Need to chase away the winter blahs? Here’s a list of fun things to do this winter: Snag the best winter bargains at our very own Insane Insidewalk Sale on January 24th & 25th. See all the Oscar Nominees and more on the big screen at The Garde Arts Center during the annual Winter Cinema Series. Festival. Head to New Haven for City Seed’s Saturday Winter’s Farmers Market: cityseed.org/indoor-winter-market/ The Kate celebrates the Academy Awards at its annual Oscar Party on February 9th! Dress up, strut the red carpet and enjoy cocktail and hors d’oeuvres and the Oscars on the big screen. National Ballet Theater of Odessa presents Romeo & Juliet at the Shubert in New Haven: shubert.com/shows-events Essex Ground Hog Day Parade (yes, it’s a big thing!) on 2/26. Norwich’s Rose Garden arena has plenty of public skate sessions. Spy Bald Eagles and other winter wildlife on a River Quest Eagle Cruise. Laissez les bon temps rouler at Shoreline Arts Alliance Mardi Gras Gala on February 29th. The Cabin Fever Festival and Charity Chowder Cook-off happens on February 29th, 2019 at Olde Mistick Village. Chili lovers won’t want to miss Old Saybrook’s Annual Chili Fest on February 29th. Musical Masterworks presents its series of chamber music in the acoustically excellent First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. Spend a wintry Sunday afternoon enjoying the Essex Winter Series classical concerts, presenting the highest quality in established and emerging artists. Stonington Vineyards offers a music series every Saturday through March! Here’s the schedule. Find the best in jazz at The Side Door in Old Lyme, with a world class line-up this winter. The Fondue Village pops up at the Ocean House! Enjoy Fondue and Veuve Cliquot in a cozy gondola! Art Bar Happy Hour, Expressive Wellness and Winter Studies at the Florence Griswold Museum. Stonington Winter Farmers’ Market, Saturdays at the Velvet Mill. Dudley Farm in Guilford hosts a Winter Farmers’ Market on February 1. The Farm Stand at White Gate Farm reopens mid-February on Saturdays, plus farm-to-table cooking classes. See the schedule. Grip & Slip Mountain Mountain Bike Race and Slope Style at Powder Ridge. CT Kid’s Fair (2/8 & 2/9) and Flower & Garden Show (2/20 – 2/23) at the CT Convention Center. Grog, grub, music, and dancing at the Privateer’s Bash on 2/29 at the CT River Museum. Costumes encouraged! Winding Trails in Farmington offers cross-country skiing on groomed trails, rentals, sledding (with rental tubes), and ice-skating. Mohegan Sun Restaurant Week is January 19th – 23rd. And some food news: A five-course dinner with rare vintages of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon on 2/22 at Stone Acres Farm in Stonington. Tacos, Tequila and TRIVIA on Tuesdays at Los Charros Cantina (the back of The Essex). Grano’s Vietnamese pop-up is a DON’T MISS (if you can get in) on February 3rd. Valentine’s Day sounds AMAZING at Chef Paul Barron’s The Table in Madison. Happy Hour Tuesday and Fajita Friday at Los Charros, and an American Tasting Menu at The Essex. Taco Night at Simon’s Marketplace, Friday, February 7th. River Tavern is offering Taco Night, Curry Night and Noodle Night specials this winter. Sushi Night on Tuesday and $1 Oysters on Wednesday at Liv’s Oyster Bar. Monday and Wednesday Bar Bites and Martinis, Manhattans and Margaritas are $8 at La Marea in Old Saybrook. Madison Beach Hotel Epicurean Series presents A Taste of Tuscany on February 1. Savvy Afternoon Teas include Winter Wonderland January 25 at 1 pm and Valentines Afternoon Tea on February 15th at 11:30am and 3:00pm (2 seatings). New Haven’s premier shopping, curated wine and food crawl – Flights of Fancy is January 23.