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  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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New Haven Chalk Art Festival
Saturday, October 22, 2022 (rain date October 23)
12-4pm at The Shops at Yale

Enjoy a day of music, art and family entertainment in celebration of the local community in the heart of downtown New Haven and Yale University. The Shops at Yale invites all professional and amateur artists, students, and artist groups to participate in the 5th New Haven Chalk Art Festival. 

Find more information here!

Sep
29
Thu
College Night – Fall ’22 @ Broadway Shopping District
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
College Night on Broadway
Mingle • Shop • Explore
September 29, 2022 | 4:00pm-8:00pm

FREE Event for all College & University Students

RSVP today! CLICK HERE! 

College Night is on Thursday, September 29 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm on Broadway Island at 56 Broadway (across from L.L.Bean/Apple/J.Crew). This is a FREE event for all college & university students. You must RSVP to participate in this event. FREE parking is available at the 150 York Street parking garage. (Bring your ticket to the registration table for a validation stamp.)

Check-in begins at 3:30pm and closes at 7:00pm. On-site registration on your phone is available. Just look for the signs with the QR Code!

Valid college or university student I.D. is required.

FREE Food: Regular or Veggie Hot Dog from Bulldog Hotdogs, Chips & Salsa from Tomatillo Taco Joint, Pizza Slice from Yorkside Pizza Restaurant, Donut from Donut Crazy, Mango Lassi tasting at Sherkaan Indian Street Food, and more.  While supplies last. Available to the first 1,200 students with food vouchers from registration/check-in.

Raffle: Want a chance to win a new Apple iPad? Spend at least $25 at any of The Shops at Yale retailers and bring your receipt to Broadway Island at 8:00pm to enter for a chance to win an Apple iPad, gift cards to your favorite stores or restaurants, and other prizes! You must be present to win.

Shopping Discounts: Up to 30% OFF one-night-only exclusive discounts for retailers!

DJ Mike Martone 4:00-8:00pm!

Say cheese for the photo booth with professional photographer at J.Crew and join in on one of the many games and giveaways as well as a strolling magician, a corn-hole challenge, and so much more!

Spin Campus Customs famous prize wheel and WIN discounts and giveaways!

*Exclusions may apply on shopping and dining discounts. See store or restaurant associate for details.

 

Oct
15
Sat
Free Kids Chalk Art Classes with Artist Kristy Lankford @ The Shops at Yale
Oct 15 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join local artist and art teacher Kristy Lankford for a very special chalk art tutorial on Saturday, October 15, 2022, from 12pm-4pm on Broadway Island, 56 Broadway. Kristy will demonstrate the best methods for chalk painting and help you create your own one-of-a-kind masterpiece!
Classes will be offered for two different age groups:
Class 1: Ages 12 and under (12pm-1:45pm)
Class 2: Ages 13-18 (2:15pm-4pm)
Registration is FREE and free chalk will be provided for participants. Sign up by following the link below:
These classes are part of the New Haven Chalk Art Festival, taking place on Saturday, October 22, 2022, from 12pm-4pm at The Shops at Yale. Visit theshopsatyale.com/chalkart for more info.
In the event of rain, the classes will be moved to Sunday, October 16, 2022 — same time, same place.
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.
Nov
25
Fri
Andy Wolf Holiday Tubulation Series @ The Shops at Yale
Nov 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2019 Holidays Shops at Yale

Enjoy the festive sounds of solo horns and tubas at Sherman’s Alley, next to Union League Cafe, and on Broadway Island.
Black Friday, 1:00-4:00pm, November 25
Sundays, 1:00-4:00pm, November 27, December 4, 11 (Chapel only) & 18.

Nov
26
Sat
Connecticut Yuletide Carolers @ The Shops at Yale
Nov 26 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
CONNECTICUT YULETIDE CAROLERS (ROAMING)

Festive carolers will be performing simultaneously in the Broadway and Chapel Historic Districts wearing traditional garb. Great photo opportunities!

  • 1 quartet of roaming carolers in the Chapel Street Historic District on Saturdays, November 26, December 3, 10 & 17, 2022 from 12:00-3:00pm
  • 1 quartet of roaming carolers in the Broadway Shopping District on Sundays, November 27, December 4, 11 & 18, 2022 from 12:00-3:00pm
Strolling Carolers in Whitney-Audubon District
Nov 26 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Carolers will be performing in front of merchants on Whitney Avenue wearing traditional garb. Great photo opportunities!

–Saturdays, 12:00-3:00, November 26, December 3, 10 & 17.

Storytelling & Selfies with Santa & Mrs. Claus @ The Shops at Yale
Nov 26 @ 1:00 pm – Dec 18 @ 3:00 pm
STORYTELLING & SELFIES WITH SANTA & MRS CLAUS

Santa and Mrs Claus will visit The Shops at Yale and read stories to children and take photos with families from 1:00-3:00pm. This event is free and open to the public with free snacks!
–Saturdays, November 26, December 3, 1:00-3:00pm – B Natural Kitchen, 260 College Street
–Saturdays, December 10 & 17, 1:00-3:00pm – Claire’s Corner Copia, 1000 Chapel Street
–Sundays, November 27, December 4, 11 & 18, 1:00-3:00pm – Barnes & Noble/The Yale Bookstore, 77 Broadway

Nov
27
Sun
Connecticut Yuletide Carolers @ The Shops at Yale
Nov 27 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
CONNECTICUT YULETIDE CAROLERS (ROAMING)

Festive carolers will be performing simultaneously in the Broadway and Chapel Historic Districts wearing traditional garb. Great photo opportunities!

  • 1 quartet of roaming carolers in the Chapel Street Historic District on Saturdays, November 26, December 3, 10 & 17, 2022 from 12:00-3:00pm
  • 1 quartet of roaming carolers in the Broadway Shopping District on Sundays, November 27, December 4, 11 & 18, 2022 from 12:00-3:00pm