Join us for Connecticut’s Capital City Festival, EnvisionFest Hartford, on Saturday, September 20 for over 100 FREE events, activities and performances. Explore the city of Hartford; visit your favorite places, and discover some new ones during day-long festival of games, art, theater, music, walking, biking, tours, innovation and more. All festival activities and admission to all participating institutions, including the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Butler-McCook House, Connecticut’s Old State House and the Bushnell Park Carousel are free. EnvisionFest will also feature two open-air markets: Hartford HodgePodge and State of Makers, as well as a selection of gourmet food trucks on Gold Street. Every aspect of this event showcases Hartford’s abundance of cultural wealth and was created so people of all ages can discover and celebrate our capital city.  A map of 2014 event locations can be downloaded here, and all scheduled events for 2014 can be viewed here.

Hartford Passports


Collect passport stamps at the following Envisionfest Hartford Venues. Passports can be picked up at the locations listed below, from The iQuilt Plan Information Tent in Bushnell Park and from the HYPE Hartford “Where’s Waldo” volunteers.

1. Ancient Burying Ground
2. Bushnell Theater
3. Bushnell Park (Gold Street Tent)
4. Bushnell Park Carousel
5. Butler-McCook House
6. Connecticut’s Old State House
7. Connecticut Science Center
8. Hartford Public Library
9. Hartford Stage Tent (Park)
10.iQuilt Information Tent (Park)
11. Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch (12 – 6 pm)
12. Stegosaurus (Magnet School Tent/Burr Mall)
13. Travelers Tower Tower Entrance (12-5 pm)
14. Wadsworth Atheneum

Sculpture Garden on Bushnell Plaza


Installation of the Bushnell Plaza Sculpture Garden is underway. The installation, located directly across from Burr Mall, the Wadsworth and City Hall, is a collaboration between the Bushnell Plaza Condominium Association, the iQuilt Partnership and Joan Hurwit, who created the Sculpture Garden at the Governor’s Residence. Works will continue to be installed this week, followed by the addition of some planters and greenery, courtesy of KNOX Inc. The grand opening of the Sculpture Garden will be this Saturday, September 20th, for Envisionfest, and the wonderful installation and celebration of Connecticut artists will be open for six months. Be sure to visit the newly installed sculptures.