The Weekend According to Mike September 3rd - 5th

Last Chance to visit the Water Park!
The Vortex
Photo credit Lake Compounce


Enjoy the Free Music Fridays Concert Series concludes on The Plaza at MGM Springfield – this Friday at 7:30 p.m. enjoy Aquanet – an 80’s Rock Concert brought to life! (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

Friday and Saturday 8pm enjoy the music of Fleetwood Mac with Tusk, the Tribute band at The Kate in Old Saybrook. Tickets $45. or 860-510-0453

The Hartford Symphony Brass Quartet will bring free music including classical, jazz, and pop favorites to the Elizabeth Park in West Hartford Sunday at 4pm.

This Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 7pm it’s Chris MacKay and the ToneShifters performing FREE shows in the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun.


Don’t miss the chance to see the "Show Us Your Shoes" Parade kicking off a three-day celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of Miss America. The parade will be held on Labor Day, Monday at 10 AM ET in Mystic, Connecticut. The "Show Us Your Shoes" Parade will feature all 51 titleholders who are vying to become the next Miss America. The Miss America 100th Anniversary Celebration continues Tuesday, at 6:00 PM ET with a formal gala to mark a century of impact that the Miss America Organization has had on women.  Join them in their new home, Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.   This once-in-a-lifetime experience will honor Miss America through historical photos and performances from some of the most talented women who've worn the crown: our "Forever Miss Americas".  To top off the evening, the dinner and dancing will be followed by a champagne toast that celebrates Miss America's past and offers best wishes for the next 100 years.

Six Flags New England is now open daily including the water park!  For daily passes, season passes, park information and more visit

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

Lake Compounce celebrates her 175th season. Saturday, Sunday and Monday park hours are 11am to 6. This is the FINAL weekend to enjoy Crocodile Cove Waterpark and the New Vortex Waterslide!  For the best deals on tickets and season passes, please visit , where information on health and safety measures, special events, and more can also be found.

Come Ride the Bushnell Park Carousel Saturdays 12-5pm and Sundays 12-4pm.  The Bushnell Park Foundation and City of Hartford will be offering rides on this beautiful gem of a merry-go-round. Rides are $2 per person. Children and adults of all ages are welcome. We will be following all mask and social distancing guidelines required by the City of Hartford, which includes wearing a mask inside the pavilion.

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

Gillette Castle is open seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm through Monday.  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.