Hartford is a buzz with activities throughout the year especially in the summer months though when visitors flock to the city's riverfront for fireworks displays, festivals or just a nice walk along the river.

The 2008 Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz on July 18, 19 & 20 in Bushnell Park: The 17th annual jazz festival is free to everyone and is located right in Bushnell Park in the heart of downtown. The festival features music food and an arts & craft marketplace. Be sure to visit http://www.hartfordjazz.com/ for more information.

The Hartford International Jazz Festival is an annual Columbus Day Weekend (October 5,6, & 7 2007) tradition. The festival encompasses the all of downtown with shows happening at many downtown venues including:

  • Wadsworth Atheneum at 600 Main Street
  • Black Eyed Sally's at 350 Asylum Street
  • Sweet Jane's Rock & Roll Cafe at 88 Pratt Street
  • The Hartford Public Library at 500 Main Street
  • Spris Restaurant at 10 Constitution Plaza
  • City Steam Brewery at 942 Main Street
  • Agave Grill at 100 Allyn Street
  • Element 315 at 315 Trumbull Street (Hartford Hilton Hotel)
  • La Paloma Sabanera Coffeehouse at 405 Capital Avenue
  • Max Downtown at 185 Asylum Street
  • Mayor Mike's at 283 Asylum Street
  • McKinnon's Irish Pub at 114 Asylum Street
  • Mezzanine at 960 Main Street (G. Fox Building)
  • Morton's Steak House at 852 Main Street (State House Square)
  • No Fish Today at 80 Pratt Street
  • Peppercorn's Grill at 357 Main Street
  • Red Plate at 253 Main Street
  • Tapas on Ann at 126 Ann Street
  • The Goodwin Hotel at 1 Haynes Street
  • Trumbull Kitchen at 150 Trumbull Street
  • Vaughn's Public House at 59 Pratt Street
  • Vito's by the Park at 26 Trumbull Street
  • Zuzu's Coffee Bar at 1 Constitution Plaza

More info on the jazz festival can be found at http://www.hijf.com/

Riverfest: The city's major fourth of July extravaganza happens the Saturday following the 4th of July (if the 4th is a Saturday already) and is at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza and Charter Oak Landing in Hartford and Great River Park and Founders Plaza over the river in East Hartford. The festivities start at 4:00 with differant performances at all of the locations from Memphis to the US Airforce Band of Liberty POPS to the Outriggers.  This great evening is topped off with a great fireworks show over the Connecticut River starting at 9:45. Come early to see samples of Riverfront’s different events and festivals, as well as various information about the programs we have to offer. http://www.riverfront.org/

Hartford Marathon Foundation: Throughout the year numerous races of all sorts are held in Hartford and throughout the Greater Hartford area. Events include the United Technologies Greater Hartford Marathon (October 14, 2006), O'Hartford 5K, Red Nose Run for Kids, Glastonbury River Run, the Race in the ParkOil Heat Cares Ride/Walk, Shamrock Duathlon, The Blue Onion 10K and 5K Run & Walk, Ironhore Half Marathon, X-Treme Scrambe I (July 27, 2006 at Riverfront Plaza in Hartford), II (August 24, 2006 at Riverfront Plaza in Hartford), & III (September 7, 2006 at Riverfront Plaza in Hartford), Red Dress Run for Women (July 8, 2006 on Asylum Avenue in Hartford), Capital City Dirt Triathlon (July 16, 2006 at Riverside Park on Liebert Rd in Hartford), Space Race (July 22, 2006 at the Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby), Niantic Bay Triathlon (July 23, 2006 at McCook Beach Park in Niantic, CT), Litchfield Hills Olympic Triathlon (August 6, 2006 at Brodie Park in New Hartford), Old Wethersfield 5K Run/Walk (August 27, 2006 at Garden & State Streets in Wethersfield) and the Pace Race (November 12, 2006 at the MDC Resivour in West Hartford). More info on all of these races can be found at the homepage of the Hartford Marathon Foundation at http://www.hartfordmarathon.com/ (There is a calander on the right and each race has it's own site so click on the races)

