Now in its eighth year, Hartford's Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival is a great way to soak up some island culture before summer ends. Sample jerk — one of the world's great grilling traditions — from a vendor, listen to island music by Yellowman, Karen Smith and others, or just wander around the festival grounds and people-watch. Admission is free.
Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival
Aug. 3, 1-11 p.m., free, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Downtown Hartford, (860) 306-1693, tastect.org.