Happy May! Exciting Events Happening in Ridgefield

We are happy to be welcoming the beautiful month of May!
This time of year is exceptionally beautiful in Ridgefield as we get to enjoy spring sunshine, colorful blooms around town, and many wonderful activities and events. Take a look at what’s happening #inRidgefield and we look forward to seeing you out and about this month! And for all things arts and culture, take a look at the Ridgefield Arts Council Spring 2023 Brochure.

Nature Center Open House Days
Friday, May 5th
Woodcock Nature Center
All are welcome to swing by for a visit on limited Fridays this spring. 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.

Spring Stroll
Saturday, May 6th
Downtown Ridgefield
Bring the entire family to peruse, stroll and celebrate spring along Ridgefield’s beautiful Main Street. This beloved community event will include a stellar lineup of family fun events including stilt walkers, jugglers, balloon artists, face painting, chalk artists and sidewalk chalk art contest, live music, a scavenger hunt, and more!

First Sunday at Keeler Tavern Museum
Sunday, May 7th
Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center
Visit KTM&HC on the first Sunday of every month for fun family-friendly experiences and activities that will engage museum-goers of all ages with free site admission. In honor of National Poppy Day on May 27th – a day to honor those who served and died for our county in all wars – participants will sew silk poppies to make a pin.

Downtown Ridgefield Spring Stroll
Keeler Tavern Museum's Walled Garden

Michael Moschen Mysterious Forces
Sunday, May 7th
The Ridgefield Playhouse
MacArthur Genius and visionary performing artist Michael Moschen is considered by some to be the greatest juggler of the 20th century. Moschen combines juggling, physics, movement, and dance to create a world of balls, rings, hoops, and spheres that fly, float and spin while defying gravity – a truly spectacular show for the entire family!

Crazy Rich Asians – Free Diversity Film Screening
Wednesday, May 10th
The Ridgefield Playhouse
The bonus content for Crazy Rich Asians will consist of an interview led by entertainment reporter Cheryl Washington and can be seen following the screening in the theater or on our YouTube channel. See the cultural phenomenon back on the big screen in honor of AAPI Heritage Month.

Annual May Plant Sale
Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th
Ballard Greenhouse
Every year, the Caudatowa Garden Club and the Ridgefield Garden Club team up to hold their annual plant sale at Ballard Greenhouse. The offerings include annuals, perennials, beautiful flowering hanging baskets, fresh herbs, vegetables, and beautiful baskets and gifts designed by garden club members.

"Crazy Rich Asians" Free Diversity Screening
May Plant Sale

Mother’s Day in Bloom
Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th
Join us to toast to spring with hosts Lori Berisford, Elaine Cox, Courtney Elliott, Susan Gessner, Glori Norwitt and Greg Pepin on Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th at J.McLaughlin in Ridgefield! 15% of sales will benefit The Center for Empowerment & Education.

13th Annual Member Juried Show
Opens Saturday, May 13th
Ridgefield Guild of Artists
This special in-gallery and online show will be juried by Melanie Prapopoulos of CAMP Gallery, Westport, CT. Looking at curation as an opportunity to learn and experience art as a means for understanding society, Melanie Prapopoulos has been curating for over eight years. Utilizing her tools learned in academia, Prapopoulos brings that knowledge in her search for universals and suggestions with the goal of making art accessible to all.

Ridgefield Chorale Presents “This is Who I Am”
Saturday, May 13th
Ridgefield High School
More than 54 million people in America sing in a chorus. Our concert, This Is Who I Am,” celebrates the singers of the Ridgefield Chorale. Hear the songs that reflect our diversity and our commonalities, from contemporary choral masterpieces to musicals to pop and jazz standards. Songs about love, friendship, personal struggle, triumphs and of joys and shared sorrows.

13th Annual Member Juried Show
Ridgefield Chorale Presents “This is Who I Am”

Cannonball Gala 2023
Saturday, May 13th
Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center
The Gala is KTM&HC’s biggest fundraising event of the year. This spring, our Gala will honor longtime museum supporters Nick and Anita Donofrio. Attendees will enjoy cocktails and dinner in the museum’s historic walled garden and Garden House, with catering by Michael Bick. The evening will feature live and silent auctions, a paddle raise, and a raffle.

