Above: The Connecticut band Forget Paris‘ video of ‘Jail Has a Meal Plan,’ off its album ‘My Light, My Armor.’ The band will kick off the SoNo Arts Celebration, which begins at 6 p.m., Aug. 5, and runs through the weekend. The band will perform at 7 p.m., followed by performances by Remember September and Juicy Grapes.
For the 35th year, the SoNo Arts Celebration will return to the streets of South Norwalk this weekend, Aug. 5-7, with a packed schedule of art, music, food, children’s activities and its longstanding giant puppet parade. All along Main and Washington streets, artists’ booths will reveal a diverse offering of paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and other creative works.
During the weekend, make sure to stop by the information booth under the train trestle where the two streets intersect. Not only can you purchase water and a special celebration T-shirt to support this free event, but you can find out more about the activities and your chance to participate, including the Giant Puppet Parade that takes place Sunday afternoon.
Information on hours, activities and the celebration’s history can be found on its website.
Or, perhaps this is the weekend you will be checking out some music. “The Voice,” Javier Colon, a Stratford native, will be bringing his tour, “The Voice: Live on Tour,” through Connecticut. He will appear Friday, Aug. 5, in Wallingford. At Caramoor, in Katonah, N.Y., you have a full weekend to enjoy some jazz, jazz and more jazz during its Jazz Festival. It kicks off Friday night, Aug. 5, with pianist Renee Rosnes and her quartet. The Litchfield Jazz Festival also takes place this weekend. Maroon 5 will be pulling into Foxwoods with Train on Sunday, Aug. 7. Also at Foxwoods through Sept. 4 is “Legends in Concert.” Through Aug. 8, New Haven drummer Mike Streeto will be playing the part of Ringo Starr in the Beatles tribute band the MopTops. After Aug. 8, East Haven resident Carmine Grippo will resume his seat with the band.
And the kids are not to be left out of the music scene, either. On Wednesday, Aug. 10, Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys will perform a free cocnert at the Levitt Pavilion in Westport.
Several theater productions focus on the talents of area youth, including “Les Miserables” at Curtain Call in Stamford, Disney’s “Camp Rock: the Musical,” by Music Theatre of Connecticut’s Mainstage Kids’ in Weston, Aug. 5-6 (call 203-454-3883 for tickets). And a show on the challenges of the last year of high school, “The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown,” now showing in Chester, may appeal to teens and those who are older. Or, you may want to head up to Hartford, Monday, Aug. 8, when the Hartford Stage Young Company puts on “Breakdancing Shakespeare: The Tempest.” In Fairfield, the Missoula Children’s Theatre will be putting on “Robin Hood,” Friday, Aug. 5. And, the Off-Beat Players in Greenwich will be putting on “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” through Saturday, Aug. 6.
The summer also is synonymous with outdoor festivals, such as the Italian Festival in Danbury, which runs Aug. 5-7. In Ansonia, the Holy Rosary Church will be hosting its 44th annual Italian festival, which also runs through the weekend. but, if you are more about green corn, or “the first corn of the season,” you will want to make your way to the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington on Saturday, Aug. 6. And, the 13th annual Walnut Beach Arts Festival will take place in Milford, Sunday, Aug. 7.
With its eclectic mix, this weekend is sure to have something or everyone to enjoy. Until next time …