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With summer just around the corner, there is no better way to enjoy the season than attending celebrations of music, art, dance, and theater. And there is no better place to enjoy them than in cities located throughout Southern Connecticut, where a vast array of festivals ranging from family-friendly events to adult nights out on the town occur all summer long.

Stamford Art Festival
In its 4th year, the Stamford Art Festival will be held on July 28th and 29th at Harbor Point Park. This free event features arts and crafts, live music, and international cuisine.

International Festival of Arts and Ideas
The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, located in New Haven, is scheduled for June 9th through the 23rd. Celebrating its 23rd year, this 15-day event occurs throughout the city, and the majority of its 170 events are free to attend. Popular music and dance are performed, as well as theater, including a variation of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice.” Also, bring a blanket and enjoy headlining acts while they perform free concerts on the New Haven Green. This is no ordinary art festival, however, as the Ideas Program sets it apart from all others, encouraging thought-provoking discussions, lectures, and conversations among the attendants.

NICE Festival
Taking place rain or shine, the 3rd annual NICE Festival occurs on July 7th in Norwalk. This is a multi-cultural event featuring a wide range of live music, crafts, dance performances, and several family activities. In addition, vendors will be offering arts & crafts items for sale as well as various international food items.

Alive @ Five & Wednesday Night Live
Downtown Stamford offers two outdoor concert series throughout the summer for those who are 21+. Alive@Five, on Thursday evenings from June 28th through August 2nd, and Wednesday Night Live, on Wednesdays from June 27th through August 1st. Some of the artists scheduled to perform are; the O’Jays, Gavin DeGraw, Joe Jackson, Sean Kingston, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon, Lifehouse, Neon Trees, Dennis DeYoung, and Tonic. However, no concerts are held during the week of July 4th. These summer concerts are the perfect way to spend a date night while you stay at one of the romantic inns in Connecticut.

David London’s Weekend of Magic
Although the exact dates are yet to be determined, David London’s Weekend of Magic will be held at New Haven in June. According to his website, David “combines magic with storytelling, comedy, philosophy, and surrealism to create truly original shows of magic.” This is an interactive experience designed with the entire family in mind.

Stamford Make Music Day
Joining over 800 cities worldwide in observance of the longest day of the year, Stamford celebrates Make Music Day on June 21st. Free concert performances by artists of all ages and skill levels will occur throughout the city parks, sidewalks, and streets.

Norwalk Art Festival
The Norwalk Art Festival, held in Mathews Park June 23rd and 24th features 125 local and national artists whose exhibits will be available for purchase in a variety of price ranges, including photographs, paintings, jewelry, and ceramics, to name a few. Also featured at this event is a children’s art workshop and a communal mural project.

Southern Connecticut has a wide variety of festivals to choose from throughout the summer months. Whether its dancing or sitting back to listen to a concert or two, there is a little something for everyone here.

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