“What Was, Still Is” Exhibit
Through Saturday, May 13th
D. Colabella Fine Art Gallery
View the unique works of Ellen Schiffman in her latest abstract series titled “What Was, Still Is.” Schiffman states “My inspiration is drawn from across cultures and time, with imagery from the man-made world as well as nature.” The exhibit will be on display through Saturday, May 13th.

“The Artist Path” Exhibit
Through Saturday, May 13th
RPAC Gallery
Join RPAC Gallery for their latest exhibit featuring works of RPAC Resident Artists through Saturday, May 13th. Featured works include drawings, paintings, and hand-crafted works by talented local artists.

Run Like a Mother 5k & Kids’ One Mile
Sunday, May 14th
Ballard Park
Your favorite way to spend Mother’s Day returns to Ridgefield! The run will begin at The Ridgefield Playhouse and end at Ballard Park. There will be a family celebration area with runner refreshments and activities for the kids. There will be plenty of places for your family and friends to spectate, so tell them to get their poster-making skills ready!

Cannonball Gala
Run Like a Mother 5K

Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament
Wednesday, May 17th
Ridgefield Golf Course
The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce is inviting all to welcome spring with a ‘Support Local’ Golf Tournament, including a casual lunch at noon followed by 1pm shotgun start. There will be a variety of competitions in addition to 18 holes of tournament play –men’s and women’s longest drive, closest to pin, hole-in-one, and lowest & highest scores.

Ridgefield Independent Film Festival
Thursday, May 18th through Sunday, May 21st
All around town
RIFF with our town’s Ridgefield Independent Film Festival! RIFF brings innovative films and filmmakers to the culturally vibrant community of Ridgefield, Connecticut for an annual festival that includes screenings, panel discussions, special events, and parties. This year’s festival includes 46 films and 4 parties over 4 days.

The Secret Garden
Begins Thursday, May 18th
ACT of Connecticut
The enchanting Tony Award-winning musical, The Secret Garden is a family friendly, yet extremely sophisticated production which tells the story of eleven-year-old Mary Lennox, orphaned in India, and her return to Yorkshire to live with her reclusive uncle Archibald and his son Colin.

Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament
The Secret Garden

Third Saturdays
Saturday, May 20th
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Visit the Museum for free on the third Saturday of every month. Participate in a Story Time at 10:30am and an all-ages Discovery Tour of our current exhibitions at 1:00pm.

Kids to Parks Day with Friends of Weir Farm
Saturday, May 20th
Weir Farm National Historical Park
Kids to Parks Day is a national day of outdoor play celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May. Stop by the activity tent anytime between 1:00 and 4:00 pm for some outdoor fun with the Friends of Weir Farm! No registration required.

Great Expectations Gala 2023
Saturday, May 20th
The Ridgefield Library
In celebration of the Library’s 120th year in the historic Morris Building on Main Street, the Gala will celebrate the special place the Ridgefield Library holds in the heart of the community, as a hub for learning, discovery and connection.

Third Saturdays
Great Expectations Gala

Camerata d’Amici Spring Concert
Sunday, May 21st
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
Camerata d’Amici is a 30-member auditioned choral ensemble, drawn from towns in Fairfield and Westchester counties. The diversity of our repertoire is one of the things that makes Camerata d’Amici unique. Join them for their spring concert this May!

Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 29th
Downtown Ridgefield
Join us for a beloved Ridgefield tradition, the annual Memorial Day Parade on Main Street! The parade is scheduled for Monday, May 29, 2023 to honor the men and women who have dedicated their lives to our country. More details to come.

Art-Making Workshop: The Inside View
Monday, May 29th
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Join Aldrich Educator Alanna Fagan as she leads a workshop on exploring interiors. Use paint and mixed-media to depict a favorite room, or rooms, in your life—from the place where you live now, a childhood home, or a place you enjoy visiting.

Camerata d'Amici
Memorial Day Parade in Ridgefield

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