Events Calendar

CALENDAR – May 2024
Location is New Haven unless noted otherwise.
*=Wheelchair accessible


Wednesday, May 1
May Day! International Workers’ Day! For details, contact Unidad Latina en Acción (ULA), 203-606-3484.

May 1, 8 a.m. – May 2, 8 p.m. The Great Give New Haven. Join thousands of others with a gift of $5 or more to support our community.

Wednesday, May 1, 6 p.m.
NH Board of Alders will hear public testimony on Zoom about the ceasefire resolution. Sign up if you want to speak by emailing: [email protected].

Thursday, May 2, 5-8 p.m.
Great Give Happy Hour. Come for a signature cocktail, a donation-based roulette table, live performances, laughter, hugs from people you like, and tacos! for the greatest cause of all: keeping Vol. 2 and Never Ending Books a real live place here in New Haven. Three Sheets, 372 Elm St. *

Friday, May 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Joy As Resistance, a panel discussion on how to achieve collective liberation through joy, community, and soli-darity. To raise funds for the Palestine Museum US and Palestine Legal. Tickets (scaled to need) are required: Palestine Museum, 1764 Litchfield Tpk., Woodbridge. *

Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun., May 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Meriden Daffodil Festival. Parade, floats, business exhibits, non-profit food vendors, theater, carnival rides, drum circle. Hubbard Park, Meriden.

Saturday, May 4, noon-6 p.m.
Arts and Ideas Fair Haven Day Neighborhood Festival. Begins with Fair Haven Community Parade, led by the Mary Wade Home. Music, local artists, entrepreneurs, children’s activities. Begins at Fair Haven School, 164 Grand Ave. See for more festivals throughout the summer. *

Sunday, May 5, 1-2 p.m.
Stories and Art. Join us for folktales, myths, and exciting stories from around the world that highlight unique features of objects in the collection and inspire children of all ages to view art in new ways. Meet by the couches in the Gallery lobby. Yale Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. *
Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m.
Jane’s Walk: New Haven as a Model City: 1638 – Present. Hosted by the Ethnic Heritage Center and NH Museum. Starts at the flagpole on the NH Green. Explore the successes and shortcomings of city planning efforts. Approx. 1.5 hrs. Free. Please register at

Sunday, May 5, 4 p.m.
The State of the Labor Climate Movement. Jeremy Brecher, author of Strike! Commentaries on Solidarity and Survival, for the Labor Network for Sustainability, will talk about the growing efforts by unions to take climate action and what that means for our strategy today. Info:

Monday, May 6-Saturday, May 11
ArtWalk! Activities all week in Westville Village and Edgewood Park. Music, art, children’s programs, vendors, beer garden, dancing, etc. Info: *

Thursday, May 9, 6-8:30 p.m.
Climate Change Workshop and Climate Justice Poetry Showcase, with speaker Vanessa Brown. Come learn how climate change may affect your daily life in CT, and about the resources that can help. Dixwell Community House (Q House), 197 Dixwell Ave.  *

Thursday, May 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Exhibition opening: Amistad: Retold. Drawing on new scholarship and a new acquisition, retells the story of Amis-tad rebels and their action to determine their own lives. Focuses on New Haven as the site of their incarceration and abolitionist organizing. Reception. Free. New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave. *

Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun., May 12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tractor Trailer and Food Truck Competition. Admission: $5 per person, $10 per family, kids 12 and under free. Sports Haven, 600 Long Wharf Drive.

Saturday, May 11, 2:30 p.m.
Teamster Union Militants in Wartime: A Workers’ Voice forum. Email: [email protected], or call Ernie at 203-707-1157. Never Ending Books, 810 State St.

Wednesday, May 15, 6–7:30 p.m.
Moses Allen Jr. and the Negro Leagues: An Artist’s Perspective. A presentation with local-based visual and public artist Kwadwo Adae. Reception at 5:30 p.m. Register at: Showcases images of public art works installed throughout the Elm City and discusses their significance and shares his vision for a pending mural project featuring New Haven native Moses Allen Jr. New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave. *

Wednesday, May 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Great Grant Guidance. Join staff from KNOWNpreneurs and Ives Squared to learn more about the NH Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (NHE3) small business grant and how to apply. Assisting individuals with registering for the application portal and understanding and supporting their grant application process. Main Library, 133 Elm St. *

Friday, May 17, 5-10 p.m.
The New Haven Night Market downtown evening bazaar with entrepreneurs, art, live music, food, drink, culture, and more! Different locations in the 9th Square Neighborhood (Along Orange, from Court St. to George). *

Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-noon
HazWaste Central at 90 Sargent Drive opens for the season. *

Saturday, May 18, 12-6 p.m.
The Hill Neighborhood Festival. Afternoon extravaganza packed with performers, DJs, and delicious food! Join us at Trowbridge Park to celebrate our vibrant community and the theme of “Taking Back the Hill,” honoring Mr. Fred Harris and marking the 40th anniversary of the Trowbridge Hip Hop Festival.

Tuesday, May 21, 6-8 p.m.
Farming While Black film screening, a powerful film high-lighting the inspiring journey of young Black farmers, featuring Leah Penniman, the 2023 Visionary Leadership Awardee and author of Farming While Black. Explore the deep historical roots of African agrarianism and how a new generation is reclaiming their heritage to cultivate a brighter future for us. SCSU Adanti Student Center, 345 Fitch St. *

Thursday, May 23-Saturday, May 25
Walk for Gaza. Various routes in CT

Thursday, May 23, 5:30-7 p.m.
The Great Migration & New Haven Talk/Conversation. About the Great Migration, exploring its connection to New Haven and the role the Q House played for Southern migrants. Uncover stories, share insights, and celebrate the rich tapestry of history that continues to shape our community. Free. Q House, 197 Dixwell Ave. *

Saturday, May 25, 12-6 p.m.
MAY-HEM: An alternative approach to mainstream markets and the procurement of vintage goods. $5 suggested. 100% of admission benefits the GNH HOPE Family Justice Center. An information booth and additional resources courtesy of HOPE available at the venue. Free parking on Nicoll St. or 111 Mitchell Dr.; parking garage at 50 Mitchell Dr. East Rock Brewery, 285 Nicoll St., Suite 103. *

Saturday, May 25, 3-7 p.m.
West Hills/West Rock Neighborhood Festival. A community celebration! Live the joy of “Coming Back Home” with headliner Ms. Laeh, fantastic music, vibrant performances, diverse vendors, delicious food, and field games. Free. West Rock STREAM Academy, 311 Valley St. *

Sunday, May 26, 2-6 p.m.
Newhallville Neighborhood Festival. An afternoon packed with excitement, from a dazzling car show to toe-tapping music and performances, delicious food, and fantastic vendors. Free. Lincoln Basset Park, 130 Bassett St. *

Friday, May 31, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
6th Annual Elm City Freddy Fixer’s Community Awards Gala, Canal Dock Boathouse, 475 Long Wharf Dr., New Haven. Donation $45. Celebration continues June 1-2.