NEW BRITAIN - There are less than three weeks until hundreds of residents and visitors will flock to Walnut Hill Park for the city’s Main Street USA event.
The annual Main Street USA celebration will be from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.
This year’s celebration will be the fourth annual since Mayor Erin Stewart brought it back from a 15-year hiatus in 2015.
Stewart said she hopes to bring the event back to downtown once the city’s streetscape projects are completed.
“Main Street USA has been a beloved New Britain event for decades-it’s a fun-filled day for the family full of good food, music, entertainment and most importantly, community,” Stewart said.
“It’s an opportunity to celebrate the rich diversity and heritage of our City and a chance to show visitors all that we have to offer.”
There will be a variety of cultural foods, an adult beer and wine garden and craft and vendor booths lining the street loop in the park.
There will also be helicopter rides, walk-around performers, stages with community performances, children’s entertainment, musical acts and a fireworks show at 8:45 p.m. to end the celebration.
The event will feature entertainment on three stages.
The main stage, located at the Darius Miller Memorial Band Shell, will host a variety of live bands throughout the day.
The schedule will feature the Sharades at 1 p.m., NeoSound at 3 p.m., Last Licks at 5 p.m., and Dr. K’s Motown Revue at 7 p.m.
There will also be a welcome stage located at the north end of the park.
Smaller stage acts, such as Acoustic Mashpit, Whiskey, Wine, and Coke, and Caribbean Vibe will perform there throughout the day.
For the younger audience, there’s a “Kids Zone” with rides and amusement activities open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wristbands will be sold for $10, or a family four-pack for $30, which will allow kids unlimited use of inflatable moonbounces, corn maze, climbing wall, a 45-foot-high Ferris Wheel, a 100-foot-long slide, a carousel, walk-around clowns and magicians and more.
The Kids Zone Stage will have more of a family focus with performances to engage young and old.
The stage, located adjacent to the amusements, will feature the Amazing Andy’s magic show at 1 p.m., a performance by Moana at 2 p.m., entertainment by T-Bone at 3 p.m., an animal demonstration by Curious Creatures at 4 p.m. and a comedy magic circus show with Sammie and Tudie at 5 p.m.
Free parking will be offered at the Badolato parking garage at 25 Washington St. Shuttle buses will pick-up and bring visitors to and from the event beginning at 11:45 a.m.
Parking will not be available at Walnut Hill Park for this event.
For more information on Main Street USA, call the New Britain Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at 860-826-3360 or go to newbritainct.gov.
- Skyler Frazer, @SFrazerNBH