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Annual Connecticut Open House Day Activities

Celebrating its 19th year, the annual Connecticut Open House Day is a highly anticipated annual event that takes place on the second Saturday of June. This year’s Connecticut Open House Day falls on Saturday, June 10th

Connecticut Open House Day gives families the opportunity to enjoy free or discounted admission to an impressive selection of 200 attractions. Whether you’re seeking a cultural excursion, an outdoor adventure, or a captivating museum visit, this event ensures that you can explore a wide array of experiences without breaking the bank. From historical landmarks to recreational sites and everything in between, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during Connecticut Open House Day.

Connecticut Open House Day

Experience the excitement of the event as it presents an incredible opportunity to explore attractions with free or discounted admission. From captivating history, art, and children’s museums to delightful train and trolley rides and even water sports retailers, there’s something for every interest.

Additionally, you’ll have the chance to venture into typically inaccessible theaters and venues through complimentary tours. Immerse yourself in the world of vineyards, breweries, and distilleries, and discover their unique offerings.

Moreover, farms, shops, and nature centers will be hosting special events, giveaways, and exclusive offers, adding to the festivities. Join us for a day of discovery and enjoyment at Connecticut Open House Day

Explore the unique offerings in each county for Connecticut Open House Day. Discover a variety of attractions and experiences that await you.  Get ready to embark on a memorable journey across Connecticut!

Scoot & Paddle’s Charles Island SUP Cup, Milford

Get ready for an exhilarating day of water sports and beachside festivities at the Charles Island SUP Cup! This thrilling event showcases a series of exciting races, including paddleboard, kayak, and outrigger canoe competitions. With options for long courses, short courses, and even a dedicated children’s race, there’s an opportunity for everyone to participate and enjoy the action.

But that’s not all—the fun continues with a FREE Beach Party that awaits you! Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere as you groove to live music right on the beach, showcasing the talents of local artists. Dance your heart out, witness thrilling outrigger canoe demonstrations, and take part in the hula hoop contest for a chance to show off your skills.

If relaxation is more your style, indulge in beach yoga or paddleboard yoga sessions to find your inner zen. Pamper yourself with rejuvenating massages, partake in table stretching, or explore the mystical world with tarot readings. Treat your feet to a soothing salty foot soak and let the little ones unleash their creativity at the kids’ craft table or with face painting.

Discover a variety of vendors offering giveaways and games, ensuring there’s never a dull moment. And when hunger strikes, feast on delectable delights from food trucks that cater to your cravings.

Join us and soak up the sun, sand, and incredible energy of the Charles Island SUP Cup Beach Party. It’s a day packed with excitement, entertainment, and joy, all offered completely free of charge. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable beachside extravaganza!

White Memorial Conservation Center Nature Museum, Litchfield

We invite you to join us for a full day of celebration as we commemorate Connecticut Open House Day with FREE ADMISSION from 9 am until 5 pm!

This remarkable event, now in its 19th year, takes place annually on the second Saturday of June. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore and enjoy a wide range of attractions without any admission fees. Mark your calendars and be prepared for an unforgettable day of discovery and excitement as we embrace the spirit of Connecticut Open House Day!

Boho Farm Open House, East Haddam

Come and spend a delightful day surrounded by friendly and adorable animals. Enjoy the opportunity to visit with these lovable creatures, as well as take a leisurely walk through our charming garden. Don’t forget to stop by our shop, where you can find delightful goodies to commemorate your visit.

To make your experience even more enjoyable, feel free to bring a picnic lunch and relax at our inviting picnic tables. Immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere while savoring your meal amidst nature’s beauty.

During the open house event, animal visits will be free for all attendees. The open house hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., giving you ample time to enjoy the company of our furry friends and soak up the serene surroundings.

Chakana Sky Alpacas, Chester

Experience the wonders of our small yet extraordinary farm as you embark on a complimentary visit with our 17 charming alpacas. Get ready to encounter their individual personalities up close and personal, as you have the opportunity to interact with these fascinating creatures. Feel free to offer them treats and witness their gentle and inquisitive natures unfold before your eyes.

Before you bid farewell, don’t forget to explore ‘Pacatique,’ our delightful farm store. Discover a variety of unique products and treasures that showcase the alpaca’s remarkable fiber. From cozy garments to beautiful crafts, there’s something for everyone to admire and take home as a memento of your visit.

While there is no admission fee, we gratefully accept donations to support the well-being of our alpacas and the farm. Our doors are open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., providing you with ample time to fully immerse yourself in the alpaca experience.

Clinton Historical Society, Clinton

Immerse yourself in history by visiting the picturesque Old Brick, a stunning Colonial house dating back to 1750. Take a leisurely stroll through the enchanting grounds, where you’ll discover the whimsical wee fairie village and admire the intricate garden sculptures.

As part of your visit, make sure to explore the fascinating Buell Tool Museum and delve into the rich history preserved in the Archives. All of these captivating attractions can be found on the campus of the Clinton Historical Society. Embark on a journey through time and indulge in the beauty and heritage of Old Brick and its surrounding treasures.

Connecticut River Museum, Essex

The Connecticut River Museum in Essex will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with Free admission for the first 50 visitors. Children’s crafts from 10 a.m. until noon.

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Essex

Receive a 20% discount off standard fares for our 2.5 Hour Train & Riverboat Excursion and 1 Hour Train Excursions on Saturday June 10, 2023. Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged

Lyman Orchards, Middlefield

Experience the enchanting melodies of oboist Fing-Fei Kang and obist/English hornist Charles Huang on June 10th as part of the Connecticut Open House Day! At 10am, immerse yourself in a delightful music concert inspired by poems, folktales, folk songs, myths, and fables from around the globe. These captivating children’s stories touch upon themes of life, love, and allegory, creating a magical musical experience.

