Other Events

Several exciting events not affiliated with the MetroHartford Alliance are taking place in the Hartford Region!  Find out what’s happening and discover the cultural and entertainment riches of the area.

  1. Connecticut International Auto Show 2017

    Friday, November 17 - Sunday, November 19
    Connecticut Convention Center
    100 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford
    Times Vary


    Get behind the steering wheels, pop the hoods, inspect the trunks, and kick the tires – the Connecticut Auto Show is great entertainment for serious shoppers, car buffs and the entire family! Showcasing the newest model year imported and domestic vehicles to suit every budget and life style. Test drive Toyota’s hottest new vehicles. Compare prices, styles, features and options in a no pressure environment! See the latest technologies in car connectivity. Click here for more information.
  2. 2017 New England Oireachtas

    Friday, November 17 - Sunday, November 19
    Connecticut Convention Center
    100 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford
    Times Vary


    The New England Oireachtas attracts the best dancers in the region ranging in ages from under 8 to over 20 years old. The three-day competition, which draws dancers representing all of the New England states, is a stepping-stone for the All World Irish Dance Championships. Click here for more information.
  3. Asbury Shorts USA

    Fri, Nov 17 - Sun, Nov 19
    Wadsworth Atheneum
    600 Main Street, Hartford
    Times Vary


    A touring exhibition of award-winning short films specially selected from major US & International film festivals. Click here for more information.
  4. Speak Up at CHS: Advanced Storytelling Workshop with Speak Up co-founder Matthew Dicks

    Saturday, November 18
    Connecticut Historical Society
    One Elizabeth Street, Hartford
    9:30-4:30pm

    Unlike our beginner’s class, which allows participants to be passive learners if they so choose, the advanced version of the workshop is a more interactive, performance-based model. Participants will be encouraged to tell a story of their own in a low stakes, highly supportive environment – though they need not come to the workshop with a story prepared. Much of the instruction is driven through the stories told by participants, so there is ample opportunity for actual storytelling. There is also a focus on performance techniques, microphone work, improvisational games, and the explicit modeling of the crafting of a new story. Click here for more information.
  5. Hartford Harvest Market

    Saturday, November 18
    KNOX Greenhouse
    75 Laurel Street, Hartford
    10:00am-2:00pm


    Shop local this Thanksgiving at the Annual Hartford Harvest Market. It’s your one-stop-shop for fresh veggies, cheeses, jams, bread, homemade gifts, and more from local vendors. Arts & Crafts activities for the kids. Food trucks for lunch. Live music. Make new friends! Click here for more information.
  6. Encounters: The Gospel of Wealth

    Saturday, November 18
    Hartford Public Library
    500 Main Street, Hartford
    10:00-1:00pm


    The Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and UConn Humanities Institute -UCHI have formed a community engagement partnership to present Encounters, a series focused on encouraging informed and informal conversations about issues that affect our lives. The aim is to strengthen our ability to know ourselves, and to develop a forum for respectful and challenging dialogue. Click here for more information.
  7. William Blake

    Saturday, November 18
    Hartford Public Library
    500 Main Street, Hartford
    10:15am


    William Blake (28 November 1757–12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. Although Blake was considered mad by contemporaries for his idiosyncratic views, he is held in high regard by later critics for his expressiveness and creativity, and for the philosophical and mystical undercurrents within his work. Click here for more information.
  8. Women in Science Saturday

    Saturday, November 18
    Connecticut Science Center
    250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford
    11:00-2:00pm


    The Connecticut Science Center’s Women in Science initiative encourages girls and young women to pursue studies and career paths in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and celebrates the achievements of women in the sciences. Meet and hear from 6 young women who competed and won in the 69th Annual Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair. Four of these winners were selected as 2017 Broadcom MASTERS Semifinalists. Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars) is the premier science and engineering competition for middle school students. Click here for more information.
  9. Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

    Saturday, November 18
    Connecticut Historical Society
    One Elizabeth Street, Hartford
    11:00-12:00pm, 1:00-2:00pm & 3:00-4:00pm


    Shopping in Hartford in the 1950s through the 1990s was synonymous with its largest downtown department store. Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Share your own pleasant memories of tea in the Connecticut Room, back-to-school shopping and the holiday decorations that made your visit special. This trip down memory lane is a perfect chance to get in the mood for the holidays! Click here for more information.
  10. Oral History Workshop with Dr. Annie Valk

    Saturday, November 18
    Hartford Public Library
    500 Main Street, Hartford
    2:00-3:30pm


    Learn the techniques with public humanities professor and oral history specialist at Williams College. Dr. Valk is author of Radical Sisters: Second-Wave Feminism and Black Liberation in Washington, D.C. (University of Illinois Press, 2008), which won the Richard Wentworth Prize; and, Living with Jim Crow: African American and Memories of the Segregated South (Palgrave, 2010), a collection of oral history interviews edited with Professor Leslie Brown and winner of the annual book award issued by the Oral History Association. Click here for more information.
  11. Tellabration! Celebrate the Oral Tradition with Motoko

