The New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Avenue in Bristol, holds a tag sale featuring a variety of merchandise at bargain prices on Friday, Sept. 12 from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the building, (usually $6 for adults, $5.50 for seniors and $2.50 for kids), will be $2 for the tag sale days. The carousel will be operating and rides are $1. Information: 860-585-5411 or www.thecarouselmuseum.org.
Hartford HodgePodge, an open-air market, street fair and festival in State House Square, kicks off Saturday with free yoga classes and family activities, vendors and crafters, farmers and food trucks and artists and performers. HodgePodge also offers a pop-up beer garden featuring Hartford home brews. The market is open from 11 to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 18. Information: www.HartfordHodgePodge.com.
“Play! In Connecticut: Fall Theatre Festival” takes place Oct. 23 to 26, with special performances at Hartford Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, O’Neill Theater Center, Goodspeed Opera House and Westport Playhouse. Purchase tickets before Sept. 21 at www.playinct.org with code “PlayCT” and you’ll get a 20 percent discount. (Offer is limited to select seats and subject to availablity.) The website also features restaurant deals, lodging discounts and other special offers.
Ulta Beauty is holding its 21 Days of Beauty promotion through Sept 27. The three-week event features product discounts and buy-one-get-one-free offers, beauty tips, live demos and free make-up and skin consultations. Information: www.ulta.com.
September is National Potato Month, and McDonald’s is holding a “Fryday” celebration. Stop by a participating McDonald’s location in Connecticut or Western Massachusetts between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday and you’ll get a free small order of french fries, no purchase necessary. Information: www.mcdonalds.com.
Call some friends and head to Cedar Hill Cemetery, 453 Fairfield Ave., in Hartford, for a mystery scavenger hunt celebrating the cemetery’s 150th anniversary. Teams of up to four people will compete to find and follow clues throughout the memorial grounds. Once teams have collected all their clues, it’s a race to solve the mystery and get to the finish line. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. The event takes place Saturday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. Admission: $5. Information: 860- 956-3311 or www.cedarhillfoundation.org.
Renting a car? AutoSlash.com helps you find the best rates right up until you drive it off the lot. After you book your car through the site, it searches the Web for discounts and applies them to your bottom line, then continues to monitor rates and coupons until your pickup date, applying any discounts it finds along the way and re-booking when prices drop.
September is national Sewing Month and a good time to get crafty on the cheap. NationalSewingMonth.org has free project patterns and instructions, including how to make a Kindle/iPad cover, wristlet bag and dog collar and leash. JoAnn Fabric is offering 50 percent off select sewing and crafting classes in September. Sign up at SewDaily.com and get free patterns for handbags, pillows, scarves and more.
Download the free iTunes Festival app and you’ll get a month of live music from the Roundhouse in London. Performers include Lenny Kravitz, Maroon 5, Mary J. Blige, Pharrell Williams and Beck. You can can experience performances on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or computer, (or on the big screen with Apple TV), as they happen or for a limited time afterward.
Granby’s Agricultural Commission sponsors a free Open Farm Day Saturday. Starting at 10 a.m., a dozen farms in town will host demonstrations, tour and other activities. Highlights include a sheep shearing and spinning demos at Sepe Farm; wine tasting and meet the winemaker at Lost Acres Vineyard; and farm tours, riding demonstrations and hay bale throwing contest at Maple View Farm. Event schedule and locations at www.granbyag.org.