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 to complement your stay with us at The Inn at Stonington.
Mondays throughout July & August
Blue Monday – Mystic River Park
Enjoy live blues music at the Mystic River Park. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, this is a free event. The music begins at 5:30 p.m. in Mystic River Park by the drawbridge.
Tuesdays throughout July & August
Tuesday Summer Soundwaves Concert Series
On Tuesday nights, the Noank-Mystic Community Band hosts the Summer Sounds concert series. This is the twentieth year for Summer Sounds, and these free concerts always draw a big – and dancing – crowd. The music begins at 7 p.m. in Mystic River Park by the drawbridge.
August 12 & 13
Mystic Outdoor Arts Festival – Downtown Mystic
The oldest of its kind in the Northeast, the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival draws more than 85,000 people. This juried art show showcases over 250 artists, with more than two miles of arts and crafts including: oils, watercolors, photographs, pastels, sculpture, woodwork, comics, acrylics and more. The Mystic Outdoor Art Festival (MOAF) is free of charge and features activities and artwork for all ages to enjoy. Food and drink are available for sale by local charitable organizations.
Mystic Eats – Downtown Mystic
This festival is a fun way to get downtown and sample some of the area’s best food. Over 25 local restaurants serve up everything from fish tacos to fried dough! There’s also live music for all and a beer tent for 21 and up. Tickets to purchase food and drink are sold at several booths within the festival, so bring cash or a card.
10th Annual Garlic Festival – Olde Mistick Village
Over 50 farmers, vendors, bakers and restaurants will be participating in this year’s Garlic Festival. The Festival will feature local produce, preserves, baked goods, prepared food, crafts and concoctions. Live musical entertainment all day, both days, from lots of different musicians and bands. The event also includes terrific kids’ activities with a live birds of prey program, a martial arts demonstration and a reptile show. Lots of great food and family fun for sure!
Nautical Nightmares – Mystic Seaport
Nautical Nightmares is a dramatic experience that explores ghost tales, legends, and unsolved mysteries of days gone by. Things that go bump in the night and spirits guiding you through a darkened village are just some of the ghostly goings-on you will encounter during this theatrical performance. Preregistration is encouraged, as tours fill up quickly.
Chowder Days – Mystic Seaport
Enjoy an array of chowders and bisques, fritters, cider and seasonal desserts at the picturesque Mystic Seaport. This two-day event will feature live entertainment, games and arts & crafts. What better way to spend a fall day in New England?
Mystic Restaurant Week
Participating Mystic restaurants will be offering special menus at special prices for lunch and dinner, so get out and revisit your favorites or try some new restaurants.
Lighted Boat Parade & Santa Arrives by Tugboat – Mystic River
Santa Claus is coming to town and so is Mystic’s Holiday Lighted Boat Parade in Historic Downtown Mystic. Thousands gather at the Mystic River Park to watch Santa arrive on tug boat. After a brief break, festivities in the Park resume with the lighting of the Christmas tree at 6 p.m.
Spectators then flood both sides of the Mystic River to see the decorated ships pass by. Decorated vessels parade down the Mystic River at 6:20 p.m. and return to the Mystic River Park, where spectators and judges gather. These holiday events have become beloved traditions in Mystic over the years – don’t miss out on being part of the festivities!
Stonington Borough Holiday Stroll
The Stroll kicks off at Wadawanuck Square where carolers will gather in front of the library and sing prior to the tree lighting. Afterwards, strollers then head down Water Street where the shops will be offering refreshments and an opportunity to get a start on holiday shopping.
Date – not yet posted
Luminaria and Downtown Mystic Stroll
A favorite annual holiday tradition – The Mystic Luminaria & Holiday Stroll. Enjoy the festive sounds of local carolers. You might even catch a sax playing Santa roaming around! 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.
November 24 – December 22
Lantern Light Tours – Mystic Seaport
This year’s performance is inspired by “The Nutcracker.”
Each Lantern Light Tour is a 70-minute progressive performance that covers approximately a half-mile of uneven terrain (including cobblestone, wood planking, grass, gravel and stairs) on the grounds of Mystic Seaport.