be set up along Main Street displaying a variety of artwork including photography, jewelry, and paintings.

There will also be art demonstrations and a “Kids Create” area with hands-on projects for kids of all ages.

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Bowling For Dollars

So You Think You Can Bowl (SYTYCB) 2nd Annual BBQ For A Cause

Saturday, July 20, 3:00 – 8:00pm
SYTYCB, Mansfield Avenue, Darien

Join SYTYCB, a LGBT Bowling Social, for an afternoon of food, games, raffles and surprise performances to help raise funds for mPowerment New Haven, a non-profit which strives to build community and reduce HIV rates through empowerment.

Alcohol will be served, but BYOB is encouraged.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $10, cash, at the door on the day of.

For more information: or visit the website at


Ongoing Events

+obias & +isms in Art

The Great Room Gallery, New Haven Pride Center, 84 Orange St, New Haven
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., through August 30.

In +obias & +isms in Art, convening partners #BlackLivesMatter New Haven, Nasty Women Connecticut, and the New Haven Pride Center collaborate to present a multi-artist exhibition that explores the +obias and +isms that affect people of colour, women, and the LGBTQQIP2sAA community.

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Gay Gatherings: Philip Johnson, David Whitney and the Modern Arts

The Glass House, 199 Elm St, New Canaan
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sundays through August 19

The exhibition explores interactions at the Glass House among eight gay men who profoundly shaped 20th-century artistic culture. Coincident with the 50th anniversary of New York’s Stonewall Uprising and the 70th anniversary of the Philip Johnson’s completion of the Glass House, Gay Gatherings underscores an essential element of the site’s history that has not been fully presented as part of its public interpretation.

Tickets start at $25 and are required for admission, access to site is via tour only. Advance reservations recommended.

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A Brief History of Connecticut’s LGBTQ Community: A Traveling Exhibit and Digital Timeline

Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth St, Hartford
Through August 3. Check website for hours.

This traveling exhibit and digital timeline explores the idea of the LGBTQ community becoming a community, finding its voice, moving from invisibility to visibility, and moving from an underground existence to a claimed communal identity. A digital timeline contains additional stories from Connecticut’s LGBTQ history.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+), and $8 for students and youth (6-17). Admission for children 5 and under and CHS members is free.

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Put It On The Calendar

New London Pride, Saturday, August 24,

Hartford Pridefest 2019, Saturday, September 14,

PRIDE New Haven, September 16-22,