The Weekend According to Mike September 15th - 17th

Lots of Fairs, Live Music and Playoff Basketball!
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At The Big E, enjoy live music including John Fogerty Friday and Jimmy Eat World Saturday PLUS Celtic Angels, Street Drum Corps, Molly Hatchet, Gaelic Storm, Humble Pie Legacy and Vertical Horizon this weekend.  Buy your tickets at

Average White Band plays the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Saturday 8pm.  This show is FREE.

And more Smooth Jazz with Chris “Big Dog” Davis and friends including Maysa Saturday 8pm at the Lyman Center on the campus of Southern CT State University.  Part of the Lyman Fall Jazz Line-up!  Get your tickets and information at


This is the weekend of the Berlin Fair Friday 11a-10pm, Saturday 9a-10p and Sunday 10a-7pm. Adults $15.  Children under 11 and Military with ID are FREE!  Berlin’s Got Talent, Tractor Pulls, Agricultural Exhibits, food, rides, music and more!

The Four Town Fair at the fairgrounds in Somers Friday 4-11pm, Saturday 8am to 11pm and Sunday 8am to 5pm.  Enjoy Frog Jumping and Skillet Tossing Contests, Pulls, Food, Music and rides!  Adults $10.  Children 12 and Under are free!

The annual Garlic Festival is happening at Olde Mistick Village in Mystic. This award-winning festival features an array of over 50 farmers, bakers, craft vendors, and artisans. Attendees can test out specialty garlic foods from area restaurants and enjoy live music as well as a variety of kids’ activities. Plus, it keeps Vampires away… LOL

Don’t miss the Big E at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield. Rides, Animals, the Avenue of States, shopping and look for the “Speakeasy” Prohibition Era bar hidden in the 1920’s Cobbler Shop in the Young Building. Cream puffs, Bacon Bombs, Main Blueberry Pie, Rhode Island Clam Chowder and live music. You can also celebrate halfway to St. Patrick’s Day with Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula Showcase (pottery, crafts and whiskey!) Enjoy an Authentic New Orleans style Mardi Gras Parade daily at 6pm. Buy your tickets at

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The 25th Annual CT Renaissance Faire continues Saturday and Sunday 10:30am-6pm weekends through October 15th at the Lebanon Fair Grounds, 122 Mack Road. Thrill to continuous entertainment on 11 stages, including jousting knights, live-flight birds of prey, armored combat, circus-style performances, comedy, music, magic, and more. Try a variety of local craft brews and wines while you feast on turkey legs, bread bowl stews, desserts, and other Faire food. Explore New England's largest outdoor artisan marketplace with thousands of unique gift treasures from around the country. At just $15 for General Admission.

The Fair Weather Acres Fall Festival and Cornmaze runs from now through October 29th. So much family fun with pumpkins, petting zoos and lots of activities!  They are off Route 3 in Rocky Hill on the Cromwell line and are open Friday, Saturday, and Monday Columbus Day, October 9th 9am-6pm with the last ticket entrance at 4:30pm.

Foodies and families will also enjoy the Lyman Orchards Corn Maze and Cider Donut Festival taking place Saturday and Sunday. From apple cider donut sundaes, pumpkin spice soft service ice cream, pumpkin spice popcorn, kettle corn and steamed, buttery corn on the cob. They’ll have plenty of pick your own apples and pears. There is also free yoga and a drumming circle over the weekend. And … what kid doesn’t like a horse-drawn hayride and face painting. On Friday, there is the “Brew Maze” – with adults enjoying local craft brews during the twilight event – sip, play and find your way through the corn maze.

Beyond King Tut is at the CT Convention Center now through October 15th. Wednesday & Thursdays 11am – 7pm, Friday and Saturdays 11am – 9pm and Sundays 11am – 6pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) A cinematic exhibition that takes guests on an expansive journey through the true story of King Tut, and one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. Using the next generation of visual storytelling, this immersive exhibition goes beyond a traditional artifact display and uses the power of photography and larger than life multimedia to invite guests into the world of the pharaohs and bring the archives of National Geographic to life. Through nine multi-sensory galleries, visitors are transported into the past through a unique narrative of this 3,000 year old story that the whole family can enjoy. Tickets $39-$79 from VIP to Standard Timed Entry. Less for Children.  For more info

Howie Mandel brings laughs to Mohegan Sun Arena tonight at 7:30. Tickets are $25.

Emmy and Writer's Guild Award-winning writer, comedian, and host of the HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver comes to the Bushnell Saturday 8pm.  Tickets $93-$147.

Goodspeed Musicals presents the new musical The 12, which explores a moment in one of the greatest stories of all time now through October 29 in East Haddam. Jerusalem. The disciples are in disarray. Torn apart by the unthinkable death of their leader, see how twelve ordinary individuals come together to create one of the most powerful movements ever known. Filled with power and passion, The 12 is a universal story of love and how each of us must eventually navigate the loss of whatever we hold most dear. Tickets are available through the Box Office (860.873.8668), open weekdays at 10:00am, or online at

The CT Sun play game 2 of the best of 3 First Round Play-off Series with the Minnesota Lynx Sunday 1pm to Mohegan Sun Arena.   Order your Playoff Family Pack starting at $35 per person.  It includes your game ticket, food voucher (valid for 1 hot dog, cookie or brownie and soft drink)

The Adventure Park at Storrs, the area’s best zipline and climbing adventure experience and hosts “Glow in the Park,” featuring a different themes Saturday nights through the fall. Tickets for Glow in the Park, and all the Park’s activities, are available on the Park’s website,

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 Fall season with family fun and tasty flavors of ice cream. Miniature Golf hours: Monday-Thursday 11am to 8:30pm and Friday - Sunday 10am to 8:30pm.  Ice Cream Parlor opens 30 minutes after golf daily.

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