Willimantic Street Fests

General Information

Every 3rd Thursday
from May to September
on Main Street in
downtown Willimantic
From May to September, on the 3rd Thursday of each month, 6 blocks of Main St. are closed to vehicular traffic for the evening & filled with festival-goers.

Thousands of pedestrians browse merchandise within a background of musical, theatrical, visual & olfactory delights. There are clowns and bands and stilters to entertain you as you meander through the fest. Local & regional vendors set tables in the street showcasing the wealth of goods produced in CT.

This area is rich in musical talent. Seven stages, placed along Main Street, have continuous performances ranging from rhythm & blues to Latin jazz to folk rock to African drumming. The music is interspersed with performances by dance troupes, Kung Fu and puppeteers.
Street performers and children’s events are strategically placed throughout Main Street so a new adventure is always unfolding. One block may hold the Bounce Room and another face painting. Kids of all ages will have something special to enjoy.

Our cultural diversity brings wonderful food to the festival. There’s authentic Indian, Mexican, Syrian, Puerto Rican, Italian, and Ukrainian food vendors providing gastronomic delights from around the world. And there’s old-fashioned ice cream floats and other great desserts!

Relax in our Beer and Wine Garden located in the courtyard of the Windham Theatre Guild.   The Dirk Quinn Band will keep you entertained with their jazz while you visit with friends.  Buy a button to support the fest and get a discount in the Beer Garden for the rest of the season.


Kids will enjoy the moon bounce, taking a horse and wagon ride, watching a puppet show, getting their face painted and so much more.


Food and entertainment will be available from 6-9pm. Food vendors and local restaurants will have something to please everyone.  Food from around the world is available within four blocks of downtown Willimantic.  There will be tacos, Thai food, BBQ, pizza, burgers, falafel, Puerto Rican cuisine and fried dough.  For dessert, enjoy kettle corn, Italian ice and cupcakes!


A DJ and four stages will have music all night!  PANA!, Wooden Nickel, 9th Wave, Sam Haiman Band, The Simple Minstrels, and Sugar Babies DJ will have you dancing and enjoying the evening.


Get your shopping done all in one spot!  With over 60 unique vendors, there is sure to be a special gift for an upcoming birthday, anniversary, wedding or a gift for yourself.  You deserve it! Don’t miss an opportunity to grab a Romantic Willimantic t-shirt while you’re there!