Celebrate Connecticut’s rich maritime history and our connection to the sea!

This fun-filled weekend has Military and Private Ships, Flock Theatre’s Burning of Benedict Arnold, Little Mermaids and Sea Monsters Parade, Coast Guard Helicopter Search and Rescue Demonstration, Sea Service Showdown – a Maritime Skills Challenge, Fishing Clinic, Kids Nautical Zone, Rum Tasting, Live Music, Local Vendors, Food Trucks, and more!

New this year is the joining of the Basque Festival on Saturday for a full weekend of nautical fun!

For all questions: Send an email to event manager Barbara Neff at bjneff1369@sbcglobal.net

Festival Details

This year’s Festival is held at Fort Trumbull State Park and the Waterfront Park in beautiful New London, Connecticut. The Festival is providing FREE water taxi and shuttle buses between venues so you can park once each day and enjoy both venues! We have loads of fun all weekend, so plan to attend both days for a great destination weekend!

Festival Tips

  • Children who arrive Saturday morning can get their face painted and make a costume for free to JOIN in the Little Mermaids and Sea Monsters Parade at 1pm! This year it’s being held right in Fort Trumbull State Park!
  • Bring your picnic blankets or beach chairs to enjoy great live music, delicious food, and stunning waterfront views on the grass of Fort Trumbull. Fort Trumbull is a BYOB space, so no alcohol will be sold at the Festival but you are welcome to bring your own.
  • Head to downtown New London for dinner at the Basque Festival on the plaza across from the train station or visit one of the great New London restaurants between 5 – 7:30pm Saturday and then join the historical Burning of Benedict Arnold March of the Traitor along Bank Street! Wear period garb to fully immerse yourself in this historic event dating to 1782!
  • Park in a downtown garage or on the street near Fort Trumbull or the Waterfront Park and use the Festival’s free water taxi and shuttle bus to go between venues. The parking lot at Fort Trumbull is reserved for those with a Handicapped parking permit.

All Weekend Events 10am-5pm

Free Transportation
Travel between venues by water aboard the Thames River Heritage Park water taxi or by land on our free shuttle bus

Tour Vessels

Tour impressive military and private vessels and meet the amazing mariners that run them – 2024 Vessels


Kids Nautical Zone

Enjoy nautical entertainment for children, including learning, music, and craft activities

Vendors

Visit area businesses and non-profits for learning and inspiration

Saturday Event Times

9:00 – 10:00 Private Breakfast on EAGLE
Waterfront Park
10:00 – 3:00 Face Painting
Kids Nautical Zone, Fort Trumbull
10:00 – 12:00 Make a Parade Costume
Kids Nautical Zone, Fort Trumbull
11:00 – 12:00 Steve Elci performs children’s music
Main Stage, Fort Trumbull
12:00 – 1:00 Johnson Girls perform sea chanteys
Main Stage, Fort Trumbull
1:00 – 1:20 Little Mermaids and Sea Monsters Parade
Fort Trumbull, Kids can Join!
1:15 – 1:45 Simply Enchanted performs children’s entertainment
Main Stage, Fort Trumbull
1:45 – 2:05 Benedict Arnold Play Part 1
Main Stage, Fort Trumbull
2:00 – 2:20 Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Demonstration
Thames River
2:00 – 3:30 Orquesta Sensacional performs salsa music
Main Stage, Fort Trumbull
2:30 – 3:00 Benedict Arnold Play Part 2
Behind Fort Trumbull
3:30 – 4:30 Soul Shot performs reggae music
Main Stage, Fort Trumbull
5:00 – 7:00 Private Sail on ERNESTINA MORRISSEY
Waterfront Park
6:00 – 6:30 Benedict Arnold Play Part 1
Hempstead House
6:30 – 7:00 Benedict Arnold Play Part 1
Shaw Mansion
7:30 – 8:00 March of the Traitor
Start at corner of Bank + Tilley St – march to Waterfront Park
8:00 – 8:15 Burning of Benedict Arnold
Waterfront Park

Sunday Event Times

11:00 – 2:00 Face Painting
Kids Nautical Zone, Fort Trumbull
11:00 – 2:00 Fishing Clinic
Fort Trumbull Fishing Pier – the one without the boats
12:00 – 1:00 Johnson Girls perform sea chanteys
Main Stage, Fort Trumbull
12:00 – 2:00 Sea-Service Showdown: a Maritime Skills Challenge
Waterfront Park
1:00 – 2:30 New London Big Band performs dance music
Main Stage, Fort Trumbull
3:00 – 4:00 Andre and Friends perform dance music
Main Stage, Fort Trumbull
3:00 – 4:00 Ticketed Rum Tasting + Food Pairing
ERNESTINA MORRISSEY – Waterfront Park

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