Scene on the Green

Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, join us on the New Haven Green for an eclectic and energizing mix of music from artists across the Northeast. With music ranging from funk to rock, blues to jazz, brass to big band, these artist create a Scene (right here) on the Green!

Portrait of America Opening

Opening Day Celebrations FREE TO THE PUBLIC, Fabulous music, introductory remarks by Mayor Toni Harp, Senator Richard Blumenthal, IRIS.

Fri, June 8, 2018, 6:00pm  Details
3 hrs

Aliza Shvarts: How does it feel to be a fiction? New Haven Virus

Presented by Nasty Women CT

This public artwork, How does it feel to be a fiction? New Haven Virus by Aliza Shvarts, explores the consequences of living as a “fiction” to power, to history, and to each other.

June 9 - 17, 2018  Details

Homeless: Housed

Columbus House and Yale's Jim Vlock Building Project

Homeless: Housed is an interactive pavilion designed by students at the Yale School of Architecture and organized by Columbus House, a New Haven nonprofit with a longstanding commitment to end homelessness.

June 9 - 17, 2018  Details

Illstyle and Peace Productions

Presented by the Dixwell Freddy Fixer Neighborhood Festival

Rooted in West African Dance, contemporary and old school hip-hop blended with an eclectic mix of dance and performance disciplines including tap, ballet, DJing, and beatbox.

Sat, June 9, 2018, 12:00pm  Details
1 hr

Strong Lady

A genuine strong woman, Betty Brawn presents an exhilarating array of demonstrations of strength: she tears thick books in half with her bare hands, twists solid metal, snaps steel chains and shatters gender cliches as she performs the Human Carousel – carrying the weight of two gigantic men from the crowd.

June 9 - 10, 2018  Details
1 hr

Movimiento Cultural Afro-Continental

Presented by the Fair Haven Neighborhood Festival

Movimiento Cultural is a traditional Puerto Rican Bomba drum and dance group. The dancing engages the barriles or bomba drummer in an exchange that is a kind of challenge based on a mutual connection. It is a spirited, beat-for-beat collaboration rooted in the Afro-Puerto Rican traditions of the island.

Sat, June 9, 2018, 2:00pm  Details
1 hr

On the Green: live interactive theater

Presented by: Survivors of Society Rising & Theatre of the Oppressed NYC

Survivors of Society Rising is a burgeoning New Haven theater troupe of non-professional actors who use their lived experience to create original short plays. "On the Green" is the culmination of the Survivors' three-day intensive residency with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC.

June 9, 2018  Details
1 hr

Manny James

Presented by HillFest

Drawing from survivalist instincts and a go-getter attitude, Manny James' music has an edge that you can feel and hear. Both pain and happiness create an intimate and thought-provoking sound.

Sat, June 9, 2018, 4:00pm  Details
1 hr

Schools of Dance Showcase

New Haven Ballet, Mulan Fitness and Art Academy, Shoreline Ballet

New Haven Ballet, Mulan Fitness and Art Academy, and Shoreline Ballet showcase the work of their students.

Sun, June 10, 2018, 2:00pm  Details
1 hr

Largest Salsa Class in New Haven

with Alisa's House of Salsa

Alisa and dancers will perform and teach a dance lesson.

Sun, June 10, 2018, 3:00pm  Details
1 hr

Grassroots Organizing with Mothers (and Others) for Justice

Empower yourself through community organizing. Mothers (and Others) for Justice is consistently recognized by the Connecticut General Assembly and by professional advocates throughout the state as an authentic, persistent and consistent voice for people who are poor.

The group will share their experiences with grassroots organizing and listen to your stories about your housing situation. Learn how community organizing can empower individuals seeking to promote change in programs and policies that improve the lives of women and their children.

Sun, June 10, 2018, 3:00pm  Details
1 hr

Voci Angelica Trio

Straddling the genres of world folk and classical music, the trio, made up of vocalist/percussionists Jodi Hitzhusen, Meena Malik, and Aristides Rivas, creates an ambitious blend of cultures, reinvigorating traditional songs for contemporary audiences. Vocal harmonies elegantly intertwine with lush cello lines and percussion to create a musical fusion that transcends political and geographic borders.

