The events on Thursday are diverse and spread all over the city, including up in the air.
The big events are the sold-out Justin Bieber concert at the XL Center which begins at 7:30 p.m. and the nearly sold-out Mark Twain House & Museum program with famed author Stephen King at the Bushnell, coming in a close second.
While getting a glimpse of “The Bieb” may not be possible, you can see King whose is best known for his books including “Cujo,” “The Shining,” “The Green Mile” and “Under the Dome,” which has been the basis for the new hit tv show. A few tickets are still available
Ticket information: www.bushnell.org or 860-987-5900
For bargain hunters, today marks the beginning of the three-day once-a-year mega event, the Tabor House Tag Sale at which continues through Saturday. Merchandise includes household goods, toys and games, holiday items, small appliances, furniture, jewelry and more. The event is at the convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph at 27 Park Road, West Hartford.
On Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m., organizers host an opening reception and early bird shopping event. Admission is $10. Friday’s hours are from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday’s hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free on Friday and Saturday. 100 percent of the proceeds benefit housing for men living with HIV/AIDS.
Also on Thursday, if you are in the mood for an adult libation that will benefit a good cause, head over to Trumbull Kitchen in Hartford where a crew of Fox Ct personalities will be shakin’ and stirrin’ to benefit Camp Courant from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The original celebration, including the fireworks, had to be postponed earlier this month because of river flooding. The rescheduled celebration has been downsized and will feature just the fireworks tonight at 9:30 p.m. from the Connecticut River in Hartford.
Grab a blanket and a picnic and head to Bushnell Park Friday through Sunday evening for The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz. Among the performers at the three-day event are Grammy award winning musician Arturo Sandoval. The festival, which also features food and craft vendors, kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. Information: hartfordjazz.org.
On Saturday and Sunday, Valley Railroad Circus Train & Big Top Show is at Essex Station and again on July 27 and 28, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Essex Steam Train transforms into an authentic circus train, complete with antique circus wagons, clowns and more. Guests can park off site at Lee Company, 55 Bokum Road, Essex, where every 30 minutes the circus train will depart to Essex Station. At Essex Station visitors can enjoy food, amusement rides, a petting zoo and musical performances. An acrobatic show inside the big top tent and puppet shows are some of the highlights of the event. Cost is $20 a person; those under age 2 are free. Information: 800-377-3987 or www.essexsteamtrain.com
And if you are sick of not eating because of the heat, cheer up. the heat wave is supposed to break and a Taste of Hartford begins Monday. That means $20.13 three-course meals at some of the Hartfords’ best restaurants.
The promotion goes through Aug. 4 for a list of participating restaurants and menus go here.