Willimantic Street Fests

3rd Thursday Street Fest


Our next 3rd Thursday Street Fest is August 17th 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.



Eastview Drive kicks things off on our Downtown Stage at 6pm with their mix of classic rock and originals.  They are followed by The American Boys at 7:15pm performing his original hip-hop pieces.  At 7:45, FUSE finishes the night with their fusion of R&B, soul, funk, jazz and hop-hop.

Meanwhile, our North Street Stage starts the night at 6pm with The Rob Ashley Band playing his original songs with "vivid characters, swelling emotion and stinging melodies." Flight of Silence closes with some foot-tapping hard rock and roll starting at 7:45.

On our Midtown Stage, Off the Dome starts at 6, featuring space/funk spirit rock inspired by the Grateful Dead.  At 7:45pm, we have 432 playing classic rock such as Cream, Hendrix, the Who and Bad Company.


 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.

We have wagon rides and inflatables for family fun downtown, merchants, food vendors and groups of all sorts to explore up and down Main Street Willimantic


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