Almost every major city has a Food Truck Festival!  Now the food truck explosion comes to Hartford at Riverfront Recapture’s annual Riverfest. This three-day event will feature some of the best mobile culinary cuisine in the region accompanied by live entertainment, family fun, and of course spectacular fireworks!

Check out the full schedule and entertainment lineup here.
 
 

Purchase tickets for Happy Hour Bingo!

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Purchase tickets for Happy Hour Bingo at Nix's!


Purchase tickets for Happy Hour Bingo at Front Street Bistro!

Questions?  Email us here!
 
 
June 14th 1pm-330pm 
@ Z Luxury Nails 
361 Park Rd 2nd Floor 
West Hartford, CT. 
860.231.9000 

All students will receive a nail art brush and dotting tool, Z Luxury Nail Art Workbook, nail design practice wheel and a certificate of participation. Designs students will learn: Lady bugs, bumble bees, ice cream cones, flowers, water marble, ombre and beach theme designs (recap from last class-disney characters).

There is no prerequisite for the nail art classes. At the beginning of every class the instructor will review the basics for new students and as a refresher for students who have attended previous classes. 

Limited space available. Visit their website to register for the next nail art class. www.zluxurynails.com
 
 
A frequent mention on hartfordgirl.com and a gem in downtown Hartford is at it again!  Natasha Roggi, Owner of Bikram Yoga, is offering FREE yoga classes at three locations in Hartford this week.  
 
Monday 7/6/15 6:00pm
Artspace: 555 Asylum St. (downtown Hartford before the train station) 
FREE parking after 6pm.  Don't forget your yoga mat and towel!

Wednesday 7/8/15 6:30pm
Marriott Residence Inn: 942 Main St. (next to Capital Community College)
FREE street parking after 6pm. Don't forget your yoga mat and towel!

Check out the BYDH website (here) and their awesome feature in the We Love Hartford Project here!
 
 
This will be the 47th consecutive year the longest-running free jazz concert will occur in downtown Hartford's Bushnell Park. Concerts will begin July 6 and occur every Monday night through August 10th.  Also, the 24th annual Greater Hartford Jazz Festival will be held on July 17-19th.  A full feature including an exciting Hartford Girl FUN post is coming soon!  Soon the Hartford Jazz Society will update their website's jazz schedule here.
 
 
As you may (or may not) already know, I plan special events for a living (Carmen Veal Events).  In fact, this Hartford Girl blog is an extension of my love for working with and planning awesome events in the community.  The official launch of Hartford Girl paved the way for the We Love Hartford Project which highlights local businesses in Hartford.  The collaborating members of the Humans of Hartford, Love Hartford and I will be hosting two end of campaign events;  the We Love Hartford Happy Hour on Monday June 22nd and the We Love Hartford Pop Up Market which will now be part of the 2nd hARTford Art Crawl on Thursday September 17th.  Learn more awesome updates here and save the date!  We hope to see you soon!
 
 
I happily made my way to Glastonbury to enjoy happy hour with some awesome folks on the rooftop patio of Rooftop 120.  The setting felt like a mini vacation taking place somewhere in South Beach!  Of course that’s my imagination speaking, but it was the perfect Friday evening.  Curiosity led me to try their eggplant fries,  HEAVENLY!  I am a lover of my hometown (Hartford) but a day away at a great venue with hassle free parking is ALWAYS ideal.  Check out rooftop 120 soon!  Visit their website here!
 
 
*Reference 4/27/15 "Oh, Happy Hour Bingo" post here

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, especially news that negatively impacts my usual cool, calm and collected self as well as my event planning firm.   I previously announced my plan to offer Hartford Happy Hour Bingo events.  While they WILL still go on,  unfortunately the City of Hartford’s Marketing, Events & Cultural Affairs (MECA) Division will NO longer be a sponsor.   Because of unforeseen circumstances, they have decided they are no longer able to commit to the agreement.  Since one monkey doesn't stop the show, the Happy Hour Bingo events will continue and will be better than originally planned.  The series will begin the first Tuesday in July (as opposed to June).  My awesome team of event planners will have full details in our upcoming Hartford Girl newsletter e-blast. So stay tuned!
 
 
Looking for something fun and cool to do?  Come check out the inside of the Memorial Arch at the Bushnell Park!  Tours of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Arch are available on Thursday afternoons from 12-1:30pm starting May 7th.  

The Carousel is currently undergoing renovations that will allow it to remain open all year round.  It will re-open sometime in mid-August.  Once we have an official re-opening date, you will be one of the first ones to know, so stay tuned!
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I've decided to pair the We Love Hartford Vendor Market with the 2nd annual Hartford Art Crawl, which will take place in September.  This event will highlight amazing artistes especially from businesses in Hartford, that give the individuals who work, play and live there an exciting two year event.  Details will be forthcoming soon so save the date.  Oh, and if you own a business or are an artist, submit your contact information for participation opportunities HERE.