Aerial shot of people doing yoga on the Pratt Street Patio with a sepia filter
Hartford’s Pratt Street lines up events all weekend long
Rob Polansky, Sharon Johnson
Jul 23, 2021

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – A new event series is bringing business to downtown Hartford.

It’s called ‘Know Good Nights’ and it’s happening every fourth weekend of the month on Pratt Street.

Pratt Street was crowded Friday night.

People were able to watch the opening ceremony of the Olympics on a jumbo screen and enjoy some food and drink specials.

“It’s a perfect night to be out here and we’ve been waiting for more nights without the rain to be together as a family out here, get some dinner,” Melissa Melonson of Hartford tells us.

Melissa brought the entire family out to enjoy the entertainment on Pratt Street Friday night.

As a part of the event series ‘Know Good Nights’, a live stream of the Olympics opening ceremony was displayed on a big screen.

At the same time, people enjoyed food, drinks, and company.

“It’s nice to see some familiar faces and just get out and enjoy some time with people,” Melonson explained.

Sunberry and Vaughan’s served up dinner and drink specials, while new and loyal customers relaxed outside.

“Just enjoying Pratt Street, enjoying the weather. It’s just so exciting after last year. It’s nice to get out and support everyone,” Aaron Bergeron of Hartford stated.

Saturday will be a full day of events on Pratt Street, according to organizers.

The events start with a yoga class by Hartford Sweat from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. followed by a Pratt Street Patio performance by Olive Tiger from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and a Morneault’s Stackpole Moore Tryon Tent to Treasure sale from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday also marks the first Salsa Social, one of Pratt Street’s most popular summer events, according to organizers. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., attendees can dance the night away, led by professional salceros. The annual event is organized by the Hartford Business Improvement District, and is sponsored by Hartford Pilgrim Healthcare. The street’s other upcoming Salsa Socials are scheduled for Aug. 20 and Sept. 17.

Hartford Prints! continues its pop-up series on Pratt Street on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. This week’s event will feature Found, a vintage clothing and houseware brand for all human sizes, and Nathia by Nathia Wray, a clothing brand whose main focus is opening up the door for, normalizing, and creating a safe space to have tough conversations, primarily surrounding mental health.

“They’re actually learning a little more about what’s going on on Pratt, which is restaurants, hookah lounge, of course us, and other small businesses,” Joel Acosta, manager of Painting With a Twist, said.

A huge help, especially after last year’s lockdown.

“Holding all these events, doing all the marketing, and welcoming people from the city into their own backyard to really enjoy the street as their own patio has been huge,” Kelsy Renfro, special projects manager for the Lumi Agency, added.

For more information, and to see a full list of upcoming Pratt Street events, visit

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