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

The start of August pops with myriad opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, listen to music, check out local talent, support the arts and help others. One of the region’s most enduring events, the SoNo Arts Celebration in South Norwalk, for instance, brings together music, arts, puppets and children’s activities. It goes on all weekend, but you’ll want to get yourself a spot at 1 p.m. Sunday to see the puppet parade. You’ll know why it has become a tradition.

In Danbury, fans of all ages will be coming together to celebrate all things Beatles. There will be 10 bands, food, vendors and a John Lennon tribute that will last all day Saturday. In Stratford, they will be watching Shakespeare (you can actually catch the Bard’s work in another Stratford spot, too.). In Greenwich, they will be celebrating the treasures of the surf and shore. In Milford, it will be the arts. And in Trumbull, they will be eating blueberries, lots of them. These are just a sampling of the fun. Read on to find out even more about the weekend’s activities (and beyond).

If you like music … Luke James will be performing at Mohegan Sun. Todd Rundgren will be in Ridgefield. Mrs. Carter will be in Uncasville. Caravan of Thieves take temporary root in Westport. LeAnn Rimes is at Empire City Casino. Fairfield County Chorale kicks off its Summer Sings series. Eliza Glikyson comes to Ridgefield. Emil Stucchio & The Classic glide into the Levitt. Chick Corea and The Vigil will conclude Stamford’s Jazz Up July series next week. However, tonight, you can enjoy a free salsa lesson and listen to the music of Mikata.

If you are into drama … Beyond the Shakespeare performances in the area, the Summer Theatre of New Canaan is offering a packed schedule of shows, good for the whole family. Curtain Call in Stamford will debut one of its summer workshop productions this weekend. “LMNOP: A New Musical” continues in Chester. “Sweet Charity” is playing in Danbury. “Dreamgirls” opens next week in Ivoryton. The Yale Summer Cabaret presents “In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel.”  In Sherman, you can see “The Sword in the Stone.” “Loot” continues in Westport. And, the Off-Beat Players, a special theater group, will present “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

If you are looking for things to do with the kids … Maritime Aquarium is opening its doors to canines this month. Mondays in August have been designated the Dog Days of Summer, during which special events will be planned. Dora the Explorer also will be at the aquarium on Sunday, getting close and personal with her fans.  In other maritime matters, the Henry Whitfield State Museum in Guilford will be celebrating the Faulkner’s Island Lighthouse off Guilford. Or, you can try your hand at sand sculpture in Milford. In Bridgeport, teddy bears will be getting some tender loving care. Or, you can camp out in Stamford, make your own bug-catcher in Trumbull or see Zak Morgan in Westport.

If you like to laugh … There are multiple opportunities to catch some funny comics across the state, and Treehouse Comedy Productions is presenting most of them. You can also check out the Improv Comedy Series at the Ridgefield Theater Barn, the Greater Show on Earth in Bridgeport and Comedy Club II at the Levitt Pavilion in Westport.

If you like movies … Several communities are presenting outdoor movie events. You can check out the list here, with many offering activities prior to the screening.

If you like art … Thank You, CT! opens at the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery in Stamford. Several shows are opening at the Bendheim Gallery in Greenwich. Sunrise Sunset is up at the Firehouse Gallery in Milford. It is the final weekend for A Very Wild West Show in Norwalk.

The weekend is already making me tired and it hasn’t really even begun. Start early, plan well and have fun.

Until next time …

Christina Hennessy