The Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Inc. has an exciting line-up of entertainment for all ages at our
Music & Dance
Enjoy a wide variety of musical traditions at this year's Celebrate Mansfield Festival! From local favorites of the under 10 set, to dynamic drumming, from lively mariachi to groovy Ugandan tunes!
Kidsville Kuckoo Revue
Kidsville Kuckoo Revue is simply the best in children’s entertainment. These five musicians in kid friendly costumes deliver a high energy performance of songs the kids know and love: "Itsy Bitsy Spider," "Wheels on the Bus," "Head Shoulders Knees and Toes," and many more familiar songs with which to sing and dance along! Kidsville Kuckoo Revue have been entertaining children around Connecticut nearly 30 years. Their show is designed for two to eight year olds, but is fun for the entire family!
Kidsville Kuckoo Revue will perform from 2:15 PM to 3:00 PM on Betsy Paterson Square.
UConn Kodama Taiko
UConn Kodama Taiko is a student group that performs Kumi-Daiko, an ensemble style that fuses traditional Japanese Taiko drumming with modern influences. Students strive to master the rhythm and form of Taiko while learning about Japanese culture.
UConn Kodama Taiko will perform at 3:30 PM on Betsy Paterson Square.
Mariachi Mexico Antiguo
Mariachi Mexico Antiguo symbolizes extraordinary musicianship and a renewed focus on the tradition of Mariachi. Established in 2010, Mariachi Mexico Antiguo is comprised of dedicated and talented musicians. As ambassadors of the mariachi genre, Mariachi Mexico Antiguo has performed by invitation throughout the Western United States as well as throughout the New England area. Mariachi Mexico Antiguo has also worked with renowned artists such as Beatriz Adriana, Graciela Beltran, Gildardo Alvarez, Jesus "Chuy" Guzman, Juan Valentin and, in 2015, Placido Domingo. Mexico Antiguo has been called "a group that captivates audiences with its distinct interpretation of mariachi music."
Mariachi Mexico Antiguo will perform from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM on Betsy Paterson Square.
Husky Bhangra is a competitive dance team from the University of Connecticut. They perform bhangra, which originated in Punjab, India and encompasses energetic and lively moves and styles. Husky Bhangra’s mission is to raise cultural awareness through activities around campus, while promoting the UConn name at competitions and other performances across the nation.
Husky Bhangra will perform at 4:30 PM on Betsy Paterson Square.
It doesn’t take long for Zikina to get you dancing, clapping along, smiling, and savoring the beauty of the present moment.
Gideon Ampeire has been performing internationally for almost 20 years as a bandleader, instrumentalist, singer, dancer, educator, and master instrument maker. For over a decade, he has been the leader of Echo Uganda, a group that has spread traditional Ugandan folk music throughout the northeast US and beyond, including an appearance at the United Nations.
In 2015, Gideon met up with western MA producer and guitarist Mike Cardozo, who has performed and recorded for nearly a decade in a variety of acts including Gokh-Bi System and Cold Duck Complex. Gideon and Mike shared the bond of having studied West African drumming at Wesleyan University under legendary professor Abraham Adzenyah. Berklee School of Music graduate Roston Kirk and western MA drummer Kade Parkin rounded out the group, and what began as a casual set of jam sessions started to progress into something special that stretched musical boundaries in a unique way.
Today, Gideon, Mike, Roston, and Kade are always forging ahead, continuing to imaginatively blend Gideon's musical and cultural heritage with the wide palette of sounds and ideas that each member brings to the table.
Zikina will perform from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Betsy Paterson Square.
At 6:00 PM, everyone is invited to pick up some dinner from one of the Festival food booths or one of our great downtown restaurants and head to Betsy Paterson Square for a special concert to cap the festivities!
Parsonsfield, praised for making "the most jubilant and danceable indie roots music this side of the Carolinas” (NPR), is a folk-rock outfit known for their rich harmonies, vibrant songwriting, and energetic live performances.
Catch them onstage any night and the band’s joy is palpable. They trade instruments, share microphones, and shoot each other big grins. They sing in tight multi-part harmonies, their voices blending like they've been doing this together all their lives. That’s because Parsonsfield is a family band, not by birth but by choice.
Parsonsfield is: Chris Freeman (vocals, banjo, guitar, bass), Antonio Alcorn (vocals, mandolin, banjo, bass), Max Shakun (vocals, guitar, keys, bass), Erik Hischmann (vocals, drums, percussion, bass).
Read more about Parsonsfield here.
Parsonsfield will perform from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM on the stage of the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation Pavilion on Betsy Paterson Square.
“...totally out of left field ... comes the music of Parsonsfield, an eclectic American band which happily mingles bluegrass, folk, jazz and anything else that comes to mind...their sound make[s] that biblical “joyful noise” — The Toronto Star
Community Puppet Pageant
Downtown Storrs is home to is one of America’s hidden treasures—a superb collection of over 2,500 puppets from all over the world; an archive of books, manuscripts, posters, drawings, audio-visual materials and photographs all covering the history of puppetry: the Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry!
