While any time is a good time to visit Inn at Stonington, there are numerous events, festivals and holidays during the year that you may want to specifically schedule your trip around!
Our list below will help you find events in Stonington and our surrounding area to compliment your stay with us at The Inn at Stonington. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to see ongoing events calendar of events throughout the year.
February 24, 2018
Cabin Fever Festival
Old Mistick Village
This popular winter festival gets us all out during the depths of cabin fever month! Over 20 local restaurants gather at the Olde Mistick Village to compete and serve up their best chowder. All proceeds will benefit Always Home, a local shelter.
March 17, 2018
Mystic Irish 5K
The runners in this 5K start in downtown Mystic and travel along scenic River Road and the banks of the Mystic River, ending again in downtown Mystic. This is a festive run to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, so be sure to wear your green! The winners have a special spot in the following weeks Mystic Irish Parade.
March 25, 2018
Mystic Irish Parade
This will be the 15th Annual Mystic Irish Parade. Each year, a sliver of Ireland is brought to the small town of Mystic, Connecticut and friends & family from near and far celebrate together in support of the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation!
Kicking off at 1:00 pm, the parade, extending from the Mystic Seaport Museum to the Mystic Art Association, brings 2,200 local community members together while they march alongside creatively designed floats and dance to the Celtic music echoing throughout the village while over 32,000 supporters cheer and celebrate the day!
March 5-11, 2018
Mystic Restaurant Week
Enjoy pre-fix menus at discounted prices at some of Mystic’s finest restaurants.
April 14, 2018
Russ Kramer: Inspirations, Adventures and Methods
Maritime Gallery @ Mystic Seaport
Through an oil painting demonstration, Russ will show us how he is able to create a unique “first-hand” experience in his paintings for the viewer, putting you right on board during some of history’s greatest yacht races. His works combine narrative, historical, figurative, and maritime disciplines, along with meticulous research and attention to detail, to create a real sense of the dramatic moment.
May 20, 2018
Mystic Half Marathon & 10K
Beautiful course through all parts of Mystic! Starts at Olde Mistick Village and ends in front of Mystic Aquarium.
June 7-10, 2018
Sea Music Festival
The annual Sea Music Festival is one of the world’s premier sea music events. Fans of traditional sea music gather each year to hear national and international performers, along with the Museum’s chantey staff, perform music from the golden Age of Sail through the best of contemporary composition. The roster includes music from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Canada, along with singers from across the United States. The weekend’s festivities include daytime and evening concerts, special performances for children, instructional workshops, and a unique opportunity to witness sea music at work aboard the Museum’s historic vessels.
June 22-24, 2018
Wooden Boat Show
See more than 100 traditional and classic wooden boats of every type at the Annual Wooden Boat Show. The festival, which is hosted in partnership with Wooden Boat Publications, celebrates the design and craftsmanship of wooden craft.
Taste of Mystic
Olde Mistick Village
Bring your appetite to the Annual Taste of Mystic at Olde Mistick Village. Over 20 local restaurants, each offering a unique and delicious taste of their specialty. Don’t miss free live performances by the area’s best bands and musicians!
June 21-23, 2018
Mystic River Jam Festival
The River Jam Festival, held at Mystic Shipyard, is a two-day music festival showcasing music from rock to reggae, blues to punk.
Mondays throughout July & August
Mystic River Park
Free blue’s concerts in the Mystic River Park made possible by generous donations from local businesses and supporting school music programs. Bring a blanket, and a picnic!
Tuesdays throughout July & August
Tuesday Summer Soundwaves Concert Series
Mystic River Park
On Tuesday nights, the Noank-Mystic Community Band hosts the Summer Sounds concert series. This is the twenty-first year for Summer Sounds, and these free concerts always draw a big – and dancing – crowd. The music begins at 7 pm in Mystic River Park by the drawbridge. Admission is free.
Saturday, November 24th, 2018
Santa Arrives by Tugboat & Tree Lighting
Mystic River Park
Santa Claus arrives to Mystic! Spectators flood Mystic River Park to watch Santa arrive at 2pm on a 60’ tug boat, the John Paul, to open his ears to the wishes of children waiting anxiously in line to see him.
The Christmas tree in Mystic River Park will be lit at 6pm.
Saturday, November 24th, 2018
Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
Mystic River, Downtown Mystic
Decorated vessels parade down the Mystic River at 6:20pm and return to the Mystic River Park, where spectators and judges gather. Boats are judged on creativity and team spirit, and prizes are offered for Most Charismatic Crew, Innovative Vessel, Best Dressed Vessel, and Miss Mystic Vessel of Grandeur.
Tuesday, December 4th, 2018
Downtown Holiday Stroll & Luminaria
Don’t miss the Downtown Mystic Holiday Stroll & Luminaria on Tuesday, December 4th from 6-9pm.
Enjoy the festive sounds of local choirs and specials in the shoppes. Come visit Santa and his North Pole friends while getting your presents wrapped at the Mystic Museum of Art. And be on the lookout for local pirate troupe; Free Men of the Sea will be strolling around performing sea shanties as well. To add to the ambiance, the streets and Mystic River Park will be lined with hundreds of beautiful luminaria to light your way through town. Wandering entertainment including: Saxophone Santa, Ledyard High School Carolers, Noank-Mystic Community Band, Union Baptist Bell Choir, Freemen of the Sea, Mystic River Chorale, Pine Point School Choir & more.
Weekends throughout November & December
Lantern Light Tours: Finding Your Place
Mystic Seaport Museum
Set on Christmas Eve in the year 1876, the play offers small windows into the lives of people on the verge of great change, both personal and cultural. The show includes five scenes of seasonal delight, featuring a winter fantasia, a spirited circle dance, and perhaps a visit with old St. Nick! Written by esteemed playwright and dramaturg Kato McNickle, Finding Your Place invites us to explore the world and broaden our point of view to better understand our place within it.
Each performance of Lantern Light Tours is an approximately 90-minute tour.
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