Then, at 11am, get ready for an interactive concert specially designed for children aged 6 to 13. Drawing inspiration from the fable of the Cricket and the Ant, this engaging performance allows children to explore the fundamental elements of music such as tempo, pitch, and dynamics. Through active listening, imagination, and interaction with the talented performers, children will embark on a captivating journey of musical discovery.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to introduce your children to the joy of music at Connecticut Open House Day!

Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam

To commemorate its momentous 60th Anniversary, Goodspeed Musicals warmly invites the community to an Open House Day filled with excitement and exploration. On Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., you can enjoy free tours of our renowned venue. Step inside and witness the magic that happens behind the scenes at Goodspeed Musicals.

As a special treat, we are thrilled to offer a $10 discount on tickets purchased directly from the Box Office during Open House Day. This exclusive discount is applicable to evening performances of all our extraordinary productions in the 2023 season, which will be showcased at both The Goodspeed and The Terris theatres. It’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss to experience the exceptional talent and captivating performances that make Goodspeed Musicals legendary.

Ivoryton Playhouse, Ivoryton

Join us for an exciting Open House at the Ivoryton Playhouse from 10am to 2pm! Explore the magic of the theatre with free backstage tours and delve into the rich history of this iconic venue. Immerse yourself in the world of performing arts as you admire an exhibit of fascinating memorabilia that showcases the Playhouse’s storied past.

As a special treat, we are thrilled to offer a fantastic half-price ticket deal for the 8pm performance of “ON GOLDEN POND” on Saturday, June 10th. When you purchase your tickets at the box office on Saturday, June 10th, you can enjoy this incredible show for just $25. Please note that this offer is subject to availability and only applicable to the mentioned performance of “ON GOLDEN POND.” It cannot be used for any other show or performance, and it does not apply to prior purchases.

Katharine Hepburn Museum, Old Saybrook

On Connecticut Open House Day, the museum welcomes visitors from 12 pm to 4 pm, providing a fantastic opportunity to delve into the world of Katharine Hepburn and her remarkable contributions. The venue is fully accessible for individuals with disabilities, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the experience to the fullest.

For those unable to attend on Open House Day, the museum operates regularly from Tuesday through Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm. Mark your calendars and plan a visit to explore the captivating legacy of Katharine Hepburn and her family at the Katharine Hepburn Museum.

Barker Character, Comic, and Cartoon Museum, Cheshire

Step into a world of nostalgia and wonder at the Barker Character, Comic, and Cartoon Museum, where over 80,000 antique toys and collectibles await. Relive the magic of your childhood as you encounter a wide array of treasures, ranging from Vintage 1930s Mickey Mouse Toothpaste to a jaw-dropping 1:1 Scale Replica of the Hulk. This extraordinary collection brings together every toy you’ve ever played with or dreamed of, immersing you in a journey through the history of beloved characters from comics and cartoons.

Downtown New Haven

Join us for a vibrant array of free, public events that are sure to delight and entertain. At our Movies in the Plaza, you can enjoy a weekly outdoor movie night under the stars, creating unforgettable memories with family and friends. Immerse yourself in the magic of cinema while relishing the open-air atmosphere.

Experience the lively atmosphere of our Orange Street Promenade, a weekly event series that shines a spotlight on a downtown neighborhood. Explore the unique offerings, vibrant culture, and local businesses that make each neighborhood special. It’s an opportunity to discover hidden gems and connect with the community.

These events are open to the public and completely free of charge, ensuring that everyone can partake in the fun. Whether you’re seeking an evening of cinematic enchantment, a neighborhood exploration, or a lively gathering with music and entertainment, our diverse event offerings have something for everyone.

Fascia’s Chocolates, Waterbury

Immerse yourself in the world of chocolate at Fascia’s and indulge in a delightful Chocolate Experience at a discounted rate. Discover the art and craft of chocolate-making as you take part in this immersive and educational activity. Additionally, enjoy free mini tours at our facility, where you can learn more about the fascinating process behind creating our delectable treats.

To make your visit even more exciting, we have partnered with the Railroad Museum of New England to offer round trip train rides between their Thomaston station and Fascia’s. Embark on a scenic journey through the picturesque landscapes, adding an extra touch of charm to your day.

While you’re here, take advantage of our multiple shopping vendors on-site, offering a variety of unique and delightful products. From artisanal crafts to specialty goods, there’s something for everyone to discover. And for those looking to satisfy their hunger, we have a fantastic food truck ready to serve up delicious treats, adding to the festive and lively atmosphere.

Join us for a day filled with fun, festival vibes as you explore the world of chocolate, enjoy train rides, shop from local vendors, and savor delectable bites from our food truck. It’s an experience that combines the best of entertainment, indulgence, and discovery.

Palace Theater, Waterbury

Embark on an exciting adventure at the Waterbury Palace Theater, open for exploration from 11 am to 4 pm. Allow our dedicated volunteer tour guides to be your companions as you navigate this magnificent venue and discover its rich history and captivating architecture.

Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the theater as you wander through its corridors and grand halls. Marvel at the intricate details and stunning craftsmanship that adorn the space, and feel free to engage our knowledgeable guides with any questions you may have along the way. They are passionate about the theater and eager to share their insights, ensuring that your visit is both informative and enjoyable.