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Five Things to Do Before Summer Ends

Make the last days of summer count with an outdoor dinner date, music by the water and more.

August may be coming to an end, but summer's definitely not over yet. Take advantage of these last few days to plan a picnic, attend a concert or see the latest blockbuster in town. Here are five ways to spend the remainder of your dog days in New Canaan.

Make a reservation for the first-ever . Beginning Friday, Aug. 26 through Sunday, Sept. 3, dozens of local restaurants will be offering special prix fixed menus with diverse options at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Participating restaurants include , , , , , , , , , , , and Tuscan.

Enjoy the last evening of this year's Waveny Summer Concert Series on Wednesday, Aug. 31 with Fairfield Counts Big Band at . Pack up a picnic, some lawn chairs and a bottle of wine and sprawl out behind the mansion for a relaxing end to your hump day.

Grab some popcorn and enjoy a flick on the big screen at the newly renovated . The 1928 with surround sound, new screens and a digital projection system in addition to online ticketing, new seating and several other improvements over the past year. With hurricane season upon us, this is the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon.

Head out to Sheffield Island for one of the . On select Thursday evenings through Sept. 22, the Seaport Ferry carries hundreds of passengers to the Sheffield Island Lighthouse for a true New England dining experience. For $58-$78 per person (depending on chosen entree), guests can dine under the festive pavilion, take a tour of the lighthouse and enjoy a roundtrip sunset cruise. Contact the Norwalk Seaport Association to make your reservation.

Get your dancing shoes on for a night at . The Stamford restaurant is located on the water's edge, making it the perfect setting for a picturesque early evening dinner followed by drinks and dancing outdoors. From Thursday-Sunday, bands perform live for up to 5 hours each night. Don't wait til the season's over—meet a few friends and dance the night away before the last performance on Sunday, Sept. 4.

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