Fairs and Festivals on the Shoreline 2019

Between craft shows, art shows, fairs and festivals. There’s something for everyone this season on the Shoreline between Branford and Mystic.

Shoreline Fairs and Festivals
  • Celebrate East Lyme
    East Lyme I July 20, 2019

    Join us as Niantic’s Main Street transforms into a spectacular celebration by the sea, filling with food, fun and fabulous activities for everyone in the family! Enjoy over 200 unique creative, community & business vendors, live music & performance stages and so much more!

    Don’t miss our popular attractions including: Amber Alert, Interactive Children’s Area, Diamond Dig, Dunk Tank at Light House Voc-Ed Center, Paddle Board Demo’s at Hole in the Wall Beach, Sand Castle Competition, Free Yoga Classes, Giuliano’s Bakery Monster Eating Competition, Carnival on St Johns Green & so much more! The day concludes with the spectacular Dominion fireworks display over Niantic Bay!

    Hours: Saturday, July 20, 3pm-9pm
    Location: Main Street, East Lyme, CT
    Learn More about Celebrate East Lyme

  • Guilford Art Center Craft Expo 2019
    Guilford I July 19-21, 2019

    In celebration of its 62nd year, the Guilford Art Center’s annual Craft Expo will return once again to the scenic and historic Guilford Green, celebrating the arts with its extensive array of handmade crafts by American artists.

    Craft Expo 2019 will bring 180 nationally-recognized craft artists to Guilford, whose exquisite-quality works help rank this event as one of the top craft shows in New England and the country. As a celebration of the arts and a signature happening for the town of Guilford and the Connecticut shoreline, Craft Expo is a must-see summer event.

    Hours:
    Friday, July 19, 12-8:30pm
    Saturday, July 20, 10am-7pm
    Sunday, July 21, 12- 5pm
    Location: Guilford Green, Guilford, CT
    Learn more about the Guilford Art Center Craft Expo 2019

  • Old Lyme Midsummer Festival
    Old Lyme I July 26-27, 2019

    Join us Friday night for an outdoor concert and dancing, or take part in Saturday’s activities, which include art exhibitions and sales, food trucks, musical performances, artisan fairs, book signings and sales, domestic farm animals, and hands-on kids’ activities.

    Hours:
    Friday, July 26, 5pm-9:00pm
    Saturday, July 27, 9am-3:00pm
    Location: Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT
    Learn more about the Old Lyme Midsummer Festival

  • Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous 2019
    Mystic I July 27-28, 2019

    Join us for the Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous, a dazzling display of high-quality antique and classic vessels including cruisers, sailboats, and runabouts. An award-competition recognizes excellence in restoration, authenticity, and workmanship. Approximate 35 classic vessels create a colorful gathering along the Museum’s waterfront all day Saturday and Sunday morning.

    Sunday afternoon, the vessels make their way down the Mystic River in a jubilant, three-mile parade.

    Hours:
    Saturday,July 27, 9am-5pm
    Sunday, July 28, 9am-12:30pm
    Location: Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic, CT
    Learn more about the Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous

  • Arts & Crafts Festival
    Old Saybrook I July 27-28, 2019

    Each July over 145 artists and crafters display their creations on the Town Green. This year we celebrate our 56th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival and anticipate 10,000+ visitors. Enjoy browsing exceptional fine art, stained glass, quilts, pottery, sculpture, wood carving, photography and more!

    Hours:
    Saturday, July 27, 10am - 5pm
    Sunday, July 28, 10am - 4pm
    Location: 1 Main Street Old Saybrook, CT 06475
    Learn more about the Arts & Crafts Festival

  • Potato & Corn Festival 2019
    North Branford I August 2-4, 2019

    The festival offers amusement rides, entertainment on two stages, craft vendors, food vendors, and of course, potatoes and corn. Special events include Friday night car show, Saturday tractor pull, Saturday evening fireworks, and Sunday 5K Cross Country race.

