From the New Haven Green to the seemingly never-ending collection of music venues, concert halls, galleries, theaters and bars, New Haven is a treasure trove of events and activities that are sure to keep both children and adults entertained throughout the year. Here’s a list of some of our favorites:
2013 Mardi Gras New Haven Masquerade Ball – Saturday, March 23, from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Hosted by New Haven Elk’s Lodge No. 25, located at 524 State Street in New Haven, “Mardi Gras New Haven” will be a celebration done in the very spirit of the well-known festival in New Orleans. Guests are asked to dress up in their best costumes and enjoy music, food, raffles and a burlesque show. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Dishcrawl New Haven Debut – Wednesday, April 3, from 7 to 9 p.m.
To kick off the New Haven DishCrawl chapter, ticket holders will be treated to a sample tasting from four different, unnamed restaurants in the city. Cost to reserve a seat is $45 per person and includes all meals. For more information, visit dishcrawl.com/Newhaven or follow them on Twitter @DishCrawlNHaven.
Les Miserables – Thursday, April 18 through Sunday, April 21. Times will vary.
Presented by the Shubert Theater, this stage adaptation of the famous novel written by Victor Hugo promises to be a one-of-a-kind show for event goers. Headed up by accomplished performer, James Powell, Les Mis is a spectacular story that must be experienced by the uninitiated at least once. For more information, contact the Shubert Theater at (203) 562-5666.
375th Anniversary of New Haven – Wednesday, April 24 through Saturday, April 27.
Site Projects, in conjunction with the City of New Haven public art commission, will unveil a laser-light sculpture to kick off the city wide celebration of the 375th Anniversary of New Haven. The large-scale installation will use specialized beams to project a virtual rainbow over parts of the city. For more information, visit nightrainbownewhaven.com.
Music Haven Summer Performance Party – Friday, May 31, at 6 p.m.
A project of Southern Connecticut State University, Music Haven and its students will hold a concert to kick off the summer performance season. A potluck dinner and recital by the Haven String Quartet are also part of the agenda. The celebration will be held in the Charles Garner Recital Hall on the university’s campus. For more information, call (203) 392-5200.
The String Quartet Truck – Monday, June 17, from midnight on.
Most cities have food trucks of varying cuisines, and although New Haven is no exception to this trend, have you ever heard of a Quartet Truck? Starting the Monday of June 17, the String Quartet Truck will travel the streets of New Haven delivering classical music to the masses. Visit musichavenct.org for locations and times.
The New Haven Open at Yale – Friday, August 16, through Saturday, August 24.
Watch as professional tennis players from around the world square off in a week-long tournament on the Yale University campus. There are several different ticket packages available for the event. For more information, visit their website at newhavenopen.com.
Pumpkin Patch at the Shoreline Trolley Museum – Sunday, Oct. 13 through Oct. 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Get into the Halloween spirit while having fun with the younger ones by picking a few pumpkins to place on your doorstep. The event’s organizers promise to provide “non-spooky fun for young children”. For more information, visit shorelinetrolley.org.