From the e-newsletter


St. Andrew’s Society: Italian Festa

New Haven is a city steeped in rich history, as  The New York Times highlighted earlier this year. Our history is a patchwork fabric of cultures and identities, coming together to form one collective haven. St. Andrew’s Society Italian Festa June 22 — 25  |  Wooster Square Neighborhood Established in 1900 by the St. Andrew’s Society, this Wooster Square neighborhood’s annual event is among the oldest celebrations in New England. The open-air festa honors the neighborhood’s Italian roots and celebrates cultural diversity. This time honored event has grown to attract thousands of people from around the region, and this year’s Italian Festa will feature live... View Article



New Haven is a city steeped in rich history, as  The New York Times highlighted earlier this year. Our history is a patchwork fabric of cultures and identities, coming together to form one collective haven. QRiverfest June 3  |  Fair Haven Neighborhood Established in 2015 by the Chatham Square Neighborhood Association, Fair Haven neighborhood, this event is a celebration of the historic Fair Haven waterfront and diverse community.  This year’s family friendly celebration features local vendors and creatives, live music, performers, food, tours and more.


International Festival of Arts & Ideas: Rise (2023)

One of downtown’s most celebrated annual events, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Returning for the 27th year, the festival will run from June 10-25. This year’s theme? Rise. In the face of adversity, choose to rise and celebrate self-determination and the transformative power of creativity and diversity. This year’s programming features a mix of free and ticketed events and activities, including free concerts on the New Haven Green, programming for kids, and celebrations of theater, dance, drag, food, ideas, neighborhoods and more. Read on for some of our picks from this year’s line-up.

Freddy Fixer Festival & Parade

New Haven is a city steeped in rich history, as  The New York Times highlighted earlier this year. Our history is a patchwork fabric of cultures and identities, coming together to form one collective haven. Freddy Fixer Festival & Parade June 2 — 4  |  Dixwell Neighborhood Established in 1962 by Dixwell neighborhood organizers, the parade honors the community’s common goal of neighborhood beautification. Freddy Fixer is nationally recognized as the oldest Black American parade in the northeast. Returning after a three-year hiatus, this year’s celebration spans three days featuring a kick-off meet and greet, neighborhood festival and official parade.

A Conversation with Caffe Bravo’s Giovanni Morra

A true taste of Italy exists here in New Haven, and it’s just behind the doors of Caffe Bravo. A hidden gem of the East Rock neighborhood, Caffe Bravo serves up fresh pasta and delicious Italian eats, from New York Style Calamari to rich Burrata Pomodorini. This month, we caught up with Giovanni Morra, Owner and Head Chef of Caffe Bravo to chat all things culinary. Culinary Beginnings: “I learned from and worked under Chef Marco Giuliano at Strega in Branford. He is an amazing Italian chef from Naples, Italy, which is also where I am from. He guided me and taught... View Article

Walk New Haven Tours

When The New York Times recently featured New Haven as a top destination for 2023, one of the gems in that crown was our city’s walkability. Between our distinct neighborhoods and sprawling historic Green, the sidewalks of our city tell many stories. This month, spend an afternoon with Walk New Haven, who lead cultural heritage tours across the Green and back. Although certain buildings and facades of our city’s history no longer stand, their stories remain. Walk New Haven offers self-guided walking, biking, and driving tours which unravel the stories of the pre-1970 experiences, contributions and hardships faced in New... View Article

New Haven Night Market: May 2023

Snackers, minglers, and explorers alike – listen up! The New Haven Night Market returns Friday, May 12 from 5-10 PM. This neighborhood favorite event is open to all ages, free to attend and pet-friendly. Join us in exploring the northwest side of Chapel Street, tasting treats from local eateries like Menya Gumi & Tacos Los Gordos, shopping at the Strange Ways Flair Fair Pop-Up, sipping beers on Trinity’s patio in Pitkin Plaza, and listening to the sounds of The Nu Haven Kapelye (yiddish for “band”). This year, there’s even more to love. For the first time, the Night Market will expand beyond its... View Article

Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day

Cinco de Mayo Looking for Cinco de Mayo margs and elote? Visit Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwest Grill to join in the holiday fun. The bar and grill will continue their holiday tradition with lively music, exclusive food and drink specials, a new to-go margarita kit, and more. Mother’s Day Call your mother, it’s time for dinner. Mother’s Day is May 14, and you can spend the day together dining at some of New Haven’s top restaurants. Il Gabbiano is serving up a menu that is more than Mother’s Day-worthy, along with some of the best waterfront views in New Haven. Union League Cafe... View Article

Kim Pedrick of idiom & dwell new haven

Beginning her fashion career at Lord & Taylor and Neiman Marcus in Boston, Kimberly Pedrick is the owner of New Haven’s very own idiom Boutique and dwell. She brings her expertise, style and curated collection of goods to the Elm City’s retail community. idiom is in its 17th year of business, and dwell is celebrating 5 years of business in New Haven. The owner’s favorite shopping destination? Chapel Street, home to many independently owned shops and restaurants. See what else she had to say about style and shopping in New Haven. On style: “The colors and textures of the seasons... View Article

Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride 2023

From East Rock to West Rock bike riders celebrate the city’s bikeability for the 15th Annual Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride  on Saturday, April 29th. This impactful event supports local environmental organizations and brings neighbors and visitors together to bike through New Haven’s most beautiful green spaces, from our city’s two highest summits. Not an expert biker? This event has a bike route for everyone. Choose from the metric century (60 miles), 40 mile, 20-mile, 12 mile, East Rock base-to-summit ride, two mile family rides, or hike around the base of East Rock. Choose your own adventure and save the earth.