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 chairperson Kevin Zingler by May 8.
    To email the Pride webmaster, click Susan Barlow.


The play "Love Sick" on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, June 1 through June 17 at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road. To purchase tickets or for other info: Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall.

Doug Smith Island Dedication 10:45 a.m. to honor the late Doug Smith, environmentalist, activist, and chair of the Hockanum River Linear Park Committee. Optional 0.4-mile hike on your own. Meet at the northeast corner of Kohl's parking lot, 155 Tolland Turnpike. 10 more hikes, bike rides, dog hikes and more.

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


Early Childhood Hike 10 to 11:30 a.m. Easy 0.25-mile nature walk at Northwest Park. Meet at 448 Tolland Turnpike, Early Childhood Center. More free hikes: Manchester Trails Day Hikes

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 they last. Pizza party to follow. All welcome! Questions: Leslie, 860-212-6000.

Oakland Trail Hike 10:00 a.m. Easy 2-mile loop hike along Hockanum River. Meet at 155 Tolland Turnpike, northeast corner of Kohl's parking lot. More free hikes: Manchester Trails Day Hikes

Connecticut Trails Day free family history hike 1:00 p.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 pedestrian bridge and view the Bigelow Brook Greenway. 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 website, see Center Springs.

The Highland Trail hike 1:00 p.m. Moderate 1.8-mile hike with views of Hartford from the summit. Meet at 671 Spring St., Case Mountain trailhead. More free hikes: Manchester Trails Day Hikes

Charter Oak Greenway 1:00 p.m. Electric pedal assist demonstration & Yellow Bike Program information. Meet at 55 Charter Oak Street, East Coast Greenway Trail in Charter Oak Park. More free hikes: Manchester Trails Day Hikes


Hop River Linear Trail 9:00 a.m. Easy 1 to 2-mile hike out and back. Meet at 178 Colonial Road, Manchester, CT 06042. More free hikes: Manchester Trails Day Hikes

Case Mt. Dog Hike 10:00 a.m. Moderate 3-mile dog walk. Meet at the Town lot on Birch Mountain Road, near intersection with Camp Meeting Road. More free hikes: Manchester Trails Day Hikes

Hockanum River Trail Walk 10:00 a.m. Easy 2.8-mile riverside hike. Meet at 791 Middle Turnpike West, west side of the Cheney Tech parking lot. Hikers must be able to climb ladder. More free hikes: Manchester Trails Day Hikes

Case Mt. Bike Ride 1:00 p.m. Intermediate/expert 10-15 mile guided hike for experienced mountain bikers. Helmets and appropriate gear required. Meet at the Line Street parking lot, near intersection with Gardner St. More free hikes: Manchester Trails Day Hikes


A Night With the Stars 6:00 p.m. Free talent show featuring individuals from MARC, Inc. at Illing Middle School. Light refreshments. Hosted by Girl Scout Troop 10616. Contact: Emily Fillion 860-646-5718.

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.


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. Children are invited to dig for shards. There will be pictures and small items for sale as well.

Rabies Vaccination Clinic & Dog Licensing from 12:00 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. Details: Low-cost Rabies clinic.

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.


Flag Day ceremony sponsored by Manchester Elks Lodge, 1:00 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: Cindy Young 860-930-4020.


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