Strawberry Fest and Golf Center Grand Opening, Lyman Orchards, Junction of routes 147 & 157, Middletown, (860) 349-1793, lymanorchards.com. June 16. Strawberry Fest's activities include free samples of strawberry treats, pie-eating contests, horse-drawn wagon rides and music presented by the Monthei Brothers Band. Across the street, enjoy the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Golf Center with a performance by a trick-shot golf artist.
Strawberry Festival, North Canton Community United Methodist Church, 3 Case St., Canton. (860) 693-4589. June 16, 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 Nights By Harbor Lights, Rotary Pavilion at Fowler Field, New Haven Ave. (behind the library), Milford, (203) 878-0681. June 22: The John Whelan Band. June 29: American Festival Band. July 6: Steve D'Agostino. July 13: RPMs. July 20: The Rumrunners. July 27: Gunsmoke. Aug. 3: The Bernadettes. Aug. 10: Flashback.
Summer Wine and Food Festival, Stonington Vineyards, 523 Taugwonk Road, Stonington, (860) 535-1222, stoningtonvineyards.com. July 21-22. Gourmet vendors, wine tastings, live music, cellar tours.
Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road, Farmington, (860) 677-4787, hillstead.org. June 13, June 27, July 11 & 25, Aug. 1. This year, Hill-Stead will celebrate the festival's 20th year by taking on a different theme each day. Enjoy 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. 4, 1-11 p.m. This year's 7th installment will transform Mortensen Riverfront Plaza's upper and lower areas into Caribbean villages. As always, enjoy dance and musical performances, food and other activities.
Tom Sawyer Day — Take Me Out To The Ball Game, The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, (860) 247-3131, marktwainhouse.org. June 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A day of family fun with a baseball theme. Enjoy treasure hunts, dunk tanks, a poetry performance of "Casey at the Bat", visits from mascots including Rocky from the New Britain Rock Cats along with many other activities. 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. at Jackson and Main Street.
Wolcott Country Fair, Frisbie School Fairgrounds, 24 Todd Road, Wolcott, wolcottfair.com. Aug. 17-19. Animals, arts and crafts, food, rides, entertainment and more.
Woodbury Reggaefest, 785 Woodbury Road, Woodbury, (203) 263-2203, woodburyskiarea.com/summer/concerts.html. June 23-24. Great reggae acts including King Yellowman With The Sagittarius Band. $55-$110.
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.
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