Special events coming to Downtown Farmington in spring, summer

While a freezing rain fell outside Farmington City Hall, officials on Monday approved plans for spring and summer events in downtown’s Riley Park and Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion.

Put these dates on your calendar:

Downward Dog Days of Summer – June 11, 6 p.m.-7 p.m.

Bodhi Yoga, which opened last year in The Groves shopping center, will host this new event as a basic, slow-flow introduction to yoga. Business owner Alana Abdal said she expects those who attend to spend time in downtown Farmington before and after the event, which is appropriate for all ages.

“My dream would be to have it three months in the summer once a week,” she said.

Farmington Community Library Pavilion Story Time (June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.) and Family Fun in Riley Park (June 20, July 10, 24, August 7 and 21, 7 p.m.)

Librarian Maria Showich-Gallup said the library has hosted events at the Pavilion for “12 years and running.”

“The space is just perfect,” she said. “We love being out in the community.”

This year’s Family Fun line-up includes a juggling act, Cirque Amongus, and popular children’s band Ralph’s World. Showich-Gallup said the library’s book bike will make an appearance at these and other warm weather events.

Haitian Festival – July 27, 6 p.m.-11 p.m., and July 28, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Haitian Network President Margareth Corkery said this biannual event, previously held in 2015 and 2017, has grown each year. The celebration includes works by Haitian artists, Haitian foods, and free activities for children. Admission to the event is free, and it’s open to the public.

Corkery thanked city officials for support of previous events.

“We felt at home,” she said. “Our event was a success, thanks to you.”