    Saturday, November 18
    Sea Tea Comedy Theater
    15 Asylum Street, Hartford
    2:00pm


    Tellabration is a mammoth storytelling event - and that's no Tall Tale! It's a storytelling phenomenon, made up of dozens of storytelling happenings all over the world. Its purpose is to introduce adults, as well as children, to the pleasures of the oral art of storytelling. It is one of the programs offered by The Connecticut Storytelling Center, based at Connecticut College in New London. Click here for more information.
  12. Ekphrasis: Poetry, Music and Dance Inspired by Visual Art

    Saturday, November 18
    Open Studio Hartford
    555 Asylum Avenue, Hartford
    3:00-5:00pm


    Originally created and coordinated by poet and artist, Lorna Morris Cyr, Open Studio Hartford’s poetry event has grown into an entertaining cross-over of art forms! “Ekphrasis: Poetry, Music & Dance Inspired by Visual Art” features poetry and art, as well as music, vocals and dance depicting visual art. Poets, musicians and dancers will perform with the artwork displayed. Poets, composers, musicians, dancers and performance artists of all kinds are sought to participate and pair with a visual artist or an artist of a different medium. Visual artwork is eligible to be chosen as the inspiration for a poem, composition and/or dance. Click here for more information.

  13. UConn Hockey vs. UMass Lowell

    Saturday, November 18
    XL Center
    One Civic Center Plaza, Hartford
    3:35pm


    Cheer on the UConn Hockey team as they play against UMass Lowell. Click here for more information.
  14. CHION WOLF'S ADVICE SHOW

    Saturday, November 18
    Sea Tea Comedy Theater
    15 Asylum Street, Hartford
    7:00-8:30pm


    Write down something you'd like advice about ANONYMOUSLY, put it in the big box, and then host Chion Wolf (WNPR, The Mouth at The Mark Twain House & Museum, the Hartford Hot Several, Night Fall) will help you figure it all out with her panel of unqualified yet enthusiastic, thoughtful humans. For every segment, a new audience volunteer is chosen! At the end of the night, Chion reads your confessions. Click here for more information.
  15. The Subdudes

    Saturday, November 18
    Infinity Music Hall
    32 Front Street, Hartford
    8:00pm

    Everybody’s favorite, “The Subdudes” are back! This is rare appearance folks, they don’t tour often but when they do it’s a guaranteed night to remember. Soulful vocals, tight playin’ and lot’s of good vibes….kinda like New Orleans meets Memphis. A real band, real music and a real treat. Click here for more information.
  16. The Connecticut Forum's Laughter, Anyone? An Evening with Comedians

    Saturday, November 18
    The Bushnell
    166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford
    8:00pm


    Comedy can be a mirror to the world, a way in which to get at the truth. Featuring Marc Maron (The Marc Maron Show), Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live), Tig Notaro, and moderated by Colin McEnroe; our panel of smart, witty comics will help us see the truth about our world and ourselves, and provide us with the best medicine of all – laughter. Click here for more information.
  17. Laughter Anyone?

    Saturday, November 18
    The Bushnell
    166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford
    8:00pm


    Join them for a night of live, unscripted hilarity with some of our favorite funny people! Comedy can be a mirror to the world, a way in which to get at the truth. Our panel of smart, witty comics will help us see the truth about our world and ourselves, and provide them with the best medicine of all – laughter. Click here for more information.
  18. Improv: Off the Lawn, Albatross, Part Time Lifeguards

    Saturday, November 18
    Sea Tea Comedy Theater
    15 Asylum Street, Hartford
    9:00pm


    The best improv comedy talent in Connecticut: Sea Tea Comedy Theater's House Teams! In this show, you'll get to see these great teams: Off the Lawn, Albatross, and Part Time Lifeguards! Click here for more information.

  19. Dirty Disney

    Saturday, November 18
    Sea Tea Comedy Theater
    15 Asylum Street, Hartford
    10:45pm


    Nothing is sacred in these irreverent parodies of Disney classics performed by some of the best musical improvisers Boston has to offer. Everything is made up on the spot and dictated by your suggestions - which means each new show is a whole new world...of laughter. Click here for more information.
  20. 5th Annual Spin for Kids

    Sunday, November 19
    Wilson-Gray YMCA
    444 Albany Avenue, Hartford
    9:00-11:00am


    They're rolling out a brand new, action-packed format that will keep the energy pumping from start to finish! Teams of four will alternate spin times and cheer each other on for the duration of the event - from 9 AM - 11 AM.  Team captains will be responsible for splitting the spin times between the members of the teams, but they recommend assigning 30 minute blocks to each rider. There will be other activities and friendly challenges for the teams to participate in as well.  Click here for more information.