2017 Independently Sponsored Events

  • Listing of independently sponsored events is still in process. Does your nonprofit organization have an event to showcase during Pride Week? Contact the 2017 chairperson Kevin Zingler by May 8.
    To email the Pride webmaster, click Susan Barlow.


If your nonprofit organization is interested in participating at Imagine Main Street, Downtown, with arts, music, dance, or food please contact Imagine Main by May 8.


East Side Pride Clean-Up, 10:00 a.m to noon; meet at East Side Neighborhood Resource Center, 153 Spruce St; free t-shirts while supply lasts. Pizza party to follow. All welcome! Questions: Leslie, 860-212-6000.

Connecticut Trails Day free family history hike 10:00 a.m. at Center Springs Park, starting at parking lot at 39 Lodge Drive. Come explore this 55-acre urban park in the geographical center of town. A fairly easy, but hilly, walk on the one-mile loop trail around the park, with an optional, additional half-mile, walk to the Cheney railroad to see the new pedestrian bridge. Led by Susan Barlow, Manchester Land Conservation Trust. Extreme weather cancels. No dogs, please. For vintage photos and information about Center Springs Park on the Historical Society's web site, see Center Springs.

The play "Sons of the Prophet" on Fridays, June 2, 9, 16; Saturdays, June 3, 10, 17, and Sundays, June 4, 11, and 18 p.m. at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road. To purchase tickets or for other info: Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall.


Art in the Park free art show and sale in Center Memorial Park from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with traditional and cutting-edge work in painting, sculpture, photography, digital, jewelry, ceramics, fiber arts, and more. Main Stage with performance art and entertainment, music, spoken word, and dance. Sponsored by and a benefit fundraiser for Young@Art. For information about the event, and to register as an artist, food vendor, crafter, write to: Email Art in the Park.

Nature walk at Merrie-Wood Program Center free, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Enjoy a two-mile walk at a great outdoor center. Bring a picnic lunch, enjoy some "unplugged" time. Please register at for children's free participation patch. Meet at 650 Gardner St. Rain cancels. CT Trails Day event.

Hike at Case Mountain free, 10:15 a.m. to 12:00 noon, 3.5 miles. Meet at Spring St. trailhead. Views from summit. Led by Pat Kennedy, Appalachian Mountain Club. Rain cancels. CT Trails Day event.


To be announced.


Veterans Lunch at Manchester Elks Lodge, 30 Bissell Street. 11:30 a.m. All veterans welcome for lunch and camaraderie. Free. Gift bag for all veterans. Special WWII veterans’ table. RSVP to Gerry Gallo or phone him at 860-836-8396.

End of School Block Party 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 153 Spruce St. Free community event for all. Food, entertainment, info tables, games, etc. Information about the Block Party.

Flag Day ceremony & Traveling WWII exhibit sponsored by Manchester Elks Lodge, 7:00 p.m. at Center Memorial Park in Downtown Manchester. Flag ceremony and retirement; speakers. If you have a flag in need of proper retirement, please drop off to the Manchester Elks Lodge, 30 Bissell Street, Manchester. Info: Gerry Gallo 860-836-8396. A Traveling Iwo Jima and WWII museum will be stationed at Center Memorial Park from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. The museum is wheelchair accessible and features sand from Normandy, WWII medical supplies, uniforms, photographs, and memorabilia. Information about Manchester Elks.


Gigantic Manchester Land Trust Tag sale starts Friday, continues through June 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every day. 330 Bush Hill Rd. Mountains of books, toys, games, tools, household items, bric-a-brac. Info: Huge tag sale to benefit Land Trust.


Open Museum Day! Visit local attractions. Activities are Downtown, at the Mary Cheney Library, Lutz Children's Museum, Connecticut Firemen's Historical Society Museum, 230 Pine Street; open 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Info: Fire Museum, and at the properties of the Manchester Historical Society, all open 11:00 to 3:00 • Cheney Homestead at 106 Hartford Road • Old Manchester Museum, 126 Cedar Street • Woodbridge barn and grounds, backyard of 495 East Middle Turnpike • Loom Room exhibit, enter at 199 Forest Street; info: Historical Society events. Pitkin Glass Works at the intersection of Parker and Putnam Streets in the Manchester Green section of town, open 11 to 3; info: Pitkin Glass Works.

Rabies Vaccination Clinic & Dog Licensing from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. -- Rabies Clinic at the firehouse at 75 Center St., Manchester; $15 cash for each pet; dogs must be on leash; cats in carriers; pets from any town welcome. Licensing for Manchester dogs next door at the Town Hall, 41 Center St. Questions: Animal Control, 860-645-5516. For details, click Rabies Clinic & Dog License info.

Bike Rodeo at Manchester Elks Lodge, 30 Bissell Street. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with rodeo starting at 10:00 a.m. at no charge. Children must be accompanied by an adult and have a bicycle and helmet. Bikes will be inspected and if needed, a helmet will be provided at no charge. Food and drink will be provided for the children. Info: 860-646-9262.


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