    Hours:
    Friday, August 2, 5pm-11:00 pm
    Saturday, August 3, 10am-11:00pm
    Sunday, August 4, 10am-6:00pm
    Location: Auger Field, Rt. 22, North Branford, CT
    Learn more about the Potato & Corn Festival 2019

  • Mystic Outdoor Art Festival
    Mystic I August 10-11, 2019

    Planned and executed by the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival is the oldest of its kind in the Northeast region, and draws more than 85,000 people from around New England and beyond during this two day event. As a juried art show, the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival serves an audience of discriminating art enthusiasts, as well as weekend visitors and residents from surrounding communities including Groton, New London, Waterford, and southern Rhode Island.

    The festival showcases over 230 artists from around the United States, with more than two miles of arts and crafts including oils, watercolors, photographs, pastels, sculpture, woodwork, comics, acrylics, and more. The Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, lovingly known as "MOAF", is a FREE event and features activities and artwork for all ages to enjoy, including a Children's Art Park located in Mystic River Park.

    Hours:
    Saturday, August 10, 10am-6:00pm
    Sunday, August 11, 10am-5:00pm
    Location: Mystic Downtown Marina, Mystic, CT
    Learn more about the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival

  • Shoreline Wine Festival 2019
    Guilford I August 10-11, 2019

    This two day festival is a ticketed event that allows you to taste the wines from all of the wineries; take a tour of the Bishop’s Orchards Winery; hear seminars by wine experts, live music and entertainment; and visit with local vendors and artisans. Food offered at the event is an additional charge. Tickets are valid for one day.

    Hours:
    Saturday, August 10, 12pm-7:00pm
    Sunday, August 11, 12pm-6:00pm
    Location: Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market and Winery, 1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT
    Learn more about the Shoreline Wine Festival 2019

  • Clinton Summerfest & Fireworks
    Clinton I August 31, 2019

    Town Hall will be the location for live music, food trucks, kids activities and the beer & wine garden starting at 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Town Beach will have live music and food trucks during the day with the fireworks starting at 9 p.m.

    Hours: Saturday, August 31, 4pm-10:00pm
    Location: Clinton Town Hall and Town Beach
    Learn more about the Clinton Summerfest & Fireworks

  • Taste of the Shoreline
    Guilford I September 7, 2019

    The Taste of the Shoreline is an event and craft business expo combined!! Over 20 local restaurants and bakeries come together to offer a food experience like no other! We encourage you to bring your family & friends, shop our crafters market, bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic while you taste the delicious fares of our vendors while you enjoy the community entertainment and artists including the Dudley Farms String Band. This is one fun delicious event to mark on your calendar.

    Hours: Saturday, September 7, 12-5:00pm
    Location: Guilford Green, Guilford, CT
    Learn more about the Taste of the Shoreline

  • Guilford Fair
    Guilford I September 20-22, 2019

    The Guilford Fair offers midway rides, games and food, Cattle, Poultry, Sheep & Goats, Vegetables, Baking, Canning, Flowers, Arts & Craft, Needlework and Photography exhibits. Antique tractor Pull and Show.

    Hours:
    Friday, September 20, 1pm-11:00pm
    Saturday, September 21, 9am-11:00pm
    Sunday, September 22, 9am-7:00pm
    Location: Guilford Fairgrounds, 78JF+4W Guilford, CT
    Learn more about the Guilford Fair

  • Durham Fair
    Durham I September 26-29, 2019

    Begun in 1916, the Durham Fair continues its tradition today as Connecticut’s largest agricultural fair. With rides and games, tractor pulls, three livestock barns, crafts, exhibits featuring baking, canning, photography and horticulture, and a wide selection of fair food, there’s a huge harvest to take in.

    Hours:
    Thursday, September 27, 4pm-10:00pm
    Friday, September 28, 9am-10:00pm
    Saturday, September 29, 9am-11:00pm
    Sunday, September 30, 9am-7:00pm
    Location: Located at the junctions of Routes 68, 17 and 77 in Durham, CT
    Learn more about the Durham Fair