Events

Go to Calendar of Upcoming Events and Programs

AFC Day at the Beach

Join Autism Families CONNECTicut at Camp Harkness for a day at the beach. Pack your bathing suit, sunscreen, lunch and get ready for some FUN! This year will we have our own grill at Shelter #3 so feel free to bring something to barbecue! AFC will provide water, juice and lawn games so come and spend the day!

There is no cost to attend but we ask that you register and let us know how many are coming so we have an accurate count as AFC will provide water and juice.

Art Auction and Wine/Beer Tasting

Enjoy a wine and beer tasting, provided by Buy Rite Liquors, hors d’ouvres by Heirloom Kitchen, live musical entertainment and artwork by local CT artisans including children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum. Art to fit every taste and budget – paintings, drawings, jewelry, unique home decor and accessories. All art will be available for purchase and all purchases support the recreational and social programming of Autism Families CONNECTicut.

Special appearance by Wayne Carini, host of Velocity Network’s “Chasing Classic Cars” and featuring the actual 1949 Buick Roadmaster from the movie Rain Man!

Dad’s Night Out

Organized by fathers of children with autism, Dads meet every periodically throughout the year at restaurants in the Hartford/West Hartford region. A core group of Dads act as hosts, providing understanding and support to fathers who face daily challenges raising children with autism.

Dinner and a Movie Nights

Family Holiday Party

Each year 100-150 guests enjoy a relaxed yet festive Family Holiday Party featuring music, gluten-free and casein-free refreshments, costumed characters, and dancing fun.

Mom’s Night Out

Organized by mothers of children with autism, Moms’ Nights are held throughout the year at a variety of locations in the Hartford/West Hartford region. Events range from dinner out to yoga and are designed to give Moms a place to connect with other mothers who face similar challenges raising children on the spectrum.

Sparkling Celebration Gala

The Sparkling Celebration is Autism Families CONNECTicut’s major annual fundraiser to raise funds that support AFC’s various programs and events. Held at the Simsbury Inn and hosted by Nicole Nalepa of Channel 3 Eyewitness News and DJ John “Cadillac” Saville, this gala is a fun night out filled with exciting auction items, fabulous food and cocktails, and great music and dancing.

Wings for Autism

AFC organized the first Connecticut version of Wings for Autism in 2012. Wings for Autism, developed by the Charles River Center in Natick MA, provides an opportunity for individuals with autism to practice passing through security and boarding an airplane as preparation for family air travel. Working with Bradley Airport officials, TSA officials and airline staff, AFC offers annual Wings for Autism events. More than 70 families have participated from throughout Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.