Since 2010, the Mansfield Downtown Partnership and the Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry have teamed up to host free Community Puppet-Building Workshops in the weeks leading up to the Celebrate Mansfield Festival. Learn more about the workshops here.
The Connecticut Pollinator Pageant
Be a part of a unique Festival tradition - Design and build puppets at the free Community Puppet-Building Workshops (Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15), then perform with them as part of the Pageant! This year's theme is "Pollinators!" We will celebrate native flies, bees, butterflies, bats, and beetles that make important contributions to our lives by pollinating crops!
The Community Puppet-Building Workshops are free and open to all - no prior puppetry experience required.
The Community Puppet Pageant will take place at 3:00 PM on Betsy Paterson Square.
Award-winning chefs from UConn Dining Services will once again host live cooking demonstrations an annual crowd favorite!
Chef Ron Swiller
Chef Robert Landolphi
Local Peaches - Support Your Local Farmer
“Chilled Peach Soup with Goat Cheese
and Balsamic Fig Drizzle”
(Vegetarian, Gluten Free without crouton garnish)
The UConn Dining Services Cooking Demonstrations will take place near 9 Dog Lane.
Hubba Bubba Magic
Be prepared to be amazed! Pete Haddad will bring his Hubba Bubba Magic Show to the Festival grounds! Find him strolling through and wowing the crowds from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM.
We have talented neighbors! Enjoy wonderful a cappella music by these local groups who will be strolling through the Festival grounds:
The UConn Conn-Men are a top-flight all male a cappella group from the University of Connecticut. Having started just eighteen years ago, the Conn-Men have grown into an elite group in New England and across the country. The Conn-Men have been lucky enough to have performed at the White House, the Connecticut Governor’s Mansion, UConn Athletic events, and Convocation among many others.
The UConn Conn-Men will stroll and perform through the Festival site from 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM.
The UConn Chordials
The UConn Chordials are the University of Connecticut's first all female a cappella group, established in 1998. The group performs a vast variety of musical genres. Whether it's radio hits, indie music, country songs, your favorite oldies, or even rock music, the talented ladies in the Chordials can make any song resonate.
The Chordials will stroll and perform through the Festival site from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM.
Consonare Choir Matrix Women's Ensemble
Choir Matrix is a community women's vocal ensemble sponsored by Consonare Choral Community that is devoted to building community among all women and empowering women in Mansfield and surrounding communities through singing.
Choir Matrix approaches quality choral music, including the promotion of female composers, within an engaging, accepting, and encouraging environment focused on healthy vocal technique and refinement of musical skills.
The Choir Matrix will stroll and perform through the Festival site from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM.
Extreme Measures will blow your socks off with their vocal power! ExM prides themselves with an expansive taste for music, ranging from country to hip-hop. Extreme Measures has performed in many places. They made it to the final audition round for the very first season of the hit NBC show, the Sing Off. They also placed first in the quarterfinals of the ICCA's and competed in the semi-finals.
Extreme Measures will stroll and perform through the Festival site from 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM.
Husky Hungama is UConn's Award-Winning South Asian Fusion a cappella team
Husky Hungama will stroll and perform through the Festival site from 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM.
Notes Over Storrs
Since forming in the fall of 2009, Notes Over Storrs has prided themselves in performing a variety of music. Notes loves to perform at events such as Relay For Life walks, improv shows and more to spread the fun of a cappella to the Storrs campus!
Notes Over Storrs will stroll and perform through the Festival site from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM.
Nothing Cleft to Lose (NCL)
Nothing Cleft to Lose is a co-ed a capella group that thrives on the foundation of a love for music, acceptance, and cultural appreciation. They believe in unity through individuality and uniqueness.
Nothing Cleft to Lose will stroll and perform through the Festival site from 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM.
The Rolling Tones
The UConn Rolling Tones is a group comprised of the sassiest, freshest UConn students around. Every semester the group scours UConn campus, holding auditions lasting for hours in order to find the students who've got the right talent and piece of mind. From beat boxing to grooving to arranging music, each Tone has a unique quality that brings a cutting edge to the group.
The Rolling Tones will stroll and perform through the Festival site from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM.
Rubyfruit is an all-female a cappella group from UConn that was formed in 1999 based on the idea of women's empowerment through music. The Rubies perform a wide variety of music both on and off campus. They have had the privilege of performing with several other a cappella groups in the Northeast. In 2012, the Rubies placed second in Lady Antebellum's national competition.
Rubyfruit will stroll and perform through the Festival site from 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM.
Established in 1999, A Completely Different Note (CDN) is the oldest all male A Cappella group at the University of Connecticut. Sticking to our name, we sing songs from a wide array of genres to keep everyone in our audience happy. Ranging from classical to rock, folk to pop – no type of musical stone is left unturned!
CDN will stroll and perform through the Festival site from 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM.