The Cheesecake Factory marks National Cheesecake Day with half-priced slices of the chain’s dessert on Wednesday and Thursday including its newest flavor: Lemon meringue, (lemon cream cheesecake swirled with lemon and topped with layers of lemon mascarpone mousse and meringue on a vanilla crumb crust. Register in advance at SayCheesecakeContest.com and post selfies of you and your dessert on social media and you could win gift cards or cash. Connecticut locations are in West Hartford and Danbury.
Here’s a daycation for your favorite sports fan. The New England Patriots Training Camp at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro — about a 90-minute drive from Hartford — is open, and Pats fans can watch team practices and visit the Patriots Fan Zone free. The Fan Zone is a football theme park featuing interactive activities, autograph sessions, cheerleader appearances and more. Practices and The Fan Zone are open to the public through mid-August. Information and schedules: www.patriots.com/trainingcamp/ and 508-549-0001.
College students get a back-to-school freebie from Amazon – six months of Amazon Prime at no charge, and $49 a year after that. Normally $99, Amazon Prime provides free two-day shipping on textbooks and other merchandise, special student deals and credits for referrals. You’ll need your school’s .edu e-mail address to get the offer, but you can change the address once you’ve signed up. Information: www.amazon.com/student.
Bushnell Park Carousel hosts a 100th birthday celebration on Saturday with family entertainment and free merry-go-round rides all day. The special event takes place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and features face painting, a balloon twister, music, miniature train rides around Bushnell Park, a bounce house and costumed characters. Information: 860-585-5411 and www.thecarouselmuseum.org.
Menchie’s, a frozen yogurt chain, introduces its newest CT location at 2985 Berlin Turnpike, in Newington, with a seven-day grand opening celebration from July 20 to 26. Along with merchandise giveaways and family activities throughout the week, the store will be giving out free eight-ounce cups of frozen yogurt from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 20. (One per customer, no purchase necessary.) Information: www.menchies.com.
Artists at Farmington Valley Arts Center, 25 Arts Center Lane, in Avon have been cleaning out their attics, garages and studios for an unusual tag sale on Saturday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Throughout the center, prints, paintings, canvases, easels, frames, jewelry, paints and art supplies, furniture, collectibles and other one-of-a-kind objects will be on display and on sale, and studios and the gift shop will be open as well. Information: www.ARTSFVAC.org.
New London County residents get free admission at the Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme, through Sunday, July 20 (proof of residency required). On Sunday, painting supplies will be availabe for visitors who want to paint by the river or in the garden. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: 860-434-5542 or www.florencegriswoldmuseum.org.
If you brake for tag sales, don’t miss the giant Tabor House event Thursday through Saturday at the convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph at 27 Park Road in West Hartford. Merchandise includes household goods, toys and games, tools, small appliances, gardening gear, seasonal items, linens, handbags, luggage and more. 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 6 p.m.; Saturday’s hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free on Friday and Saturday.
Heading to the Big Apple? Find deals on New York City rush, preview and lottery theater tickets at www.BroadwayForBrokePeople.com. Vacationing in the Berkshires? Get half-off, same-day tickets to a changing mix of cultural events at Half-Tix locations in Adams, Pittsfield, Lenox and Great Barrington, Mass. Cash only; $3 handling fee per ticket. Information: 413-743-1339 or www.Berkshires.org.
Looking for a fun, free, family daycation destination? Sailfest, which draws hundred of thousands of tourists to New London, is Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The event includes a tall ship and free ship tours, three concert stages, kids’ activities, vendors and a fireworks display. Information and schedules at www.sailfestnl.org.