About Sailfest

Come celebrate the 44th Anniversary of Sailfest. Sailfest 2021 will be held July 9th – 11th. Sailfest is Southeastern Connecticut’s premiere summertime event, complete with a major fireworks display, amusement rides, free entertainment, boats, and over 200 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: Nora’s cupcakes, Noodles & Rice Thai food, wings at Hot Rod and Ice Cream at Berry’s on Bank St.

Free Concerts all weekend

Sailfest produces multiple stages of entertainment ranging in free hula hoop lessons, New Orleans horns band “Big Sam’s Funky Nation”, Latin, and more. Many new and upcoming artists are ready to take the stage, as well as some known local talent like Franc Grams and New London Burnouts from Outer Space. On Sunday, July 14th, the Whale Tail stage will be featuring Gospel music from Noon to 3:30 and then on the Custom House Stage The World Famous Harlem Gospel choir will close out the day.


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 200 vendors lining the streets. Each vendor has something different to offer! On State St check out the handmade stainless steel jewelry stamped with your name, date or symbols made to order.

Be sure to stop by Art Show on Bank St


Sailfest has plenty of delicious food for everyone’s needs. Whether you crave American food like Fried Cookie Dough or Seafood our vendors have what you want. With ice cream, Poke, frozen lemonade, and new this year giant stuffed potato grenades, Sailfest is the melting pot of event food.

Sailfest 2018 Economic Value Study

Click here to see the Sailfest 2018 economic value study.

The Day Readers’ Choice Contest Winner

Sailfest came in first place in the Day 2015, 2016, 2017 readers’ choice contest for best Festival/Fair!


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.