August 19 marks another return to the city, the Black Wall Street Festival on the New Haven Green. The festival highlights black and brown business owners and creatives from across the city, catalyzing action toward dismantling systemic racism in New Haven, and a strategy to revitalize black and brown economic wealth throughout New Haven. This year’s event will feature live music, fresh food from the city’s best vendors, community-driven activities, and unbelievable performances.
Thanks to the Elm Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare in the Park returns to New Haven this month. Completely free to visitors, the company will perform The Merry Wives of Windsor in Edgerton Park from August 17 to September 3. Pack a picnic and head to the park early to mingle with your fellow theater-goers. Performances begin at 7:30 PM – shall we seeth thee th’re?
Prefer to drink your calories, rather than scoop them? Grab a sweet cocktail with your neighbors as we celebrate the return of New Haven Cocktail Week, taking place from August 27 – September 2 at 29 locations throughout the city. The annual celebration honors the best in New Haven mixology and cocktail culture, featuring education, tastings, and New England’s most unique cocktails.
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. Libby’s Italian Ice: The family-owned favorite Libby’s Italian... View Article
August brings the return of the Amistad Freedom Schooner, which will be in port at Long Warf from August 2 – 21, and August 29 – September 5. While in port, the replica of this historic ship will be open for educational tours, teaching visitors about the ship’s creation, the story of the Amistad Rebellion, and the ship’s fate today. The Amistad Freedom Voyage tours are FREE, open to the public, and have educated more than 16,000 students, sharing stories of justice, freedom, and human rights.
Hit the beach at Lighthouse Point Park, known across New England for its stretches of warm sand and cool ocean water, splash pads and shaded pavilions, beloved bird sanctuary, and functioning vintage carousel, one of the only left in existence. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990, the park is a gem of natural beauty and a meeting ground for the community of New Haven, welcoming lifelong residents and summer tourists alike. The park is open from 7 AM to sunset, and features on-duty lifeguards all summer long, restrooms, and free parking for New Haven registered vehicles.... View Article
What better to spotlight for the month of July than the light itself? Celebrate the 4th of July with us at the City of New Haven’s Annual Fireworks show. Taking place on Tuesday, July 4th from 9 PM to 9:30 PM at Wilbur Cross High School, the annual firework show will welcome visitors and locals alike to light up the sky in a patriotic display. Pro tip: leave your lawn chairs at home, only blankets are allowed on the new turf!
Gather your group and reserve the Elm City Party Bike for a day. Socialize, exercise, and restaurant hop through downtown, East Rock, and Wooster Square. With the help of trained drivers, groups of 8-15 people can enjoy 2-hour rides through New Haven’s most popular, historic, and beautiful hubs. Elm City Party Bike is BYOB, so pack up, gear up, and ride.
Be it a rooftop or a patio, outdoor dining is in full swing in downtown. Layer on the SPF and pick your dining style, we’ve got it all. For Patios: 116 Crown, L’Orcio, Geronimo, South Bay and Tre Scalini For Sidewalk Cafes: Atelier Florian, Claire’s Corner Copia, olea and Villa Lulu For Rooftops: Elm City Social and High George For Waterfront Views: Il Gabbiano and Shell & Bones Can’t pick one place? 🤔 You don’t have to.
July 20th marks the return of Flights of Fancy: Summer Sips, downtown New Haven’s beloved shopping, wine, and food crawl, presented by Town Green District. Kick off the evening at the Omni New Haven Hotel for registration, at which point you’ll receive a signature souvenir tasting glass – don’t lose it, you can’t crawl without it. With your glass in hand, sample 16 curated summer wines, selected by The Wine Thief, as you peruse the inventory of 20 total retail locations from the Chapel Street Historic and Ninth Square districts. Sip, snack, and shop with your most fashion-forward neighbors and New... View Article