Festive Summer Fun in Ridgefield This July

Family activities at Keeler Tavern Museum

July in Ridgefield is a fabulous time to soak in the summer season! This month, join us for all the exciting events happening around town, from town-wide celebrations to summer activities for the family, amazing performances, art and history exhibits, and much more. We look forward to seeing you #inRidgefield this summer!

Ridgefield Fireworks 2023 New Date!
NEW DATE! Sunday, July 9th
Ridgefield High School

Come celebrate our independence at the Town of Ridgefield Fireworks on Sunday, July 9 at Ridgefield High School. Gates open at 6 pm and Fireworks begin at dusk. Parking passes are $20 per car. Stop by our food trucks for a delicious dinner or treat!

CHIRP Concerts
Monday, July 3rd & Tuesday, July 4th
Ballard Park

CHIRP’s outdoor family concerts are free and open to the public every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer at Ballard Park – with an extra performance on Monday, July 3rd! Tune in for blues man Harry Manx on July 3rd at 7:00pm and The Fairfield Counts on July 4th at 4:00pm. View full schedule of concerts

July 4th Celebration
Tuesday, July 4th
Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center

Celebrate community, independence, and the 57th anniversary of Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center’s opening day on July 4th! This annual event is a fun and patriotic Ridgefield tradition, with activities for the whole family including a new exhibit in the Gilbert Wing, a sitewide scavenger hunt, live music, games and crafts, and a coordinated bell ringing at 2:00pm.

July 4th Celebration at Keeler Tavern Museum

Aldrich After Hours
Friday, July 7th
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

We’re back with another bi-monthly Aldrich After Hours on the first Friday! The galleries will be open late, DJ PTM the Golden Kid will play a live set of globally infused tracks inspired by the work in the galleries, there will be mini tours of the exhibitions led by Executive Director Cybele Maylone, and wine and beer for sale.

Summer Benefit Concert for Cancer Research
Friday, July 7th
The Ridgefield Playhouse

Candlewood Lake Foundation presents TGIF: A Decades Concert to benefit cancer research with performances by Rubix Kube & Saved by the 90s! Proceeds from this year’s concert will be donated to the V Foundation. CLF is proud to partner with the V Foundation, supporting their mission to fight cancer on the front lines with cutting edge research.

A Garden of Verse: Poetry in the KTM&HC Gardens
Monday, July 10th & July 24th
Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center

Our popular summer poetry reading series is back for another year! Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy an evening of poetry in a beautiful setting. Hosted by Ridgefield Poet Laureate Emeritus Barb Jennes, featuring poets Jennifer Franklin and Sean Singer. Upcoming readings: July 24th and August 7th.

Aldrich After Hours
Summer Benefit Concert for Cancer Research

Mat Kearney – The Acoustic Trio Tour
Wednesday, July 12th
The Ridgefield Playhouse

Nashville-based Mat Kearney is back for the first time since his sold out show in 2019. This time, Kearney presents a new album, January Flower. Written between an isolated retreat in Joshua Tree and his home studio, January Flower sees Kearney in his rawest form, distilling the songwriting process and rediscovering the joy of making music.

Opening Reception for “Icons & Rock N’ Roll” Exhibit
Thursday, July 13th
D.Colabella Fine Arts Gallery

D.Colabella Fine Arts has selected three artists for the next exhibition, Icons & Rock N’ Roll. With the eye-catching pop art of Frankie Vinci, the unique and functional guitars made of reclaimed material by Time Sway, and the sports icon photography of Greg Cohen, this exhibition will be an exploration of the power of American entertainment.

Opening Reception for “Build & Destroy” Exhibition
Thursday, July 13th
RPAC Gallery

This exhibition will showcase the artwork of Josh Allison of American Metal Customs. For the first time ever, RPAC Gallery will have hand-crafted motorcycles displayed with the photography of Sumner Dilworth on the walls. This exhibit will be on display through September 10, 2023.

Mat Kearney
"Build and Destroy" Exhibition

Thrown Stone Presents “Seven Cousins for a Horse”
July 13th – July 23rd
Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance

Join Thrown Stone for their limited run of Seven Cousins for a Horse which finds Ammi Phillips, the most prolific folk artist in American history, at a low point. His cousins invite him back to his hometown of Colebrook, CT, offering a sturdy horse in exchange for seven portraits of the family. But, just like America, change is afoot with his relatives. As Ammi captures their likenesses, can he paint a new path for himself?

Grand Opening of À Table and Bastille Day!
Friday, July 14th
À Table at The Marketplace at Copps Hill

Come join the Ridgefield Chamber in celebrating the Grand Opening of À Table and Bastille Day! Spend the afternoon sampling French delicacies and sipping delicious wine provided by 109 Cheese & Wine and enjoy live music at this special event.

Ridgefield Farmers Market
Begins Saturday, July 15th
Jesse Lee Church

Finally, a Farmers Market in Ridgefield! Local farms, food trucks, makers and musicians will assemble every other Saturday on the lawn for a fun community event. Pack your picnic blanket and enjoy the shopping and eating with the best local vendors.

Grand Opening of À Table and Bastille Day
Ridgefield Farmers Market

All Ages Discovery Tour
Saturday, July 15th
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Join us for this in-person gallery tour of The Aldrich’s current exhibitions including Raven Halfmoon: Flags of Our Mothers, Prima Materia: The Periodic Table in Contemporary Art, and others guided by a Museum Educator! Family-friendly and all ages welcome.

Music at the Mansion with Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, July 16th & July 30th
Lounsbury House

Music at the Mansion is an arts and cultural collaboration with the intent of offering chamber music of the highest artistic quality accessibly, while sharing the history and beauty of one of Ridgefield’s most treasured landmarks. Doors open at 4:00 PM for wine & hors d’oeuvres, concert begins at 4:45 PM.

Back to the Eighties Show with Jessie’s Girl
Saturday, July 22nd
The Ridgefield Playhouse

Dig out your Jordache jeans, legwarmers, and extra-large bottle of Aqua Net and get ready to dance the night away as we travel back to the 1980’s! There is no decade like the 80’s and no band that has mastered the music of the time period like Jessie’s Girl!

Music at the Mansion with Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra
Back to the Eighties Show with Jessie’s Girl

Ridgefield Summer Fest 2023
Saturday, July 29th
Downtown Ridgefield

Summer Fest is one of Ridgefield’s favorite summer festivals bringing together an amazing variety of shopping & dining, art & music, and entertainment on beautiful historic Main Street and downtown area. Join us for sidewalk sales, circus moves in the park, street vendors, a Touch-a-Truck at Lounsbury House, and more!

Woodcock Nature Center Open House
Fridays & Saturdays in July
Woodcock Nature Center

Swing by for a visit to Woodcock Nature Center on July 1st, 7th, 21st and 29th to check out our new indoor animal enclosures and say hello to your favorite Woodcock ambassador animal. Plan a longer visit by enjoying our grounds, trails and playground which are open from dawn to dusk daily free of charge.

“Summering with the Gilberts” Exhibit
All month
Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center
This exhibit explores life at the “Cannon Ball House” in the early 20th century with a focus on both the Gilbert family members and the staff, and learn more about the immigrant experience in Ridgefield, brought to life through compelling photography by Joseph Hartmann.

Ridgefield Summer Fest 2023
Woodcock Nature Center

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