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.

Looking for a venue for your artistic performance, educational lecture, exhibition, workshop or special event?

Hill-Stead may have the perfect indoor or outdoor venue for you and your audience. To start the conversation, please complete the public programs contact form and we will be in touch soon.

For more information, see Public Program Partnerships or contact Megan Olver, Senior Manager of Administration (olverm@hillstead.org or 860.677.4787 x181)


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.

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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.

Upcoming Events

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Ge-ODE-Caching

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Ge-ODE-Caching

Looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon? Try Ge-ODE-caching, a Sunken Garden Poetry Festival twist on geocaching.

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28 August 2022 August 28 - October 7
CANCELLED – Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop

CANCELLED – Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop

Students will experience the masterworks of the Hill-Stead collection through the lens of poetry.

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02 October 2022
Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Rennie McQuilkin

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Rennie McQuilkin

This evening features headline poet Rennie McQuilkin and a memorial to David K. Leff.

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02 October 2022 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
CANCELLED – Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Poems & Pints

CANCELLED – Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Poems & Pints

Join us for a fun night of beer and cheer. While enjoying tastings from local breweries, attendees can listen to the open mic of slam poetry.

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07 October 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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