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3 Rooftops to Checkout in Downtown

Good eating is hard work, you’ve earned a nightcap. Check out downtown’s best rooftops for a Manhattan or a main character moment. Elm City Social: Indulge in seasonally inspired menus that can only be described as comfort food with a flavorful twist in a historic building evoking the spirit of the 1920s. Siena at High George: A buzzy bar serving Connecticut microbrews, global wines, and craft cocktails, as well as enticing appetizers and desserts. Gioa: Satisfy your hunger with cheerful Italian-inspired classics in the heart of New Haven’s historic Wooster Square.


Flights of Fancy Returns to Downtown July 11!

Clink, clink! Flights of Fancy, the city’s premier shopping, wine, and food crawl, returns to downtown on July 11, from 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM. The celebrated annual event brings together fashion-forward folk, foodies, and amateur sommeliers from across the state, plus thirsty locals. Attendees will be invited to sip, taste, and shop at 20+ local stores, taking home souvenir glasses, event bags, raffle prizes, and a new favorite summer blend. Tickets to this event sell fast, secure your spot today!

5-Free On-Going Events in July

July heats up in downtown, check out these 5-on-going events this month. 🥬 CitySeed Farmers Market Wooster Square, 9am-1pm | July 6, 13, 20, & 27 🍿 Movies in the Plaza Pitkin Plaza, 8-10:30pm | July 3, 10, 17, & 24 🌈 Orange Street Promenade Orange, between Crown & Center, 6-9:30pm | July 11, 18, & 25 🍻 Happy Hour in the Plaza Temple Plaza, 5-7:30pm | July 12 & 26 🎟 Movies in the Plaza Summer Sundays Pitkin Plaza, 4-6:30pm | June 21Be sure to check out our info new haven calendar and follow us on Instagram for all there is to see and do in downtown and beyond.


Pebbles Toys & Gifts Opens in East Rock

A new neighbor moved into the East Rock neighborhood in early June, Pebbles Toys & Gifts. A curated shopping experience for kids and their grown-ups, Pebbles is stocked with the most creative and imaginative toys and goods for the whole family. Plus, the shop offers in-store programming for kids. To usher Pebbles into the community, we sat down with owner Alex Kleiner and General Manager Lauren Coleman for a chat – keep your eyes on our blog for the full conversation. For now, here are three reasons why we love Pebbles. Pebbles is family-owned and operated and run by New... View Article


New Haven’s Favorite Ice Cream Shops

In the hottest summer month, there is only one place to turn for respite – New Haven’s best ice cream shops. Arethusa Farm Dairy: Located in The Shops at Yale, Arethusa is a scoop shop featuring freshly made waffle cones and homemade ice cream from their dairy farm. Ashley’s Ice Cream: Ashley’s serves up delicious scoops of ice cream, frozen yogurt, pies, and cakes in the Broadway District. Elena’s on Orange: Specializing in soft serve, unique flavors, and house-made toppings, Elena’s is located (you guessed it) on Orange Street in East Rock. Gioa Gelateria:  Gioa makes their gelato in-house, with... View Article


Three Neighborhood Events to Check out in June (2024)

Across our city of neighborhoods, each cultured corner offers visitors and locals access to unique annual events and festivals. These time-honored traditions offer opportunities to come together to celebrate our city’s history, make a new friend or two, and eat some delicious food. The parties are planned and you’re invited. Dixwell Neighborhood: Elm City Freddy Fixer Parade returns on June 2 as one of the longest-running historic Black parades in the country, running from Bassett Street to Lake Place. Plus, it’s entirely free. Fair Haven Neighborhood: Quinnipiac Riverfest will take place on June 8, featuring family-friendly, educational activities for all ages, as well as... View Article


Dining Spotlight: Siena Ristorante and Siena Rooftop at The Blake

Earlier this year, 6 of New Haven’s newest restaurants were featured by Connecticut Insider (read more about that here). One of those celebrated eateries was Siena Ristorante and the Siena Rooftop at The Blake Hotel, recently further honored as Connecticut’s most beautiful restaurant by People Magazine and Open Table (read more about that here). Siena is a season driven Italian restaurant, fusing traditional cuisine with modern contemporary flair – plus, a carefully curated cocktail program and extensive wine list. Secure your table today and enjoy Siena’s “food for every mood,” from Spring Pea Arancini, to Spicy Graffiti Eggplant Crostini, to Veal Saltimbocca. Before you... View Article


Summer Fun in New Haven Parks (2024)

Each summer, our outdoor haven comes alive, and June is only the beginning. Across New Haven’s more than 2,000 acres of park space, neighbors and summer visitors will mix and mingle on the greens, sharing stories, sips, and sunshine. Your park day options include, but are not limited to… 🌳 East Rock Park: Known for its trails and unmatched views of the Long Island Sound, East Rock Park is the perfect place to bike, jog, and hike. Plus, the park is home to a number of canoes and rowboats, permitted on Mill River for fishing and crabbing. 🌳 Edgewood Park: Skateboarders, tennis players, and... View Article


International Festival of Arts & Ideas: Move With Us (2024)

Festival talk isn’t over, it’s June in downtown after all. The 2024 run of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas will take place from June 14-29. This year’s theme, “Move With Us,” brings an exciting lineup of talent to New Haven, featuring more than 150 free and ticketed events throughout downtown. From circus performers, to film exhibitions, to dance showcases and more, there is something for every kind of culture-seeker. To learn more about the family-friendly events brought to the Elm City by IFAI, check out this blog post. For a roundup of free international performances taking place on the New... View Article