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Local Events

Throughout the year many events and festivals take place in the East Hartford CT area. How fortunate you will be to be staying in one of the best hotels near Comcast Theatre (now the Xfinity Theatre.) Check out a few upcoming fun activities and things to do.

 

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July, 2014

Saturday, July 5
Brad Paisley: Country Nation World Tour Presented by KRAFT Cheese
7 PM / Xfinity Theatre

Wednesday, Jul y 9
Bruno Mars
8 PM / Xfinity Theatre

Friday, July 11
Dave Matthews Band
8 PM / Xfinity Theatre 

Saturday, July 12
Dave Matthews Band
7 PM / Xfinity Theatre

Saturday, July 12
Riverfest- Hartford
4 – 10 PM – fireworks at 9 PM
This is the largest one-day fireworks celebration in Connecticut. Parking is available throughout the Town of East Hartford. A shuttle will circulate among the parking areas. Admission is free. Rain date is July 13 with fireworks only at 9 PM

Sunday, July 13
Vans Warped Tour 2014
11 AM / Xfinity Theatre 

Saturday, July 19
Run or Dye 5K
For more information, click here.

Saturday, July 19
Connecticut Ballet
Connecticut Ballet’s Summer Dance Caravan comes to Hartford with another exciting evening of classical and contemporary ballets.

Friday, July 25
Free Movies After Dark July
Bring your lawn chair or blanket and settle in as you watch a movie in Hartford’s Riverside Park.

Saturday, July 26
Riverfront Summer Pops
Spend a relaxing evening on the Riverfront with the Middletown Symphonic Band.

Saturday, July 26
Ford F-Series Presents Toby Keith with Colt Ford and Krystal Keith
7 PM / Xfinity Theatre

Sunday, July 27
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival
1 PM / Xfinity Theatre  

Thursday, July 31
Riverfront Scramble Series
Looking for a course map? Are you kidding? This 5k race course is so wacky there’s no way to put it on a map!

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August, 2014

Saturday, August 2
Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival
Authentic Caribbean cuisine, cool island beverages, spectacular costumes and dance, and island rhythms bring a festive Caribbean atmosphere to the Riverfront. Read More

Saturday, August 2
7:30 PM / Xfinity Theatre
Jason Aldean: 2014 Burn It Down Tour

Thursday, August 7
Sounds of Summer Concert
The Town of East Hartford will be bringing one their Sounds of Summer Concerts to Great River Park this summer. Read More

Thursday, August 7
Kings of Leon: 2014 Mechanical Bull Tour
8 PM / Xfinity Theatre

Saturday, August 9
ROC Race 5K
ROC Race is the original game show-inspired obstacle run featuring 12 larger than life obstacles including the infamous Wrecking Ball, the brand new Sweeper, Jump Balls, and the World’s Largest Inflatable Water Slide! Get ready for the craziest 5k of your life!

Sunday, August 10
KISS and Def Leppard
7 PM / Xfinity Theatre

Monday, August 14
Tedeschi Trucks Band
7 PM / Bushnell Theater

Friday, August 15
Chicago and Reo Speedwagon
7:30 PM / Xfinity Theatre

Saturday, August 16
Keith Urban – Raise ‘Em Up Tour
7 PM / Xfinity Theatre

Saturday, Sunday – August 16 and 17
Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival
The Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival brings colorful and competitive dragon boat races and an Asian cultural festival to the river!

Thursday, August 21
Riverfront Scramble Series
Looking for a course map? Are you kidding? This 5k race course is so wacky there’s no way to put it on a map!

Saturday, August 23
Riverfront Swing Night
Presenting Simply Swing, an amazing 10-piece swing orchestra recreating dance-able favorites and memories from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras.

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September, 2014

Saturday, September 6
Ray Gonzalez Latin Jazz & Salsa Festival
The Ray Gonzalez Latin Jazz and Salsa Festival is a stage for the most talented international artists in Latin Jazz and Salsa.

Thursday, September 11
An Evening with Bill Engvall
7:30 PM / Bushnell Theatre

Saturday, September 13
The Big Mo’
Come experience the fun, social event of the year that raises funds for Riverfront Recapture.

Saturday, September 13
Bike MS
Don’t just ride, Bike MS! This year’s Bike MS: Cardio Express Ride, starts from the historic Riverfront Boathouse at Riverside Park in Hartford. 

Sunday, September 14
Riverfront Crossfest
Cyclocross returns to Riverside Park on Sunday October 25th. This time, the event is being promoted by the Central Connecticut Bicycle Alliance and the Connecticut Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association.

Friday, September 26
Pipes in the Valley Happy Hour
Start the weekend on a Celtic note on Friday with festive music and a cold Ten Penny Ale at the Pipes in the Valley Happy Hour.

Saturday, September 27
Pipes in the Valley
Come raise a pint with 10,000 of your friends on the banks of the scenic Connecticut River where the fun is free for the whole family!

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October, 2014 

Sunday, October 5
Head of the Riverfront Rowing Regatta
Come enjoy the spectacle of one of New England’s largest rowing regattas as you cheer on your favorite rowers.

Saturday, October 18
APDT 5k
5K walk and run produced in conjunction with the 2014 APDT Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show at the Connecticut Convention Center.

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November, 2014

Sunday, November 9
Freedom Run 5K
Produced in partnership with HYPE and MetroHartford Alliance, the measured 5K course will run on well-maintained park trails, starting and finishing in beautiful Riverside Park. This event is run to honor the men and women who serve our country.

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December, 2014

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January, 2015

No event info available at this time.

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February, 2015

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March, 2015

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April, 2015

42nd Annual New Haven Cherry Blossom Festival
203.777.1371
39.1 miles; 38 minutes
http://historicwoostersquare.org/cherryblossomfestival.html 

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May, 2015

Robin Hood Springtime Festival
Weekends and Memorial Day
Guilford Fairgrounds
111 Lovers Lane
Guilford, CT
860.478.5954
39.06 miles; 52 minutes
http://robinhoodsfaire.com/

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June, 2015

Robin Hood Springtime Festival
Weekends and Memorial Day
Guilford Fairgrounds
111 Lovers Lane
Guilford, CT
860.478.5954
39.06 miles; 52 minutes
http://robinhoodsfaire.com/

International Festival of Arts & Ideas
195 Church Street, 12th Floor
New Haven, CT 06510
203.498.1212
39 miles; 39 minutes
http://artidea.org/

Hartford Blooms Garden Tour
Multiple locations
Hartford, CT
860.296.6128
http://www.hartfordblooms.org

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