2021 Schedule of Events

Need transportation to get to the CT Maritime Heritage Festival this weekend? We got you covered! Buses will be running Saturday, September 11 from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm and Sunday, September 12 from 11 am – 3:30.

To view the route of this FREE bus service, click here.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

  • 3:00 pm Official Welcoming Ceremony
  • Speakers include:
  • Mayor Michael Passero
  • Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz
  • CAPT Todd Moore, Commanding Officer, SUBASE New London
  • CAPT Michael Turdo, Commanding Officer, USCGC Barque Eagle
  •  7:00 pm –   9:00 pm Festival kick-off –    with  Blues Rock Band – Lone Wolf Trio (Hygienic Art Park)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

  • 8:30 am Memorial 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony –  led by U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard (City Pier)
  • 9:45 am USCG Fly over ICW ending elements of 9-11 Commemoration
  • 10:00 am US Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration (City Pier)
  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Ships available for tour
    • USCGC Eagle
    • Kingspointer
    • USCGC Ida Lewis
    • Navy support vessels

  • 11:00 am –  4:00 pm  Food Trucks/Vendors
  • 11:00 am –  3:30 pm Kids Events Begins (hosted by New London Youth Affairs and Niantic Children’s Museum)
  • 11:00 am Childrens’ Author Reads
  • 11:30 am –  4:00 pm Project Oceanology Touch Tank (City Pier)
  • 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm  Steve Elci and Friends (City Pier)
  • 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm   Pirates (New London Waterfront Park)
  • 12:30 pm –  3:30 pm  

  • SIGN UP NOW:  Materials will be sent out 1 week before the class.
  • While not required to enjoy DEEP’s Fishing Clinic, DEEP is offering the following class to enhance your experience:
  • DEEP Saltwater ZOOM Class Registration  September 8,   6pm-7pm
  • Long Island Sound offers some world class fishing opportunities! This class will introduce you to the different sportfish that live in the Sound, what basic gear and bait is needed to catch them, and how to access shoreline fishing spots.

  •  1:00 pm –   3:00 pm   Hoola Hooper  (New London Waterfront Park)
  •  1:30 pm –   2:30 pm   Ancient Mariners (New London Waterfront Park)
  •  4:00 pm –  7:00 pm    I Petty The Fool – Tom Petty Tribute Band (City Pier)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (note Sunset 7:01pm)

  • 10:00 am  – 4:00 pm 
    • Ships available for tours
      • Roann from Mystic joins fleet
    • Booths/Activities on the Waterfront
      • DEEP Boating Division
      • Save the Sound
      • USCG Auxiliary
      • Naval History and Heritage Command
      • Navy Diving Demos
  • 11:00 am – 4:00 pm    Artisans Market Place (Golden Street)
  • 1:00 – 1:30 pm Major General Benedict Arnold and his soldiers arrive at NL by boat and skirmish with the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons (Waterfront near Landing)
  • 1:30 – 2:30       Second Continental Light Dragoons (New London Waterfront Park)
  • Major General Benedict Arnold has historical display, weapons covered area near landing
  • 2:00 pm Second Continental Light Dragoons lead a Libation Memorial Ceremony as a salute to the fallen and to all veterans (City Pier)
  • 2:00 pm Libation Memorial Service
  • The Libation Memorial Service can trace it roots back to the age of the Greeks. It is a remembrance in honor of those who served before us. Captain Salvatore Tarantino Commander Second Continental Light Dragoons will lead the ceremony to honor those departed veterans by toasting symbolically. Modern era veterans are invited to join in the memorial salute.  (Individual cups will be used for the toast in keeping with COVID-19 guidance.)  A few words will be stated as to the reason for the gathering followed by a pouring of a drink over the memorial site. In some there is a mourn arms salute followed by a moment of silence. In other instances, a wreath is laid as well.
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm      Sea Shanties with Marc Bernier (City Pier)
  • 3:00 pm   – 5:00 pm    Band Melaena     (City Pier)

2020 Festival:

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