2020 Festival Info

Note: All videos and virtual tours will be available on our Facebook page or by clicking on the View Video buttons below at the time they are scheduled.

Festival Schedule:

Friday, September 11th

8:30 am (FB Live Stream) 911 Ceremony – US Navy and New London Firefighters, Pipes and Drum
Nautilus Pier, Groton. Live, by invitation

10:00 am Kids Creative Dance – Video

All weekend (Live) Story Walks- Children Museum – New London Waterfront

11:00 am Virtual Ship Tour USCG Barque Eagle – Video

12:00 Noon Seapower, U.S. Navy Maritime Strategy – Video

1:00 pm USMMA—75 Years of Service to the Nation – Video

2:00 pm Navy Diver Equipment – Video

3:00 pm Kids Activity – Video – CT Family Festival

3:30 pm Nautical Book Reading for Kids (Video)

Saturday, September 12th

10:00 am Kids Activity – Video – CT Family Festival

10:00 am – 2:00 pm (SOLD OUT) Touch Tank – Project Oceanology – City Pier

10:00 am – 2:00 pm (SOLD OUT) Family Sailing – New England Sailing and Science – City Pier

10:00 am – Noon Free Thames River Heritage Park Harbor Tours
20 minute tours leave from City Pier. Reservations and Masks required.
For information please visit thamesriverheritagepark.org

10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Live) NY Fire Boat Firefighter open for tours
Social distancing and Masks required. Custom House Pier

11:00 am – 3:00 pm (Live) Discounts at Local restaurants

All Weekend (Live) Story Walks- Children Museum, City Pier

12:00 Noon Steve Elci – Children Music Time – Video

12:30 pm Fleet Forces Band virtual concert, pop music – Video

1:00 pm Canoes to Submarines – Maritime History on the Thames River
90 minute tour. For information and to purchase tickets visit
www.thamesriverheritagepark.org.

1:00 pm U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Coho – Video

1:30 pm Virtual Ship Tour of Naval Ship USS Laboon – Video

2:00 pm USCG Auxiliary – Video

3:00 pm Nautical Book Reading for Kids (Video)

3:00 pm Thames River Heritage Park Submarines, Battlefields and Betrayers Tour. 90 minute boat tour.  For information and to purchase tickets visit www.thamesriverheritagepark.org

4:00 pm National Coast Guard Museum (Video)

6:30 pm Connecticut and the Sea, narrated by Walter Cronkite. With permission from CPTV and the Connecticut Humanities Council.

Sunday, September 13th

10:00 am – Noon Free Thames River Heritage Park Harbor Tours
20 minute tours leave from City Pier. Reservations and Masks required.
For information please visit thamesriverheritagepark.org

10:00 am Kids activity (Video) – CT Family Fest

11:00 am Nautical Book Reading for Kids (Video)

10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Live) NY Fire Boat Firefighter open for tours
Social distancing and masks required. Custom House Pier

12:00 Noon Dixieland Band USCG – Video

All Weekend (Live) Story Walks – Children Museum – New London Waterfront

1:00 pm Tips for Fishing from the Shore – Video – DEEP Fisheries

1:00 pm Canoes to Submarines – Maritime History on the Thames River
90 minute tour. For information and to purchase tickets visit
www.thamesriverheritagepark.org.

2:00 pm Katherine Walker – USCG Buoy tender- Video

3:00 pm USS Laboon Part 2- Video

3:00 pm Thames River Heritage Park Submarines, Battlefields and Betrayers Tour. 90 minute boat tour.  For information and to purchase tickets visit www.thamesriverheritagepark.org

3:30 pm USS Hartford (SSN 768) and USS Connecticut (SSN 22) surface through the Arctic ice – Video