Monroe Strawberry Festival, Monroe Congregational Church, 34 Church St., Monroe. Mcc-ucc.org. June 16-17. Art exhibits, kids games, and anything and everything strawberry-themed.
Music Under the Stars, North Haven Town Green, Church St., North Haven, (203) 239-5321, town.north-haven.ct.us. June 26: Rich DiPalma. July 3: Flashback. July 10: Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot. July 17: Vinnie Carr & the Party Band. July 24: The Sixties Show. July 31: Silverado. Aug. 7: The Classics. Aug. 14: B. Willie Smith. Aug. 21: Eight to the Bar. Aug. 28: Primetime.
Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival, Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, 860-572-5315, mysticseaport.org. June 7-10. New this year: a Sea Music Storytelling Stage and Sea Music Contra Dance, in addition to a host of live performances.
New Horizons Strawberry Festival, New Horizons Village, 37 Bliss Road, Unionville, (860) 673-8893. June 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy strawberry shortcake, games, classic cars, free pony rides, magicians, music from the Bristol Fiddlers and the Sponge Pummels Band, Rocky from the New Britain Rock Cats and other special guest artists. Free.
Night Out On Main Street, Main Street, Watertown, (860) 945-5255, watertownct.org. June 29, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Stroll down Main Street and see farmers' markets, food, entertainment, retailers and more. Free.
Norfolk Choral Festival, The Music Shed, 18 Litchfield Road, Norfolk, (860) 542-3000, music.yale.edu/norfolk. Aug. 18 at 4 p.m. Featuring The Norfolk Festival Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Simon Carrington. The program includes music from the Renaissance to the 21st Century. $25.
North Haven Fair, North Haven Fairgrounds, Washington Ave. (Rte. 5), North Haven, (203) 239-3700, northhaven-fair.com. Sept. 6-9. Rides, food, live entertainment and more.
North Stonington Agricultural Fair, Wyassup Road (off Rte. 2), North Stonington, (860) 535-3956, northstoningtonfair.org. July 12-15. 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. 7-9. Featuring live music, food booths, BBQ vendors, demos, crafts and competitions and a whole lot of delicious oysters.
Pipes in the Valley Celtic Festival, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, (860) 713-3131, riverfront.org. Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. This culturally rich festival in collaboration with Olde Burnside Brewing Company 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, Dodd Stadium, 14 Scott Avenue, Norwich, (860) 887-7962, podunkbluegrass.net. Aug. 2-5. Enjoy a world-class festival in Norwich, featuring the Roys, Kathy Matte, Travers Chandler, Avery County and the Spinney Brothers.
Ray Gonzalez Latin Jazz & Salsa Festival, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, (860) 713-3131, riverfront.org. July 28, 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 7, no time yet. Celebrate the area's oldest fireworks tradition with a community-wide celebration, live entertainment and family activities. Free.
Riverfront Dragon Boat and Asian Festival, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, (860) 713-3131, riverfront.org. Aug. 18-19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All-day entertainment includes colorful and competitive dragon boat races, Asian-inspired live music, dancing and food. Free.
Rockin' on the River, 1010 Washington Blvd. overlooking Mill River Park. (203) 248-5285, rocknriver.org. Sun., July 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bowzer's Rock 'n' Roll Party (guy from Sha Na Na) to benefit Stamford Downtown and Mill River Park.
Shakespeare on the Sound, (203) 299-1300, shakespeareonthesound.org. June 26-July 8: Romeo & Juliet, at Baldwin Park, Greenwich. July 18-29: Romeo & Juliet, at Pinkney Park, Rowayton.
Riverton Music Festival, June 30, 12-7:30 p.m., Riverton Green, Robertsville Road, 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 based around Washington St. in South Norwalk. sonoarts.org. Aug. 4-5. Musical acts, dance and theater troupes, children's entertainers, artists food and a puppet-filled street parade.
Spring Festival, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, (860) 768-4862, hartford.edu. June 16-17. Celebrate the art of dancing with this end-of-the-year dance performance. Enjoy a showcase and two sessions featuring Vivaldi's Four Seasons with special guest artists. $20.
SS&C SummerWind Performing Arts Center Concerts, 40 Griffin Road North, Windsor, (800) 317-7140, sscsummerwind.org. The Hartford Pops Band, July 1 & 22, 7 p.m. Connecticut Ballet's Summer Dance Caravan, July 8, 7 p.m. Howard Fishman & His Band, July 15, 7 p.m. Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra, July 29, 7 p.m. The Shinolas & Friends, Aug. 5, 7 p.m. The Pousette-Dart Band, Aug. 12, 7 p.m. Viva Quetzal & The Val Ramos Ensemble, Aug. 19, 7 p.m. $15-$25.