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Friday Evening Kickoff Concert, July 26  • Saturday Festival Day, July 27

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Friday night concert

The Festival kicks off Friday, July 26, on the lawn of the Florence Griswold Museum when Nekita Waller begin their free concert at 7pm on the lawn of the Florence Griswold Museum . As the Connecticut State Troubadour , Nekita will surprise and delight the audience with her mix of Motown, pop, soul, and original music. 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 and Benchmark Wealth Management. (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.

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.

Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 25th. On site registrations accepted up to race day.

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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.

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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!

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Art Sale & Specialty Vendors

On the front lawn of the Lyme Art Association, you’ll find art for sale by its Association Members as well as specialty vendors. Indoors, you’ll enjoy the annual Marine Art show. 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.

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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

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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.

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Local Youth Musicians

MusicNow Foundation brings back the best young musical talent to entertain on the grounds at the Florence Griswold Museum. All ages will enjoy watching performances throughout the afternoon by emerging artists from across Connecticut. Singer/songwriter, acoustic rock, folk, and jazz talents from 12 noon to 3pm.

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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.

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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.

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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.