Sailfest is Southeastern Connecticut’s premiere summertime event. The three-day festival consists of 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 children stage on Saturday featuring local youth performers. Sailfest also showcases one of the largest fireworks display in the Northeast.

Event Hours

  • Friday – 3:00pm-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 25 years and is the major event the DNLA produces. Sailfest is presently in its 41st 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 – Kip Bochain Jr.
  • Vice President – Frank Mclaughlin
  • Secretary – Anne L. Ogden
  • Treasurer – Robert Hinners





















Sailfest 2019 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 – George A. Welte
  • Street Vendor Coordinator – Samantha Poulicakos
  • Beer Tent – Bob Hinners & Anne L. Ogden
  • Entertainment Coordinator – Andre Danford
  • Assistant Entertainment Coordinator – Ethan Cash
  • Stage Productions – John Cavanaugh
  • Stage Productions – Jorel Claudio
  • Youth Stage Coordinator and Gospel Stage – Kia Baird
  • Hygienic Art Bizarre Bazaar – Cherie Powell
  • 5K Road Race
    Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut
  • Picnic on the Pier – Gina Barber
  • Production – Patrick Rowe
  • Production – Kris Grills
  • Production – Jake Weiss
  • Production – Aaron Adop
  • Production – John Macinnis
  • Production – Michael Castelpoggi
  • Production – John (PJ) Craddock
  • Docking – Robert Montanari
  • Security – Bob O’ Shaughnessy
  • Admin. Coordinator – Cynthia Kneeland
  • Admin. Coordinator – Kaitlin Kogut
  • Web Site – Collin Morgan
  • Guide Design – Rita Rivera
  • Merchandise – Mel Macinnis & Debbie Rosen
  • Volunteer Coordinator – Stella Adap
  • Official Photographer – Chris Mandelburg
  • Logo Design – Rena DeBortoli Design
  • Public Relations – Maxwell Satti
  • Economic Devolvement Survey Coordinator
    Catherine Ward
  • Assistant Economic Devolvement Survey Coordinator
    Ned Hammond
  • Jr. Volunteer – Kiernan McTurk