Willimantic Street Fests

Welcome to Willimantic!

Come for dinner, visit friends, dance to the music, and enjoy the beautiful historic architecture.

Romantic Willimantic TShirts
available in downtown Willimantic at the BENCH Shop and the Mill Museum (Men's and Children's sizes), and Swift Waters Artisans Coop (Men's and Women's sizes).

Every 3rd Thursday from May to September, thousands of people from far and wide stroll along Main Street, Willimantic amid a background of musical, theatrical, visual, gastronomic, and olfactory delights.

Five stages simultaneously host a wide variety of music and entertainment while over 100 vendors showcase a variety of handcrafted goods and services. Willimantic's diversity really shines through in the delicious authentic international cuisine. Enjoy locally produced artwork, beer, music, and soda. Street performers and free children's activities abound!

Free Parking   Free Admission   6 - 9pm

Getting Here!

THANK YOU to all our volunteers, it can't happen without you.  Please be sure to thank our generous Sponsors for their support. Would you like to be a Sponsor or a Friend? Without your help the Fests would not be possible.

If you would like to work with the 3rd Thursday Street Fest team as a volunteer or fest helper, please view our Employment page. 


Be a "Friend of the Fest"

Each Fest costs about $20,000 to produce. Fortunately, almost $10,000 is covered through in-kind services and volunteer labor, so our ‘cash’ cost is only about $10,000.

With that, we pay performers and sound, and for advertising, insurance, port-a-potties, postage and other fest expenses. 

About 1/3rd of our revenue comes from vendor fees (support our vendors!), another 1/3rd comes from beer and wine and button sales.  The final 1/3rd comes from fundraising: from folks like you. 

We make a little some months, we lose a little sometimes.
While it’s exciting to live so close to the edge, we know that many, many festival goers would be happy to make a small contribution to support all of this volunteer work. We know that you’ll be proud to see your name listed as a "Friend of the Fest" in the monthly program.  And, we'll send you a Fest Button, which gives you a 20% discount in the Beer and Wine Garden.
It's easy - all you have to do is drop us a note and enclose a check for $30 made out to WRI (Willimantic Renaissance Inc.)
Click Here for our Printable Form