Out and about: Things to see and places to be this weekend

This time around you may want to take the weekend to rest up for the all the fun to be had with the arrival of the new year early next week.. A variety of First Night celebrations afford families a way to celebrate together, during the day and into the evening. However, venues and organizations large and small have a full roster of events planned, from musical performers to staged events and galas and balls across the state. Check out the many activities to determine the place you want to be when 2013 arrives.

For those looking to get a head start, Arlen Roth will be in the area to show off his expertise with the guitar. The Steve Miller Band is coming to Port Chester, N.Y. The Sublime tribute band Badfish will be at Toad’s Place. The Backstreet Boys will be at Foxwoods. And, Coldplay arrives in Uncasville.

Brad Trackman will bring comedy to the final days of 2012 in Bridgeport and Joe Devito, who grew up in New Milford, comes to Mohegan Sun. Meanwhile, “Shrek — The Musical” brings with it a diminutive lead. And, Santa’s helpers take a dive for the holidays in Mystic. The Russian culture is explored at Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, while the Paper Bag Players come to the Emelin Theatre.

You can ring in the new year with some art, whether it is the work of Falls Village artist Robert Cronin, the final days of “A Good Light” exhibition in Greenwich or the fine art of children’s books. Or, make a trip to Westport to see the works at the Arts Center and the library.

Disney brings its “Worlds of Fantasy” to the Webster Bank Arena beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Until next time …

Christina Hennessy