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 24 years and is the major event the DNLA produces. Sailfest is presently in its 40th 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 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 & George A. Welte
  • Street Vendor Coordinator – Samantha Poulcakos
  • Assistant Vendor Coordinator – Mel MacInnis & Eunice Lima-Brooks
  • Beer Tent – Frank McLaughlin & Anne L. Ogden
  • Entertainment Coordinator – Andre Danford
  • Assistance Entertainment Coordinator – Ethan Cash
  • Stage Productions – John Cavanaugh
  • Fiesta Latina – Jorel Claudio
  • Gospel Stage & Youth stage Coordinator – Kia Baird
  • Hygienic Art Bizarre Bazaar – Juanita Austin
  • 5K Road Race – Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut
  • Picnic on the Pier – Gina Barber & Bonnie Sciaccia
  • Production – Patrick Rowe
  • Production – Kris Grills
  • Production – Bob Hinners
  • Production – Jake Weiss
  • Production – Aaron Adop
  • Production – John MacInnis
  • Docking – Robert Montanari
  • Security – Bob O’ Shaughnessy
  • Security Assistance – Michael Hartley
  • Admin. Coordinator – Cynthia Kneeland
  • Admin. Coordinator & Assist Waterfront Coord – Catherine Ward
  • Admin. Coordinator – Kaitlin Kogut
  • Web Site – Collin Morgan
  • Guide Design – Mary Dolan
  • Merchandise – Mel Foti
  • Official Photographer – Stella Adap
  • Official Photographer – Chris Mandelburg
  • Logo Design – Rena DeBortoli Design
  • 40th Anniversary Bash Productions – MPE, Ethan Rios
  • 40th Anniversary Bash Productions – MPE Chris Mandelburg
  • 40th Anniversary Bash Productions – MPE Gabe Gannon
  • 40th Anniversary Bash Productions – MPE Tyler Gaccione
  • 40th Anniversary Bash Productions – MPE Gabe Garza
  • Jr. Volunteer – Kiesnan McTurk