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In a city as spirited, lively, and diverse as Stamford, there is always something to do. Whether you’re walking the 19 miles of shoreline, drinking and dining at the bars Downtown, or hiking the scenic trails of North Stamford, you’ll quickly find that there is never a dull moment in this city. 

Stamford Events


Martini  Night Life

Downtown Stamford features a wide array of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs that make our city a weekend hotspot not solely for Stamford residents, but young adults from all over Fairfield County and New York. Enjoy gorgeous rooftop bars overlooking the scenic Long Island Sound, or the weekly outdoor movie projected in Commons Park on Wednesday nights during the summer months. A wide variety of bars, pubs, and restaurants spanning every taste imaginable populate the entire Downtown area, drawing people from all different ages and backgrounds for nights packed with fun and excitement.

Bedford Street & Stamford Downtown

One of Stamford's various millennial hotspots. Featuring an array of flashy bars, 5-star restaurants, and cozy coffee shops, making it one of the most popular areas in Stamford to spend Friday and Saturday nights. The bar scene includes Brother Jimmy's BBQ, Hudson Grille, Tigin Pub, and Bradford's. On weekend nights, food trucks line Bedford St. to serve up delicious late night grub including hot dogs, poutine, and tacos. Bartaco and Barcelona are two latin inspired restaurants with lively bars, just one block away on Summer St. 

 

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Harbor Point

Harbor Point features some of the liveliest bars and restaurants in Stamford. Bareburger serves up a delicious and unique array of burgers including ostrich and elk burgers while Fortina is a popular spot for people looking to grab classic crispy thin pizzas and other Italian fares. Pizza Surf Club on the rooftop of Fortina has become a local hangout and offers picturesque views of the sunset over Long Island Sound. Sign of the Whale features a spacious rooftop bar perfect for evening summer cocktails, while Mexicue dishes up fresh Mexican cuisine with a southern twist. Take the complimentary water taxi to Crab Shell for delicious, fresh seafood and live summer bands on the boardwalk, to Prime for the juiciest steaks, or to Half Full Brewery featuring local Stamford-made beers.


Retail  Main Attractions

Stamford prides itself on the opportunities offered in terms of recreation, retail, relaxation, and more - all found within our city limits. Stamford has its very own mall with over 130 stores, relaxing beaches directly on the Long Island Sound, and over 40 sites for parks and recreation. Stamford offers an endless amount of entertainment that continues to impress not only visitors but Stamford's very own residents.

Athletic Attractions

When it comes to recreation, Stamford is unmatched by any city around. Chelsea Piers CT is one of the finest sports and recreational facilities in the country, and it is located here in Stamford, neighboring multiple movie theaters, concert venues, ice rinks, beaches, arcades, and more.

Stamford Museum and Nature Center

Located in the woods of Northern Stamford, the Museum and Nature Center is filled with art, histories of the New England Area, and a scenic 10-acre working farm. In addition to its multitude of facilities, the center offers seasonal family exhibits, weekend festivals, and year-round educational programs. 

Stamford Town Center

Our very own city mall features over 130 retailers and stores such as Macy’s, Michael Kors, and Forever 21, as well as a full-size movie theater and dozens of five-star restaurants. Located in the heart of the city, the Stamford Town Center has been a staple for decades. 

Parks and Rec

With over 40 recreational sites, including public parks, beaches, golf courses, sports field complexes, and more, Stamford has the ample space and resources necessary for relaxation, entertainment, and recreation. In terms of accessible and enticing options for parks and recreation, Stamford holds the most options relative to its size in the area.

Chelsea Piers CT

Harbor Point Paddle Board Yoga

Stamford Town Center Mall

Mianus River Gorge Hiking Trails


Drums  Major Events

Stamford is home to numerous daily, weekly, seasonal, and annual events that make the city so enticing. Around Thanksgiving, we enjoy one of the largest helium balloon parades in the country, the UBS Parade Spectacular, attracting over 100,000 spectators every year. Alive@Five is a popular outdoor summer concert series located in Columbus Park, where people from all over the tri-state area come to hear popular bands and artists such as Andy Grammar, Shaggy, and CeeLo Green perform. Other events such as Slide the City, Stamford Downtown Farmer's Market, and Hope in Motion Walk/Run make this city worth calling your home.  

Slide the City Hope In Motion

Alive@Five

One of the most anticipated events of the year, Alive@Five is an outdoor summer concert series in Stamford’s Columbus Park that brings in big names each year, such as Cee Lo Green, Plain White T's, Third Eye Blind, Sugar Ray and much more. Alive@Five runs an impressive six Thursday concerts in a row, ensuring that there's always time to see a few after work.

Stamford Thanksgiving Day Parade 

Stamford’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the largest helium balloon parades in the country, drawing over 100,000 spectators annually. It features award-winning marching bands, eye-catching floats, large colorful balloons, and guest appearances. Great fun for the whole family!

Stamford Fourth of July Fireworks

Every year, the City of Stamford puts on a spectacular fireworks display for the public to enjoy on our nations birthday. Set in Cummings Park, thousands flock to West Beach to watch the fireworks light up the night sky and listen to music by professional DJs. It's a night full of family, friends, BBQs, and apple pie!

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UBS Parade

Fireworks


Parks  Parks and Recreation 

Rockrimmon Country Club and Golf Course


theatre  Arts and Culture

Stamford has a long history of being involved the art community and served as inspiration for many artists including WPA artist James Daugherty, and world-renowned color theorist Faber Birren. Today, Stamford is home to a wealth of artistic groups and galleries and has a thriving performance community. Additionally, Stamford is less than an hour away by train to New York City, the arts and theatre capital of the world. In 2017, Mayor David Martin created the Stamford Arts and Culture Commission to help organize community and professional projects. Additionally, the commission will work to increase awareness of artistic endeavors that are ongoing by maintaining a community arts calendar. 

Palace Theatre UCONN Gallery