Friday, July 7th / Noon – 11PM

Take your taste buds to New London’s Custom House Pier starting at noon on Friday to sample a gut- busting array of food from local restaurants, including Sailfest specialties like bacon 100% beef fat fries and Gaspar’s Baby Back Ribs. Leave the diet behind and have a little fun on a sizzling summer Friday afternoon.

Then at 5pm, grab a cold one and get ready to enjoy some of the region’s best music lineups at one of two Sailfest music venues – the Hygienic Art Park Stage and the Custom House Pier Stage.

Saturday, July 8th / 10AM – 11PM

Bring your love of all things unique and shop at the more than 200 specialty artisans and vendors that line Bank and State Street in the heart of downtown New London. There’s no better place to buy handmade clothing, jewelry, hats, handbags, crafts and toys, so come ready to take home your special item.

Stop by the Hygienic Art Park Stage on Saturday from Noon – 9 pm, to see a full lineup of Latin entertainment.

Don’t forget to stop at the Custom House Pier to pick up your official Sailfest 2016 T-shirt or cool off at the beer garden and listen to some great music. All the beer proceeds help support local New London charities. You can also take a day sail on the tall ship Mystic Whaler located at City Pier.

And then there are the famous Sailfest fireworks. End the day with one of the most spectacular fireworks displays you have ever seen light up into the night sky.

Sunday, July 9th / 9am – 6 pm

Start your day off at 9AM with the Sailfest Charter Oak Federal Credit Union 5K Road Race. Race starts in front of The Day offices on State Street at 9am.

Whatever you chose to do at this year’s Sailfest we just know you’ll have a great time doing it. And while you’re walking around The New London Historic Waterfront District we hope you’ll take a minute to take a peek around at the unique shops and restaurant that New London has to offer.

The GEICO booth provides a fun place to visit where people can meet the Gecko, enter to win a $500 gift card, and take home a little prize. GEICO. Saving you money on more than just car insurance.

On Sunday, July 9th Stop by the McDonald’s Happiness Tour for fun, smiles, free samples, and giveaways for the whole family, as well as a special meet & greet with Ronald McDonald!

Picnic on the Pier – Sold out!

Relax & Dine in style on the New London Waterfront

Private Fireworks Party with dinner

No crowds….private bathrooms….front row seat for the Fireworks

Picnic on the Pier

Sailfest Picnic on the Pier

New London, CT

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Door open at 6 pm & Close at 11:00 Pm

Limited seating – Must have photo ID

Picnic on the Pier Menu

  • Grilled BBQ Chicken
  • Grilled Sliced Flank Steak
  • Grilled Summer Veggies
  • Potato Salad
  • Green Salad
  • Biscuits with Honey Butter

Sailfest Charter Oak Federal Credit Union 5k Road Race

July 9, 2017, 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
To register, click here.


Start in front of Citizens Bank on Eugene O’Neill Drive, down Eugene O’Neill Drive, left on to Tilley Street, right on to Bank Street, left on to Howard Street, right on to Willetts Avenue, right on to Montauk Avenue, right on to Bank Street, left on to Tilley Street, straight on to Huntington Street, right on to Governor Winthrop Boulevard, right on to Eugene O’Neill Drive, left on to State Street to the Finish Line.

Sailfest is a huge event here in New England! To make sure our customers stay connected, as they post pictures to social media, text friends or tweet out their activities; AT&T is bringing in a whole lot of horsepower…or in this case a COLT! Our massive Cell On Light truck (COLT) has a huge multi beam antennae transmitting 30 LTE carriers of spectrum and capacity all with a back-up generator. You want what you want, when you want it. AT&T. Entertainment your way.

Beer Tent

Location: Custom House Pier


4 to 11 pm


Noon to 9 pm


Noon to 6pm
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