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.”



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

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

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

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

1 p.m. USCG Search & Rescue Demonstration
City Pier, New London, CT

Educational Tents

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

12 noon – 4 p.m. Family 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

Educational Tents