Attend Benefit Events

Benefit events help to provide Hill-Stead with critical funding for the museum’s education programs and general operations.

Significant opportunities for sponsorships and in-kind donations are available. For more information, please contact Susan Orred, Director of Development (860.677.4787 ext. 131 or

Benefit Dinner Auction

This elegant event, held in May each year, takes place under a grand tent on the West Lawn and offers a multi-course dinner with outstanding food and wine. The exceptional silent and live auctions feature fine wines, works of art, exclusive travel opportunities, jewelry, antiques, and entertainment packages. Hill-Stead’s largest fundraiser and signature event, the Dinner Auction has enjoyed a more than 20-year history of success.

To learn about this year’s event, please see Benefit Dinner Auction.

May Market

May Market at Hill-Stead Museum

Hill-Stead welcomes the arrival of spring with its signature two-day home, garden, and gourmet benefit event in early May. This festive celebration is a community favorite, with artisan exhibitors offering beautiful hand-made crafts, specialty plant vendors with a fine selection of unique flowers and perennials, food, entertainment, children’s activities, and a noted speaker on lifestyle and gardening subjects. Rain or shine.

To learn about this year’s event, please see May Market.