The 30th Annual Family Day in Keney Park Festival

Family Day Foundation, Inc. is a community based organization designed to instill pride and increase community involvement of families through positive recreational, educational and economic experiences. The Keney Park Family Day is an annual multi-day gathering, attended by thousands. Not only do Hartford's North End community residents participate, but they are also joined by residents from throughout Connecticut, as well as visitors from other states including; New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The Annual Family Day Festival in Keney Park serves as an important reminder of the economic, cultural, and social potential of Hartford’s neighborhoods. The intertwining of R&B, Jazz, Gospel, and Reggae music along with other activities; such as providing health & human services information, an abundance of arts & craft vendors, diversified food vendors, educational, recreational & sporting events for the entire family is what gives Family Day a significant, lasting impact in the community.

Throughout its history The Family Day Festival has provided a plethora of activities for the family.  The festival has always held true to the following core components:  Families, Entertainment, Food, Arts &Crafts, Education, Health & Human Services, Environmental Awareness and Recreation.  The 2015 festival builds on its tradition by presenting the core principles in innovative ways.

Families - Family Day acknowledges and re-energizes the spirit of community in Greater Hartford through the celebration of the family unit. The 2015 family reunions will enjoy Family T shirts, designated family areas, the family “cook off” and an opportunity to showcase their family history.

Entertainment - All festival goers will have the opportunity to enjoy live blend of R&B, Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Gospel and African Music. The festival will also include a number of Dance performances and a Zumba party.

Foods, Arts & Crafts - Food Vendors of many varieties choose Family Day to showcase their cuisine. Arts & Crafts vendors from as far as New York make the trip each year to market their crafts. The 2015 festival will also include a farmers market and “fresh food” cooking demonstrations. Vendors also bring their families to enjoy the festival.

Education - The 2015 festival will host its first back to school rally including school supply giveaways, contests, science demonstrations, science experiments and prizes. The festival is intends to build excitement, anticipation and preparedness for the upcoming school year. Local Educators will also be on hand to assist families with any needs regarding returning their children to school.

Health & Human Services - Local Health and Human Service organizations attend the festival as presenters to educate and inform the community about available services related to a number of different health and community issues. The 2015 festival will host a heath fair where health screenings, dental cleanings, checkups, treatment information, and much more will be available. A complete list of services will be posted on our website and in print media prior to the event.

Environmental Awareness - DEEP (The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection) will host our first Environmental Literacy Fair. Families will be able to participate in fishing, canoeing, nature crafts, petting zoo, hay rides, wildlife displays and important information on we can all do to help the environment.  Keney Park is an outdoor classroom for all ages to enjoy.

Recreation - The Family Day festival offers a number of activities to burn off calories after visiting our food vendors. Activities include but are not limited to: Hiking trails, racquet ball, volley ball, tennis, disc golf, swimming, horse shoes and much more. The basketball tournament features the areas up and coming young athletes. There will also be games, face painting and bouncers for the young children.

The 2015 Keney Park Family Day Festival will have something for everyone to enjoy. Experience the majestic beauty of Keney Park infused with a holistic approach to family fun and entertainment.   We will see you there.



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