The Weekend According to Mike July 29 - 31

Music, Sunflowers, Ballet and more!
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Enjoy the Friday finale of the Talcott Mountain Music Festival Queens of Soul featuring the songs of Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Nina Simone and more performed by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at Simsbury Meadows, 22 Iron Horse Boulevard, Simsbury Friday. Pack a picnic and get your tickets at

At Mohegan Sun Arena, Shawn Mendes Friday show is canceled and Toby Keith scheduled for Saturday has been canceled. Tickets holders will be contacted.

Smokey Robinson plays the Premier Theater at Foxwoods Saturday 8pm. Tickets $50-$100.

Happy Together brings The Turtles, Gary Puckett, The Association and more together at the Toyota Oakdale Theater in Wallingford Saturday 7:30pm.  Tickets $22-$89.

Don’t miss the final Hartbeat Session of Live Music before the Hartbeat Festival in September!  It’s Friday, 5:30-8:30pm.  Velvet Libations of Wolcott will be pouring. Enjoy free live music and vote at to help them appear on stage in the finals Sessions!

The Litchfield Jazz Festival is back in-person and in a NEW PERFORMANCE HALL Friday 5:30-9pm, Saturday 11:30am – 6:30pm and Sunday 12-3pm in the Tisch Auditorium at the Frederick Gunn School (FGS), 99 Green Hill Rd, Washington, CT the summer home of Litchfield Jazz Camp (and air-conditioned). The Opening Night Gala, Friday ticket holders will enjoy music by top Litchfield Jazz Camp Combos, hors d'oeuvres, and fine French wines from Vandoren Vineyards. Gala tickets include the Fest opening concert starring Samara Joy, the latest jazz vocal sensation -- winner of the Sarah Vaughan Competition and the 2021 Jazz Times Poll for Best New Artist.  Get your tickets $49-$400 on this link:

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Goodspeed Presents the World Premiere of a New Musical “Anne of Green Gables” running now through September 4th. Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main Street, East Haddam.  Their creative team has reimagined this 100+ year old book into a fresh, relevant new show complete with folk-rock music and bold choreography.  Tickets $71-$85. or 860-873-8668.

Don't miss Caribbean Soccer Night with Hartford Athletic and the West Indian Social Club Saturday with a tailgate beginning at 4pm and game at 7.  Hartford Athletic takes on Birmingham Legion FC at 7pm but the fun begins long before the game! Enjoy select Caribbean food in the parking lot and Red Stripe in Trinity Health Stadium.  Play on the Pitch at halftime And Walkout kids.  Lots Located Across from the Stadium - Lots Open at 4pm.   Please contact Luke Surawski at or 860-945-4216 with any ticketing questions.

MOVE! With the Urban League of Greater Hartford Saturday 9 - 11am in Keney Park 337 Vine Street, Hartford.  The 4K welcomes participants of all abilities, ages and fitness levels to run or walk before they enjoy a summer morning MOVE Festival with a free kids run, variety of fitness activities, healthy snacks, giveaways and live entertainment. Explore Hartford’s historic Keney Park in this inspiring inaugural event and encourage others to join you. The $20 event fee for adults and $10 fee for ages 13-21 includes a cotton shirt; kids 12 and under can participate in the 4K and/or kids run for free (shirt available for purchase). The 4K (2.5 mile) route is fun for runners and walkers, with start and finish on the Woodland Street entrance to Keney Park. Info at

Grab your favorite red sweater and navigate your way through the 2022 Lyman Orchards Sunflower Maze, 105 South Street, Middlefield.  350,000 blooming Sunflowers are crafted into a design featuring Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood! $1 of every admission goes to support Connecticut Children's Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders. The Lyman Orchards family wants children battling cancer to reach for the stars and never lose hope. The Lyman Orchards Sunflower Maze, Connecticut’s only Sunflower Maze officially opens Saturday, July 3oth at 9 am and runs until August 28th.  Meet Daniel Tiger at the Opening Day Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Sunflower Maze (105 South Street Middlefield, CT) on July 30th at 9am and throughout the day!* *Specific Covid-19 restrictions for Daniel Tiger require all visitors to social distance 6 feet from the character.  The maze will be open daily from 9:00am to 4:30pm.  Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for ages 4 – 12, and free for children under 3 years. For more information, call Lyman Orchards at 860-349-6000, or visit us at

Connecticut Ballet’s Ballet Under the Stars is Saturday 6:30-8pm at Elizabeth Park, 1561 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford. Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy a Beautiful, contemporary ballet performance amongst the rose garden.

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

The CT Sun take on the Chicago Sky Sunday 1pm at Mohegan Sun Arena.  Tickets start at $12 - $100.

Six Flags New England , Lake Compounce and Quassy Amusement and WaterPark are all open for the Summer Season!

For a taste of Hollywood, visit "The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum” in Plainville.  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.

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  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.