Night Fall Hartford

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Night Fall
features music, dance, theater, spoken word, costume and lead artist Anne Cubberly's signature giant puppets. Cubberly, along with community leaders Steve Mitchell and LB Muñoz, hires some of the region's most talented and active artists, performers and technical specialists for the core of this professional production. This year's Night Fall is Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Colt Park in Hartford.

Come early for extra Night Fall Fun! Grounds open at 2 pm in the field adjacent to the performance area. Shop with the Market vendors, make Art, enjoy Side Shows, and purchase food from various local Food Trucks. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on for the performance, which starts promptly at 6 pm.

scene from 2013In the weeks leading up to Night Fall, free art workshops will be held across the city of Hartford. Night Fall artists work with residents in their neighborhoods to design and create lanterns that are the centerpiece of the performance. Hartford communities are a featured part of Night Fall.

Night Fall honors the diversity of Hartford residents young and old by fostering relationships through creative and expressive sharing and learning. Night Fall highlights the wealth of artistic talent in the Greater Hartford region by collaborating with local artists, performers and craftspeople.

scene from 2015In the idyllic setting of Colt Park and autumnal surroundings, Night Fall probes the mysteries of seasonal transition and change. The evening's climax, a final ritual procession of lanterns, symbolizes an ending of the fall season and a welcoming to the winter season soon to come. In this way, Night Fall is a festival of theater, pageantry, movement and music as well as a uniquely Hartford celebration of nature, our shared history and most importantly, our community.

Attend one of our pre-show workshops , volunteer to help the night of the event or reserve a blanket or a first row chair for a front row seat at one of Hartford's most magical evenings!

If you're a community group, artisan or food truck owner interested in vending or tabling at Night Fall 2019, please contact our Vendor Coordinator at

Want to relive Night Fall past performances? You can view them online!
Watch: 2012 Elizabeth Park, 2013 Pope Park, 2014 Colt Park, 2015 Keney Park, and 2016 Elizabeth Park, 2017 Bushnell Park and 2018 Pope Park!

Chion WolfOur good friend and board member, Chion Wolf, made this wonderful video with pictures and interviews with children about their favorite parts of Night Fall. Enjoy!

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merch booth With your help, Night Fall highlights the wealth of artistic talent in the Greater Hartford region by collaborating with local artists, performers and craftspeople and fairly compensating them for their work.

Your support in making this project a reality is greatly appreciated. Every Night Fall backer will be lovingly thanked on our web site. We also value your encouragement and cheers, your Facebook posts and tweets.

Night Fall is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


squirrels love youNight Fall is made possible
by our supporters!

Generous support from:

Roberts Foundation

Vermont Community Foundation and the Knox Foundation.
the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and
Freed Marcroft, LLC.

In-Kind support from:

All Waste Inc., AlphaGraphics, Bill Morgan Media, Blue Earth Compost, CHER at Trinity College, City of Hartford, Connecticut Audio & Theatrical Supply, The Dirt Salon, Euphoria Events, Hands on Hartford, Imposters Impersonating History, The iQuilt Plan, The Metropolitan District, Mill Restaurant Group, Northern Lights, Robert O'Connor, Meckla Pinnix, Pond House Cafe,
Real Art Ways

We are deeply grateful for the generosity of

Joe Barber, Jill & David Barrett, Lynn Bortolan, Suzanne & John Bourdeaux, Sara & Luke Bronin, Susan Carey, The Cherolis Family, Jonathan Cohen, Erin & Julio Concepcion, Audrey Conrad, Jim Condren & Ellen Robinson, Diana & Rick Crookes, Rita Decker, Jack Dougherty, Lynn Ferrari & Ginny Seeley, Patricia Fontaine, Thomas Foran, Doris Gale, Tracy & John Gale, Matthew Glasser, Barnaby Horton, Dick & Beverly Hughes, Helen & Don Hughlett, Anne Kane & Jake Holmes, Jill Marie Kleiber, Anne Koneru, Terrence Lavin & Jennifer Crookes Carpenter, Jennifer & Richard Lotstein, Nancy Macy & Robert Painter, Kathi Meding, Marcy & Luis Mejia, Peter Min, Stephanie Moreland, Marjorie Morrissey, Sol & Edgardo Mune, Marcey & Roberto Muñoz, Narwold Family Fund, Mary Jane Panke, Chrissie & Ezra Ripple, Gilda Roncari, Rosalie Roth, Edd Russo, Jennifer & Christian T. Sager, Greg & Jan Sinnott, Lynn Sinnott, Sheelah Sinnott, Paul Spirito & Sarah Poriss, Bill Stapleton, Donna & Sam Stout, Trinity College, Cate Vallone, Linda Wayman, Sally Weisman, Margot Weiss, Lisa Whatmore, Diane Whitney... and more!

And our talented crafters, sewers, lantern builders & volunteers!

