By Mary Scanlon

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Pitbull takes the stage at The Xfinity Theatre Saturday at 7 p.m

Mohegan Sun Arena has Counting Crows & Rob Thomas in concert. Saturday at6:45 PM. or 1-860-226-7711.

My2k Tour featuring 98 Degrees, Ryan Cabrera, Dream and OTown comes to the Grand Theater at Foxwoods on Friday at 8:00PM.

Yes: The Album Series at The Toyota Oakdale in Wallingford Friday night at *p.m.


“If/Then” is Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s follow-up to their Pulitzer-winning hit “Next to Normal” (about bi-polar depression).  See it at The Bushnell August

“Bye Bye Birdie” runs through September 4th on the main stage at Goodspeed Operahouse in East Haddam.  Tickets start at $29.  860-873-8668 or

“MidSummer: A Play with Songs” plays Theaterworks in Hartford now through August 21st.  Tickets $40-$65.   860-527-7838 or

“The Foreigner” brings hilarity to the CT Cabaret Theater in Berlin Fridays and Saturdays 8PM through August 8th.  Tickets $30.  860-829-1248 or


In celebration of the 7th Annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR, Kiehl’s President Chris Salgardo, along with a crew of celebrity riders, including Scott Patterson (Gilmore Girls) and Gilles Marini (Teen Wolf). will arrive in West Hartford for a special event at Kiehl’s at Westfarms.  The LifeRide for amfAR is an 11-day, multi-stop, charitable motorcycle ride from New York City to Philadelphia, to raise funds and awareness for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.There will be refreshments prepared by Head Chef and Owner of Peppercorns Grill, Dino Cialfi. Attendees will also be treated to product demonstrations and hand massages.  As part of the event, Kiehl’s will be presenting a $5,000 donation to AIDS Connecticut. It all happens Friday Noon-1PM for more information

New London Food Truck Festival  Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. features more than a dozen trucks in the city’s Waterfront Park, along with live music and free children’s activities. Information:

Blacklight Run: Aug. 6 East Hartford’s Rentschler Field will be decked out in neon lights, glowsticks and glow powder.

North Branford Potato And Corn Festival: Aug. 5-7 Augur Field, 290 Forest Road, North Branford. Baked potatoes and roasted corn along with live music, rides, dozens of food vendors, craft vendors, potato sack races, corn shucking contests, tractor pulls and a classic car show. Fireworks display Saturday night. Free admission. 203-484-6017,

Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival: Saturday Aug.6 1 to 11 p.m. at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd., Hartford. Authentic Caribbean cuisine, cool island beverages, costumes and dance and island rhythms 860-713-3131,

Litchfield Jazz Festival: Aug. 6 to 7 at Goshen Fairgrounds. All day Saturday and Sunday. Lineup includes Andrew Hadro with Tony Malaby and Mario Pavone; Richie Barshay with Jimmy Greene; Albert Rivera with Paul Bollenback; Nicole Zuraitis with Dave Stryker; Daryl Johns with Orrin Evans and Steve Johns; Big Bass Blowout with Avery Sharpe and Matt Wilson; the Litchfield Jazz Orchestra with Don Braden; Emmet Cohen with Jimmy Heath; and Curtis Brothers with Donald Harrison. Tickets range from $25-$500. 860-361-6285,

The Southington Drive-In is also open for the Summer Season!  This Saturday it’s “Inside Out” $10 for Southington and Newington families per car, $15 for other towns.  $2 per walk in – bring a lawn chair!  Gates open at 6pm.

Face your Phear with Phobia Phear, a new roller coaster that has is open weekends at Lake Compounce in Bristol!  This new attraction is 15 stories tall and boasts speeds up to 65 mph.  PLUS Park your RV for a stay at Bear Creek Campground.  Visit  and for details.

Go Ape, a tree-top adventure zipline course is open for the season at A.W. Stanley Park in New Britain!  The course takes about 2-3 hours to tackle with 5 ziplines, a tarzan swing, rope ladders, bridges, spider webs, trapezees, obstacles and FUN!  Tickets $58 for Adults, $38 for Kids 10-15 years old.  Reservations recommended.

Fireball is the new coaster at Six Flags New England.  The park’s 12th coaster is in the Rockville section of the park with a 50s theme.  The park is open daily.

Take a spin on the Bushnell Carousel at Bushnell Park in Harford for just $1. Friday, Saturday and Sundays 11am to 5pm. 860-585-5411 or

The Lyman Orchards Sunflower Maze is open through August 28th.  Over 350,000 yellow and red sunflowers make up this year’s train themed maze!  Hours are 9am to 5pm.  $10 for adults, $5 for children 4-12 and free 3 & under.  860-349-1793 or


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