Fairfield County Irish Festival, Fairfield University, 1073 N. Benson Road, Fairfield, irishfestival.org. June 15-17. All things Irish, including music, step dancing, food, Gaelic football, vendors, crafts and more.

Festival! Stratford, grounds of American Festival Theatre, 1850 Elm Street, Stratford. festivalstratford.org. Aug. 2012, exact dates TBA. A celebration of theater, arts and music with workshops, vendors, a theater camp and more.

Gathering of the Vibes, Seaside Park, Bridgeport. (203) 908-3030, gatheringofthevibes.com. July 19-22. Seaside Park, Bridgeport. Huge, annual weekend-long summer music and arts festival celebrating the Grateful Dead in particular, but all kinds of music are represented. Phil Lesh & Friends, Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby w/ Wynton Marsalis, Primus, Avett Brothers, STS9, Zappa Plays Zappa, Yonder Mountain String Band and much, much more.

Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, Bushnell Park, Hartford, (860) 727-0500, hartfordjazz.com. July 20-22. Hartford's popular downtown jazz festival returns with live music by local, national and international jazz musicians playing crowd-pleasing jazz favorites and original compositions. Free.

Greenfest 2012, CityCenter Green, Danbury. greenfest.ws/Danbury. June 22-24. Three days, green vendors, charity poker. A celebration of all things sustainable and green. Music by Belle The Mighty Plough Boys, Mystic Bowie, Nami & The Crew, Dave King, Phoenix Band, Canyon, Baby Snakes, Grimm Generation, True Apothecary, Dave Hogan, Gatsby's Greenlight, Waking Elliot, AsmarA, Maybe Welders, Graylight Campfire, Sunrise Skyline, Lisa Bianco, Ports Of Spain, Live, Love, Die and many more.

Guilford Art Center Craft Expo 2011, Guilford Green, Rte. 1, Guilford, (203) 453-5947, guilfordartcenter.org. July 19-22. Juried works by diverse craft artists, eats and more.

Haddam Neck Fair, Haddam Neck Fairgrounds, 26 Quarry Hill Road, Haddam Neck, (860) 267-5922, haddamneckfair.com. Aug. 31-Sept. 3. Food, carnival rides and games, live entertainment and more.

Hamden Arts Commission's 2012 Free Summer Concert Series, Town Center Park at Meadowbrook, 2761 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, (203) 287-2546, hamden.com. June 29:U.S. Coast Guard Masters of Swing. July 6: Doo Wop Show (Duprees, Belmonts, Shirley Alston Reeves formerly of the Shirelles). July 13: NRBQ. July 20: Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes. July 27: Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night.

Hot Steamed Jazz Fest, Essex Steam Train, 1 Railroad Ave., Essex, (800) 348-0003, hotsteamedjazz.com. June 22-24. Three days of jazz, including performances by Galvanized Jazz Band, Sugarfoot Youth Jazz Band, and more.

Ideat Village, Downtown New Haven, ideatvillage.org. June 16-July 1. DIY celebration of local art, music, film and counterculture in general, including music showcases, art exhibits and more.

Harriet Beecher Stowe's 201st Birthday, The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 77 Forest St., Hartford, (860) 522-9258, harrietbeecherstowe.org. June 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A community open house befitting a 201st birthday celebration — house tours, an interactive community art project, horse and carriage rides, readings from Uncle Tom's Cabin in multiple languages, re-enactments, the Wintergreen Trio performing Civil War and Underground Railroad songs and a birthday cake. Free.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra's Talcott Mountain Festival, Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows, Iron Horse Blvd, Simsbury, (860) 244-2999, hartfordsymphony.org. June 22, 7:30 p.m.: Four Seasons — Vivaldi & Piazzolla. Hear the sounds of the four seasons from two great composers. Celebrate America! June 29, 7:30 p.m.: The Annual Red, White & Blue Tradition. Gerald Steichen leads the orchestra in a program of American classics, thundering marches and a fantastic display of fireworks to celebrate our nation's independence. July 6, 7:30 p.m.: Dancing Under The Stars. Grab a partner and dance under the stars as The Hartford Symphony Orchestra plays songs from Glenn Miller to Johann Strauss. July 13, 7:30 p.m.: Rocket Man — The Music of Elton John. Enjoy all of Sir Elton's greatest hits with vocalist Jean Meilleur and John Regan on piano. July 20, 7:30 p.m.: Big Country — Nashville Meets Simsbury. Hear the Hartford Symphony Orchestra perform hits from the hottest country stars, including the works of Faith Hill, Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood.

International Festival of Arts & Ideas, downtown New Haven, (888) ART-IDEA, artidea.org. June 16-30: A world-class event of art, music, theater and a celebration of culture.

Ives Concert Park, Western Connecticut State University Westside Campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury, (866) 558-4253, ivesconcertpark.com. June 12: Counting Crows. June 29: Fiona Apple. Aug. 25: Straight No Chaser.

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 11: John Pizzarelli. July 18: Preservation Hall Jazz Band. July 25: Spyro Gyra. Aug. 1: Al Jarreau.

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 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Featuring face painting, exhibition tours, costume and dance workshops and more. Free.

Lift Every Voice and Sing Gospel Festival and Fair, Bushnell Park, Hartford, (860) 243-8734, levasgospel.org. June 30, 1-4 p.m., July 15, 2-4 p.m., July 21, 1-4 p.m., July 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Aug. 25, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sept. 15, 7-9 p.m. This year's 17th installment will be held at various locations, featuring choir, dancing and modeling performances. Free.

Litchfield Bug-In VW Car Show, Harwinton Fairgrounds, 150 Locust Road, Harwinton, (860) 485-0464, harwintonfair.com. June 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. In addition to the car show, 125 vendors will be selling VW products. Enjoy food and refreshments for purchase. All proceeds will go towards the Community Fund. $7.

Litchfield Jazz Festival, Goshen Fair Grounds, 116 Old Middle St., Goshen, (860) 361-6285, litchfieldjazzfest.com. Aug. 10-12. The Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet, Salute to George Coleman and Gary Smulyan and Eric Alexander, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Four Freshmen and others. $35-$500.

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.