The pool is open. On May 26, Foxwoods launches its summerlong series of pool parties that run through Labor Day every Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Opening-day admission is free until 1 p.m.; then it’s $10. $20 gets you into most Sundays. Themes include Pride Day on June 9; Electric Pool on June 23 (EDM all day); Red, White and Blue on July 7; Christmas in July on July 27; and POOLCHELLA on Aug. 11, which features two stages of music, food trucks and special guests ($50 pool or lawn admission; $75 for both). foxwoods.com
A parade, a war, and a spring fest
It wouldn’t be Memorial Day in Wethersfield without the parade — which kicks off at 9 a.m. May 25 on State Street and travels its usual route to Marsh Street — and the Revolutionary War Encampment that follows at the the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum on Main Street. The 5th Connecticut Regiment will be in full colonial dress, and there will be demonstrations, marching and musket firing Free (webb-deane-stevens.org). Also happening that day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Heirloom Market just down the road from the museum, is a spring festival with local vendors, artisans, kid friendly activities, a BBQ and more.
Farmington Food Truck Festival
More than 20 food trucks, kids’ bounce houses, photo booths, rides, crafts and music park for two days at 20 Waterside Dr., Farmington, on May 25 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and May 26 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free admission. facebook.com
Wiener Dog 100
In case you need another reason other than a three-day weekend to visit an amusement park: One hundred adorable dachshunds head to Lake Compounce on May 25 to compete in the 6th annual Pink’s Wiener Dog 100, which is between the Down Time ride and La Fiesta restaurant. The first heat begins at 1 p.m.; the park opens at 11 a.m. After the races, there will be a hot-dog bobbing contest for the dogs and a hot-dog eating contest at Pink’s eatery. The park is at 186 Enterprise Dr., Bristol. Regular admission rates apply. lakecompounce.com.
Paradise City Arts Festival
This festival of fine and functional art returns for Memorial Day weekend (May 25 to 27) at 54 Old Ferry Road, Northampton, Mass., just a short 50-minute drive from Hartford. Inside three airy buildings and under the big tent, will be 250 painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, glassblowers, furniture makers, clothing designers and more, all juried from all over the U.S. Also featured are a dining tent, the romantic exhibit “Fully Engaged!” and a sculpture promenade. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $14; three-day-pass $16; 65-plus $12; students $8; children 12 and under free. Free parking. paradisecityarts.com
This band starring Jason Tenner, pictured, as Prince lays claim to being the No. 1 tribute show, playing in Las Vegas for more than 20 years. It comes to the Shubert Theatre, 247 College St., New Haven, one night only: May 23 at 7:30 p.m. $41-$61. 203-562-5666, shubert.com