In the Spotlight


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.

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

Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival 2023

New Haven’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival returns to the Wooster Square Park on Sunday, April 16. This time-honored and resident-loved festival is a celebration of a seed planted 50 years ago – many, many, seeds actually. In 1973, the NewHaven Historic Commission and the New Haven Parks Department worked together to plant 72 Yoshino Japanese Cherry Blossom trees in Wooster Square. Come out and join us this year to mingle under the Cherry Blossoms!