2019 Festival Info

Join us this September 12 – 15 for the

Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival

The Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival is a four day annual celebration promoting the State of Connecticut’s maritime heritage and spirit of innovation in conjunction with Connecticut Maritime Heritage Week. This annual event will draw 60,000 visitors in 2019 to the historic Port of New London waterfront including individuals and families who experience unique tours aboard a fleet of boats including U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships, merchant marine vessels, and historic schooners. Festival events include a U.S. Coast Guard search & rescue demonstration, a “Meet the Crew” party, a parade of ships, The Morgan Cup Yacht Race, a Maritime Career Opportunity Expo, a burning of Benedict Arnold by costumed reenactors, a children’s fishing tournament, and the 7th annual “Chowder Challenge.”

 

2019 EVENT SCHEDULE

Wednesday, September 11th

Submarine Force Museum
One Crystal Lake Road, Groton

10 a.m. “Maritime Career Opportunities Expo”
An opportunity to introduce area high school students to marine trade jobs and careers.


Thursday, September 12th

12 noon – 4 p.m. Public Ship Visitation

2:30 p.m. Official Welcoming Ceremony
Fort Trumbull, New London, CT

4 – 7 p.m. Captains and Crews Welcome Party
Meet the captains & crews of our visiting ships at Custom House Maritime Museum


Friday, September 13th

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Public Ship Visitation

6 – 8:30 p.m. Musical Concert at the Hygienic Art Park


Saturday, September 14th

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Public Ship Visitation

Family Fun Zone
Food, Monster Mural, Music & Historical Reenactors on City Pier

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
“Great New London Chowder Challenge”
Restaurants compete for best chowder

Educational Tents • Nautical Merchants Showcase

8 p.m. Flock Theater presents “The Burning of Benedict Arnold” at City Pier


Sunday, September 15th

12 noon – 4 p.m. Public Ship Visitation

Family Fun Zone
Food, Monster Mural, Music & Historical Reenactors on City Pier

Educational Tents • Nautical Merchants Showcase
Fishing Tournament • Nautical Fashion Show
Tug Boat Competition
USCG Search & Rescue Demonstration