July in Washington Will be Splendid!

Picnics, fireworks, concerts, art openings, performances, fairs…and so much more! We invite you to take advantage of all that our town has to offer this summer. Enjoy! For details visit the Events Calendar.


4th of July Picnic

Thursday, July 4th; 2 pm – 5 pm
@ River Walk Pavilion
Join Washington Parks & Rec for their second annual July 4th picnic! Gather with friends and family to celebrate summer together. And, enjoy a concert by Raging Gracefully. Before you head to the Pavilion, put on your running shoes and come down to Steep Rock for the annual Major Stephen Reich 5K Freedom Run.

Liberty & Love-First Friday in the Depot

Friday, July 5th; 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Local shops and galleries will be holding open houses and Valley Spirit will be hosting a dance party with live music by The Lucky 5. Stay for the outdoor movie, The King’s Speech, at The Judy Black Park.

Washington Green Fair

Saturday, July 13th; 9 am – 2 pm
@ First Congregational Church
The Washington Green Fair has delighted Washington residents for over 50 years. This annual fair features a giant tag sale, silent and live auctions, food, a book sale, activities for children and much more!

2019 FUNraiser!

Saturday, July 13th; 6 pm – 8:30 pm
@ The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
Join The Judy Black Park for a wonderful evening to support their programming. Guest will enjoy delicious food, drinks, and live music by Matt Nakoa and Theo Kandel.

Marty's Best Dog in the World Contest

Sunday, July 14th; 11 am
@ Marty’s Café
Do you have the best dog in the world? Marty’s Best Dog In The World Contest is a fabulous fundraiser to support the work of Greenwoods Counseling Referrals, Inc. The dog gone cutest event of the season! Wish Diego good luck!

Hopkins Vineyard Triathlon

Saturday, July 20th; 8 am
@ Hopkins Vineyard
Swim, bike, and run around Lake Waramaug! Take in beautiful views while you test your skills in a triathlon. The race finishes at Hopkins Vineyard where competitors and their fans will be treated to a wine and food festival.

Five Senses Festival-First Week

Sunday, July 21st
@ Five Senses Festival Field
Pilobolus’ Five Senses Festival returns with even more breathtaking art, music, dance, and conversation. This year’s line-up includes award-winning artists, musicians, singers, dancers, writers, and chefs as well as expanded programming for kids and special wellness activities. Tickets and a full line-up of events is available here.

Washington Friends of Music

Washington Friends of Music Summer Concert Festival

Friday, July 26th
@ Historic Meeting House on the Green
The New Baroque Soloists will be presenting an uplifting program performing Bach, Vivaldi, and Telemann. After the concert, the audience is invited to have refreshments and toast with the musicians.

Litchfield Jazz Festival

Litchfield Jazz Festival

Friday, July 26th to Sunday, July 28th
@ The Gunnery
The Litchfield Jazz Festival comes to Washington! Mark your calendar for a great weekend of jazz performed by talented and renowned musicians. Tickets and a full line-up of events is available here.