First Night Hartford: Every year First Night draws thousnads into the capital city for a New Year's celebration they will never forget. Throughout New Year's Eve day there are an array of activities throughout the city which all can be accessed by simply purchasing a button which grants you access to all the events and sights. Events in the city include musical performances, dance shows, tours of the Bushnell Park Arch, a campfire in Bushnell Park, movies, comedy performances, a kidsfest and much more. And as always a two fireworks shows will happen at Bushnell Park at 6:00PM and at midnight. More info can be found at http://www.firstnighthartford.org/ (Be sure to check out the events/performers page)

St. Paul Travelers Championship 2007: Formely known as the Insurance City Open, the Greater Hartford Open and most recently the Buick Championship the St. Paul Travelers Championship is the one of CT's premier sporting events and one of the area's biggest golf tournaments.The Travelers Championship will take place daily from Monday, June 18 – Sunday, June 24 at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, CT.  just south of Hartford. The event started back many years ago as the Insurance City Open in Wethersfield, CT. at http://www.canongho.com/

Hartford Festival of Light: Since 1963 an enourmas display of lights transform Constitution Plaza in downtown Hartford into a holiday wonderland. There are more then 250,000 lights that light up each night of the festival until Three Kings Day in January. The festival begins the Friday after Thanksgiving when thousands flock to the plaza to watch the lights be turned on for the first time of the year. More info can be found at http://www.connectthedots.org/happening.

Greater Hartford Saint Patrick's Day Parade: The annual parade held on or near Saint Patty's Day marches through the streets of downtown Hartford and includes floats and bands from more then 12 towns in the area, traditional Irish presenations that come from all over the country and many unique floats that are sponsored by many area businesses including many of the downtown pubs. In addition to the parade is the parade mass which is held the day before and the 5K road race which is usually held the day after the parade.

The Greater Hartford Irish Music Festival  Contact : Eileen Moore
Publicity Chair -860-982-6204
Greater Hartford Irish Music Festival

For Immediate Release
The Irish American Home Society (130 Commerce St, Glastonbury, CT) is pleased to announce that eleven bands have been selected to perform on the 2007 Greater Hartford Irish Music Festival main stage. Friday nights line up on the Guinness main stage includes, Two for the Road, Unforgettable Fire, and festival favorites Black 47. On Saturday crowds will be entertained from three in the afternoon onwards by the Highland Rovers, Celtic Clan, The Rising, Fiddlers 3 and Frathom. Sunday after Mass, all will be entertained by Traditions, the Barley Boys and the New York Show Band. As usual the festival will begin Friday at 6:00PM. Sunday’s Traditional Catholic mass will be held at 12:00 am under the main stage tent. Recognized as one of the largest Irish music events in New England each year the event attracts over 25,000 visitors to the region and plays host to over a dozen Irish bands and and over 40 Irish vendors. This year marks the 24th year of the festival held annually on the grounds of Irish American Home Society in Glastonbury just outside Hartford, Connecticut.
http://www.irishmusicfest.com/index.html

Front Street Reunion: Festa Italiana is held usually in September (the 2005 festival was on September 24 & 25) on the Riverfront Plaza in Downtown Hartford. This festival includes an array of live Italian musical performances, Italian cusine, souveniers, and pictures from Front Street in Hartford. Front Street was the old Italian neighborhood in downtown Hartford that was home to thousands of Italians. Front Street was destroyed though to make room for the construction of Constitution Plaza and I-91.

Celebrate! West Hartford: June 2 & 3, 2007 West Hartford's 21st annual celebration. FREE Admission-Rain or Shine Held in the beginning of June (the event was June 3-4 in 2006) Celebrate! West Hartford is held at the Town Hall Common on 50 South Main Street in West Hartford Center and features live music, craft shows, activities for the kids, rides and a 5K race. West Harford Center if just minutes from downtown and can be reached via Farmington Avenue in Hartford or from I-84 Exit 41. More info can be found at http://www.celebratewesthartford.com/

Hartford Symphony Orchestra's Talcott Mountain Music Festival at Simsbury Meadows near downtown Simsbury in the Farmington Valley.

