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Volunteers learning how to tilt the Daniel Tiger balloon forward to maneuver under street lights.
The annual Elm City Brew Festival took place in New Haven on November 23, 2019. Festival goers sampled nearly 225 local craft brews and discussed beer with the brewers and reps. Were you SEEN?
This weekend celebrates the holiday season with Stamford’s Thanksgiving parade and with the opening of many holiday lights throughout the state.
Here are 25+ things to do this weekend in Connecticut:
Giant balloons will float through Stamford Downtown on Sunday.
More information about the Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular here.
TODAY — Pictured: (l-r) Ryan Peake, Chad Kroeger, Daniel Adair, Mike Kroeger of Nickelback on Monday, June 13, 2017 — (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
Nickelback, known for songs like “How You Remind Me” and “Savin’ Me,” will be coming to the Foxwoods Resort Casino on Sunday.
More information about Nickelback here.
Parachute Concerts partner Ilario Altamura shows the setup underway for the “Holiday Wish: Follow the Magic” immersive holiday experience at Stamford Town Center in Stamford, Conn. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022. 
The Stamford Town Center will turn into a 20,000-square-foot interactive holiday event, featuring reindeer, lights and more, until Dec. 24.
More information about Holiday Wish – Follow the Magic here.
The annual Elm City Brew Festival took place in New Haven on November 23, 2019. Festival goers sampled nearly 225 local craft brews and discussed beer with the brewers and reps. Were you SEEN?
This brewfest on Saturday at the College Street Music Hall features beer tastings, food vendors and music by local artists. 
More information about the Elm City Brew Festival here.
 
The Rockville Public Library is letting guests play some old-fashioned board games on Saturday.
More information about Family Game Day here.
Cafe 9 in New Haven photographed on February 26, 2021.
Musicians like Rusty Mullet, Bug Seance Evelyn Gray and SPACE CAMP will be performing at Cafe9 on Sunday to celebrate the trans community.
More information about T4T: East Rock House Trans Music Fest here.
The Railroad Museum of New England and Naugatuck Railroad is teaming up with the United States Marine Corps in order to gather toys for children in need on Saturday. 
More information about Toys for Tots Train here. 
The Wilton Historical Society Museum will be breaking down the origins of Thanksgiving traditions and letting them craft their own turkeys with pinecones on Saturday. 
More information about the Pinecone Thanksgiving Turkeys here.
Bridgeport Islanders’ “Hockey & Hops” will take place Saturday.
The Bridgeport Islanders will be playing at the Total Mortgage Arena against the Charlotte Checkers on Friday and the Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins on Saturday. Saturday’s game will feature beer from local breweries. 
More information about Bridgeport Islanders’ “Hockey & Hops” here.
Guests can decorate their own holiday-themed mason jar at the Newtown Community Center from Nov. 18 to Dec. 14.
More information about the Mason Jar Holiday Decorating Contest here.
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art will be hosting an event showcasing how art can inspire activism on Saturday
More information about Encounters: Art, Activism, and AIDS here.
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Guests can view short live-action and animated films from over 20 countries at Greenwood Features on Saturday.
More information about the Short Short Story Film Festival here.
DORTMUND, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 01: Natalya, Shayna Baszler and Liv Morgan compete in the ring during the WWE Live Show at Westfalenhalle on November 1, 2022 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Marc Pfitzenreuter/Getty Images)
WWE stars like Drew McIntyre and Liv Morgan will be wrestling at the XL Center on Friday.
More information about WWE Friday Night Smackdown here.
The 28th Annual Fantasy of Lights brings colorful lights to Lighthouse Point Park from Nov. 18 until Dec. 31. 
More information about the 28th Annual Fantasy of Lights.
Beer at Hop Culture Farms & Brew Co. in Colchester.
This beerfest at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Saturday has tastings of more than 150 beers, ciders, seltzers and specialty cocktails. 
More information about Foxwoods Resort Casino’s annual Beerfest.
LEAMINGTON SPA, ENGLAND – JUNE 02: Eric Gales performs at Leamington Assembly on June 02, 2022 in Leamington Spa, England. (Photo by Steve Thorne/Redferns)
Guitarist Eric Gales, known for songs like “I Want My Crown” and “You Don’t Know the Blues,” will be performing at the Fairfield Theatre Company on Friday.
More information about Eric Gales here. 
The Ann’s Place Festival of Trees was held at The Summit in Danbury from Nov. 19 through Nov. 21, 2021. The event featured a winter wonderland of decorated holiday trees, shopping, entertainment and raffle prizes. The annual holiday festival raised money for Ann’s Place, a charity that supports families facing cancer. Were you SEEN?
This festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary with Christmas trees, vendors and raffles all weekend at The Summit at Danbury.
More information about the Festival of Trees  here. 
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – MAY 07: Joan Osborne attends the 148th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images)
Joan Osborne, known for hits like “One of Us” and “Shake Your Hips,” will be performing at the Sacred Heart Community Theatre on Saturday. 
More information about Joan Osborne here. 
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The Doo Wop Project will be bringing the sounds of Jersey Boys and Motown to the Sacred Heart University Community Theater on Friday.
More information about The Doo Wop Project here.
Up top, lit from the inside, a giant Chinese dragon welcomes visitors on opening night of the Glow Lantern Festival at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport on Thursday. Right, A tree full of giant glowing butterflies at the festival. Above, A trio of carnivorous plants line the path on opening night. The walk through exhibit, featuring hundreds of glowing creatures, runs Thursday through Sunday evenings until November 27.
The Beardsley Zoo will be illuminated with glowing animal animatronics until Nov. 27. 
More information about the Glow Wild Lantern Festival here.
Kids participate in the summer skate camp hosted by Next Generation Skateboarding at the Compo Beach skate park, in Westport, Conn. Aug. 24, 2022.
Connecticut is covered with outdoor skate parks, some of which are inside the state’s parks and beaches.
More information about the skate parks in the state here.
 
Killingworth, Connecticut – Sunday, November 26, 2017: Vincent Esposito of Guilford with his children Ella, 12, and Gianni, 15, pet the soft fiber-like fur of alpacas Sunday at New England Apacas in Killingworth during the alpaca farm’s Holiday Open House.
The state is filled with farms and sanctuaries where visitors can interact with llamas and alpacas. 
More information about where to find llamas and alpacas here.
Visitors to the Maritime Aquarium including Georgia Smith, 4, watch the seals frolic in their new enclosure.
The Nutmeg State has many kid-friendly activities, including those at amusement parks, nature centers and libraries.
Check out our guide on family-friendly activities throughout the state.
Triathlete Laura Becker trains on the trails at Case Mountain in Manchester.
Many parks and trails across the state are open, giving Nutmeggers over 2,000 miles to explore.
Check out our guide to the state’s picturesque landscapes here.
This is a rendering of the Alyson Shotz sculpture, which will be one of the many changes at Grace Farms in New Canaan when it reopens in September.  Photo contributed July 2021
Grace Farms is letting visitors experiment with new materials and art-making techniques every Saturday until Nov 30.
More information about the art studio here. 
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A life adaptation of the popular board is playing at the Warner Theatre until Nov. 20. 
More information about Clue: On Stage! here.
St. Maurice Church will be turned into a store filled with goods like Raggedy Ann dolls, homemade apple pies and pickles on Saturday. 
More about the “Sleigh Bells Ring” Christmas Fair here.

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