Why We Love It

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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

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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

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Year of the Dragon Exhibit Opens at Yale University Art Gallery

On view through November, the Yale University Art Gallery is currently attracting art-lovers and curious minds to their latest exhibition, Year of the Dragon. The exhibition is a celebration of this year, as 2024 is the eponymous Year of the Dragon, featuring nearly 30 pieces from the 17th century to today, all of which depict the dragon in its full form. In some iterations, the dragon is a fire-breathing monster, in others, a being of great celestial power. The exhibition features a range of modalities from screen-printed art, to paintings, to ceramics and ivory. To learn more, visit the Yale... View Article

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2024 Cherry Blossom Festival

On Sunday, April 14th, residents and visitors will come together to celebrate spring in Wooster Square at the 51st Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Taking place from noon to 4:30 pm in Wooster Square Park, the festival celebrates the day the neighborhood’s famous cherry blossoms are in peak bloom. The event will feature live music, delectable treats from food trucks, and more surprises throughout the day. To learn more about one of the city’s most beautiful festivals, check out this blog post.

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A Chat with Eiress Hammond, Owner of MINIPNG

MINIPNG, Downtown’s premiere destination for all things interesting, has spent its first year of business outfitting New Haven locals with carefully curated vintage clothing and hand-painted signature artwork. This month, we sat down with the Owner of MINIPNG, Eiress Hammond, who has earned the title of “The Vivienne Westwood of New Haven,” to discuss all things vintage and her experience as a Downtown business owner. On the origins of MINIPNG: “In 2019, I was studying pre-law at Ohio State University, and I felt like the creative side of me was being stifled. I had always wanted to pursue fashion but... View Article

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Valentine’s Day in Downtown 2024

While we’re on the topic of love, let’s talk about what awaits new love in the Elm City. Valentine’s Day is not only reserved for long-term lovers with gold rings. The romance holiday can also be an excellent opportunity to inspire new love, and where better to do that than downtown? For those planning a stellar first date this month, check out our blog to see our top five unique first date ideas, all right here in New Haven. Spoiler: we’re talking saltwater floating or hitting a Bulldogs game with a potential love connection. If your V-Day style is better met... View Article

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Mark Your Calendar for these Annual Celebrations in 2024

Another year in our rearview mirror, another year ahead. Each month, neighbors and visitors visit downtown New Haven for foodie events, community gatherings, and small business shopping. While we don’t yet know exactly what 2024 will hold for us, we’ve got a few things on the books. Read on and mark your calendar for the return of the Elm City’s most popular annual events. 2024 CELEBRATIONS CALENDAR FEBRUARY Yale-China Association’s Lunar Fest MARCH Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade JUNE Freddy Fixer Parade St. Andrew’s Society Italian Festa Caribbean Heritage Festival AUGUST Ecuadorian Civic Parade Puerto Rican Festival SEPTEMBER... View Article

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New Haven Chalk Art Festival [2023]

On October 21, local artists will convene in Downtown for the annual New Haven Chalk Art Festival. Taking place from 12-4 PM at The Shops at Yale, the day will be one marked by live music, impressive art, and family-friendly entertainment. Across the Chapel and Broadway districts, more than 75 of New England’s most talented artists will come together to create elaborate and stunning chalk art designs, all of which will be voted on by attendees to select the best of the best, crowning a first, second, and third place winner as well as a best amateur.  After strolling and... View Article

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New Haven Pride 2023

Drum roll, please. New Haven Pride will return to the Elm City on September 23! The annual block party will take place on Orange and Crown Streets from 12 – 6pm and feature small businesses, community members, and an all LGBTQ+ roster of performing talent. Organized by the The New Haven Pride Center – one of Connecticut’s leading LGBTQ+ non profits and the only organization focused on LGBTQ+ representation in the arts – the local-loved annual event creates a space to empower Greater New Haven LGBTQIA+ individuals to thrive and uplift each other.

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The Merry Wives of Windsor [Elm Shakespeare Company -2023]

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?