Willimantic Street Fests

3rd Thursday Street Fest


Our next 3rd Thursday Street Fest is July 20th 2017 from


6-9 PM


In Historic Downtown Area throughout 5 Blocks of Main Street in Willimantic, CT


Free Admission Free Parking, Free Live Music!


On a hot summer night what better way to beat the heat than a ride along eastern Connecticut's cool country roads to Willimantic's 3rd Thursday Street Fest? 


We'll save a parking spot for you, if you approach our Historic Downtown eastbound on Main Street or via High Street.  Have some dinner, duck into a downtown merchant for some AC and shopping, dance in the streets, and grab refreshments at the Beer & Wine Garden.




Girls and Guitars featuring Patty Tuite kicks off our Midtown Stage at 6pm with their mix of classic rock, blues and swing.  Patty Tuite has been playing in the region for decades.  She now jams with the Percolators.

They are followed at 7:45 by Brothers Donovan playing reggae, funk and groove.  Brothers Donvan cite such influences at Meters, The Grateful Dead and Phish.  They recently released the album Awakenings.

Our North Street Stage features Latin music in July.  Starting with Goza (Spanish for Joy), who play Latin dance music from Brazil, Spain and Latin America at 6pm.  Their rhythms include samba, cha-cha, rumba, flamenco, bossa, tango salsa and bolero.

At 7:15 on our North Stage you can listen to Classic Guitar from the Quiet Corner.  Guitarist Dawn B. Cwirka plays Latin and international favorites.

Our Downtown Stage is rocking with The Wild Bill Project at 6pm, playing classic rock from 1965 onward.  Their high-energy, guitar-driven music is sure to get you up and dancing.

Stick around for Aberdeen's Ashes at 7:45 on our Downtown Stage.  This "total band of geeks" plays grunge and alternative rock favorites from the 1990's, including songs from Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilot, Bush, Soundgarden, Phish and more.  

  You'll find the complete schedule at www.WillimanticStreetFest.com.



At the monthly 3rd Thursday Street Fests, there is always something for everyone.  In July, Johnnie's Childrens' Area will be back on the street in front of the library.  There, children will find a variety of activities to burn off some energy, including a chance to play with hula hoops and stilts.

Special this July only, Willimantic's 3rd Thursday Street Festival teams up with  the Rotary Club's Antique Car Show.  Stroll down to Jillson Square to enjoy dozens of show cars on display!


Street performers wander Main Street to the delight of all.



As you stroll down the street, you can choose from an amazing selection of quality, local, ethnic foods: Mexican, Syrian, Indian, Puerto Rican, BBQ, Jamaican, and all kinds of American foods.  Now that's diversity!  Yes, there's pizza, hamburgers, and hotdogs, too.

On your walk back to your bike, sample an array of desserts: delicious cannolis, cupcakes, fresh fruit, and home-made ice cream or ices.  Yes, there's fried dough, popcorn, cotton candy, and kettle corn, too. 

Indulge, then quench that thirst with a Hosmer Mountain Soda, or head to the Beer and Wine Garden to sample a refreshing micro-brewed beer. Proceeds from the sales of beer and wine are used to fund the festivals and bring us that great entertainment.  We also sell special buttons for only $5 to show that you support the Fests. As a bonus, you'll get a 20% discount in the beer and wine garden all season. 



Shoppers can browse at downtown merchants, like Swift Waters Artisans Coop, featuring all locally made goods.  Or Kerri Gallery, with bags, cards and artwork by outsider artist, Kerri Quirk.  Don't miss the BENCH SHOP, with the best card selection in CT, as well as incense and smoking goods.  On the street, we showcase over 50 local and regional vendors with handmade jewelry, body arts, candles, home improvements. You're sure to find that one-of-a-kind gift for that one-of-a-kind person in downtown Willimantic.  In August, we'll be featuring crafters and makers from all over the region. 

All this is packed into 3 hours on a Thursday night.  You won't want to miss a minute of the fun:  July 20th from 6-9 pm.  The Festival and Parking are Free.  For info:  860.450.0918, but it's all at: www.WillimanticStreetFest.com