Upcoming Events

Information on the Hartford Symphony Orchestra as well as the concerts can be found at http://www.hartfordsymphony.org/. Simsbury Meadows is located 25 minutes northwest of downtown Hartford and can be reached off of Simsbury Rd/ CT Rt. 185 which runs off of Bloomfield Avenue/ CT Rt-189 in Hartford's west end.

Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival from  August 2 - 5, 2007 at Martin Park which is off of Burnside Avenue in East Hartford: The 11th annual festival features local, regional, and national bluegrass as well as workshops, traditional crafts, food, open stage band time and jam sessions. The festival is just over the CT River...a short 8 minutes from downtown Hartford. More info can be found at http://www.podunkbluegrass.net/

Connecticut GAY Pride Festival 2007:  Saturday, June 30, 2007. The 2007 Connecticut PRIDE Rally and Festival is being held on Saturday, June 30, 2007, from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at Hartford's Bushnell Park. With performer GIOIA from the group Expose performing her hits Come Go With Me, What You Don't Know and hits from her debut album, EXPOSE  THIS such as Incredible, Every Little Thing
& Barely Breathing . For more information: Contact informations: Email: info@connecticutpride.org  Phone: 860.225.5122 Mail: 458 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford, CT 06114


Event Venues: Hartford is home to an array of performing arts venues that draw in hundreds of shows, concerts, speakers, conventions, etc. each year. Be sure to check their own sites listed below for all their events.

Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts is located at 166 Capital Avenue in Downtown Hartford http://www.bushnell.org

TheaterWorks is located at 233 Pearl Street in Downtown Hartford http://www.theaterworkshartford.org/

Connecticut Convention Center is located at 100 Columbus Blvd. in Downtown Hartford http://www.ctconventions.com/

Hartford Stage is located at 50 Church Street in Downtown Hartford http://www.hartfordstage.org/2005-200...

Hartford Symphony http://www.hartfordsymphony.org/

Connecticut Opera (performances at the Bushnell and offices located on Farmington Ave in Hartford) http://www.ctopera.org/splash07.asp

Wadsworth Atheneum (The nation's oldest public art musuem) is located at 600 Main Street in Downtown Hartford http://www.wadsworthatheneum.org/

Real Art Ways  is located at 56 Arbor Street in Hartford http://www.realartways.org/

Hartford Wolfpack (The city's AHL team which play home games at the civic center) http://www.hartfordwolfpack.com/

Hartford Civic Center is located at 1 Civic Center Plaza in Downtown Hartford http://www.hartfordciviccenter.com/

The CT Expo Center  (Smaller convention & meeting center in the north meadows section of the city)  located at 265 Reverend Moody Expressway in Hartford

Dodge Music Center   is located at 61 Savitt Way in Hartford http://www.livenation.com/venue/getVe...

Charter Oak Cultural Center located at 21 Charter Oak Avenue in Hartford. http://www.charteroakcenter.org/

Webster Theater (One of the areas premeir rock concert venues)   is located at 31 Webster Street in Hartford http://www.webstertheatre.com/

Elizabeth Park on the corner of Prospect Avenue & Asylum Avenue on the Hartford/West Hartford border http://www.elizabethpark.org/

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center located at 77 Forest Street (off Farmington Avenue) in the city's Asylum Hill neighborhood just west of downtown. http://www.stowecenter.org/index_home...

Mark Twain House & Musuem is located at 351 Farmington Avenue in the city's Asylum Hill neighborhood just west of downtown http://www.marktwainhouse.org/

Hartford Children's Theater located at 360 Farmington Avenue in the city's Asylum Hill neighborhood just west of downtown http://www.hartfordchildrenstheatre.org/

The National Theater of the Deaf is located at 139 Main Street in West Hartford, CT http://www.ntd.org/

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire: The Hebron Lions Fairegrounds 347 Gilead St Rte 85 Hebron CT. September 29, 30 and October 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 20 & 21 $15 adults, 5-12 $6 and under 5 is free www.ctfaire.com