Willimantic Street Fests

3rd Thursday Street Fest


Our next 3rd Thursday Street Fest is July 18, 2019 from

6-9 PM

In the Historic Downtown Area throughout 6 Blocks of Main Street in Willimantic, CT


Free Admission, Free Parking, Free Live Music!


What do we do in Willimantic when the temperature gets hot, hot, hot?

Think cool, of course!

What could be cooler than free, live music?  Dancing in the street?  Merchants, crafters and vendors from around the state?  Willimantic's own diverse mix of dining, art, history and so much more?

How about free parking and free entrance?

Come on down to Willimantic's 3rd Thursday Street Fest!  Willimantic is THE place to beat the heat and celebrate the season.

You are invited to experience the sumptuous food, wonderful and varied local artisans and makers, amazing live music acts, street performers, and the always entertaining and popular- beer and wine garden. Take a break from your week and enjoy the family fun at the Children's Area and treat yourself, your friends, and your neighbors to the best monthly street fest in CT- lovingly prepared just for YOU.


Taking it from the top (that’s High St) we heat it up with fantastic artists like cool jazz and Latin music with our local, but world-renowned, June Bisantz on the Way Uptown Stage.
The Uptown Stage features Jesse Liam Band at 6pm near Eminence Ink  followed by hilarious comedy from Brian Barganier at 7:15 and the funky cool group CAB (Chris Andrews Band) at 7:45pm.

Bank Street Stage with feature the very eclectic get ready to dance- DJ CHUCK at 6pm so bring your energy and dancing shoes!

The MidTown Stage, right in the beer garden, will get you on your feet with Braiden Sunshine filling the air at 6pm, followed by hysterical comedian, Kate Clancy, and then- noted by the Hartford Courant as "one of the HOTTEST names in local music right now"- Jake Kulak and The LowDown at 7:45pm.

The Downtown Stage will be shining with the Nashville famous, Sarah Lou RIchards & the Handsome Devils at 6pm and the female led, funky rock artists- Collective Difference at 7:45pm- a crowd favorite!

The Way Downtown Stage has the local trio November Sound at 6pm.

But keep your eye out for lots of fun and entertainment wherever you turn:  the Mill Museum will have fun opportunities for selfies, and CT Cub Scout Pack 35 will be there having matchbox racing, Sword in the Scroll Fencing Academy will demonstrate their skills with the blades, and The Joshua Metell Foundation and the 3 on 3 classic basketball will be over at Church St offering you time to show off!

There will be new craft vendors and MORE FOOD for your enjoyment as we expand Way UpTown towards High St. which also features local restaurants, all with yummy specialties to satisfy any appetite. Stop in to Taquito's Mexican Grill, Thread City Diner, the distinctively cool cafemantic, Hot Shots, and Willibrew featuring local craft beers. While you're up there, enjoy some exciting WaterBall in front of the library.

Exciting new food vendors Taking Care of Tummies and Craftbirdfoodtruck  will join fan favorites:  in Willimantic that means authentic ethnic foods like Jamaican, Mexican, Indian, Puerto Rican, Middle Eastern and Caribbean.

Get your caricature drawn by Dougal Art and shop to your hearts content with our especially creative makers and artisans! There is an incredible variety, so bring your reusable bag and have a blast!

With so much to offer, your evening is set.  Spend July 18th with us, eat, drink, dance, chat with your friends, and shop the local merchants and street vendors! Bring your cash for the amazing prize table featuring generous donations of baskets, gift cards, and more! Your chance to win is affordable, fun, and with so many opportunities- very lucky! 
 We’re greening up the Fests, so don’t forget to BYO Shopping Bag and stuff your pockets with Greenbacks, too.  

July 18 from 6-9pm on Main St in Willimantic from High St to Jillson Square.  

Please email info@willimanticstreetfest.com for any questions
Brought to you by Willimantic Renaissance, Inc., a grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed to revitalize downtown Willimantic by celebrating diversity, building community and attracting consumers. 3rd Thursday Street Fests are truly a community event.