Magnificent May Happenings in Ridgefield

We are excited to welcome the month of May! This time of year brings so many amazing opportunities to enjoy the best of spring in Ridgefield, including fun family events, inspiring art exhibits, fabulous performances, outdoor activities, and so much more.

Enjoy this magnificent time of year around town #inRidgefield!

Spring Wine Fest

Thursday, May 2nd
Nod Hill Brewery

Join us for a Spring Wine Fest presented by Ancona’s Wines & Liquors in support of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra! Enjoy 40+ organic wines, Nod Hill beers, cheese, charcuterie, veggie grazing boards and more as we celebrate Organic, Biodynamic and Natural wine.

Nature Center Open House

Friday, May 3rd
Woodcock Nature Center

​All are welcome to swing by for a visit! Check out our 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.​

Downtown Ridgefield Spring Stroll

Saturday, May 4th
Downtown Ridgefield

Bring the entire family to peruse, stroll and celebrate spring in Downtown Ridgefield! This beloved community event will include a stellar lineup of family fun events including live music, stilt walkers, jugglers, face painting, and more!

Ridgefield Chorale Presents “Sterling Silver”

Saturday, May 4th
Anne S. Richardson Auditorium at Ridgefield High School

“Silver” will present songs and stories about the milestones in Daniela’s career with the Chorale. Accompanied by Carol Spaulding and instrumentalists, expect an evening filled with tender moments, soaring music and, of course, joy.

Mother’s Day Event for Expecting & Newly Postpartum Moms

Sunday, May 5th
Queen B Coffee Company

The Parent Collective is so excited to host its first Mother’s day event for expecting and newly postpartum moms in Ridgefield. We hope that this event will celebrate you, as a mom, and help connect you with local resources with have here in town.

Virtual Artist Talk: Loie Hollowell and Amy Smith-Stewart

Wednesday, May 8th
Zoom with The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Join artist Loie Hollowell for a virtual conversation with Chief Curator Amy Smith-Stewart on the work and ideas behind Loie Hollowell: Space Between, A Survey of Ten Years. This exhibition is the artist’s first museum presentation on the East Coast including paintings, works on paper, and new pastel drawings.

Annual Plant Sale

Friday, May 10th and Saturday, May 11th
Ballard Greenhouse

For over seventy years, Ridgefield and Caudatowa Garden Clubs have joined forces to run a May Plant Sale featuring vegetables, tomatoes, herbs, perennials, annuals, gift baskets and proven plants from members’ gardens for sale. We hope to see you there, rain or shine!

30th Annual Cannonball Gala

Saturday, May 11th
Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center

This year’s Cannonball Gala will honor Tina and Don Sturges, longtime museum supporters and engaged community members. Attendees will enjoy cocktails and dinner in the museum’s historic walled garden, musical entertainment by the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, live and silent auctions, and more.

Run Like a Mother 5K

Sunday, May 12th
The Ridgefield Playhouse

The Run Like a Mother 5K race starts at The Ridgefield Playhouse and ends at Ballard Park, and is welcoming to both beginner and experienced runners alike. At Ballard Park we’ll have 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!

Annual Chamber Golf Tournament

Wednesday, May 15th
Ridgefield Golf Course

The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce the return of its highly anticipated annual golf tournament for an unforgettable day of networking and friendly competition for all. Participants will have the chance to win exciting prizes and partake in raffles throughout the day, adding an extra layer of excitement to an already exhilarating event.

Opening for “One Love” Featuring HEKTAD and David Hollier

Thursday, May 16th
D. Colabella Fine Art Gallery

Join D. Colabella Fine Art Gallery for “One Love” featuring HEKTAD and David Hollier. The Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, May 16th @ 6:00pm – 9:00pm. The exhibit will be on display from May 16th – July 14th, 2024.

Ridgefield Independent Film Festival: RIFF No. 9

Thursday, May 16th – Sunday, May 19th
The Prospector Theater

Ridgefield Independent Film Festival presents the 9th RIFF – screening independent films from around the world at venues all around town including 38 films screened at the Prospector Theater, film/art installation at Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Film Stills Exhibit at the Ridgefield Library, and more.

Art in the Garden

Art in the Garden: A Member Themed Show

Opens Saturday, May 18th
Ridgefield Guild of Artists

It’s springtime! What better time to pair the colors of nature re-awakening with the vibrant colors of Art! Flower arrangements will accompany the works of art on the wall in an exhibition guaranteed to bring a new appreciation for what nature, and artists, can create.

Third Saturdays

Opens Saturday, May 18th
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Visit the Museum for free as part of our Third Saturdays program. Participate in a Story Time at 10:30 am, a Discovery Tour of Loie Hollowell, Esther Ruiz, Elizabeth Englander, and Layo Bright’s exhibitions at 1 pm, and drop-in to The Studio for art-making activities.

Inextinguishable Documentary & Performance

Sunday, May 19th
Ridgefield Playhouse

Documentary screening and musical performance in remembrance of the Holocaust. Based on the book “The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany. Discussion with author Martin Goldsmith and special musical performance.

Cars and Coffee

Sunday, May 19th
Prospector Theater

Join us at The Prospector for a morning filled with beautiful cars and delicious coffee. Presented by North American Motor Car and the Todd Group. Hang out with fellow car enthusiasts and enjoy some delicious coffee (and Popcorn) with Prospects – it’s the perfect way to start your Sunday!

Camerata d’Amici Spring Concert

Sunday, May 19th
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church

This spring concert, conducted by Kristin Sponheim, will feature compositions that convey the hope and optimism of spring, including “Fresh and Fearless” by Daniel Elder, “Now Touch the Air Softly” by Susan LaBarr, and more arranged by Shawn Kirchner. The concert will also feature the New England premiere of “Silver Dagger,” composed by former Ridgefielder Amelia Wellers, and sung by the women of Camerata.

ACT of CT Presents “Kinky Boots”

Opens Thursday, May 23rd

The winner of the Tony, the Grammy and London’s Olivier Award, this huge-hearted Broadway hit features a joyous score by pop icon Cyndi Lauper and tells the story of two people with nothing in common – or so they think. This unexpected pair learns to embrace their differences and finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible.

Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 27th
Town of Ridgefield

Join us in Ridgefield for the Annual Memorial Day Parade in Ridgefield! The parade begins at 11:30am with a rifle salute at the veterans monument in front of Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church and concludes with ceremonies at Ballard Park.

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