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Free Live Music in Downtown Hartford on Thursday and Friday Evenings, and Saturday Afternoons

Pratt Street in Downtown Hartford will premiere its fourth annual weekly live music series on Thursday, June 3 at 6 p.m. The Pratt Street Patio Music Series’ local, original performances will be presented at no charge through mid-October every Thursday and Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday afternoons from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting*. The block-long Pratt Street, which lies between Trumbull and Main Streets, is closed to vehicles to encourage people to come Downtown and enjoy nearby restaurants and shops.


The Pratt Street Patio Music series is hosted by and the Hartford Business Improvement District (HBID) and is made possible by a grant from the Richard P. Garmany Fund. In 2020, the series was one of the first in Connecticut to offer live musical performances in a safe, socially distanced environment. In its first three consecutive years, the series hosted over 100 musical acts. This year, it will expand from two days per week to three days per week.


“We are very excited to bring back live music in a safe setting to the City of Hartford,” says Chip McCabe, the Hartford Business Improvement District’s Director of Placemaking & Events. “This series has consistently showcased artists from all over the state and we take a lot of pride in how eclectic the music has been. We are very grateful to have a beautiful space like Pratt Street that we can activate with local, original music.”


The full line-up and schedule of musicians for the 2021 season will be announced in the coming weeks through and its various social media channels. Some of the confirmed artists include (in alphabetical order): Hartford hip-hop artist Anne:Gogh; Hartford-based singer/songwriter Desiree Camille; Award-winning singer/songwriter Canyon; Meriden-based singer/songwriter Frank Critelli; New Haven alt country artist Stefanie Clark Harris; Hartford soul/jazz/R&B artist Orice Jenkins; Hartford hip hop artist Tang Sauce; and Hip-hop artist Sketch tha Cataclysm.


*In case of rain, a performance will be rescheduled to a later date.


The Hartford Business Improvement District (HBID) is a 60-block non-profit 501(c)(3) special services district. Working collectively with the City of Hartford, as well as the more than 100 property owners and other organizations within the District, the organization is dedicated to creating positive and lasting change by enhancing the economic vitality and quality of life for employees, visitors and residents within our District. Visit


For any questions or more information, please contact HBID Director of Placemaking & Events Chip McCabe at or 860-770-0788.