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

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If you’re a warm-weather junkie like me, then you’re probably asking yourself the same question: where did August go?

The month is zooming by, meaning that the summer — EEK! — is coming to a precipitous end.

But, there’s still plenty of fun to be had in the season’s waning days — concerts, conventions, fairs and outdoor activities. Or, why not take in a comedy show? There’s nothing like laughing to shake off that end-of-summer gloom.

Music: The Allman Brothers Band is back on the road with a concert planned for Saturday, Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. at Hartford’s Comcast Theatre, with Steve Winwood opening. That same night, another outfit of 70s rockers — America — performs at the Ridgefield Playhouse. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Or, if you’re looking for something completely different — say, hip hop — then you’ll want to roll up to the Yerwood Center for the first installment of Hypefest, a touring concert series that features a bevy of regional emcees, on Friday, Aug. 23.

Fair game: In Stamford, the 33rd annual St. Leo Fair at St. Leo Parish kicks off Tuesday, Aug. 27 and runs through Aug. 31. Festivities begin every night at 6 p.m. Meanwhile, Norwalk’s St. George Greek Orthodox Church will celebrate its 2013 Norwalk Greek Festival all this weekend. For all the art lovers out there, The City By The Sea Art Fair, a weekend-long juried art exhibition celebrating Bridgeport’s industrial past and its natural beauty, takes place at Captain’s Cove Seaport on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Laugh your cares away: “Last Comic Standing” finalist Louis Ramey takes the stage at the grand opening of the Laughs R US comedy club at the Fez in Stamford on Saturday, Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. He will be joined by comedians Jason Andors, Eric Nieves, Latice Klapa and DJ Kool Mike Ski. The day before, Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling and Mark DeMayo perform at Marisa’s Ristorante in Trumbull. The show starts at 9 p.m.

Nerd alert: ComiConn — an annual convention of comics, cartoons and cosplay — returns for its Fantastic 4th year on Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Billed as “a show by the fans, for the fans,” the day-long jamboree of cultural geekdom reemerges this year with an all-star lineup of comic writers and animators, meet and greets with costumed characters and 180 tables of comics, artwork, toys and collectibles.

Nature time: There might be one more month left of summer, but over at the New Canaan Nature Center, the time has come to already say goodbye. NCNC hosts its Farewell to Summer night hike on Saturday Aug. 24. On the hike, participants will undertake several challenges to see how their night-time senses stack up against nocturnal creatures that make their home at the center. Meanwhile, over at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, little ones can create their own work of “creepy creativity” on Sunday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Until next time…

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Scott Gargan

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