Tue, June 12, 2018, 12:00pm  Details
1 hr

Elm Shakespeare Teen Troupe presents: Scenes from The Merchant of Venice

Peek into the world of Shakespeare’s play, The Merchant of Venice. Bring the whole family to this performance by Elm Shakespeare Company’s Teen Troupe, made up of talented teens from all over the New Haven area.

Tue, June 12, 2018, 1:15pm  Details
1 hr

The Funky Dawgz Brass Band

Emerging from Connecticut, these young men have engulfed the spirit and traditions of New Orleans as well as earned the respect from local musicians who grew up and reside in the city. It is impossible not to enjoy yourself during a show as they play a contagious upbeat mix of traditional New Orleans R&B, original music, hip hop, funk, and today’s top hits with a brass twist.

Tue, June 12, 2018, 6:30pm  Details
1 hr

Tenants Rights Workshop with New Haven Legal Assistance Association

Know your rights. NHLAA will be taking questions about fair housing and provide information about what legal rights you may have if you are unfairly facing housing discrimination, eviction, or landlord abuses.

Wed, June 13, 2018, 11:00am  Details
1 hr

If You Knew You Then & ESCAPADE

Elm City Dance Collective and Luis Antonio Productions

ECDC will be showing their latest work, choreographed by Kellie Lynch, If You Knew You Then, followed by Luis Antonio Productions' ESCAPADE.

Wed, June 13, 2018, 12:00pm  Details
1 hr

Tanglewood Marionettes: The Dragon King!

An underwater fantasy based on Chinese folklore, The Dragon King tells the tale of an intrepid Grandmother who journeys to the bottom of the sea in search of the elusive Dragon King, and the answers to why he has forsaken the land above.

Wed, June 13, 2018, 1:15pm  Details
1 hr


Coming out of the fertile early-'80s New York rap scene, Whodini were one of the first rap groups to add a straight R&B twist to their music, thus laying the groundwork for the new jack swing movement. Whodini made its name with good-humored songs like "Magic's Wand" (the first rap song to feature an accompanying video), "The Haunted House of Rock" (a rewrite of "Monster Mash"), and "Freaks Come Out at Night."

Wed, June 13, 2018, 6:30pm  Details
1 hr 30 min

Haven String Quartet

As the permanent quartet-in-residence of Music Haven, the Haven String Quartet spearheads a nationally-recognized, free after-school lessons program for more than 80 students from New Haven’s most under-served neighborhoods.

Thu, June 14, 2018, 12:00pm  Details
1 hr

Night Songs of the World with Aaron Larget-Caplan

Explore the sounds and secrets of night-music through compositions written for virtuoso guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan’s New Lullaby Project, with composers from Spain, Australia, India, and the USA. The concert features two world premieres commissioned by the International Festival of Arts & Ideas by Koji Nakano (Japan) and Milad Yousufi (Afghanistan). Come and explore time and movement, timbre and silence, transition and possibility through the universal tradition of lullabies.

All-ages welcome!

Thu, June 14, 2018, 1:15pm  Details
1 hr

Music of the East & West with Aaron Larget-Caplan

Aaron Larget-Caplan explores the sounds, poetry, culture and aesthetics of classical music from the East & West. Includes works from his latest CD ‘The Legend of Hagoromo’, works by J.S. Bach and Modest Mussorgsky as well as premieres by Vineet Shende and more!

Thu, June 14, 2018, 6:30pm  Details
1 hr

Moving Forward Training with Connecticut Fair Housing Center

This training session is designed to help you if you are going through the moving process. Learn about resources and get tips on staying organized as you look for housing.

Connecticut Fair Housing Center will answer questions about your fair housing rights and and help you understand what tools you have if you are a victim of discrimination.

Fri, June 15, 2018, 11:00am  Details
1 hr

Toxic Holiday

Toxic Holiday is 4 piece indie-soul band based in New Haven, CT. The band has been together for nearly a year and the oldest member is 18, but their music is not limited by age. They have played such venues as Toad's Place, The Space, Quinnipiac University, Lilly's Pad and many more. They were recently featured on the 91.7 WHUS and the WSIN 1590 radio stations. Their music expresses tinges of The Strokes, Sublime, Steve Lacy and Anderson Paak. Their songwriting is complex, multi-dimensional, and thoughtful.

