Sailfest is Southeastern Connecticut’s premiere summertime event. The two-day festival consists of a major fireworks display, amusement rides, free entertainment, Tall Ships, and 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.

Saturday – July 13, 2022  10am -11pm

Sunday – July 14, 2022    10am – 5pm


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 45th year. All money raised during Sailfest is directly donated back into the city by supporting other local New London organizations.


President – Kip Bochain Jr.
Vice President – Linda DiPalma
Secretary – Anne L. Ogden
Treasurer – Robert Hinners


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  – Jake Weiss
Beer Tent  – Bob Hinners & Anne L. Ogden
Entertainment Coordinator  – Andre Danford
Assistant Entertainment Coordinator  – Kia Baird
Stage Productions  – John Cavanaugh
Hygienic Art Bizarre Bazaar  – Sara Connolly
5K Road Race  – Jeff Andersson
Picnic on the Pier  – Gina Barber
Production  – Patrick Rowe
Production  – Kris Grills
Production  – Aaron Adop
Docking  – Robert Montanari
Security  – Dan Dunn
Admin. Coordinator  – Cynthia Kneeland
Assistant Entertainment Coordinator  – Ethan Cash
Merchandise  – Pat Connair
Web Site  – Thor Torgersen
Guide Design  – Rita Rivera
Merchandise  – Debbie Rosen
Official Photographer  – Chris Mandelburg
Logo Design  – Rena DeBortoli Design
Latin Stage Coordinator – Ben Velazquez
Assistant Street Vendor Coordinator– Jake Weiss