Other July Events

  • Emme Parsons Trunk Show @ Plain Goods- July 4th-July 8th
  • Fourth of July Festivities @ The Mayflower Inn & Spa- July 4th-July 7th
  • First Fridays in the Garden @ Hollister House- July 5th
  • Fireworks on Lake Waramaug @ Hopkins Vineyard- July 5th
  • 11th Annual Summer Street Party @ New Preston Village- July 6th
  • Summer Jazz Series @ The Smithy- July 6th & July 27th
  • A Conversation with Wendell Minor &  Abigail Rockwell @ Hickory Stick Bookshop-July 6th
  • Women’s World Cup Soccer Match Watching Party @ The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens- July 7th
  • Young Picasso-Exhibition on Screen @ Gunn Memorial Library- July 11th
  • The Stars of Summer: Clematis Rendered in Pan Pastel and Colored Pencil @ Hollister House Garden- July 11th & July 12th
  • What Happened After Impressionism? @ WAA- July 12th
  • Summer Journey at The Mayflower @ The Mayflower Inn & Spa- July 12th
  • Author Discussion & Book Signing with Sharon Ferber, Choosing to be a Medium @ Hickory Stick Bookshop- July 14th
  • A Night at the Opera @ Gunn Memorial Library- July 18th
  • Author Discussion & Book Signing with Lisa Taddeo, Three Women @ Hickory Stick Bookshop- July 20th
  • Lamy Trunk Show @ D.K. Schulman- July 20th
  • Conversation on the Green: The Reckoning-SCOTUS Breakpoint @ Washington Montessori School- July 21st 
  • Five Senses Festival-Second Week @ Five Senses Festival Field- July 26th-July 28th
  • River Walk Pavilion Antique Show @ River Walk Pavilion- July 27th-July 28th
  • New England Clambake Dinner @ Hopkins Vineyard- July 28th
  • History of the Shepaug Railroad @ Washington Senior Center- July 30th
  • Taco Night @ Nine Main Bakery & Deli- Every Friday in July 
  • Farmers Market @ The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens- Every Saturday in July
  • Plein Air Painters and Photographers @ Hollister House Garden- Every Wednesday in July
  • Night Owl Live Music @ Hopkins Vineyard- Every Weekend in July 
  • Wine Tasting @ Spring Hill Vineyards- Saturdays & Sundays
  • Farm Yoga @ Waldingfield Farm- Saturdays & Sundays

For the Family

  • Where’s Waldo in Washington Depot @ Hickory Stick Bookshop- July 1st-July 31st
  • Washington Parks and Rec Summer Program @ Washington Primary School- July 1st-July 26th
  • 4th of July Picnic @ River Walk Pavilion- July 4th
  • Outdoor Movie Night: The King’s Speech @ The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens- July 5th
  • Henna Tattoos @ Gunn Memorial Library- July 6th
  • Digging Detectives: Archaeology Week @ IAIS- July 8th-July 12th
  • Summer Music Fun @ St. John’s Episcopal Church- July 8th- July 27th
  • ScienceTellers: Aliens Escape from Earth! @ Gunn Memorial Library- July 9th
  • Space Ranger Training @ Gunn Memorial Library- July 13th
  • Eating with the Seasons: Foraging in the Forest @ IAIS- July 15th- July 19th
  • Cardboard Built-It Challenge @ Gunn Memorial Library- July 20th
  • ASAP! Move, Sculpt, Shake It Up! @ Washington Primary School- July 22nd-July 26th
  • Crafty Creations: Native American Inspired Arts and Crafts @ IAIS- July 22nd– July 26th
  • Get Out! Woodland Survival @ IAIS- July 29th– August 2nd
  • ASAP! Summer Camp @ Washington Montessori School- July 29th-August 9th
  • Performances Classes with Shakesperience Productions @ River Walk Pavilion-July 29th-August 2nd
  • Wigwam Escape @ IAIS- Every Friday-Sunday
  • Storytime @ Hickory Stick Bookshop- Every Saturday at Noon

In the Galleries

  • BeckerHarrison Visions of Laos & Cambodia-Opening Reception @ Byrde + the b-July 5th
  • Trying Times-New Works by Peter Wooster-Opening Reception @ The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens- July 6th
  • 11th Annual Atelier Sale @ WAA- Last Chance July 6th
  • A Life in Balance-Caroline Harman-Opening Reception @ WAA- July 13th
  • Joel Meyerowitz: True Colors @ KMR Arts- Last Chance July 17th
  • Landscape Paintings by Frank Metz @ Gunn Library Stairwell Gallery- Last Chance July 20th
  • Paintings + Drawings by Rowan Willigan @ The Smithy- Last Chance July 21st
  • Susan Lerner’s “All Over The Map” @ Gunn Library Stairwell Gallery- Opening July 27th
  • Scenes from NW Connecticut Farms-Opening Reception @ The Smithy- July 27th
  • “Expansion” Mural by Shrine & “Gamelatron Angkasa Tiga Sisi” by Aaron Taylor Kuffner – Outdoor installation @ Bee Brook Park- Through September

For information on these and many more upcoming events, please check out our Events Calendar.

Photo Credits:
Top Image-Leigh Montville