2019 Festival Info

New for 2019:

54th Regiment of Foot

54th Regiment of Foot is a Revolutionary War reenacting unit based in eastern Connecticut, dedicated to portraying His Majesty’s 54th Regiment of Foot – a British regiment that was garrisoned in Newport, RI, and participated in several notable battles, including the Battle of Ridgefield and the Siege of Fort Griswold. The 54th will be reenacting at both Fort Griswald and fort Trumbull as well as City Pier on Saturday and Sunday.

To learn more about the 54th Regiment of Foot, click here.

 

 

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 and historic schooners. Festival events include a “Meet the Crew” party, Family STEM & Infotainment Zone, Family Arts & Fun Zone, live music, a burning of Benedict Arnold by costumed reenactors, a children’s fishing event at Fort Trumbull, and the 7th annual “Chowder Challenge.”

 

2019 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, September 12th

2:30 p.m. Official Welcoming Ceremony
City Pier, New London, CT

4 – 6 p.m. Captains and Crews Welcome Party
Meet the captains & crews of our visiting ships at the Hygienic Art Park


Friday, September 13th

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Public Ship Visitation including the USCG Barque EAGLE & USS Philippine Sea

7:30 – 10 p.m. Concert featuring The Cartells
at the Hygienic Art Park


Saturday, September 14th

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Public Ship Visitation including the USCG Barque EAGLE & USS Philippine Sea

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Family Arts & Fun Zone
Monster Mural, Children’s Book Signing, Games, Face Painting, Balloon Figures and Historical Reenactors on City Pier

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Family STEM & Infotainment Zone

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

6 – 10 p.m. Flock Theater presents “The Burning of Benedict Arnold” at City Pier
(Burning starts at 8:30 p.m.)


Sunday, September 15th

12 noon – 4 p.m. Public Ship Visitation including the USCG Barque EAGLE & USS Philippine Sea

12 noon – 4 p.m. Family Arts & Fun Zone

12 noon – 3:30 p.m. Concert featuring Still Kickin’ with the Big City Horns at City Pier

12 noon – 4 p.m. Reel Time with Kids
Sailor & Children’s Fishing Activity at Fort Trumbull

12 noon – 4 p.m. Family STEM & Infotainment Zone

1 – 2:30 p.m. & 3 – 4:30 p.m. Canoe to Submarine: Maritime History on the Thames
90-Minute Water Taxi Tour • Adults $20 • Children 12 and under $12