30 Things To Do in May


The E List Girls’ Night Out in Essex, Wednesday, May 4th. Join us for drinks, discounts and dinner!  Click here for more info.

Eat in the Street: Cinco de Mayo, May 5th, New London: Live music, roaming entertainment and Mexican Specialties all along Bank Street in New London.

Friends of Hammonasset Plant Sale May 5 – May 29th: Thursdays through Sundays all month.

Chester First Friday, May 6: Openings and specials in the shops, galleries and restaurants of Chester on the first Friday of every month.

May Market Hill Stead Museum, May 6th & 7th: this festive happening features over 30 premium exhibitors and flowers and unique plants perfect for Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day Queen for a Day at Olde Mistick Village, May 7th & 8th: Olde Mistick Village welcomes you to “Queen for the Day” Mother’s Day event! Bring that special mom in your life to the village for numerous “Best Queen” photo ops, and enjoy the villages specialty shops and dining.

Michelangelo Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition! CT Convention Center, May 6 – June 26: The Exhibition is a collection of the artist’s renowned ceiling Frescoes from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, reproduced in a format that allows viewers to get face to face with 34 fresco masterpieces.

Farm to Table Dinner at Fieldhouse Farm with Chef David Borselle, May 7th: 4 to 5 course farm dinner with wine pairings and desserts by Hen & Heifer.

Mother’s Day at Stonington Vineyards, Sunday, May 8th: Enjoy Lobster Tails Food Truck and complimentary live music by Bethany & Andy from 1-4pm with Mom!

The Katharine Hepburn Theater lineup in May features Jonathan Edwards, Shrek the Musical, New England Gay Men’s Chorus, Paula Poundstone and more!

Friends of the Guilford Free Library Book Sale, May 6th & 7th: Annual Spring Book Sale. The sale offers gently used hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction for adults and children, as well as books on art, gardening, and cooking. Also vintage books, CDs, puzzles and much more. Everything in excellent condition and at unbeatable prices.

Spring Outdoor Art Sale in New Haven: Meet artists from the 2022 Window Art Stroll & Contest at the inaugural Spring Outdoor Art Sale, taking place on Saturdays, May 14 and May 21 from 11am – 3pm on Broadway Island in New Haven. Relax at a bistro table with lunch from local restaurants & cafes and enjoy live music by local musicians. Free and open to the public.

Essex Garden Club’s May Market, May 7th: Over 1500 plants for sale, plus fresh bouquets just in time for Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day at Grace, enjoy a mother/daughter shopping day, plus free cupcake with purchase and bouquets for sale!

Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London: Power & Innovation in the Work of Women Photographers; Gallery Talk: Unbeatable Women Gallery Art Talk at the Lyman Allyn, 5/11.

The Seven Deadly Sins and Curlew River at Madison Lyric Stage, May 12th – 15th: The Seven Deadly Sins tells the story of Anna, who is sent on a seven-year journey through seven American cities to earn enough money for her family to build a house. Anna is torn between the need to make money and her morals in this “sung ballet” that incorporates both song and dance.

Ukrainian Relief Benefit Concert at Olde Mistick Village, May 22nd, 2 – 4pm, the Mystic String Quartet will perform classical works by Ukrainian, Czech and Estonian composers with all proceeds benefiting Mercy Corps.

Lyme Academy of Fine Art, May 20th: Lecture with Director Emeritus of the Florence Griswold Museum, Jeffrey Anderson: The Spirit of Place: Reflections on the Arts in Old Lyme

Cabaret comes to the Goodspeed! May 13th – July 2nd.

Rising of the Phoenix Conference, May 12th, The Inn at Middletown: A transformational women’s conference about lessons learned on the topics of resilience, reinvention and rebirth. 

Container Garden Paint & Sip at Yankee Hard Cider, East Haddam, May 13th

Eastern CT Ballet presents Ballerina Swan at the Garde Arts Center on May 22nd.  https://the-e-list.com/events/eastern-connecticut-ballet-presents-ballerina-swan/

Florence Griswold Museum, New Exhibit opens May 21st: Dana Sherwood: Animal Appetites and Other Encounters in Wildness. In her first museum survey Dana Sherwood (b. 1977) exhibits films, sculpture installations, oil and watercolor paintings that interrogate the relationship between wild nature and domestic culture, drawing on her research into cross-species communication, the feminine experience, historic literature, and the occult.

Florence Griswold Museum Family Event, May 22nd. Springtime Trail Day: Art, History, and Nature Along the Artists’ Trail. Come explore the Museum’s Robert F. Schumann Artists’ Trail and interact with experts on the art, history, and nature to be found along the way. Hands-on crafts, mini tours, and more. Fun for the whole family.

Kick Off to Summer at Stonington Vineyards, May 21st & 22nd: Come celebrate the start of the season with live music, vendors, food, & wine from 11 – 5PM, daily!

Local Crafter’s Field Market, Colchester, May 22nd: Live music, crafts and beer at Hop Culture Farms and Brew Co.

Antique, Craft and Repurposed Goods Show on The Madison Green, May 28th.  

Chester Town-Wide Tag Sale, May 28th. Hunt for treasures all over town at this annual event.

Westville Music Bowl in New Haven presents The Avett Brothers on May 31st.