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.

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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

Vocal-guitar duo Kristen Renehan & Jim Mastrianni – From the Porch

Vocal-guitar duo Kristen Renehan & Jim Mastrianni – From the Porch

Vocal-guitar duo Kristen Renehan and Jim Mastrianni bring their time and talent to Hill-Stead. Classically trained, musically appealing, and daringly eclectic.

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03 June 2022 6:00 PM
Folxtales – From the Porch presented by Hartford Opera Theater

Folxtales – From the Porch presented by Hartford Opera Theater

Hartford Opera Theater is excited to bring the complex art form of opera to families with a program of three short operas titled Folxtales, accompanied by harp, flute, and clarinet.

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05 June 2022 3:00 PM
Pihcintu Multicultural Choir – From the Porch

Pihcintu Multicultural Choir – From the Porch

Pihcintu is comprised of the voices of refugee and immigrant girls from 22 countries, many of whom have fled war, violence and persecution, but are ensuring their voices are heard through song and in a safe space to make friends, acclimate to their adopted country and hone their language skills.

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11 June 2022 6:00 PM
Monday Night at the Opera in the Garden! – From the Porch

Monday Night at the Opera in the Garden! – From the Porch

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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13 June 2022 6:00 PM
Juneteenth at Hill-Stead

Juneteenth at Hill-Stead

Join us for a day of discovery and celebration featuring regional Black artists, organizations, and businesses.

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25 June 2022 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
An Evening of Storytelling with Speak Up – From the Porch

An Evening of Storytelling with Speak Up – From the Porch

Speak Up brings their widely acclaimed storytelling show to Hill-Stead’s Veranda with co-founder, Elysha Dicks, as the evening’s host, and Matt as one of the featured professional and amateur storytellers sharing true stories from their lives.

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13 July 2022 6:00 PM
Pilobolus is a Fungus – From the Porch

Pilobolus is a Fungus – From the Porch

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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20 July 2022 6:00 PM
Side by Side by Sondheim, a musical revue featuring the songs of Stephen Sondheim presented by CONCORA – From the Porch

Side by Side by Sondheim, a musical revue featuring the songs of Stephen Sondheim presented by CONCORA – From the Porch

Celebrate the legacy of Stephen Sondheim with a revue by CONCORA featuring the songs of the incomparable Broadway and film composer. CONCORA's professional singers will perform solos and duets of his popular and sophisticated works to delight and inspire.

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31 July 2022 6:00 PM
Ballard Chamber Collective – From the Porch

Ballard Chamber Collective – From the Porch

The Ballard Chamber Collective, a quartet comprised of professional musicians (and neighbors) Ari Isaacman Beck, violin; Jaroslaw Lis, violin; Nicholas Borghoff, viola; and Ignacy Gaydamovich, cello; return to the porch for an evening of selected chamber works.

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10 August 2022 6:00 PM
Monday Night at the Opera in the Garden! – From the Porch

Monday Night at the Opera in the Garden! – From the Porch

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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15 August 2022 6:00 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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