‘American Idol’ Ruben Studdard among performers coming to New Haven this summer

Lalah Hathaway And Ruben Studdard In Concert - Detroit, MI

This week, New Haven added its voice to a growing list of places that plan to make the most out of the summer with music and arts events.

In announcing the schedule, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp welcomed residents and visitors to make the trip:

We are pleased to offer residents and visitors another robust and exciting summer season of festivals and events, many of which are free to the public. From an impressive International Festival of Arts & Ideas line-up to free music concerts to the New Haven Open at Yale, there are so many ways to enjoy New Haven in the summer.

Among the activities is the perennial International Festival of Arts and Ideas that will run June 14 to 28. More than 100,000 people are expected to participate in the many activities that feature visual arts, theater, dance, music, food and family fare. The kickoff is a concert featuring Grammy-winning vocalist and pianist Lalah Hathaway and “American Idol” Ruben Studdard. Other musical performers include jazz legend Dianne Reeves, Martha Redbone Roots Project, La Santa Cecila with Nation Beat and country artist Brandy Clark with Bronze Radio Return. Many of the events are free. Learn more here.

Come back on July 4, and you can enjoy the annual fireworks display. Later in the month, the Music on the Green free music series will begin on July 19, though artists have yet to be announced.

The Yale Center for British Art will feature two displays, including “Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower”: Artists’ Books and the Natural World,” which opened this month, and Bruce Davidson/Paul Caponigro: Two American Photographers in Britain and Ireland,” which arrives in June. And Yale’s Beinecke Library will have special features of its own.

Make your way to the city’s historic 9th Square and enjoy a summer of activities from Memorial Day to Labor Day, including restaurant discounts and a culinary food tour. The information is all here.

You can go shopping throughout the season, take in the New Haven Open in August, and check out the New Haven Jazz Festival, too. Yale Peabody Museum even has the end of summer covered with its “Last Roar.”

Christina Hennessy