Hot Steamed Jazz Fest¿, Essex Steam Train, 1 Railroad Ave., Essex, (800) 348-0003, hotsteamedjazz.com. June 24-26. Galvanized Jazz Band w/ Jane Campedelli, Sugarfoot Youth Jazz Band, Bob Seeley, Dan Levinson's Fete Manouche, Riverboat Ramblers, Jazz Jesters Novelty Orchestra, Heartbeat Dixieland Jazz Band, Firecracker Jazz Band, Dan Levinson's Apex Project - A Tribute to Jimmy Noone, Wolverine Jazz Band w/ Dr. John Clark, Funky Butt Jazz Band, Festival All Stars w/ Jeff Hughes, Ben Mauger's Vintage Jazz Band, Jon Sieger and the All Stars.
Ideat Village, Downtown New Haven, ideatvillage.org. June 11-25. DIY celebration of local art, music, film and counterculture in general, including music showcases, art exhibits and more.
International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Western Connecticut State University Westside Campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury, (866) 558-4253, ivesconcertpark.com. June 27: Michael Franti and Spearhead, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. July 1: Peter Frampton. July 2: Earth, Wind and Fire. July 25: Steely Dan. July 27: Allison Krauss & Union Station, Jerry Douglas. Aug. 3: Guster, Ra Ra Riot. Aug. 13: The J. Geils Band. Aug. 14: The Beach Boys. Aug. 25: ZZ Top.
Jazz Up July, Columbus Park, Main St. & W. Park Place, Stamford. (203) 348-5285, stamford-downtown.com. Presented by the Stamford Downtown Special Services District. July 6: John Tesh: Big Band Live, New York Mary. July 13: Marion Meadows, The Joe Sinaguglia Trio. July 20: Joyce Dicamillo, Maydie Miles. July 27: Roberta Flack, Ralph McDonald feat. Dennis Collins and Friends.
Juneteenth Family Day, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St., Hartford, (860) 838-4122, amistadartandculture.org. June 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Commemorates the abolition of slavery in America with an opportunity to reflect, learn and enjoy. Featuring a variety of “edu-tainment” performances by local talent, art workshops and family activities.
Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Festival, Klingberg Family Centers, 370 Linwood St., New Britain, (860) 832-5524, klingbergautoshow.org. June 18, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. A gathering of restored antique cars, oldies music, Fred Astaire dancers, children's activities, historical display and great food. A wonderful way to celebrate Father's Day weekend.
Lavender Festival, Fort Farm Hills, 60 Quaddick Rd., Thompson, (860) 923-3439. June 18-19. Home to one of New England's largest lavender gardens, the farm has a weekend planned with lavender-centered activities and other family-friendly activities.
Lift Every Voice and Sing Gospel Festival and Fair, Bushnell Park, Hartford, (860) 243-8734, levasgospel.org. Sept. 10, 12-7 p.m. An annual live music festival featuring a choir of 233 altos, 233 tenors and 233 sopranos singing gospel classics. Free.
Litchfield Jazz Festival, Kent School, 30 South Main St., Kent, (860) 361-6285, litchfieldjazzfest.com. Aug. 5-7. The Clayton Brothers, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Champian Fulton Quartet, Vijay Iyer Trio, Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band, Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, Matt Wilson Quartet plus Strings, Joe Lovano Nonet, Jimmy Heath Big Band and others. $22-$350.
Moby Dick Marathon, Mystic Seaport on the Charles W. Morgan, (860) 572-5302, mysticseaport.org. July 31-Aug. 1. 24-hour reading of Melville's massive work, in honor of his birthday.
Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival, Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, 860-572-5315, mysticseaport.org. June 9-12. Bonnie and Dan Milner, ARRR, Current MS Chantey Staff (Mike Bartels, Denise Cannella, Craig Edwards, Geoff Kaufman, Barry Keenan, Chris Koldewey, Don Sineti), Tom Kastle, Roll & Go, Rick Spencer, Caryl P. Weiss, John Roberts, Judy Cook, Martin and Shan Graebe, Richard Grainger, Kapriol, Northern Neck Chantey Singers, Brian Peters and Jeff Davis, Celeste Bernardo and Ken Sweeney, Jack Dalton, Dan Milner and Robbie O'Connell w/ friends, Raizes, Danny Spooner, Bob Webb.
New England Jazz and Blues Festival, Quassy Amusement Park, 2132 Middlebury Rd., Middlebury, (860) 307-2909, newenglandjazzbluesfestival.com. June 18-19. Featuring James Montgomery & the Uptown Horns, Billy Squier, Elvin Bishop, Roomful of Blues, The Trio of Oz featuring Rachel Z and Omar Hakim, Ali Ryerson Quintet, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate, Routes 44 & 272, Norfolk, (860) 542-3000, music.yale.edu/norfolk. Most weekends between June 12-Aug. 20. Featuring The King's Singers, The Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble, The Leschetizky Trio, The Artis Quartet, the United States Coast Guard Band, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.
North Haven Fair, North Haven Fairgrounds, Washington Ave. (Rte. 5), North Haven, (203) 239-3700, northhaven-fair.com. Sept. 8-11. Rides, food, live entertainment and more.
North Stonington Agricultural Fair, Wyassup Rd. (off Rte. 2), North Stonington, (860) 535-3956, northstoningtonfair.org. July 7-10. Food, fun and live music for the whole family.
Norwalk Oyster Fest, Veteran's Park, Seaview Ave., Norwalk, (203) 838-9444, seaport.org/oysterfest.html. Sept. 9-11. Featuring live music, food booths, BBQ vendors, demos, crafts and competitions. Oysters too. Lots and lots of oysters.
Pipes in the Valley, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, (860) 713-3131, riverfront.org. Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. This culturally rich festival featuring the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Ten Penny Ale also includes Highland games, bagpipers, traditional dancing, birds of prey, Highland cows and delicious Celtic food. Fun for the whole family. Free.
Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival. Martin Park, 307 Burnside Ave., East Hartford, (860) 528-1458, podunkbluegrass.net. Aug. 4-7. Enjoy a world-class festival in East Hartford featuring the top names in Bluegrass music.
Ray Gonzalez Latin Jazz & Salsa Festival, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, (860) 713-3131, riverfront.org. July 23, 5-10 p.m. In partnership with Guakía, this festival features Hartford's own Ray Gonzalez and his orchestra with other local Latin jazz favorites. Viva la música. Free.
Riverfest, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford & Great River Park and Founders Plaza, East Hartford, (860) 713-3131, riverfront.org. July 9, 4-9:30 p.m. Celebrate the area's oldest fireworks tradition with a community-wide celebration, live entertainment and family activities. Free.