Beat the Heat Weekend


Beat the Heat Weekend


Beat the Heat Weekend


Beat the Heat Weekend


Beat the Heat Weekend


Beat the Heat Weekend

It's hot out! Free admission this Tuesday 6/18, Thursday 6/20, and Friday 6/21 only! CLOSED on Wednesday in observance of Juneteenth.

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Beat the heat with music at this FREE indoor weekend music festival! The festivities kick off with family day on Saturday, August 3, followed by fun for the grown-ups on Sunday, August 4! With live music you’ll be dancing to, interactive kids’ classes, food, games for all ages, and more, there’s an experience bound to strike everyone’s chord. View the details below!

saturday, august 3

@ 11 am – 4 pm

Join us for an interactive, all-ages day of musical discovery through fun classes, hands-on experiences, crafts, snacks, and more. Whether the kids are singing along with Miss Kaite of Spirit in Tune, learning to play instruments with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, or making their own instruments to take home, there are plenty of engaging ways for families to enjoy and explore the possibilities of music. Drop in throughout the day; no tickets for general Saturday admission. However, please note free pre-registration is required for interactive kids’ classes with Spirit in Tune! (linked below).

saturday highlights

Kids can try the Violin, viola, cello, recorder, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, baritone horn, trombone, tuba, drums, guiro, triangle, sleigh bells, tambourine, glockenspiel, egg shakers, maracas, wood block, cowbell, spoons, claves, and tone block. (Inventory subject to change.)

11 am – 2 pm:
Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s
Instrument Discovery Lab

Kids will have an opportunity to play stringed, brass, woodwind, and hand percussion instruments with the support of a Hartford Symphony Orchestra musician. Kids are sure to be inspired by new instruments and the chance to interact with them!

Spirit in Tune owner Kaite Corda is a singer/songwriter, actor, musician, trauma-informed children’s yoga and mindfulness educator, as well as an early music specialist, who has been entertaining and teaching for over 15 years.

2:15 – 3 pm & 3:15 – 4 pm: Spirit in Tune

Shake eggs, bang on drums, dance with scarves and more during fun, research-based early childhood music & movement classes for birth to 9 years old, and for the grown-ups who love them! Together discover the joy of an interactive, playful family music class that supports all learning. Two sessions available: one for birth to age 5, and one for ages 6 and up. Pre-registration required (and free!) for Spirit in Tune classes.

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saturday schedule

11 am – 2 pm:
Hartford Symphony Orchestra Instrument Discovery Lab
11:30 am – 3:30 pm:
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
A vivid collection of books to peruse, enjoy – and even take home!
1:30  – 3:30 pm:
Kona Ice
Free of charge for the first 100 snow cones.
2:15 – 3 pm:
Music Class with Spirit in Tune, birth – age 5 (pre-registration required)
3:15 – 4 pm:
Music Class with Spirit in Tune, ages 6+ (pre-registration required)
All day:
Craft station, scavenger hunt, snacks available, and more!

sunday, august 4

@ 11 am – 5 pm

Fun for the grown-ups! Experience how culture influences music—and vice versa—as three diverse musical genres perform under one (air conditioned) roof. From bluegrass vibes, to cool jazz tunes, to salsa rhythms you can’t help but dance to, enjoy these talented bands throughout the day and learn a bit more about each genre. In between sets, explore the Museum on a scavenger hunt to earn prizes, enjoy cider tasting, and more. Don’t forget to visit the onsite food truck for a relaxing picnic break. You’ll want to stick around for the full experience! Get free tickets to reserve your spot; tickets grant admission to the entire day.

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sunday performances

Best-of-friends since their inception, The Ruta Beggars are Micah Nicol (guitar), Trevin Nelson (banjo), Noah Harrington (bass), Sam Stage (fiddle), and Jean-Baptiste Cardineau (mandolin), who met through studying in Berklee College of Music’s American Roots Program.

12 pm: The Ruta Beggars

Appealing to traditional and progressive acoustic music fans alike, The Ruta Beggars combine bluegrass and early swing to create a timeless act filled with intricate vocal harmonies, fiery instrumentals, and plenty of fun. They’ve been praised for their creative yet tasteful arrangements and charming performances. Since 2018, they have brought the joy to their audiences across the US and Canada from festival stages to storied folk listening rooms and as support for legacy acts Lyle Lovett and Ricky Skaggs. The Ruta Beggars are 2019 Thomas Point band competition winners, 2023 IBMA official showcasing artists, Freshgrass Foundation commissioned composers, Freshgrass Award finalists, and Skyline Records artists. Listen here.

“Clarke’s free-flowing compositions showcase plenty of fusion chops, but his rich tone and spaced-filled lines steal the show”


1:30 pm: The Steve Clarke Band

Steve Clarke brings vibrant jazz music to the stage with his lifelong musical experience, love for bass guitar, and rhythmic band! While studying music at Housatonic Community College, he began playing bass for the Sonny Costanzo Big Bang. During this time, they became the house band at Quinnipiac College. While working a full-time job, gigging, and going to school, Steve studied bass with Brian Torff and took piano lessons with Jay Fredricks at Westport Jazz Academy. After graduating, he studied music business and began his own music recording business, Q-UP Studios and Music Productions. He now records other artists as well as himself. Listen here.

Mikata means “all of us” – as in everyone join in the singing, dancing, and chanting as this ten piece performs traditional West African and original Afro-Caribbean Funk ensemble. African, Brazilian and Latin percussion blend with bass, guitar, marimba, horns and 3-part vocals!

3:30 pm: Mikata

It’s dance…it’s rhythm…it’s Mikata! Feel your pulse quicken as this powerful salsa band ignites the stage in a joyful celebration of contemporary Latin music. Mikata, which means “all of us” in Ghana’s Ewe dialect, fuses the musical elements of Reggae, Afro-beat, High Life and Calypso with the elegant sounds of Latin music. Each beat of the conga beckons you to take a step closer and become a part of Mikata. This New Haven-based group has performed nationally, internationally, and locally for over twenty years. Listen here.

sunday schedule

12 pm:
The Ruta Beggars
1:30 pm:
The Steve Clarke Band
3:30 pm:
Mikata Salsa
All day:
Scavenger hunt, cider tasting, food truck, and more!
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