Sailfest is Southeastern Connecticut’s premiere summertime event attracting over 300,000 people over the three-day festival. Complete with a major fireworks display, amusement rides, free entertainment, Tall Ships, and over 200 vendors lining the downtown New London streets.

Sailfest produces multiple stages of free entertainment with musical genres ranging in Funk, Rock, and Latin. We also have a “As seen on TV stage”, all the acts on this stage has performed on TV. Sailfest also showcases one of the largest fireworks display in the Northeast.

Event Hours

  • Friday – 12:00pm-11:00pm (Waterfront Park only)
  • Saturday – 10:00am-11:00pm
  • Sunday – 9:00am-6:00pm

About Downtown New London Association

The Downtown New London Association welcomes you to our Historical New London Waterfront city. The Downtown New London Association is committed to promoting the Downtown New London area through quality special events and activities that showcase the culture and heritage of the Southeastern Connecticut region.
The Downtown New London Association is a non-profit organization of approximately 60 merchants in the Downtown New London area. The DNLA has been the organizing agency of Sailfest for the past 23 years and is the major event the DNLA produces. Sailfest is presently in its 38th year. All money raised during Sailfest is directly donated back into the city by supporting other local New London organizations.

Downtown New London Association:

  • President – Barry Neistat
  • Vice President – Kip Bochain
  • Secretary – Anne Ogden
  • Treasurer – Robert Hinners





Sailfest 2016 Committee

The Sailfest Committee is strictly a volunteer basis committee. This year’s Sailfest Committee is as follows:

  • Executive Director – Barbara J. Neff
  • Waterfront Coordinator – Kendra Zaugg
  • Street Vendor Coordinator – Jennifer Smith
  • Beer Tent – Frank McLaughlin & Anne Ogden
  • Entertainment Coordinator – Andre Danford
  • Entertainment Assistance Coordinator – Ethan Cash
  • Stage Productions – John Cavanaugh
  • Stage Productions – Ashley Mullen
  • Fiesta Latina – Jorel Claudio & Henry Torres
  • Gospel Stage – Kia Baird
  • Hygienic Art Bizarre Bazaar – Krissa Ressler
  • 5K Road Race Coordinator – Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut
  • Picnic on the Pier – Gina Barber & Bonnie Sciacca
  • Production – Patrick Rowe
  • Production – Kris Grills
  • Production – Bob Hinners
  • Production – Aaron Adop
  • Production – John Macinnis
  • Security – Bob O’ Shaughnessy
  • Security Assistance – Michael Hartley
  • Admin. Coordinator – Cynthia Kneeland
  • Admin. Coordinator – Catherine Ward
  • Admin. Coordinator – Kaitlin Kogut
  • Web Site – Rena DeBortoli & Collin Morgan
  • Guide Design – Barbara Dunn
  • Merchandise – Mel Foti
  • Docks – Robert Montanari
  • Official Photographer & Video – Stella Adap
  • Logo Design – Rena DeBortoli Design