The Weekend According to Mike May 19th - 21st

Festivals, Music, Sports and more!
German Maifest!
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Smooth Jazz favorites Four 80 East Featuring Jeff Kashiwa play Saturday 8pm at the Lyman Center on the campus of Southern CT State University!  Tickets are $45.

38 Special plays the Premier Theater at Foxwoods Friday 8pm.  Tickets $30.

The Mountain Music Series opens the 2023 season on Friday and runs through Sept. 24. Featuring a musical lineup that will satisfy all music lovers. Mountain Music Series features more than 11 bands over nine shows this season alongside Connecticut's best artisanal craft and food trucks. Enjoy a variety of on-site food and beverage experiences, as well as sponsor activities celebrating the mountain and the music that makes Powder Ridge so unique. Bring chairs and blankets, and no outside food or beverage. Tickets are non-refundable. Rain or shine. Adult Tickets $25. Children 4-12 are $12. Under 4 are free.


Ready for WNBA Basketball?!?  The CT Sun battle the Washington Mystics Sunday 1pm at Mohegan Sun Arena.  Tickets $10-$60.

Hartford Athletic Soccer is home after being on the road for 3 weeks!  See them play Loudon Saturday 7pm at Trinity Health Stadium (Dillon Stadium) in Hartford.

Celebrate New Britain Day is *Saturday noon to 8pm.  Celebrate New Britain is a street-style festival held in downtown New Britain where the roads will be filled with food, craft, and vendor booths; a beer garden; a “kids zone” with amusements and activities; stages with community performances, children’s entertainment, headlining musical acts, and more!  There is also a Hot Dog eating contest and Helicopter Rides. Visit  *RAIN DATE: Sunday

Just in time for spring, Connecticut Ballet presents Brett Raphael's full length production of Coppélia in two family-friendly performances. A charming peasant love story set against the magic of Dr. Coppelias' toy shop, The New York Times called it 'an enjoyable and down-to-earth version of the classic.' Meet and greet with the principal dancers following the show. Saturday 7:30pm and Sunday 2pm. Tickets $58-$76. 860-987-5900 or

The Barber Expo comes to Mohegan Sun this weekend beginning with Saturday's Barber Grammys from 8:30pm to 2:00am. On Sunday and Monday the Educational Seminars will take place from 8:30am to 2:00pm. The Educational Seminars will be presented by some of the industry's most respected educators. The Barber Battle and Expo will occur from 1:00pm - 7:30pm. The Educational Seminars will take place in the Earth Ballroom while The Barber Battle and Expo will be in the Earth Expo Center.  General Admission is $45.  Two Day passes $175.

The Hartford Saengerbund hosts a German Maifest party Saturday noon to 9pm at its clubhouse, 719 North Mountain Road in Newington. Celebrate the arrival of spring with German food including our famous potato pancakes.
German beer and other beverages will be served and there will be live music provided by John Banker and the Austrian Boys. Admission is $5. This event will be held rain or shine. For additional information call 860-953-8967, visit or check out the Facebook page.

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Don’t miss the 26th Newington Library 5K Challenge Road Race Sunday at 9am. The 5K Challenge Road Race is an annual fundraiser that is presented by the Library Board of Trustees. Walkers are welcome! Strollers are allowed on the course.

Tonight, it’s a SINGLES MAY DANCE at Polish American Club, 541 North Main Street, Bristol from 7 to 11 pm.  Dance to the music of DJ CadIllac Jack.  It will be a fun night!  You can purchase food at the open kitchen from 7-9 pm.  Dress to impress and door prizes.  Admission $17.  For info, call Gail at 860-463-6906.  Sponsored by Singles Social Connections.

The Adventure Park at Storrs, the area’s best zipline and climbing adventure experience, is open for the season and hosts “Glow in the Park,” featuring a different themes from Top 40 and Movie Themes, to 70s, 80s, 90s and more.  Glow in the Park will be held Saturday nights through the spring, with additional dates planned for the summer schedule. Tickets for Glow in the Park, and all the Park’s activities, are available on the Park’s website,

Lake Compounce is open for a season of thrills and new additions as it celebrates 177 years!  New for 2023, the park will upgrade the world-renowned Boulder Dash wooden roller coaster. This season, the park has upgraded the coaster, replacing the track with 580 feet of steel Titan Track by Great Coasters International Inc. (GCI) to create a smoother and even faster ride. The park will also be making upgrades to its beloved food stand, Potato Patch, creating a new order process and adding the potato patio for guests to relax and enjoy their patch. Foodies can also try out an all-new menu item, an exclusive Potato Patch fry bucket filled with 64 ounces of fresh-cut fries. The park’s summer concert series will begin on Memorial Day weekend with a performance by a tribute band, Red Hot Chili Tribute on May 27 and Jerrod Niemann on May 28.

Menopause the Musical plays one night only at the Palace Theater in Waterbury Saturday 8pm.  Tickets $28-$58.

Based on the smash hit DreamWorks’ animated motion picture, Madagascar – The Musical follows all your favorite cracka-lackin’ friends (Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and a colony of hilarious, clever penguins) as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.  Saturday 2 and 6pm.  Tickets $45-$85.

Goodspeed Musicals 60th anniversary season has begun with Gypsy playing now through June 25th!   The brassy masterpiece about vaudeville and burlesque lights up the Goodspeed stage for the very first time. Tickets are available through the Box Office 860-873-8668, open weekdays at 10:00 a.m. and weekends at 11:00 a.m., or online at

Enjoy family fun in Bushnell Park in Harford.  Carousel hours are Friday through Sunday noon to 5pm.  All rides are $2.

Farmington Miniature Golf and Ice Cream Parlor is open for the season with family fun and tasty flavors of ice cream.  Miniature Golf hours: Monday-Thursday 11am to 7pm and Friday - Sunday 11am to 8pm.  Ice Cream Parlor 11am to 8pm Daily!

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