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Events in Hartford, Connecticut


Connecticut Flower & Garden Show - Considered one of the most prestigious flower and garden shows in New England, the Connecticut Flower & Garden Show features breathtaking gardens constructed by some of Connecticut’s most prolific landscape designers.

First Night Hartford - First Night is a celebration of the New Year through the arts. It is an alcohol free, public celebration that marks the passage from the old year to the new with art, ritual and festivity.

Greater Hartford Jazz Festival - The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz is a non-profit organization originally conceived by Paul Brown, noted Hartford jazz bassist and music educator. For years, Paul had produced the Monday Night Jazz Concerts in Bushnell Park, drawing thousands of music lovers to Hartford’s Bushnell Park for picnics and world-class entertainment.

Greater Hartford Saint Patrick's Day Parade - The annual parade held on or near Saint Patty's Day marches through the streets of downtown Hartford and includes floats and bands from more then 12 towns in the area, traditional Irish presentations that come from all over the country and many unique floats that are sponsored by many area businesses including many of the downtown pubs.

Hartford Marathon Foundation - Throughout the year numerous races of all sorts are held in Hartford and throughout the Greater Hartford area. If running is something that you have a passion for, or if you want to pick up a new hobby, then getting in touch with the Hartford Marathon Foundation is what you should do!

Hartford Symphony Orchestra's Talcott Mountain Music Festival - The experience of the sounds of summer under the stars, the enjoyment of picnics with family and friends, and the magnificent music of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Our program offers something for everyone and is guaranteed to get folks out of their seats and dancing to the music!


Pipes in the Valley - The daylong Pipes in the Valley Celtic Music Festival is spectacular. It includes bagpipes, Celtic fiddling and drummers from Scotland. There are talented Celtic rock bands, food, beer and Highland games on the Riverfront. Ever see Highland games in person? The caber toss? Men in kilts hurling giant rocks over their heads? It's amazing.

Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival - Get ready for 4 days of premier bluegrass/acoustic Americana music at beautiful Martin Park. This annual bluegrass festival is held the first full weekend of August. It features local, regional and national bluegrass, bringing together the finest in bluegrass music each year. We are proud to bring you the music of the mountains in the heart of the city.

Ray Gonzalez Latin Jazz & Salsa Festival - The Ray Gonzalez Latin Jazz and Salsa Festival is a stage for the most talented international artists in Latin Jazz and Salsa. Come and enjoy the unique blend of music and more at this great event! You won't be disappointed!

Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival - This events features Asian entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, a table tennis tournament, educational cultural booths, delicious Asian cuisine, Asian games for kids and much more. With years of experience, the Riverfront Dragon Boat and Asian Festival is something you won't want to miss.

Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival - Don't miss one of Hartford’s premier cultural events as both the upper and lower areas of Mortensen Riverfront Plaza are transformed into a Caribbean village. Bring the whole family to enjoy numerous musical and dance performances while you sample authentic and world famous Caribbean dishes.