Entertainment and adventures await. Here are some of the best bets for the weekend and week ahead.
Music to your ears
Fortunately, great music abounds this weekend. Unfortunately, you can't get to it all. Here are a few ideas from which to choose: The March Fourth Marching Band comes to the Fairfield Theatre Company on Friday; the same place you can see the benefit concert Rocktoberfest on Saturday and John Mayall on Sunday (www.fairfieldtheatre.org). On Saturday, Fairfield University will present the jazz trio of Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding. For tickets, call 203-254-4010. Also on Saturday, the Fairfield County Chorale and the New Haven Symphony will present "A Grand Concert of Choral and Orchestral favorites" at Norwalk Concert Hall. Get tickets by calling 203-254-1333 or visiting www.fairfieldcountychorale.org. And, the Doo Wop Project comes to Sacred Heart University (www.edgertoncenter.org). Earlier in the day, the Pequot Library in Fairfield will host a Music for Youth program featuring the Enso String Quartet. Visit http://www.pequotlibrary.org. In Westport on Sunday, enjoy "Music in Nature," featuring Copland's "In the Beginning" and Paul Hindemith's "Six Chansons," as performed by the Music on the Hill's Chamber Chorus at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road. Tickets are $20, musiconthehillct.org. Take in classical guitarist Eliot Fisk at the Westport Arts Center Gallery Sunday afternoon. www.westportartscenter.org. Or, enjoy the music of Cole Porter at the library in Easton. (www.eastonartscouncil.org).
food and flicks
Bridgeport's Bijou Theater will welcome its first film festival and Oktoberfest celebration this weekend. There will be plenty of films, along with food from Bethel's Old Heidelberg restaurant and beer garden. For more information, visit thebijoutheatre.com.
The seasonal celebrations continue, with several taking place in the area, including the Harvest Festival Celebration at United Methodist Church of Monroe, 515 Cutlers Farm Road, on Saturday. Get all the details on the music, food and activities at www.umcmonroe.org, or call 203-268-8395. The Fall Festival will be held Saturday at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Fairfield. In Shelton, head over to Wells Hollow Farm for its Fall Festival on Saturday (http://valleyunitedway.org), or make your way the same day to 47 Mohegan Road, where the Mohegan School PTO will hold its Fall Festival beginning at 10 a.m. There will be an entire festival dedicated to kids -- or more accurately "Kidz" -- when the Kidzfest 2013 pulls in to Taylor Farm Park in Norwalk on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 per person. Or, visit the Touch-A-Truck at 90 Hillspoint Road, 9 a.m. to noon, in Westport on Saturday. There is a $20 donation per family.
A place for pooches
(and other creatures)
Top German shepherds from around the world will compete in the 2013 North American Sieger Shot at Beardsley Park, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, through Sunday. $5 per day; $10 for the weekend. Check on hours and other details at http://www.nasswda.org.
Meanwile, the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Monroe will bless pets on Sunday at 2 p.m. The church is located at 466 Elm St. It's free and refreshments will be served.
The Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road, will tap into the force of Star Wars Reads Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Look for activities (like a Wookiee sound-alike contest), prizes and snacks. This event takes place across the country. Visit www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256-3160. Or, check out the harvest hay rides and other activities at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport (www.beardsleyzoo.org). You can also find some pirates in Bridgeport this weekend when "How I Became a Pirate" kicks off the Downtown Cabaret Children's Theatre season (http://dtcab.com).
Time for a tour
Get ready to do some walking and gawking. The new and old will be mixed amid a house tour on Sunday hosted by First Church of Fairfield. You can also see the Tiffany windows and pipe organ in the church. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. You can get a sense of what to expect and further details at www.firstchurchfairfield.org.
Comedy showcase celebrates 30 years
Treehouse Comedy, which began in a lounge in Westport in 1983, has featured local, regional and national comics from stages across Fairfield County for the past 30 years. As a way of honoring that milestone, an anniversary show has been scheduled for Saturday night at the Edmond Town Hall theater in Newtown. Get your tickets at www.treehousecomedy.com.
Seeking visual appeal?
In Milford, you can take in "From Soil to Table" at the Firehouse Art Gallery at 81 Naugatuck Ave., this weekend, as well as attend the opening Friday night at Bridgeport's City Lights Gallery for the new exhibition "Art of the Street." For more information, visit http://www.citylightsgallery.org.
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