NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Saturday is the 11th Annual Connecticut Open House Day, sponsored by the CT Office of Tourism. It’s a great way learn more about Connecticut’s art and history, and to check out hot tourist spots. Connecticut residents can get a discount or even free admission at participating places. There’s plenty of events that won’t break the bank going on across the state.
The stage is set for the International Festival of Arts and Ideas on the New Haven Green. The festival’s first concert is Saturday. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy award winner Darlene Love will perform for free.
State historic sites are open for free tours. At the Deacon John Grave House in Madison you can explore the fairy garden and go back in time with hearth cooking and other colonial demonstrations, something Debbie Vodola might be interested in.
“Something that will be fun and easy,” she said. “Doesn’t cost a lot.”
The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport is free Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In East Haddam, take a morning tour of the Goodspeed, a Victorian theater built in 1876. The musical “Guys and Dolls” is now playing on its stage.
RiverQuest at Eagle Landing State Park is offering an hour cruise along the scenic Connecticut River at a reduced rate, just $5 per person.
In Hartford, the Governor’s Residence will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“There are a lot of 5K walks and there’s a lot of places where you can go for walks, like Hammonasset,” Peggy Criscio suggested.
Hitch a free ride at the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol.
“Here in the New England Carousel Museum, we’re going to have children free all day long with free carousel rides on our working carousel and adult admission is six dollars,” said Lou Demars.
Six Flags just over the border in Agawam, Mass. will celebrate Flag Day in a big way. All police officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel get in for free all weekend. Their family and friends can buy discounted tickets.
Back in Connecticut, it’s 50-cent fab Fridays at Quassy Amusement Park all summer long. Rides, hot dogs, and small soft drinks are just 50 cents.
Strawberry picking season is in full swing as well, with plenty of places to pick your own.
“We’re going to the Strawberry Festival at Lyman Orchards,” said Mallary Donohue. “Just to take the baby out and do something fun.”
Watching a movie at a drive-in should be on everyone’s to do list. The Southington Drive-In is offering free popcorn for every carload Saturday. The show begins at sunset.
- Greek Festival in Danbury
- South Windsor Strawberry Festival and Craft Fair
- Orange Congregational Church Strawberry Festival
- New Horizons Village Strawberry Festival & Craft Fair
- Barnum Festival Night at the Bridgeport Bluefish
- Color in Motion 5K
- Down and Dirty Obstacle Race
- 11th Annual Cap’n Kidd Treasure Hunt Pirates Day (Sunday, downtown Milford)
- Vintage Hi-Fi Museum in West Hartford