About Sailfest

Sailfest came in first place in The Day 2016 readers’ choice contest for best Festival/Fair!

Welcome to the 39th annual Sailfest! Sailfest 2016 will be held July 8th-10th. Sailfest is Southeastern Connecticut’s premiere summertime event, which attracts over 300,000 people. Complete with a major fireworks display, amusement rides, free entertainment, Tall Ships, and over 250 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 Funk, Rock, Latin, and more. Many new and upcoming artists are ready to take the stage, as well as some known and loved ones. The Hygienic Art Park will have Latin music on Saturday, July 9th. On Sunday, July 10th, the City Pier 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 250 vendors lining the streets. Each vendor has something different to offer! Be sure to stop by the Cabela’s booth in the Parade Plaza for all your outdoor sporting needs, or to one of our two dog treat vendors to take something home for man’s best friend!


Sailfest has plenty of delicious food for everyone’s needs. Whether you crave American food like Fat Boy’s Short Rib Grilled Cheese, or Italian desserts from Simply Cannoli our vendors have what you want. With ice cream, jerky, frozen lemonade, pizza, beef-fat fries, fried plantains, and egg rolls, Sailfest is the melting pot of event food.

Other Entertainment

 Kiks Dance Center will put on a special performance of Deep Blue, a fun children’s music and dance creation featuring handmade puppets and ocean creatures on City Pier Stage at 2:30 PM on Saturday, July 9th.
Following the dance performance will be a demonstration by Health Healing Martial Arts. At 3 PM Saturday they will be show casing martial arts that will better our bodies and minds.

Thank you for joining us. We’re glad to have you as part of this year’s Sailfest.

New at Sailfest

FRESH New London connects families to local agriculture to build momentum for food system change.  Stop by their booth on Sunday to learn more about FRESH food and get engaged with a hands-on planting activity, lead by FRESH youth leaders.  It’s fun for the whole family!  Plus you can learn about the upcoming Farm to Pier dinner on August 17th, and even purchase your tickets right at the booth! Check out www.freshnewlondon.org for more information. 


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.