About Sailfest

Come celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Sailfest. Sailfest 2017 will be held July 7th-9th. Sailfest is Southeastern Connecticut’s premiere summertime event, complete with a major fireworks display, amusement rides, free entertainment, ships, and over 200 vendors lining the streets. There will be plenty to see, buy, and eat, so make sure to come hungry and ready to try new food! Throughout New London’s waterfront park and nearby streets, you’ll find:

Music, Music, Music

Sailfest produces multiple stages of free entertainment with musical genres ranging in Dance, Country, Latin, and more. Many new and upcoming artists are ready to take the stage, as well as some known and loved ones. Sailfest will celebrate our 40th Anniversary on the Main stage on Friday with a dance party. Hygienic Art Park will have Latin music on Saturday, July 8th. On Sunday, July 9th, the Whale Tail stage will be featuring Gospel music.


Locally hand-made crafts, art, clothing and jewelry are just a few of the things among the vast array of wares for sale from over 200 vendors lining the streets. Each vendor has something different to offer! Be sure to stop by the All Green It Solar booth on Bank St and check out their Smartflower.


Sailfest has plenty of delicious food for everyone’s needs. Whether you crave American food like Nora Cupcakes, or Mexican from Taqueria Cinco our vendors have what you want. With ice cream, jerky, frozen lemonade, tamales, beef-fat fries and crepes, Sailfest is the melting pot of event food.


Sailfest came in first place in the Day 2015, 2016, 2017 readers’ choice contest for best Festival/Fair!


Help us keep it free!

In these tough economic times, corporate sponsorships are becoming more and more difficult to come by. At the same time, our costs to operate Sailfest continue to rise. That’s why the Downtown New London Association is now asking for your support. Please help us continue to offer this fun, free, family event by clicking below to donate.