NEW BRITAIN – Main Street U.S.A. returns to the city this weekend for the fourth rendition of the event since Mayor Erin Stewart brought it back in 2015.
Main Street U.S.A. will be held in Walnut Hill Park from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. Thousands of people are expected to gather in the park to enjoy a day filled with cultural foods and a variety of activities for people old and young.
“Each year, Main Street USA continues to grow and get better. This year, we have a wide variety of food, drinks, music, and entertainment for the whole family,” Stewart said Thursday. “This event draws thousands of visitors from New Britain and surrounding communities for a day of fun in one our most picturesque parks. The weather forecast is looking fantastic, so I hope to see everyone there.”
There will be an adult beer and wine garden, craft and vendor booths, a “kids zone” with rides and amusement activities, helicopter rides and several walk-around performers.
The “kids zone” will be open from noon 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 moon bounces, corn maze, climbing wall, a Ferris wheel, a 100-foot slide, a carousel and more.
For adults, the beer garden will be open from noon to 9 p.m. for guests 21 and over. A valid ID will enable admittance into the tented area where beer and wine will be available for purchase.
Helicopter rides will be offered for $20 per rider from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Limited rides will be offered during these times so people are advised to arrive early to get a spot.
In addition to these activities, the event will have musical performances on three different stages.
Acts on the main stage, located at the Darius Miller Memorial Bandshell, are as follows:
Sharades at 1pm; NeoSound at 3 pm; Last Licks at 5 pm; and Dr. K’s Motown Revue at 7 pm.
A welcome stage, located at the north end of the park, will have smaller stage acts like Acoustic Mashpit, Whiskey, Wine, and Coke, and Caribbean Vibe.
The Kids Zone Stage, located adjacent to the Kids Zone 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.
Finally, a fireworks show will help bring the night to a close at 8:45 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 11:45am. Parking will not be available at Walnut Hill Park for this event.
Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Main Street U.S.A.
WHEN: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8
WHERE: Walnut Hill Park
PRICE: Free entry