Hartford – Riverfront Recapture’s annual series of summer events along the shores of Hartford and East Hartford will include festivals, film screenings, fitness, concerts, dances and plays – many of which are free.
Locations are Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford; Charter Oak Landing, 50 Reserve Road in Hartford; Riverside Park, 20 Leibert Road in Hartford; and Great River Park, 301 East River Drive in East Hartford.
Here is a list of events and dates. Others can be added. For updates, visit riverfront.org/eventcalendar.
boat launches on both sides of the river will be open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Passes to use the launch at Great River Park — $20 for one day and season passes available — must be purchased at the East Hartford Parks and Recreation office, 50 Chapman Place. Hartford boat launch fees for Charter Oak Landing and Riverside Park can be purchased from park rangers, cash only. Boats registered in Bloomfield, East Hartford, Hartford, Newington, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, West Hartford and Windsor pay $10 per day, $100 per season. Boats registered in other municipalities pay $20 per day, $200 per season.
Free screenings at sunset Sports-themed family movies will be from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Riverside Park. Giant games can be played before the screenings. There will be ticket giveaways for Hartford Yard Goats and Hartford Athletic games. The lineup is June 4, “Remember the Titans”; June 11, “Miracle”; June 18”, “A league apart” and June 25, “Rocky”.
yoga sculpture, Vinyasa-style yoga taught by Hartford Sweat instructors, will be at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza every Monday from June 6 to August 29 from 6-7 p.m. Bring water and a yoga mat. The suggested donation is $5.
fit WIP, a boot camp-style fitness class led by WIP Fitness will be held every Tuesday from June 7 through August 30 from 6-7 p.m. at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Bring water and a yoga mat. The suggested donation is $5.
Yoga Flow on the river, taught by Hartford Sweat instructors, will take place every Wednesday from June 8 to August 31 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Bring water and a yoga mat. The suggested donation is $5.
Movements and grooves, a fitness class presented by Hartford Dance Collective, will be held every Wednesday from June 8 to August 31 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Riverside Park. The suggested donation is $5.
Zumba River, taught by Hartford Sweat instructors, will be held every Thursday from June 9 through August 25 from 6-7 p.m. at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. The suggested donation is $5.
Qigong, taught by Master Malee Khow, will take place every Friday from June 10 to August 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Riverside Park. The suggested donation is $5.
introduction to dance, presented by Hartford Dance Collective, will take place every Saturday from June 11 through August 27 from 9-10 a.m. at Great River Park in East Hartford. The suggested donation is $5.
tai chi, taught by Master Malee Khow, will take place every Saturday from June 11 to August 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Riverside Park. The suggested donation is $5.
Rowing and Kayaking Veterans for veterans and active-duty military service members, sponsored by the Connecticut Adaptive Rowing Program and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, will be June 11-25, July 9-23, and August 6-20 from 9 3:30 p.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Greater Hartford Jaycees Community Boathouse in Riverside Park. Free. Register at 860-714-2421 or [email protected]
“The Dark Side of the Moon,” in which Mauve Lloyd, a Hartford-based Pink Floyd tribute band, performs the entire classic album and other Pink Floyd classics, will take place June 17 from 7-9 p.m. at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Free.
Making Music Hartford: Sousapalooza, taught by musicians from the Hartt School of Music, will take place June 21 from 6-7 p.m. at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Participants must bring their brass, percussion or wind instruments. As part of National Music Day. To register, visit riverfront.org/events/make-music-hartford-sousapalooza.
The sounds of summer, a free live music series, will take place Thursday nights starting June 23 from 6-8 p.m. at Great River Park in East Hartford, sponsored by Pratt and Whitney and East Hartford Culture and Fine Arts. The lineup is June 23, Shaded Soul; July 7, Soul Sound Revue; July 14, Sound Pipers; July 21, Alvin Carter Project; July 28. The partition ; August 4, cover 2 cover. In case of bad weather, the rainy dates will be August 11 and 18.
Waterfront Dance Festival, featuring local and regional dance groups chosen by the Hartford Dance Collective, will take place June 24 from 2-9 p.m. at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Free.
summer pops, a series of the Middletown Symphonic Band, will be held June 25, July 30 and August 27 from 7-9 p.m. at Great River Park in East Hartford. Free, funded by the C. Henry and Mary EG Olmsted Fund of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
Youth Rowing Clinic will take place at Riverside Park. The first beginner session is from June 27 to 30, the second beginner session is from August 1 to 4. The Intermediate and Experienced session is June 27-30. The second intermediate and experienced session is from August 1 to 4. pm and include lunch. All participants must know how to swim. Free for residents of Hartford and East Hartford. Register: riverfront.org/youthclinic.
Hartbeat Sessions — during which local musicians perform and audience members vote on who will join the HartBeat Music Festival lineup on September 9-10 — will take place July 8 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Free. Voting details on riverfront.org/events/hartbeatsessions.
Riverside Food Truck Festival will take place July 14-16 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Live music.
Irish Bowling will take place on July 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Riverside Park. The game is played by teams who must cross the finish line with the fewest throws of a 28-ounce cannonball. Register on riverfront.org/events/irish-road-bowling.
Thirsty Thursday 5K, presented by the Hartford Marathon Foundation, will take place July 21 from 6-8 p.m. at Riverside Park. Party at the end with beer, ice cream and swag. $31, $15 for ages 5 to 17. Register at riverfront.org/events/thursday5k.
Shakespeare in the park, three performances of “The Tempest,” presented by the Evergreen Family Theater, will be held July 22 and 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. and July 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Free.
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Taste of the Caribbean Jerk Festival will take place on August 6 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Costumes and dancing, island music, food trucks, family activities. Sellers register on riverfront.org/vendorregistration.
Music + Dance Sunday Service, a performance by Hartford Dance Collective, will take place on August 14 from 3-5 p.m. at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Free.
The Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival will take place on August 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Dragon boat races, music and dance from Asian and Pacific Islander cultures, food, crafts, martial arts. Sign up to race a boat at riverfront.org/events/riverfront-asian-festival.
HartBeat Music Festival will take place September 9 and 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Local and regional groups on three stages. Lineup is A Marquise, Among The Acres, Austin James + the Nomads, The Balkun Brothers, The Bap Pack (Hydro 8Sixty, Klokwize, Tang Sauce and Self Suffice), The Bargain, The Cat Attic, The Dwonztet, Ghazi Omair, Goza , Gracie Day & The Phantom Limbs, Hannah’s Field, Ian Matthew, The Jake Kulak Band, Jason Ingriselli & The Miles North, Joey Batts, KC Sisters, Laini & the Wildfire, Lemon Street, Lush Honey, The New Mosaic, Nikita, Prince Negasi & Souls of Zion, The Professors of Sweet, Sweet Music, Sean O’Reilly, Stephen Peter Rodgers, Thabisa Music and Zikina. Also musical activities, food, beer. Free.
“Yesterday,” a performance created by Hartford Dance Collective and The Meadows Brothers, using Beatles songs to mark stage performances, will take place September 17 from 7-9 p.m. at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Free.
Chief of the Riverfront, a United States registered rowing regatta for high school, college and master rowers will be held Oct. 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Riverside Park. Registration opens in August on riverfront.org/events/head-of-the-riverfront.
Susan Dunne can be contacted at [email protected].