5 Things to Do in New Canaan

Outdoor Concerts at Waveny Park

Grab a picnic dinner and some beach chairs and head over to the lawn at Waveny House (677 South Ave.) to enjoy open air music concerts from the back patio. The free summer concerts take place every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (rain dates are on Thursdays) and feature a variety of musical groups and live bands from across Fairfield County. Shows begin June 15 and commence on September 7.

New Canaan Farmer’s Market

One of this town’s Saturday morning highlights is always a swing by the New Canaan Farmers Market (in the Lumberyard Lot, 244 Elm St.) for some favorite fresh goods. The market is open from 10 a.m. 2 p.m., rain or shine. Get there early, since some of the best produce sells out quickly — and the peaches are to die for come mid-summer. Make sure to pick up some fresh bread from Beldotti’s and ask for the super fresh (and nut free) pesto to pair with their insane mozzellea cheese. Roxbury farm is there with amazing organic produce (and really delicious dips and pickled veggies, too). You won’t be able to resist the goat milk soaps and amazing locally roasted coffees. Bring your reusable bags and prepare those menus for the week.

The Glass House

Possibly New Canaan’s most famous building, The Glass House, formerly home to famed mid-century modern architect Philip Johnson, has recently resumed guided tours on Monday, Friday and Saturday with an option to roam the property on self-guided tours on Sundays. The expansive property, which includes a sculpture garden, library and art gallery, is the perfect way to appreciate Connecticut’s summer beauty and reflect on New Canaan’s architectural history. Tours cost anywhere from $25 for one-hour on a weekday to $250 for a three-hour private. Buy tickets online.

Silvermine Arts Center

Calling all artists! Silvermine Art Center’s Adult Summer Session runs from July 11 – August 28 and Youth Summer Art Studio Camps run from June 20 – August 26. Creativity knows no bounds at Silvermine, where you can explore sculpture making, glass working, printmaking, jewelry making, ceramics, painting, and drawing. If you prefer to observe art rather than create it, the 2022 Guild Summer Salon will be open June 25 – August 18.

Irwin Park:
Spend time in the great outdoors this summer at Irwin Park! The park’s 36 acres offers trails for visitors to walk, jog and ride bikes. The large field, scattered with benches and chairs, is the perfect place to play frisbee or enjoy a day in the sun. Irwin has hosted goats in a cordoned-off area of the park the past three summers and we can expect to see these beloved goats in the coming months!



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