Riverfront Dragon Boat and Asian Festival, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, (860) 713-3131, riverfront.org. Aug. 20-21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. All-day entertainment includes colorful and competitive dragon boat races, Asian-inspired live music, dancing and food. Free.
Shakespeare on the Sound, (203) 299-1300, shakespeareonthesound.org. June 16-26: Much Ado About Nothing, at Pinkney Park, Rowayton. July 5-10: Much Ado About Nothing, at Baldwin Park, Greenwich.
Riverton Music Festival, July 2, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Riverton Green, Robertsville Rd., Riverton, rivertonct.com. Performances by the Valley Swing Shift, The Girls of Mad River Crossing, the Al Fenton Big Band, The Rivertones, and Vinyl Vortex.
SoNo Arts Celebration, Various locations around Washington Street in South Norwalk. sonoarts.org. Aug. 6-7. Musical performers, dance and theater troupes, children's entertainers, artists food and a puppet-filled street parade.
The Shaboo Festival of Blues, Jillson Square, Main St., Willimantic, (860) 456-6123, windhamhospital.org. June 25, 4 p.m. The Elvin Bishop Group, The James Cotton Blues Band, David Foster and the Shaboo All-Stars. $25-$30.
Sounds of Summer Concerts on the East Hartford Town Green, June 30-Aug. 25, ehccc.com. Performances on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Free. Featuring the Afro-Semitic Experience, On Call, Memphis Soul Spectacular, Silverado, Slide Ireland, Simply Swing, Dave Palla Quartet and Jonathan Edwards.
Spring Dance Festival, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, (860) 768-4862, hartford.edu. June 18-19. Celebrate ballet, modern and jazz dance with an end-of-the-year dance performance featuring members of the Community Division's Pre-Professional Intensive Program.
Strawberry Festival, North Canton Community United Methodist Church, 3 Case St., Canton. (860) 693-4589. June 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tag sales, vendors, burgers and dogs. The kids enjoy Kid's Korner while you bid on silent auction items donated by local merchants. Free.
Summer Wine and Food Festival, Stonington Vineyards, 523 Taugwonk Rd., Stonington, (860) 535-1222, stoningtonvineyards.com. July 16-17 and Sept. 17-18. Gourmet vendors, wine tastings, live music, cellar tours.
Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington, (860) 677-4787, hillstead.org. June 8, July 6 & 20, and Aug. 3, 6:30 p.m. Hear two hours of world-class poetry and live music against the tranquil background of Hill-Stead's historic Sunken Garden. Bring your own picnic supper or purchase one on-site. Free.
Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, (860) 713-3131, riverfront.org. Aug. 6, 1-11 p.m. Head to the riverfront for authentic Caribbean cuisine, cool island beverages, spectacular costumes, live music and dancing to the island rhythms at one of Hartford's biggest summer events.
Tom Sawyer Day, The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, (860) 247-3131, marktwainhouse.org. June 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A day of family fun with guest artists, musicians, magicians and buccaneers. This year's theme is “pirates.” Free.
WILI Boom Box Parade, Willimantic, (860) 456-1111, wili-am.com/parade.htm. July 4. A people's parade that has been covered by the Washington Post and CBS Evening News. Participants and spectators bring portable radios tuned to marching band music broadcast by the local station, WILI-AM 1400. Begins at 11 a.m. in Jillson Square, proceeds to Memorial Park.
Wolcott Country Fair, Frisbie School Fairgrounds, 24 Todd Rd., Wolcott, wolcottfair.com. Aug. 19-21. Animals, arts and crafts, food, rides, entertainment and more.
Woodbury Reggaefest, 785 Woodbury Rd., Woodbury, (203) 263-2203, woodburyskiarea.com/summer/concerts. June 25-26. Great reggae acts including Inner Circle, the Big Takeover and Rebel Fire. $40-$75.
Women and Their Music Festival — A Musical Tribute to Harriet Beecher Stowe, The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 77 Forest St., Hartford, (860) 522-9258, harrietbeecherstowe.org. July 14, 1-4 p.m. Enjoy a family-friendly outdoor concert celebrating one of Hartford's most famous writers. Free.
Woodstock Faire, Routes 169 and 171, South Woodstock, (860) 928-3246, woodstockfair.com, Sept. 2-5. Carnival rides and games, local animal and agricultural industry displays, antique farming equipment, entertainment, food vendors and more.
Farther Afield (Outside the State)
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, George Carter Rd., Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919, jacobspillow.org, June 18-Aug. 28. America's longest-running, international dance festival with performances, lectures, tours, films, exhibits, and talks with artists from all over the world.
Wanderlust Festival, Stratton Mountain Ski Resort, Stratton Mountain, VT. stratton.wanderlustfestival.com. June 23-26. A one-of-a-kind festival bringing together the world's best yoga teachers and musical performers in a setting of breathtaking natural beauty. With Michael Franti & Spearhead, Andrew Bird, Todd Boston, the Wailers, New York's Krishna Das, Northampton's Sonya Kitchell, Brooklyn's Sub Swara, and Deepak Chopra.
Williamstown Theatre Festival, Route 2, Williamstown, MA. (413) 597-3400, wtfestival.org, June 22-Aug. 28. Including shows: Three Hotels, She Stoops to Conquer, Ten Cents a Dance, A Streetcar Named Desire, One Slight Hitch, A Doll's House, and Touch(ed).
Solid Sound — A Music and Arts Festival Curated by Wilco¿, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111, solidsoundfestival.com. June 24-26. Lineup includes Wilco (Fri.-Sat.), the Levon Helm Band, Thurston Moore, Syl Johnson & the Sweet Divines, Here We Go Magic, Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy, many others.
Caramoor Music Festival, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah, NY. (914) 232-5035, caramoor.org. June 25-Aug. 10. Classical, jazz, Latin, pop and American roots music. The versatile Orchestra of St. Luke's is the resident ensemble.
Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY. (518) 587-3330, spac.org/jazzfest. June 25-26. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, The Bad Plus, Michael McDonald, Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Wein & The Newport All Stars, Jack DeJohnette Group, many others.
Tanglewood 2011, 297 West St., Lenox, MA. (617) 266-1200, bso.org. June 28-Sept. 4. Many of the world's great musicians performing an impressive range of music from classical to jazz, pop, and rock, with performances virtually each and every day of the summer.
Boston Harborfest, City Hall Plaza, downtown Boston, MA. (617) 227-1528, bostonharborfest.com. June 29-July 4. Celebrating Boston's colonial, Revolutionary War and maritime history and featuring more than 200 events, half of which are free.
Bang on a Can Marathon, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111, bangonacan.org/marathon. July 11-31. The perennially popular pinnacle of the Bang on a Can Festival, the marathon features six exciting hours of sounds from the edge, mixing innovative music written last week with rare and ear-expanding performances of classic experimental music. Come and go as you please, or stay right through.