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Night Fall Performance Returns to Hartford (NBC CT, October 4, 2018)

Illuminating Stronger Ties at Hartford's Night Fall (Red Truck Stonecatcher Blog, December 17, 2017)

Anne Cubberly Invites You All to Participate (Take Magazine, October 3, 2016)

Hartford Puppetmaker Anne Cubberly Is The Creative Force Behind Night Fall (the Hartford Magazine, September 24, 2016)

Night Fall At Colt Park (photo gallery,, October 12, 2014)

With Forum, Donovan And Marathon, Hartford Was Hopping
(Hartford Courant, October 13, 2014)

Magic Comes to Colt Park at Night Fall (Hartford Courant, October 6, 2014)

Artist Anne Cubberly Named Best Artist in Hartford Magazine's Best of Hartford Winners 2014 (Hartford Magazine, May 2014)

Anne Cubberly – "Hartford Has Her" (Hartford Preservation Alliance Blog, February 17, 2014)

Night Fall Celebrates Changing Of Seasons At Pope Park (Hartford Courant, October 10, 2013)

Hartford's Underground Arts Scene (Hartford Magazine, September, 2013)

Puppet Sculptor Anne Cubberly Creates A Magical World
(Hartford Courant, July 19, 2013)

Artist Anne Cubberly Named One of Hartford Magazine's Players: Best of Hartford Winners 2013
(Hartford Magazine, May 2013)

Hartford Bucket List Challenge 2013! (Yelp Hartford, March 2013)

Photos: Night Fall Hartford (, October 2012)

Ten Photos of "Night Fall"
(Hartford Courant, To Wit, October 14, 2012)

See Anne Cubberly's Night Fall on Oct. 13 in Hartford's Elizabeth Park (, October 8, 2012)

Dreams, Vision And Inspiration: What Drives An Artist? (WNPR, Colin McEnroe Show, September 24, 2012)

Hartford Arts Community Brings Wonder To Autumn (Seasons Magazine, Fall 2012)

Night Fall - Celebrate the Season With the Arts (Hartford Woman Online, August 2012)

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Night Fall festivities at Colt Park begin at 2 pm, so get here early to place your group's blanket or chairs in the audience seating areas and then enjoy food trucks, art activities, vendors, community tables and people watching! The show begins promptly at 6 pm.


Colt Park Location Map


Colt Park Street Map


We encourage carpooling and ride-sharing to Night Fall.
For Uber or Lyft pick-up and drop-off, use the Corner of Wawarme Ave & Ledyard Street (6 Ledyard Street).

RIDE A BIKE TO THE PARK! Night Fall encourages you to bike to the park and park with our free Bike Valet! Your bicycle will be under the watchful eyes of our volunteers, but a savvy cyclist will still use a bike lock. Bring bike lights for your ride home, since the performance ends after dark. Find more information about group ride-ins and bicycle route suggestions here.

WALK TO NIGHT FALL Here is a 1-mile radius map, which is approximately a 20 minute walk. Skip the hassle of parking and tuck a blanket into your bag or sling a folding chair on your back. Traveling light is easy, since there are food trucks in the park.

CT TRANSIT AND CTFASTRAK Night Fall fans and soccer fans can both take advantage of the new CTfastrak shuttle (Route 160 - Dillon Stadium Connector) between Sigourney Street Station, Downtown Hartford, and Colt Park's Dillon Stadium. The CTfastrak route 160 has a halftime and end of game bus (picking up at Dillon Stadium) that Night Fall fans can take back to the Sigourney Street Station to catch the frequent CTfastrak bus along the bus rapid transit corridor. Alternative bus to Colt Park, take bus route 53-55 toward Wethersfield Ave. and get off at Warwarme Ave. This bus doesn't have late return routes, so you'll need to catch the CTfastrak 160 back from Dillon Stadium. Plan your transit trip! The rate is $1.75 for a two-hour bus pass or $3.50 for an all-day pass. You can pay on the bus (exact change) or pay ahead at the CTfastrak station kiosk. Experienced bus riders will already have their GoCT card or GoCT phone app.

CAR, VAN, AND CARPOOL PARKING [brief bulleted list of parking suggestions including: Bulkeley HS (tentative), Church of the Good Shepherd, specific streets surrounding Wethersfield & Wawarme, ADA drop-off & parking in Colt Park's Morris St. Lot off of Wawarme Ave., Colt Building no-cost reserved parking for Night Fall guests at corner of Huyshope Ave. and Sequassen St., etc.] Look for Night Fall parking attendants and parking lots with Night Fall signs if you choose to drive to the park!


seating info Seating at Night Fall is as close to nature as you can get – on the lawn. Seating is first come, first served. There are no bad seats and you may want to bring something to sit on; blanket seating is closest to the stage with chair seating behind. (There are no chairs or stools in the Blanket Area.)

For those who need assistance to reach the playing area, volunteers are on hand to assist in transport to our reserved Accessibility viewing area.

And if you want to really be up close and personal, consider supporting Night Fall by reserving a blanket.

Past performances have been standing room only, so we encourage you to arrive early. Bring a picnic supper or purchase a snack from one of the food trucks parked nearby. But please help keep Colt Park beautiful by taking your trash with you when you leave.

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