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Several local celebrations of art, innovation and music on June 1 in Danbury

DANBURY, Conn. — The first weekend in June will provide a wide variety of arts, music, food, entertainment, innovation and hands-on opportunities in Danbury. The Fourth annual Art at Ives, Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show will be from 1 to 7:30 p.m. with a concert by flutist Sherry Winston at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Ives Concert Park on Danbury’s west side. Saturday also will feature CityCenterDanbury’s Street Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. downtown on Main Street, and the Customer Appreciation Fair from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Housatonic Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 51 Austin St. in Danbury.

Habitat’s event is to thank the public for its support of the organization’s 10-year growth. Among the featured activities will be a storewide sale, kids’ crafts, live music, STEM for students activities by Microsoft offering classes all day in Coding with Minecraft, Digital Art with Windows 10 and skills testing in the Xbox Game Zone with six stations. For the littlest shopper, there will be kid crafts offered by Macaroni Kid and custom-painting and antiquing classes for adults.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary of serving the community, CityCenterDanbury’s StreetFestival, presents “A Celebration of Arts & Innovation” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street. Enjoy art, music, games, food and beverages along with fascinating technology and live performances. The festival offers free admission, rain or shine. Main Street will be closed to motor vehicles during the festival.

Newtown Savings Bank presents the Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show at Ives Concert Park on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The two-day event on June 1 and 2 will feature high-quality original works from more than 50 artists in a diverse scope of art forms representing every major category. Among the items represented will be one-of-a-kind paintings, mixed media masterpieces, jewelry and wood furnishings. The event will take place rain or shine with gates open from 1 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. A one-day ticket to attend the art show for either day is $5.

On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., The Sherry Winston Band will perform. A ticket to attend the Saturday night concert is $15, and provides entry to the Art at Ives show on Saturday only. Winston, a jazz flutist, has performed alongside many music superstars including Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Vanessa Williams, Sinbad, Patti Austin, Richard Elliott, Ramsey Lewis, Chaka Kahn, Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle, and Grover Washington Jr.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday will be “Brush and Brunch” at Ives Concert Park. This creative handcraft will involve making 2D decorative relief shapes called “Repousse.” Participate in this activity, enjoy brunch and then shop the artist booths at Art at Ives. Sponsored by The Art Spot, tickets for Sunday admission to the art show plus “Brush and Brunch” are $36.

Children under 16 are admitted free to the art show. Get tickets for the various days and events at

Ives has partnered with the WCSU Art Department, the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and the Brookfield Craft Center to present this event.

For Art at Ives tickets and information, visit For Danbury Street Festival information, go to To learn more about the Customer Appreciation Fair, visit



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