Willimantic Street Fests

3rd Thursday Street Fest


Our next 3rd Thursday Street Fest is September 21st, 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 fall night what better way to enjoy the foliage than a ride along eastern Connecticut's 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.



 Our Midtown Stage features Connecticut's own Shaded Soul Band.  This high-energy band received Hartford Magazine's Reader Choice award for best band.  Come down at six for Shaded Soul Band's funk, jazz, top 40, pop, reggae, soul and more!  They finish off the night by the beer and wine garden (same Midtown Stage!) with a second set featuring songs of Gladys Knight, The Four Seasons, The Marshall Tucker Band, and many others!  Paula Frederick will entertain you with songs during the break.

Head to our Downtown Stage at 6pm for Rhythmic Circus, playing funk, soul, R&B, rock, hip-hop, and much, much more!  Just be sure to wear your dancing shoes!

Our North Street Stage is for Spanish Music lovers!  Gropu Boriken starts things off at six with Puerto Rican folk music.  This seven-member band provides a full sound with guitar, bongos, congas, guiro and two singers.  Stay for Bentetu at 7:45pm, playing Latin Rhythms and Spanish Caribean music.  Hear songs adapted from Carlos Santana, El Grupo Mana, Fania All Star and Plena en Willimantic.  This 10-piece band is sure to be a feast for the senses! 

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



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!

Listening to music isn't enough?  Try some karaoke Uptown outside Eminence Ink!  We provide the equipment, you provide the talent!

ACTS Arts Magnet High School will be performing and passing out information about upcoming performances on our Uptown Stage at six.

 Cait the Great  wows children and adults alike with her hooping demonstration .


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