Spring has sprung here in Hartford! The days are getting warmer, which means outdoor activities are right around the corner. From outdoor concerts to pop-up shops, we’ve put together a list of events you need to add to your spring bucket list. Show us how you #experiencehartford for a chance to be featured on our social media.

Join a Hartford-Based Running Club

Photo by Eight Six Go

Get active and meet new people through Hartford’s newest running club. Eight Six Go is a free running group that meets every Tuesday in Downtown Hartford, on the corner of Ann Uccello and Pearl. Its mission is to uphold an inclusive social community that inspires personal growth through challenging people to get up and go.

Routes vary weekly, making this the perfect opportunity to discover new neighborhoods and areas in Hartford. Join Eight Six Go on Heylo for free to stay connected with the group, meet new people, and find your next running buddy. 

Get Involved at a Local Park

Photo: Keney Park Sustainability Project

There’s nothing more satisfying than getting your hands dirty while doing something good for the environment. Keney Park Sustainability Project is hosting outdoor sustainability and environmental activities all throughout the month of April. Learn about the history of Keney Park and its pond inhabitants, go on lecture walk and talks, and clean up the park and surrounding community.

Keney Park Sustainability Project is always doing community events—whether it be building a garden or hosting an ice cream party. This is a great way to get the family involved, especially the little ones.

Whether you want to get involved in community projects or simply take a stroll through our parks, check out our Guide to Hartford Parks for more information.

Visit Pratt Street All Season Long

Photo by @prattstreethartford

Nestled in the heart of Downtown Hartford, Pratt Street is the place to be this spring. With a handful of restaurants, bars, and shops, Pratt Street has a little something for everyone. 

Every month there will be a variety of events held on Pratt, like live musical performances, pregame festivities, and puppy hours. On April 16th, Pratt Street is hosting a spring break beach-themed block party. During the day, families are welcome to stop by and enjoy live music, interactive performances, and painting classes hosted by Painting with a Twist. At night, college students are invited for drink specials and a live DJ performance.

For more information on Pratt Street’s 2022 events, visit their website.

Support Local Musicians by Visiting a Jazz Show

Photo: The New Mosaic

The city of Hartford is bursting with talented musicians. With the arrival of spring, more concerts and shows are set to take place both indoors and outdoors. Hartford Jazz Society is actively hosting events throughout the spring and summer—with some events happening daily.

Grab a pint and enjoy a show at Hog River Brewery, or have a cup of gumbo while watching a show at Black Eyed Sallys. Gather and graze with friends while enjoying a live performance from local musicians. To find a show near you, visit the Hartford Jazz Society’s website.

If you’re a jazz aficionado, look out for the Greater Hartford Jazz Festival happening this summer. Save the date: the festival will be held on July 15–17, 2022 in Bushnell Park.

Enjoy Bottomless Mimosas at a Latin-Inspired Brunch

Photo: The Flaming Llama

Get your friends together for a brunch experience like no other. The Flaming Llama—located at 318 Franklin Ave, is the place to be for brunch in Hartford. Every weekend, The Flaming Llama has drink and food specials, live music from local DJs, and hookah available on the patio. 

The brunch menu features brunch essentials like banana and strawberry crepes, chicken and waffles, and avocado toast. Their full menu features Peruvian staples like Lomo Saltado (beef stir fry), Ceviche, and Arroz Chaufa (Peruvian fried rice). With the weather warming up, Flaming Llama is the perfect place to visit for outdoor brunch. View their menu here.

Get Crafty at Crafted Hartford

Photo: Hartford Flavor Company

Discover some of our city’s hidden gems at Crafted Hartford—a pop-up shop hosted by Hartford Flavor Company. On Sunday, May 1st from 11:00 am–4:00 pm, locals are welcome to shop, sip, and enjoy live musical performances. There will be over a dozen local artisanal vendors on-site, as well as craft cocktails from Wild Moon Liqueurs. 

Crafted Hartford will take place inside the Hartford Flavor Company distillery at 30 Arbor Street, Suite 107. If you’re in the mood for a snack, stop by Parkville Market, just minutes away from the distillery.

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