WESTPORT, Conn. End the last weekend of summer in Westport before school starts on a high note. See singer Frankie Valli live at the Levitt Pavilion, take a kayak tour of the Saugatuck River or bring the family to the Sherwood Island Nature Center to learn about squids, clams, snails and more. Heres a look at events planned in and around Westport. For more listings, visit our Events page.
Friday, Aug. 24
Art Café: 10 to 11 a.m. Meet other art enthusiasts and learn about exhibitions in the area. Guests use The New York Times Friday Arts Section as a springboard to discuss the latest exhibitions and events in the art world. Coffee and muffins will be served. Free. For more information, call 203-222-7070 or visit www.westportartscenter.org . Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave.
Rainforest Reptiles Show: 10 a.m. Connecticuts Beardsley Zoo offers an educational program on snakes, alligators and other reptiles. The presentation is free with zoo admission, which costs $12 for adults and $10 for kids and senior citizens. Repeat shows are at 12:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport.
Sunset Kayak Paddle: 5 to 7 p.m. Float down the Saugatuck River in a kayak during the third-annual Sunset Paddle event hosted by Downunder Kayaks. The event benefits the Earthplace Harbor Watch water quality monitoring program. Refreshments will be served. Adults only: no experience necessary. Cost is $50 and includes kayak rental as well as life jacket, equipment and instruction. Downunder Kayaks, 575 Riverside Ave.
Live Music Fridays: 9 p.m. Enjoy live music, food and drinks at Oaxaca Kitchen every Friday night this month. This week's featured band is Fret Notz. No cover. Oaxaca Kitchen, 376 Post Road E.
Frankie Valli Concert: 9 to 10:30 p.m. Dont miss pop music legend Frankie Valli and his group The Four Seasons live at the Levitt Pavilion during the annual summer gala. Concertgoers will enjoy a variety of greatest hit from the Frankie Valli songbook, including Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like a Man, Rag Doll, Can't Take My Eyes Off You, Oh What a Night and Grease. Concert begins at 9 p.m. but gates open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $75, $95 or $250. Tickets are available to purchase online . Levitt Pavilion, 40 Jesup Road.
Saturday, Aug. 25
Animal Visit: 1 p.m. The Connecticut Audubon Society invites kids to meet with one of critters in its Animal Care program. The activity is free to attend. 2325 Burr St., Fairfield.
Coffeehouse Night: 7 to 10 p.m. Meet up with friends at Toquet Hall during coffeehouse night. Free. Toquet Hall, 58 Post Road E.
Female Vocal Revue Variety Show: 8 to 9:30 p.m. Three outstanding female vocalists are taking the stage at the Levitt Pavilion. Sharon Jerry-Collins, Maydie Myles and Tara Engler will each perform with the Old School Back Up Band. The show is the inspiration of Westports Old School Music founder, Roger Kaufman. Free. Levitt Pavilion, 40 Jesup Road.
Sunday, Aug. 26
Squidding Around: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Did you know that clams, snails and squids are all relatives? Take the family to Sherwood Island Nature Center to learn about how the creatures are the same. Curious minds can even dissect a squid, upon request. Kids will also get to create works of art to bring home. Free. Program also runs Friday and Saturday at the same times. Sherwood Island Nature Center, Sherwood Island State Park.
The Fairfield Counts Concert: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dance to the swinging sounds of the Fairfield Counts. Made up of 17 musicians and a female vocalist, the Fairfield Counts are a Levitt Pavilion favorite. The sounds of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Harry James, Gene Krupa and Count Basie are all part of bands repertoire. Free. Levitt Pavilion, 40 Jesup Road.
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