Fri, June 15, 2018, 12:00pm  Details
1 hr

In the Shadow of the Mountain

In this 40 minute presentation, storyteller Lou Del Bianco portrays his grandfather Luigi Del Bianco and tells the story of his unique contribution to the carving of our nation’s greatest memorial. Lou uses authentic photos, maps and timelines to bring Luigi’s story to life! Connects perfectly to Social Studies curriculum and primary source research.

Fri, June 15, 2018, 1:15pm  Details
1 hr

Gospel Fest

Back again this year is the 2nd Annual New Haven GospelFest- some of New Haven’s richest talents will be displayed.

Fri, June 15, 2018, 6:30pm  Details
2 hrs

The 5th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Happy Juneteenth!

Join us Saturday, June 16th from 11:45am - 5:30pm on the western end of the New Haven Green between Temple and College Streets for the 5th Annual Juneteenth Celebration as part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in collaboration with several active New Haven organizations.  Junteenth Celebration 2018 will present a variety of performance art mediums, galleries, memorabilia from enslavement, our traditional elder honoring ceremony, a concert of your favorite New Haven artists exploring the evolution of Hip-Hop music and the relation between African-American struggle for independence and survival in America from Africa, to enslavement, to emancipation, and beyond while conveying the over-arching theme of the arts as a force and weapon of social justice. Connecting melanated people throughout the diaspora, Juneteenth is a celebration of the strength of the melanated people of the Americas and for us, specifically New Haven  inhabitants. A town where the majority of the families of African descent are direct descendants of enslaved people who walked their way to freedom and opportunity during the Great Migration to work in...

Sat, June 16, 2018, 11:45am  Details
4 hrs 30 min

Box City

Calling all young thinkers and tinkerers! Come out and help construct a model city of the future made out of cardboard boxes. Local architects, makers, and city planners will assist, offering advice and distributing permits to Box City's young entrepreneurs!

June 16 - 17, 2018  Details
4 hrs

Sound Sculpture

SOUND SCULPTURE is an interactive public art work that allows participants of most ages to move and play with blocks, in this way creating changeable and dynamic light and sound structures. These portable and location-responsive blocks are designed to open a spatial and tangible aspect to musical composition, along with a sonic aspect to sculptural creations. This project is designed for installation at galleries, schools, community centers, science museums, music festivals and more. Making musical composition more physical, and sculptural creation more audible.

Sound Sculpture will be available for public interaction in the Festival Center. There will be a concert at 7:30pm on Sunday, June 17.

“Sound Sculpture” © 2017 Masary Studios, photographer: Aram Boghosian

June 16 - 17, 2018  Details
3 hrs

Paddington Storytime with Be Homeful Project

Paddington is homeless when he first travels from Darkest Peru to London in search of a home. How would Paddington have felt when he didn't have a home? Why is it important to have a home? How can we help families who don’t have homes be safe and comfortable?

After listening to Paddington's story, kids can draw what having a home means to them and learn how they can help to make sure there are resources available to protect families from being homeless.

Sat, June 16, 2018, 2:00pm  Details
1 hr

LIMITLESS 3rd Annual Dance Competition

Curated by Bryce Howard of Future Project and New Haven Academy. An all style dance competition where dancers are given a chance to compete and show off amazing talents for a cash prize and to be crowned the LIMITLESS KING or QUEEN.

Sat, June 16, 2018, 3:00pm  Details
2 hrs

Evolution of Hip Hop

with Artsucation™ Academy Network

Through African dance, drumming, and songs the Artsucation™ Academy Network will present an excerpt of our Evolution of Hip Hop concert from our New Haven Hip-Hop Conference through our high in demand 'Africa Is Me!' and Ms. Hanan's Dance and Beyond programs in collaboration with the New Haven Village Drummers and surprise guests.

Sat, June 16, 2018, 5:00pm  Details
1 hr