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Taking the Cake

  The day before I left New Haven for a trip to visit family, I found myself in Ives Main Library, seeking a good summer book—something satisfying, easily digestible. Perhaps I was hungry, but I took those beach-read criteria literally, wandering into the cooking section and plucking out the Claire’s Corner Copia Cookbook, published in 1994, […]

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For the love of Coffee Oreo ice cream

For the love of Coffee Oreo ice cream By Carissa Violante | Posted July 07, 2022   In the shadow of Sterling Memorial Library’s stacks, nestled among Mory’s, Toad’s Place, and Yorkside, the warm red glow of a neon ice cream cone illuminates the window it hangs in. There, on bustling York Street, Ashley’s Ice […]

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Welcome New Haven & The Shops at Yale!

Enjoy live music from local bands & mural painting demonstrations on Saturdays July 23 – August 27 from 12:00-3:00pm on Broadway Island. A different band will play their latest hits each Saturday, while a local artist paints an 8′ mural wall using a “New Haven” theme. The mural walls will be on display this fall in windows throughout downtown.

Click here for the performance schedule!

Aug
13
Sat
Love n’ Co: SUMMER MUSIC & MURALS ON BROADWAY ISLAND @ Broadway Island
Aug 13 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Enjoy live music from local bands & mural painting demonstrations on Saturdays July 23 – August 27 from 12:00-3:00pm on Broadway Island, across from lululemon, L.L.Bean and J.Crew. A different band will play their latest hits each Saturday, while a local artist paints an 8′ mural wall using a “New Haven” theme. The mural walls will be on display this fall in windows throughout downtown.

 

Relax at a bistro table on Broadway Island during the performances with takeout from your choice of more than 35 local restaurants — explore menus at TheShopsatYale.com/Dine. Free & open to the public. Rain dates are the following day.

 

The first 50 people on July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, and August 20 will receive a voucher for one free cup or cone at Ashley’s Ice Cream (280 York Street). Ice cream voucher is valid on date that is was issued only. Limit, one per household. 

 

On Saturday, August 27, The Shops at Yale will be hosting a Back-to-School Supplies Drive with United Way of Greater New Haven! Drop off your new school supplies (new only please) to the United Way Tent on Broadway Island from 12:00-3:00pm. The first 250 donors will receive a voucher for one free cup or cone at Ashley’s Ice Cream (280 York Street) or Arethusa Farm Dairy (1020 Chapel Street). Ice cream voucher is valid on Saturday, August 27, 2022 only. Limit, one per household.

 

View the music schedule and featured artists here!

 

 

Aug
20
Sat
Caribbean Vibe Steel Drum Band: SUMMER MUSIC & MURALS ON BROADWAY ISLAND @ Broadway Island
Aug 20 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Enjoy live music from local bands & mural painting demonstrations on Saturdays July 23 – August 27 from 12:00-3:00pm on Broadway Island, across from lululemon, L.L.Bean and J.Crew. A different band will play their latest hits each Saturday, while a local artist paints an 8′ mural wall using a “New Haven” theme. The mural walls will be on display this fall in windows throughout downtown.

 

Relax at a bistro table on Broadway Island during the performances with takeout from your choice of more than 35 local restaurants — explore menus at TheShopsatYale.com/Dine. Free & open to the public. Rain dates are the following day.

 

The first 50 people on July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, and August 20 will receive a voucher for one free cup or cone at Ashley’s Ice Cream (280 York Street). Ice cream voucher is valid on date that is was issued only. Limit, one per household. 

 

On Saturday, August 27, The Shops at Yale will be hosting a Back-to-School Supplies Drive with United Way of Greater New Haven! Drop off your new school supplies (new only please) to the United Way Tent on Broadway Island from 12:00-3:00pm. The first 250 donors will receive a voucher for one free cup or cone at Ashley’s Ice Cream (280 York Street) or Arethusa Farm Dairy (1020 Chapel Street). Ice cream voucher is valid on Saturday, August 27, 2022 only. Limit, one per household.

 

View the music schedule and featured artists here!

 

 

Aug
27
Sat
Furious George: SUMMER MUSIC & MURALS ON BROADWAY ISLAND @ Broadway Island
Aug 27 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Enjoy live music from local bands & mural painting demonstrations on Saturdays July 23 – August 27 from 12:00-3:00pm on Broadway Island, across from lululemon, L.L.Bean and J.Crew. A different band will play their latest hits each Saturday, while a local artist paints an 8′ mural wall using a “New Haven” theme. The mural walls will be on display this fall in windows throughout downtown.

 

Relax at a bistro table on Broadway Island during the performances with takeout from your choice of more than 35 local restaurants — explore menus at TheShopsatYale.com/Dine. Free & open to the public. Rain dates are the following day.

 

On Saturday, August 27, The Shops at Yale will be hosting a Back-to-School Supplies Drive with United Way of Greater New Haven! Drop off your new school supplies (new only please) to the United Way Tent on Broadway Island from 12:00-3:00pm. The first 250 donors will receive a voucher for one free cup or cone at Ashley’s Ice Cream (280 York Street) or Arethusa Farm Dairy (1020 Chapel Street). Ice cream voucher is valid on Saturday, August 27, 2022 only. Limit, one per household.

 

View the music schedule and featured artists here!

 

 

Oct
22
Sat
New Haven Chalk Art Festival @ The Shops at Yale
Oct 22 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The 5th New Haven Chalk Art Festival is returning on Saturday, October 22! Enjoy a day of art, music, and family entertainment in the heart of downtown New Haven from 12-4pm (rain date Sunday, October 23).
Stroll the Chapel and Broadway districts to view and vote on elaborate chalk art designs by more than 75 talented artists at 2 locations (Broadway Island, 56 Broadway, and in front of the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street), and enjoy a kids freestyle zone with free chalk, magician, face painting, lunch specials at Bulldog Hotdogs, live music from local musicians, a raffle, and more! This event is free and open to the public, with free parking available at the 150 York Street Garage from 11am-7pm with a validation stamp at The Shops at Yale tent during the event.
All professional and amateur artists and artist groups are invited to compete for gift cards to The Shops at Yale, including:
1st Place: $1,000 to Hull’s Art Supply
2nd Place: $500 to L.L.Bean
3rd Place: $250 to Urban Outfitters
Winners in each People’s Choice Awards category (Teen, Adult, and Group) will receive a $100 gift card to J.Crew or lululemon. Everyone who votes will automatically be entered to win a $50 gift card to Basta Trattoria, Villa Lulu, and Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant. Artist’s Choice winners in each category (Teen, Adult, and Group) will receive a $75 gift card to Urban Outfitters.
It’s free to participate! For more info or to register, visit https://theshopsatyale.com/chalkart.