Public Programs at Hill-Stead

Enjoy our wide-ranging events and public programs!

Using its beautiful grounds, historic home, and incomparable collections, Hill-Stead Museum operates as a center of excellence for the benefit, education, and cultural enrichment of all. Rotating exhibitions, artistic performances, festivals, workshops, lectures, and special events provide our visitors with positive experiences in the arts and nature, encouraging their appreciation, developing creativity and community, and enhancing overall wellbeing.


Gala Dinners

These stunning affairs include multi-course dinners with wine pairings, top-notch entertainment, and post-reception house tours.

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May Market

Celebrate the arrival of Spring at May Market, our annual home and garden event.

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From the Porch

Our multicultural performing arts series is a diverse and dynamic showcase featuring music, dance, theater, and more!  From the Porch not only brings arts to the public but acts as a fundraiser for the Museum to sustain the dynamic cultural destination well into the future.

Upcoming Events

Opera From the Porch – Presented by Opera Connecticut

Opera Connecticut returns to Hill-Stead’s Sunken Garden with its cadre of talented sopranos, tenors, mezzos, and basses, for an evening of favorite selections from operas old and new.

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04 June 2024 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

American Opera Idol – From the Porch

Join us for an interactive Opera performance and help us pick the new winner of the title of American Opera Idol!

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21 July 2024 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Opera From the Porch – Presented by Opera Connecticut

Opera Connecticut returns to Hill-Stead’s Sunken Garden with its cadre of talented sopranos, tenors, mezzos, and basses, for an evening of favorite selections from operas old and new.

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18 September 2024 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Sunken Garden Poetry

One of Hill-Stead’s most popular annual events, the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival celebrates celebrate poets laureate, Pulitzer Prize winners, and prestigious award recipients.

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