EnvisionFest Hartford debuted in 2012 as Connecticut’s Capital City Festival, an event featuring over 100 free events, activities, and performances. This event was created to showcase Hartford’s abundance of history, arts, extraordinary cultural wealth and its tradition of innovation. The idea was to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to discover and celebrate the capital city through live entertainment and hands-on activities, including music and dramatic performances on three stages, free admission to museaums, landmark building tours and lawn games in Bushnell Park. It highlighted the city and all of its treasures to over 15,000 visitors.
Each step taken or pedal pushed at EnvisionFest Hartford led to new discoveries by visitors to the city, both new and old. Attendees were given an opportunity to experience the ongoing transformation taking place in Hartford that are part of The iQuilt Plan and its transformative GreenWalk. Visitors can see the city and the scenic riverfront come alive with music, art and science – not just on the date of EnvisionFest – but every day.
As work on the iQuilt Plan progresses, so will the livability, sustainability and economic vitality of downtown Hartford.
Who sponsors Envisionfest?
Envisionfest Hartford was created by the iQuilt Partnership, a nonprofit organization whose members include The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the MetroHartford Alliance, the Metropolitan District Commission, the Hartford Business Improvement District, Riverfront Recapture and the Capital Region Development Authority as well as the City of Hartford and the State of Connecticut.
The iQuilt Partnership is overseen by The iQuilt Plan, a culture-based urban design plan for Downtown Hartford. Downtown Hartford is an unusually compact historic district packed with more than 45 cultural assets and destinations within a 15-minute walk: museums, performance spaces, historic landmarks, modern architecture, and public art. The iQuilt Plan links those assets with a vibrant and innovative pedestrian network. Its centerpiece is the GreenWalk, a one-mile chain of parks and plazas connecting the gold-domed Capitol in Bushnell Park to the waterfront of the Connecticut River.
The iQuilt Plan also produces Winterfest Hartford, an event that brings an ice-skating rink to Bushnell Park for free ice-skating, photos with Santa, family activities, Winterfest Happy Hours and more from late November to February. Learn more about The iQuilt Plan, its components, progress and cultural assets on its website.