Hartford EventsIn addition to its many cultural and historic landmarks, this destination hosts a number of outstanding festivals and events that may coincide with your visit.
Bushnell Park is the site of jazz concerts and other entertainment events in the spring and summer. Nearby West Hartford's Elizabeth Park Rose Garden, the nation's first municipally owned rose garden, also is the site of summer concerts. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza plays host to concerts, festivals and performances.
The official Connecticut state fish is celebrated in May at the Shad Derby Festival in Windsor with a fishing tournament, a parade and family-oriented activities.
In mid-June, Elizabeth Park Rose Weekend coincides with the blooming of some 15,000 rose bushes. In late June, the TPC River Highlands in nearby Cromwell is the site of the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship PGA Tournament .
Southington's Italian Festival , held in late July, offers an Italian mass, a procession with the Madonna della Strada statue, arts and crafts, entertainment, food and wine.
Southington salutes the local bounty with arts and crafts, bed races, a carnival, entertainment, fireworks and a parade the first two weekends in October during the Apple Harvest Festival . Also in early October is the Head of the Riverfront Rowing Regatta , one of New England's largest rowing events with high school, collegiate, individual and masters rowers racing on the Connecticut River.
Middletown is the location for the Wesleyan Potters Exhibit and Sale in late November and early December. More than 200 juried artists offer their work in fiber weaving, metalworking and pottery. In late November through December, Bushnell Park is transformed into a winter wonderland during Winterfest Hartford , with ice-skating, holiday light displays and photos with Santa Claus among the festive offerings.
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Connecticut sales tax is 6.35 percent. Room occupancy tax in the greater Hartford area is 15 percent. The car rental tax is 9.35 percent with an added $1 per day tourism tax.
Hartford Hospital, (860) 545-5000; Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, (860) 714-4000.
One Constitution Plaza 2nd Floor Hartford, CT 06103. Phone:(860)256-2800
Bradley International Airport
Hertz, at the airport and at several downtown locations, offers discounts to AAA members; phone (860) 627-3850 or (800) 654-3080.
The Amtrak station, (860) 727-1776 or (800) 872-7245, is downtown in the Union Station Transportation Center at 1 Union Pl.
Greyhound Lines Inc., (860) 724-7080 or (800) 231-2222, Peter Pan Bus Lines/Bonanza Bus, (800) 343-9999, and other intercity buses operate out of the Union Station Transportation Center at 1 Union Pl. Taxis and CTTransit buses also are available.
Taxis hired at the airport taxi stand charge $45 to downtown (for up to four people). Cab companies include Yellow, (860) 666-6666. Base fare (for up to four people) is $3.00 for first one-ninth mile, then 30c per each additional one-ninth mile.
The buses of CTTransit, (860) 525-9181 or TTY (860) 727-8196, run on more than 30 routes servicing Hartford and its surrounding towns. The buses operate daily, with reduced schedules weekends and holidays. Regular fare $1.75; all-day pass $3.50.