Willimantic Street Fests

Willimantic's June 20th 3rd Thursday Street Fest is cancelled

due to weather.  We'll see you July 18.

3rd Thursday Street Fest


Our next 3rd Thursday Street Fest is September 20th, 2018 from


6-9 PM


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


Free Admission Free Parking, Free Live Music!


What do we do in Connecticut 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!  With multiple stages of free, live music, crafters, vendors, crafters, causes and cuisines from all over, Willimantic's 3rd Thursday is THE place to beat the heat.  Look for special children's activities throughout.  

Have an appetite for more than just music?  Countless vendors and merchants will offer foods from around the world, and crafts, clothing and jewelry from around the state.  We offer a beer and wine garden for adults and a special children’s area with performers for the young ones.

Remember, parking is free, admission is free, and the music is free!


Here are some of our headline acts:

 Dance into Autumn with classic music from the 50's through today!

Look for our own, local ACT Arts Magnet High School kicking off our Uptown Stage at 6pm!

Our Midtown Stage opens the night at 6pm with LA's Backstage Pass, playing hits from the 80's.

North Street features DJ night with DJ Chuck Entertainment and DJ Scully.  Bring your requests!

Downtown, Bruce John and the Bandelero's starts the night at 6pm with their rock and blues from the 50's, 60's and 70's.

Mansfield Academy Dance entertains us until 7:45, when the stage is ready for more music!  The T. Wiley Project entertains us until 9 with their heartfelt, original music.


At the monthly 3rd Thursday Street Fests, there is always something for everyone. There is a special area  where children will find a variety of activities to burn off some energy, including a chance to play with hula hoops and stilts, although 3rd Thursday is definitely kid-friendly everywhere!


As you stroll down the street, you can choose from an amazing selection of quality, local, ethnic foods: Mexican, Syrian, Indian, Puerto Rican, 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:  September 21st from 6-9 pm.  The Festival and Parking are Free.  For info:  860.450.0918, but it's all at: www.WillimanticStreetFest.com



Event Coordinator: Jean deSmet, info@willimanticstreetfest.com, 

Media/Volunteers: Cassandra Martineau, publicity@willimanticstreetfest.com