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Friday Evening Kickoff Concert, July 27  • Saturday Festival Day, July 28



We've got a great line-up of fun for family and friends! As our partners finalize our plans, keep checking back for updates. But here's a sneak peak of what you can expect this year!



Friday night concert

The Festival kicks off Friday, July 27, on the lawn of the Florence Griswold Museum when Otis and the Hurricanes begin their free concert at 7pm on the lawn of the Florence Griswold Museum . Take a bit of delta blues, mix it with the spicy taste of New Orleans funk, shake it with some good time rock & roll and you've got the recipe for groovin' with Otis and the Hurricanes. Bring your chair or blanket, a picnic supper and get ready for a magical evening. Young and old fill the lawn of the FloGris for this annual concert sponsored by All Pro Automotive.  (pictured here 2017 kickoff band, Nick Anderson and the Shady Creek band)

Friday shopping

Home decor lovers wait all year for Patricia Spratt for the Home's annual summer warehouse sale! Find beautiful table linens and pillow covers for discounted prices. Patricia Spratt chooses beautiful cotton fabrics for her line of linens found in selective shops across the country. The sale runs Thursday through Saturday, 9am-4pm.

Friday evening until 7pm, shop the Super Sale at the Florence Griswold Museum Shop. You'll find a large selection of deeply discounted books, stationery, children's gifts, jewelry, and unique gift items.

Saturday Morning 5K

The annual LYSB Midsummer 5K and Kids K kicks off our Saturday morning! The Midsummer Run benefits the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau and will go to LYSB’s Timothy P. Buckley Memorial Fund in support of mental wellness and addiction prevention.  #BeRemarkable

The Lyme Youth Services Bureau Midsummer 5K Run features a fast and flat road race, a 5K Run & Walk (both at 8am), and a Kids K (9am). The race begins at the LYSB (59 Lyme Street) and winds through the beautiful streets of the village. The LYSB Midsummer Run is generously sponsored by Simpson Healthcare Executives.

Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 26th. On site registrations accepted up to race day.


Antique Car Show

Walk down Memory Lane with these antique autos and vote for your favorite in the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club Annual Classic Car Show. The Bee & Thistle Inn hosts this crowd pleaser from 9am to 2pm. Show registration for your classic beauty will soon open on the Lions' website.


Fence Show Artists Exhibition & Sale

With a variety of medium, including watercolor, oils, and photography, the Fence Show Artists return this year on the lawn of the Old Lyme Inn (9am-4pm). Reminiscent of the "fence shows" found in Paris, the artists hang their works for sale on fencing. Meet the artists, some of who may be demonstrating their craft! Click here for a list of the 32 artists participating this year.


Art Sale & Specialty Vendors

The Lyme Art Association will have on exhibit its annual Marine Art show, in addition to an art sale of works by its Association Members. On the front lawn of the Association, find specialty vendors and be sure to stop at the Masterpiece Photo Op where you are part of the masterpiece! Open 10am-4pm. 

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Parading Paws Dog Show

Which dog will win for Best Smile? Best Trick? Best Costume? Presented by Vista Vocational Life Innovations. Does your pooch have what it takes? This year registration takes place from 10-10:30 am. Judging begins at 10:45am. On the grounds of the Florence Griswold Museum.


Hands-on/Minds-on Fun Station

Over 12 local organizations offer crafts, science experiments, and other hands-on projects at this special family fun station at the Florence Griswold Museum. 10am-3pm


Bohemian Street Fair

You'll find a wide selection of great products from farmers, crafters, and artisans on the front lawn of the Florence Griswold Museum from 9am to 3pm. When its time for a break, grab a shady spot near the Spruce tree and choose a food truck for your lunch. Click here for a list of purveyors and food trucks at the Bohemian Street Fair.

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LYMESTOCK 2018 concert

LYMESTOCK 2018 takes place this year on the Lieutenant River Stage at the Florence Griswold Museum. All ages will enjoy watching performances throughout the afternoon including select winners of the New England Music Awards, the New England Radar Awards, as well as emerging artists from across Connecticut. Singer/songwriter, acoustic rock, folk, and jazz talents will be on stage from 12 noon to 5pm.  Produced by the Music Now Foundation with funding from the Connecticut Office of the Arts.


Live Music & Lunch

The Old Lyme Inn welcomes back funk band Mass-Conn-Fusion under the big tent on the lawn, beginning at 11am. Lunch items available from the grill, or sit-down service available on the patio or inside the air conditioned restaurant.


Art Sales & Demonstrations

Students, faculty, and alumni of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts will showcase their works for sale under the tent at the Academy. Demonstrations of various art techniques will also be provided. 9am-4pm.

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Phoebe's BookCellar Book Sale

Beyond the Festival there's more to do (and you can walk or our shuttle bus will take you there!) The annual book sale at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library is the perfect place to find a "gently loved" book, whether its a beach read or rare first edition. Great markdowns make walking away with a few gems easy!

There's more shopping on Lyme Street, including Patricia Spratt for the Home's warehouse sale. Check back for more Beyond the Festival.


Outdoor Sculpture Garden

In addition to its Community Sculpture (seen here) at the entrance of the sculpture garden, stroll the grounds of Studio 80 + Sculpture Garden to see its Summer Showcase. 9am-5pm.