The Weekend According to Mike August 20th - 22nd

Lots of Cultural Experiences and Live Music too!
Dragon Boat
Photo credit Getty Images

Music:
Grammy Award winners TRAIN play Friday 8pm at the Premier Theater at Foxwoods Casino. Tickets are $69-$99 at www.foxwoods.com

Enjoy the Free Music Fridays Concert Series now – September 3 on The Plaza at MGM Springfield – this Friday at 7:30 p.m. it’s Michelle Brooks-Thompson (weather permitting). The Plaza Bar will offer summer cocktails, beer and non-alcoholic beverages, and diverse food offerings from The Chandler Steakhouse, Tap Sports Bar and Southend Market venues including Bill’s Diner, Jack’s Lobster Shack, Wicked Noodle and Hearth Grill. For additional details on the Free Music Fridays Concert Series, including lineup updates, visit www.MGMSpringfield.com

This Saturday at 8pm Connecticut’s Brandt Taylor plays a free show in the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun.  www.mohegansun.com

Events:

Don’t miss the Armenian Festival Sunday noon to 4pm at the Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection, 1910 Stanley Street, New Britain.  Enjoy traditional cuisine including Shish Kabob, Pilaf, Losh Burgers and more.  Live Armenian music.  Raffle prizes, vendors and fun.  Admission is free!

Celebrate Asian and Pacific Island cultures with traditional music, dance, arts and activities and food in Riverfront Recapture’s Asian Festival Saturday, 11am to 4pm at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford. Admission is FREE. The event includes Martial Arts demonstrations, Chinese calligraphy lessons, Lantern making, origami, and Dragon Boat Races too! www.riverfront.org

Six Flags New England is now open daily including the water park! For daily passes, season passes, park information and more visit www.sixflags.com/newengland

Quassy Amusement Park is open weekends for its 113th season! Lake Quassapaug, Rt. 64, 2132 Middlebury Road, Middlebury, CT. For daily passes, season passes and parking information, please call 1-800-FOR-PARK or visit www.quassy.com

Lake Compounce celebrates her 175th season. Regular park hours are 11am to 7pm daily until August 22. For the best deals on tickets and season passes, please visit www.LakeCompounce.com , where information on health and safety measures, special events, and more can also be found.

Try the new Newington Parks and Recreation Department 9-hole miniature golf course at Mill Pond Park, adjacent to Garfield Street. The miniature golf course is an activity that is COVID safe and is played in the great outdoors! All state COVID sanitation protocols will be in place. Bring your own putters and balls or borrow from parks and rec. The clubs and balls will be sanitized after each party uses them. Visit the brand-new Community Café, the snack bar located in the new Mortensen Community Center. The menu includes items such as hotdogs, chicken tenders and tantalizing sauces, popcorn, soft serve ice cream, nachos, pretzels and soft drinks. More information at www.newingtonct.gov/parksandrec

Gillette Castle is open seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm through Labor Day. After that, the castle will be open on weekends through Columbus Day.  Masks will be required to enter the Castle, regardless of vaccination status. Tickets will be on sale at the door of the Castle. Additionally, the State is optimistically hoping to also have ticket sales available to pre-purchase up to 12 individuals for specific time slots in 15 minute intervals. To guarantee a slot, advance purchase is recommended. To pre-reserve a slot, guests should check online at the Reserve America website and look for "Gillette Castle State Park Tours" to purchase a ticket. www.reserveamerica.com/tourParkDetail.do?contractCode=CT&parkId=101150&legacy=true

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and The Mark Twain House & Museum are reopened to the public for guided tours beginning Saturday. Situated in the historic Nook Farm neighborhood in the West End of Hartford, these adjacent tourism attractions welcome tens of thousands of visitors and field trips annually. Both museums will resume tours with safe visitation protocols including reduced tour capacities and frequency and mandatory mask use for guests and staff. Due to the smaller tour sizes, advance online ticket reservations are highly recommended for both sites to avoid disappointment. The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center new tour hours are Thursdays, 12:30pm-8pm (last tour at 7pm); Fridays, 11:30am-6:00pm (last tour at 5pm); and Saturdays, 8:30am-5:30pm (last tour at 4:30pm). Tours will run every hour on the hour Thursdays and Fridays. On Saturdays tours will expand with start times every 30 minutes. The museum highly recommends purchasing tickets online ahead of time; for more information, visit stowecenter.org/visit/tour. The Mark Twain House & Museum tours will go out every hour on the half hour, with the first tour departing at 10:30am EST and the last tour departing at 3:30pm EST. Tours will be limited to six guests to allow for social distance between visitors in every room of the house. To ensure the best possible visitor experience, the museum highly recommends purchasing tickets online ahead of time. For the most up-to-date information on hours and to purchase tickets, please visit marktwainhouse.org/visit.

The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks hosts the Flights of Fun Family Programs offering social distanced activities for families on Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 4pm including Flight Science Demonstrations, the Investigation Station, and take-home versions of our popular Build and Fly Challenges. Additional activities include QR Code Tours, Scavenger Hunts, and opportunities for visitors to peek inside select aircraft cockpits. All programs are included with general admission. Limited Capacity and Covid-19 safety measures are in place. Please visit www.NEAM.org before you go!

The New England Carousel Museum and Museum of Fire History, 95 Riverside Avenue, Bristol are open to the public and offer free FREE general admission to visitors that live in the cities of Bristol and Burlington through December 31, 2021. Residents should be prepared to show and ID or proof or residence. This was made possible by the museums receiving grants from local foundations. General admission includes guided tours at noon and 2:00 PM during public hours and one carousel ride per person. Additional carousel rides are $1 each or $3 for an unlimited ride bracelet. Presently masks are required for all visitors over the age of 2.  Other towns may make a reservation online or visit the Museum for ticket prices and special events. www.thecarouselmuseum.org

Bristol’s Museum Collaborative has teamed up with the Arts and Culture Commission to bring Bristol a City-wide game of “Art & Seek”. One hundred one-of-a-kind art glass objects created by renowned Glass Artist Peter Greenwood will be hidden throughout the city’s public spaces now through the Summer and beyond, if any remain undiscovered.  Anyone wishing to participate is welcome to “Art & Seek”. A Facebook page, @Art&seekbristolct, will give hints and clues to where the glass pieces can be discovered. “We encourage everyone to post and share photos as they are taking part in the hunt! Bristol’s Museum Collaborative Committee consists of six museums: The New England Carousel Museum, The American Clock & Watch Museum, the Memorial Military Museum, the Bristol Historical Society, Imagination: A Museum Early Learning Center, and the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut. Each is as unique as each colorful glass object.

Hike from Giuffrida Park to Chauncey Peak in Meriden along the Mattabesett Trail to enjoy marvelous views atop the state’s famous traprock ridges.
Or there’s Campbell Falls State Park in Norfolk, where you can hike to see a 50-foot waterfall. The waterfall at this park features a rugged form that is not often found in New England.

And Bluff Point State Park in Groton, is great place to hike along the Long Island Sound. Hikers can enjoy both wooded trails mixed with spectacular views of the water and maybe even spot some wildlife along the way.

And don’t forget Talcott Mountain State Park in Simsbury, where you can hike to the famous