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Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival September 9-11
September 9, 2022 - September 11, 2022
The Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival returns again to celebrate the sea in New London from September 9 through 11, 2022. This year’s gathering of vessels of all types, including U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy vessels and the historic Top Sail Schooner Amistad, is made possible with the steadfast support of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Office of Tourism and the generous sponsorship of Dime Bank.
The weekend will be filled with free activities, including tours of ships and fishing vessels, a fishing clinic with lots of giveaways, music, food trucks, a chance to meet captains and crews, a “Burning of Benedict Arnold in Effigy” production, activities for children, and much more! The Arm-of-the-Sea Theater, a dance troupe hailing from the Hudson Valley, will put on a puppet show Sunday at the Hygienic Art Park.
Bringing Connecticut’s maritime folklore into the festival, new this year is a Mermaids and Sea Monsters Parade. You can register online to be in the parade! It starts Saturday at 2 p.m. on Bank Street and ends at City Pier.
There will be live music all weekend, including sea shanties from Marc Bernier to tunes from the local “The Carl Franklin Band,” and high-energy rock from “Derik and the Funbags.”
On Sunday, Sept. 11 at 8:30 a.m. there will be a special 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony led by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard.
The event begins Friday, Sept. 9 at 3:30 p.m. with an interesting opening ceremony and ends Sunday at 5 p.m. For details on everything in between, check out the full schedule at: ctmaritimefest.com.