The Weekend According to Mike July 15th - 17th

Great Music, Food Trucks and more!
Food Truck Festival
Photo credit Bridget Cooke - Riverfront Recapture

Music:

Enjoy the Paul Simon Songbook performed by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at the Talcott Mountain Music Festival at Simsbury Meadows, 22 Iron Horse Boulevard, Simsbury Friday. Pack and picnic and get your tickets at www.hartfordsymphony.org

The Hartford Jazz Festival fills Bushnell Park in Hartford with FREE music all weekend!  Friday Starts at 7pm with Vincent Ingala at 8:30 pm and Boney James at 10:00 pm.  Saturday begins at 2:30 pm and features Brian Simpson/Jakeim Joyner/Steve Oliver at 6:30 pm, Spyro Gyra at 8:30 pm and Average White Band at 10:30 pm.  On Sunday music begins at 10am and concludes at 8:30 pm with

The Riverfront Food Truck Festival runs at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford Friday and Saturday 11 am to 8 pm. Live music, entertainment and over 15 Food Trucks featuring all kinds of yummy foods! Chompers, Poutine Gourmet, Macklen’s Sliders, Cousins Maine Lobster and Scatz Holy Smokez BBQ just to name a few!

Don’t miss the Backstreet Boys DNA Tour visits Xfinity Theater in Hartford Sunday at 7:30pm. Tickets $22 - $299.   www.livenation.com

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Events:

ConnectiCon is a multifandom convention for fans of all things pop-culture – animation, video games, board games, card games, roleplaying games, anime, comic books, TV/movies, science fact, science fiction, fantasy, dystopian literature, costuming, web content, creators, and more! Taking over the entirety of the Connecticut Convention Center & Hartford Marriott Downtown, ConnectiCon offers dozens of events to participate on an hourly basis. ConnectiCon also offers after hours programming, ConVivial Fest, for 18+ and 21+ members at local downtown Hartford venues, featuring live music, dance parties, and other entertainment. Friday 11am to 11pm, Saturday 9am to 11pm and Sunday 9am to 3pm at the CT Convention Center.  For a complete schedule visit www.connecticon.org

The CT Sun play the Las Vegas Aces Sunday 1pm at Mohegan Sun Arena.  Tickets $12-$100.  www.mohegansun.com

The Southington Drive In Theater, 995 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike, Southington is showing "Luka" Saturday.  Gates open at 6pm.  Movies start at dusk.  $20 per carload.  Walk-ins $5 each.  Lawn Chairs welcome.  Cash only.

Six Flags New England is open for the season weekends including the waterpark and boasts the largest array of improvements in over a decade.  There will be mobile phone food ordering and a new app, single rider lines to shorten waits on popular attractions and increased seating areas including shady spots.  The park is  open 7 days a week!  Admission is $79.99 at the gate.  $69.99 for kids.  Discounts are available online in advance, depending on which days.  www.sixflags.com

Lake Compounce is also open and will be continuing its 175th birthday celebration this season!  A full list of events for 2022 can be found at www.lakecompounce.com/things-to-do/events

It’s a taste of Hollywood right in Plainville with "The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum. Have you seen the new movie set from "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein!" Over 25 other life size figures & sets in their wax museum, plus displays of original movie makeup & props, from "Godzilla" to "Planet of the Apes". For a reservation call - 860-583-8306 - or leave a message in advance. Open Fri. thru Sun. - 6pm to 9pm at 103 East Main Street in Plainville, CT. www.preservehollywood.org

Take a ride on the Bushnell Park Carousel Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm.  $2 per ride.

The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport has opened for the season with ziplines and climbing.

The Adventure Park, 2007 Storrs Rd in Storrs is open.  Enjoy ziplining and climbing to high energy music and colorful glowing lights on Glow in the Park Nights. The 9 trails at The Adventure Park consist of various challenges in the trees, including bridges, tightropes, ladders, and 26 ziplines.  Non-climbing participants are admitted free of charge to share the experience on the ground and enjoy the property’s nature trails, picnic tables and community firepit. Tickets are available at www.myAdventurePark.com/SAP  or 860-946-0606

Farmington Miniature Golf and Ice Cream Parlor on Route 4 in Farmington is open for the season 7 days a week.  Friday and Saturday hours are 10am to 9pm.  Sunday is 10am to 8:30pm, weather permitting.  Scooping over 40 flavors.   Golf is $8 before 6pm.  $10 after 6pm.   www.farmingtonminiaturegolf.com