Yard Goats fan fest
Yard Goats mascots Chompers and Chew Chew invite fans for a free 2-hour fan fest that includes behind-the-scene-tours, arts and crafts, access to the batting cages, a visit with Fancy Pants the goat and more, on March 16 from 12 to 2 p.m. at Dunkin’ Donuts Park. Most of the fun will be outside on the Main Concourse. Enter through the main gates on the corner of Main and Trumbull streets, Hartford.
Hebron Maple Fest
This annual festival of all things maple returns to the town green March 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Of course there will be the requisite maple food and beverages for sale, arts and crafts, music, maple-sugaring demos, a quilt show and a tractor parade. No admission fee. In case of blizzard, weather date will be posted on Facebook.
Calling all crazy cat people
CatVideoFest, an annual celebration of Internet short films featuring charming felines, will be shown from March 15 to 21 at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St. in Hartford. Showtime is 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $11, $8 seniors and students, $6 members, $5.50 for senior and student members. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local animal shelter or animal welfare organization. catvideofest.com
St. Patty pub crawls
A St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl stops at multiple Hartford nightspots March 17, with a variety of drink specials. Register at the Tavern Downtown from 3:30 to 6 p.m. $20. ctbarcrawl.ticketleap.com/st-patricks. Meanwhile, Foxwoods celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a Get Shamrocked Pub Crawl March 17, featuring food and drink specials at participating property locations from 1 to 5 p.m. $10. Shamrocked kicks off at the Celebration Zone. foxwoods.com/shamrocked.
Bye bye, Madea
Tyler Perry’s outspoken heroine Madea can’t stop saying goodbye. The movie “A Madea Family Funeral” hit cinemas at the beginning of March, and now comes the national tour of “Madea’s Farewell Play.” Perry has said the movie and the play will be his final appearances as Mabel “Madea” Simmons. “Madea’s Farewell Play” has a single show at 7:30 p.m. March 19 at the Oakdale, 95 S. Turnpike Road, Wallingford. Remaining tickets are $166 to $281. 203-265-1501 and oakdale.com.
This week’s marg
Bartaco, with Connecticut locations in West Hartford, Stamford and Westport, continues its Margarita Month, featuring a new margarita every week. The Green Goddess debuts March 15 through 21, with Libélula, triple sec, avocado, agave and lime in a pistachio salt-rimmed glass, and Margarita Month wraps up with La Rosita, with Libélula, Cappelletti, Casa Berger Garnacha Sorbet rosé, Flower Power moscato, agave simple and lemon juice. All margaritas are $12. bartaco.com.