Special Activities

The Ellington Parks and Recreation Department hosts many different events that will keep your family entertained.

Always wanted to go to a concert in the park or a trip out of town? The Parks & Rec Department funds several types of activities that will appeal to anyone.


2017 Concerts in Arbor ParK.:

Click Here for Summer schedule

2017 Day Trips

 These trips are being offered in Mansfield, Ashford, Coventry, Ellington, Tolland, and Willington. Please register where you live at your local Recreation Department.  The pickup location for all others registering will be the Commuter Lot off I-84 Exit 68 in Tolland. Return times are approximate.  No alcohol or glass items allowed on bus. Limited number of tickets per town per trip; register early!  Fees include transportation and entry for game or show. Check our website for more details www.parkrec.ellington-ct.gov

James Taylor at Tanglewood - July 4th

Tanglewood presents James Taylor with his extraordinary band of musicians. Fireworks will follow the July 4 concert. Register early. Tickets are expected to sell out. We will not have a stop on the way to Tanglewood. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. The grounds open at 5:30 pm. We will arrive shortly after

5:30 pm. There are plenty of places to buy dinner inside, but you’re welcome to bring in food, coolers, wine, etc. There is no cooking allowed on the grounds.

The Bus will leave the commuter lot at Exit 68 off I-84 at 3:00 pm and will return approximately midnight (2 hours after the fireworks are over) 

FEE: $65.00 for everyone (Fee includes bus and lawn ticket to the show.), Day: Tuesday, Date: July 4, 2017, Time: Bus leaves at 3:00 pm and will returns at approximately midnight, (2 hours after the fireworks are over).  Fee: $65.00 for everyone (Includes coach bus transportation and lawn ticket to the show) , Location:  Lenox, MA 


A Day on Your Own in Newport/Newport Jazz Festival! – Saturday, August 5th

Registration Deadline, July 12th, Save on parking and needing to drive to the famous Newport, Jazz Festival by letting us do it for you! This special Day

on Your Own trip occurs during the height of the festival; you purchase your tickets, and we’ll get you there. Not interested in Jazz? No problem, we’ve got a stop for you too! The bus will drop-off at two locations, the Discover Newport Tourist Center where you can begin your own adventure at local shops and restaurants, and Fort Adams, for the

festival attendees.

Planning to attend the festival? Secure your bus seat with us, then after July15th visit

www.newportjazz.org to purchase your Saturday event ticket and see Saturday’s lineup


Planning a day of adventure at the Cliff walk, Mansions, or just around town? Visit www.discovernewport.org for inspiration!, Date: Saturday, August 5, Departure Time: 7:30 am - Bus leaves commuter lot at exit 68 off of I-84, Return Time:  Approx. 10:00 pm. Driver will indicate the pick-up time for each location., Fee: $52.00 (includes bus transportation only)


Red Sox @ Yankee Stadium vs. Yankees Saturday September 2nd

Registration Deadline, August 19th, Time: Bus Pickup 8:30 am, Game Time: 1:05 pm, Return time anticipated by 7:00 pm, Trip includes: Charter Bus, Ticket to the game (Grandstands- cookout, games and prizes on the bus), Fee: $135.00

List of future trips more information will be forthcoming check out our website for details.

  • October 14 (tentative): Day @ Monadnock Mountain, New Hampshire trails and dinner in Northampton
  • November 11: Radio City trip
  • December 2: A Day on Your Own in New York City

 Ellington Community Theatre                                                       

    12 Main Street, Ellington, CT 06029, 860-338-3038, Theartre for ALL Ages!  Ellington Community Theatre brings theatre to Ellington and the surrounding communities. Please join us as a performer, musician, technician, director or manager. The entire community reaps the benefit of a wonderful night of entertainment.  Registration will begin late January for ages 5 - 100 at www.artsfromtheheart.net.  Auditions for parts will be held in May (must be registered to Audition).  Performances are scheduled for July 28, 29, 30.  Past Productions:  2014 Honk Junior 2015 Seussical 2016 the Music Man.  Coming summer 2017



Saturday and Sunday, August 5th & 6th,  Schwartz Athletic Complex Tennis Courts, 

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2017 Hunter K Giroux Scholarships

The scholarships are named after a long-time Ellington resident who was an integral part of the town’s parks and recreation programs, from coaching, program organization, as well as motivating young athletes to challenge themselves to improve, both in the classroom and in the athletic environment. Applications will be available Monday, May 1. Please contact Robert Tedford @ rtedford@ellington-ct.gov  in order to secure an application. This scholarship/stipend is designed for any Ellington male or female student (seniors) who are slated to graduate from a secondary school in May or June of 2017. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be planning to engage in the professional studies of health education, physical education, recreation or dance, at an accredited two or four Year College or University in the United States by the FALL of 2017.

Ellington Soccer Fundraising

 Ellington Soccer Fund Raising:  Please consider purchasing any of the listed items in order to support the Town of Ellington Soccer Program. 100% of the profits will go toward the Recreation Division and Travel Team Soccer needs, specifically for replacing equipment and upgrading uniforms.  Umbrellas (purple & white) $15, Coffee Mugs $1, Water Bottles $1,     Soccer Magnet $1