In response to the impact of COVID-19 in Connecticut, and the current state-mandated limitations on social gatherings of more than five people, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Talcott Mountain Music Festival, which was to be the festival’s 25th anniversary season.
Our top priority is to conform with federal, state and local regulations regarding public gatherings, crowd size, social distancing, and all related factors to ensure its employees’ and the public’s safety at all of our events. This is the first time in our history that the entire festival has been cancelled.
We know how disappointing this cancellation is to our Talcott audiences, the Simsbury summer business community, and beyond. This summer’s festival, our planned 25th anniversary, was particularly meaningful and celebratory, featuring a stellar lineup of concerts and guest artists.
While this loss stings, rest assured we will reschedule the 25th celebration season in summer 2021, regulations permitting, and in grand style! And, looking forward to the more immediate future, our hope is that we are able to provide outdoor community concerts featuring HSO chamber ensembles later this summer.
Updates on HSO programming can be found on hartfordsymphony.org. Thank you, as always, for your continued and generous support of the HSO, and the Talcott Mountain Music Festival!
Check back for 2020 Talcott Mountain Music Festival ticket information!
The HSO asks that you please car pool whenever possible. A limited number of parking passes for lots on site are available for purchase for each concert for $10 per vehicle (including handicapped-accessible parking). Limited free parking is available off Iron Horse Blvd. and throughout Simsbury. Convenient, handicapped-accessible shuttle service is also available from Henry James Memorial Middle School, beginning at 5:30pm each evening.
Tables are Selling Fast!
For the ultimate picnic experience – and an up close view – try reserved tables directly in front of the stage, offering seating for up to eight people.
Free Family Activities
Stop by the Eversource Family Fun Zone for fun, music-themed activities before each concert (6:00pm – 7:15pm)
Bring a Picnic… or Just an Appetite!
Choose from a large selection of food for purchase on site at a variety of concession tents. Wine, beer, soda and water will also be available for purchase at the concerts.
As an added convenience, catering will be available from Metro Bis (860-651-7417). Detailed menu and ordering information will be mailed with tickets. Additionally, local Festival Supporters – Ana’s Kitchen, Fitzgerald’s Market, Harvest Café & Bakery, Kane’s Market and Popover Bistro & Bakery have wonderful menus from which you can call in orders to pick up on your way!
In the case of severe weather, rain dates for concerts will be the Saturday night after the scheduled concert at the same time (except for Brass Transit: The Musical Legacy of Chicago, Here’s Doc! Celebrating 60 Years in Show Business, and Magical Movie Music, which are rain or shine). Postponement announcements will be made on WRCH (100.5 FM) and WTIC (1080 AM). Call 860-987-5900 or visit www.talcottmountain.org for weather bulletins.
First Aid services are available in the northwest corner of the site, near the back of the lawn. Trained First Responder personnel are also stationed throughout the grounds
Friends of the Festival
Among many other benefits, as a Friends of the Festival member you and your family will be granted early access to the site to select and set up your spot on the lawn. For more information, please contact the HSO Development Department at (860) 760-7302.
Please help by bagging your trash and depositing it in the available containers.
Strictly Prohibited on the Grounds
Smoking, hard liquor, drugs, ball playing or other sports equipment, pets, fireworks, sparklers, firearms or any other incendiary device, radios, boom-boxes or other stereo equipment, solicitation or unauthorized concessions or handouts, tents, tarps and large tables, lewdness, drunkenness or other inappropriate behavior. Audio and video recording and flash photography are prohibited during the performance.
Lost and Found
Lost and Found is located in the First Aid Tent during the concert. At all other times those items will be available at the Simsbury Performing Arts Center Office (the small red building located near the playground).
Portable toilets are located on site.
Handicapped parking and accessible restrooms are designated at the concert site. To access handicapped parking you will need a state handicapped permit on your vehicle. The handicapped entrance is located at the southeast corner of the festival grounds. Handicapped-accessible shuttle service is also available from Henry James Memorial Middle School beginning at 5:30 pm. There are a limited number of handicapped parking spots at both locations, for a $10 fee.
The Talcott Mountain Music Festival is located at 22 Iron Horse Blvd., one block east of Rt. 10/202 in historic downtown Simsbury, CT.
From Hartford: Take Albany Avenue (Route 44) westbound to Avon. At the second intersection of Routes 44 and 10/202 (white church), turn right onto 10/202 toward Simsbury. Follow for 4.6 miles to Drake Hill Road. Turn right onto Drake Hill Road to first left onto Iron Horse Blvd. Please follow signs as directed.
Directions from I-84: Take Exit 39 to Farmington. At the intersection of Routes 4 and 10 in the center of Farmington, turn right onto Route 10 (Waterville Rd.). At the intersection of Route 10 and 44, turn left onto Route 44 (East Main Street) toward Avon. In the center of Avon, at the intersection of Route 44 and 10/202 (white church), turn right onto 10/202 toward Simsbury. Follow for 4.6 miles to Drake Hill Road. Turn right onto Drake Hill Road to first left onto Iron Horse Blvd.