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

You can get healthier, learn more about boats, get in your fill of Oktoberfests, go to the dogs, play or get entirely festive this weekend, and never travel all that far from home (or perhaps traveling will be part of the fun).

There are several expos and events aimed at making you a better you including the Health Wellness and Sports Expo in Stamford, the Women’s Expo in Bridgeport and the ONS Foundation 5K run and health fair in Greenwich.

Boaters, paddlers or those who are interested in learning more about hitting the waves have the next three days to get in their full of all things maritime at the Norwalk Boat Show. Special guests, demonstrations and a relaxing lounge are just some of the features. If staying on land is more your style, this weekend is the start of the Oktoberfest season, with events in Bethel, Stratford and Stamford. Check out the full list here.

As with most September weekends, there have been plenty of festivals dotting the landscape, including those in Orange, Bridgeport (St. Nicholas Church, 5458 Park Ave.), Milford, Southbury, Shelton, Newtown (the Ukrainian Festival at Paproski’s Castle Hill Farm Pumpkin Patch, 40 Sugar Lane) and Brookfield. There also will be arts and crafts events in Stamford, Newtown and Fairfield and a chance to celebrate the dogs and the joys of pet ownership in Greenwich. You can salute a postal pooch, too, this weekend in Danbury.

There is no lack of activities for families, from the free day of play at Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk to Cider Saturday in New Canaan. Learn about life on the farm in Stamford. See some dazzling blooms in Greenwich, where you can also “go wild.” And, all ages should find something to do at EarthPlace’s open house this weekend in Westport.

Searching for some tunes? Check out the Waterboys in New Haven, Javier Colon in Bridgeport, Elvis and the Beatles in Waterbury (yeah, you read that correctly),  Dumpstaphunk, John Sebastian and Harmony4kidz in Fairfield, Leo Kottke and Jimmy Cliff in Ridgefield, Black Joe Lewis in Hamden and Steve Katz in Southport. In addition, you can find the Poulenc Trio in Newtown, pianist Yue Chu in Redding, the Sicilian Tenors in Stamford, Fred Meyer in Trumbull, Maydie Myles and the Tom Devino Trio in Bethel, and Suzanne Sheridan in Milford.

Theater debuts this weekend include “A Streetcar Named Desire” in New Haven and “The Cripple of Inishmann” in New Milford.

Meanwhile, comedian Wanda Sykes will take to the stage in Stamford. Kevin Nealon is in Fairfield and a bunch of comics will perform in Greenwich on Friday.

There also will be a couple of classic car shows in the area, including one in Weston and another that takes to the streets before settling for a lawn party in Westport

And celebrations of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot continue in the area, including a dinner at Temple Sholom in Greenwich, a performance by the Hebrew Wizard Family Band in Stamford and story time at the JCC Greenwich.

Until next time …

Christina Hennessy