Begin the weekend Thursday, Aug. 21 with Creative Cocktails at Real Art Ways.
The monthly Happy Hour this month includes dance lessons, art, food, beverages and Ice Cream Dream and Little Gem Cantine food trucks. The Creative Cocktail Hour goes from 6 to 10 p.m. For more information go here.
Did we mention the kids are going back to school soon? Depending on your personal feelings, it could be a time of celebration. Connecticut Science Center has it covered with its the 4th annual Back 2 School Bash on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24.
Meet and greet Mr. Potato Head and have fun with Radio Disneyfor Pirate and Princess: The Power of Doing Good, as well as Jake the Pirate and Sofia the Princess themed music, activities and prizes. There will be arts & crafts, face painting, live science and tons of kids’ entertainment.There will also a Wild About Balloons Magic Show and a special appearance by Dora the Explorer. For more information go here.
It’s Hot Air Balloon Festival time again in Plainville this weekend. The festival, sponsored by the Plainville Fire Company, opens Friday at Norton Park with an arts and crafts fair, food booths, entertainment and of course a balloon night glow followed by a fireworks show at dusk. Get up early and head over to the park at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24 for the early morning balloon take-offs and the rest of the festival events. For more information go here.
Hard to believe but it has been five years since the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center opened in Old Saybrook. On Saturday, Aug. 23, the center will celebrate with its annual Summer Gala beginning at 5:30 p.m. The gala will include live entertainment, outdoor cocktails, dinner catered by Max Catering, dancing and auctions. For more information go here.
And fair time is up and running all over the state and this weekend you can head to Terryville, Chester or Brooklyn to enjoy the best a good old fashioned fair has to offer. For more information go here.
For foodies, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is showing off the area’s best cooking talent at its second annual Chef’s Challenge on Aug. 24
The competition, which will be held at Cheney Hall, features six chefs from local restaurants and businesses. They include Shawn Bittman of A Villa Louisa, Dotti Cannon of Brown Sugar Catering, Tony Sousa of Hartford Road Caf?, Tim Sheffield of Waterview Cafe at Manchester Country Club, Llord Tilley of The Main Pub and defending champion Corey Wry of CW’s Chops ‘N’ Catch. For more information go here.
And speaking of food, eat out and help a good cause on Sunday, Aug. 24 from 5 to 10 p.m. Dine at Sorella, Salute or Vito’s By the Park that evening and the restaurants will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to the Bushnell Park Foundation and its efforts to restore the Spanish American War Memorial there. For more information go here.