Hartford announces summer lineup of events


Hartford’s “Summer in the City” is back! 

Wednesday morning, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, along with United Technologies, announced their partnership to bring family fun to Hartford, and there’s something to do almost every weekend. 

It’s a program to highlight the different arts and cultural events happening throughout Connecticut’s capital city. 

“It’s able to show the cultural diversity of this region and I think that’s really important,” said Cathy Malloy, CEO of Greater Hartford Arts Council. “And also I think it’s important for the people of those cultures to show that we’re proud that they’re here, and we’re proud that they’re part of the fabric of this region.”

United Technologies has signed on for another summer of sponsoring this program. 

Related: News 8 to provide live coverage of Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade

“Hartford is a great community and sometimes it’s not appreciated by others in the region and it’s really a special gem,” said United Technologies vice president and Hartford native Steven Greenspan. “The diversity of the community, the culture, there’s so many things to do in Hartford and it’s really a wonderful place. To me, it’s the center of the universe.”

The summer kicks off with this Sunday, June 2, with the Puerto Rican Parade and Festival de Coqui. The parade will be broadcast on News 8. 

This summer’s events include:

June 2 – Puerto Rican Day Parade and Festival 
June 22 – Black-eyed and Blues Festival 
June 22 – Greater Hartford Latino Fest 
July 15 – Riverfront Fireworks
July 19-21 – Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz
August 3 – Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival 
August 10 – West Indian Independence Celebration
August 17 – Riverfront Dragon Bat and Asian Festival 
September 14 – Hartford Capital City PrideFest 


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