It’s ‘Plan The Weekend Thursday’ Hartford

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A new month is set to arrive and summer is in full swing around these parts. But the arrival ofcalendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1] August means we are on  the downhill side of “enjoy, relax, vacation” time.

There  a few things everyone should do this season like packing a picnic, enjoying an evening concert, stretching out on a blanket under the stars and watching a good movie, heading down to the Hartford Riverfront, savoring the summer harvest, going to a festival or treating yourself to dinner on-the-town.

How lucky are you?! You can do them all this weekend.

karate-kid-box-front-1[1]On Friday, Aug. 1,  it’s a “wax on wax off” kind of night over at Goodwin Park where it’s “Free Movies After Dark” night. Featured film is the 80s classic,  “Karate Kid.” The event is free of charge. For more information go here.

The Wadsworth will also have a movie night with dinner on Friday, Aug 1. This week’s classic feature is “Bombshell” with Jean Harlow.   Dinner and music begin at 5:30, the film is shown at 8 pm. Tickets are available on the museum’s website. for more information go here.

Also on Friday, it’s “First Friday” at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Goza Latin Jazz  will be setting the mood with lively songs and dance rhythms. For more information go here.

This year the Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival at Riverfront Plaza  promises a fun time withcarib music and food and everything Caribbean at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza Saturday. The event features authentic Caribbean cuisine, cool island beverages, spectacular costumes and dance, and island rhythms. For more information go here.

Take a ride down to North Branford and feast on the harvest of the season through Aug. 3. The city will be hosting its “Potato and Corn Festival,” also known as the “PoCo Fest,” at Augur Field, on Route 22. The festival  features rides, games, food, crafts, tractor pulls, performances and on Saturday, fireworks. For more information go here.

Also on Saturday, Deana Martin, daughter of the late, great Dean Martin, will once again be featured at the Mr. Carmel Society’s 89th annual “Enfield Italian Festival.” “Deana Martin: Live in Concert” will also feature Joe Piscopo and Mike Marino as part of the program that includes music and comedy. For more information go here.

The free Monday night jazz series continues at Bushnell Park on Aug. 4. Grab a blanket and enjoy a summer night and good music. For more information go here.

saluteAnd finally, the summer “Taste of Hartford”  continues through the weekend with dozens of Hartford restaurants offering fixed-price menus perfect for your taste buds and your pocketbook. For more information on participating restaurants and menus go here.




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