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 Susan Orred, Director of Public Programs at orreds@hillstead.org or 860.677.4787 x131


Gala Dinners

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

Upcoming Events

Come Fly Away – Gala Dinner

Come Fly Away – Gala Dinner

These stunning affairs will include sumptuous multi-course dinners with wine pairings, live music and a live and silent auction.

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11 June 2021 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Come Fly Away – Gala Dinner

Come Fly Away – Gala Dinner

These stunning affairs will include sumptuous multi-course dinners with wine pairings, live music and a live and silent auction.

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12 June 2021 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Come Fly Away – Gala Dinner

Come Fly Away – Gala Dinner

These stunning affairs will include sumptuous multi-course dinners with wine pairings, live music and a live and silent auction.

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09 July 2021 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Come Fly Away – Gala Dinner

Come Fly Away – Gala Dinner

These stunning affairs will include sumptuous multi-course dinners with wine pairings, live music and a live and silent auction.

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10 July 2021 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm


May Market

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

Upcoming Events

May Market 2021

May Market 2021

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

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30 April 2021 April 30 - May 2


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

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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

Celebration of Young Poets

Celebration of Young Poets

This evening at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival features readings by Chen Chen and the winners of the Fresh Voice Poetry Competition. In-person and livestream tickets are available.

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23 June 2021 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Nick Flynn

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Nick Flynn

This evening at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival features Nick Flynn

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10 September 2021 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Poets on the Almighty Dollar

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Poets on the Almighty Dollar

This evening at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival features poem-writing workshops, a panel discussion, and readings by contributors to The Poetry of Capital, an anthology released in 2021.

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11 September 2021 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Poets and the Earth

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Poets and the Earth

The day will include poetry workshops and readings by a selection of poets from Waking Up to the Earth: Connecticut Poets in a Time of Global Climate Crisis, a new anthology. 

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12 September 2021 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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