Calendar
of Events

  • Niantic Winter Farmers Market

    The Winter Market is back!

    Niantic Sunday Market
    Sundays, January 6 to April 14
    11am to 2pm
    Smith’s Acres
    4 West Main Street, Niantic

    Celebrating the beauty of fresh every Sunday from January 6 to April 14 (11am to 2pm) in the seaside village of Niantic. More than 15 local vendors fill the Smith’s Acres greenhouse (4 West Main Street) for our Winter Market. Our Summer Market will return to Methodist Street in June!

    Find out what’s happening at the Market! Follow us on Facebook.

  • Niantic / East Lyme Restaurant Week

    Save the Dates Foodie Fans and come experience one of southeastern Connecticut’s fastest growing dining destinations and one of Connecticut’s Fan-Favorite Towns – East Lyme, CT!

    The Niantic Main Street organization wants you to come explore Niantic & East Lyme, Connecticut, one bite (and deal) at a time from March 18-24, 2019.

    No tickets or passes necessary; simply show up at any one of the participating eateries to get their Restaurant Week special/deal.  Specific restaurants and deals will be posted at  http://discovereastlyme.com/niantic-main-street/restaurant-week/ as participants and deals become available.  Bon appétit!

  • Good Friday & Passover Begins at Sundown

  • Happy Easter

  • Niantic Bay Boardwalk 5K

    Save the date for the 4th Annual Niantic Bay Boardwalk 5K on Sunday, April 28, 2019.

    An awesome Run/Walk from McCook Park through the village of Niantic, CT, to the Niantic River bridge, returning on the newly restored Niantic Bay Boardwalk.

    The Niantic Bay Boardwalk 5K allows to to experience the newly restored Niantic Bay Boardwalk. This spectacular promenade along the beach in East Lyme, CT, boasts stunning views of Long Island Sound, lapping waves, and the whoosh of trains passing on nearby tracks.

    5K Runners and walkers will enjoy a mostly flat course from Niantic’s McCook Park through the charming Village of Niantic, down along Main Street and the Boardwalk, to a sparkling finish near Hole-in-the-Wall Beach. Kids can participate in a Fun Run in the park during the race. Post-race festivities and awards follow at the pavilion in McCook Park. Bring your family and friends.

    For additional Event and Registration information, visit: Niantic Bay Boardwalk 5K.

  • Happy Mother’s Day

    Come shop for that unique special gift and/or treat your mom to a great dinner at one of East Lyme’s wonderful restaurants.

    Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!

  • 12th Annual Touch-A-Truck Event

    On Saturday, May 18, 2019, the East Lyme Auxiliary of Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut and the East Lyme Parks and Recreation Department will co-sponsor our twelfth annual Touch A Truck. This family event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at McCook Point Park in Niantic, CT.

    Touch A Truck is an educational experience that will make you a ‘hero’ with your children and grandchildren. They can climb into the vehicles, sit in the driver’s seat and discover another world. They will be able to see, touch, and interact with big rigs and learn their functions. Touch A Truck 2019 will feature large trucks, heavy equipment and boats from the military, law enforcement, fire departments, commercial companies, industrial companies and rental companies.

    In addition to an estimated 60 vehicles, Roaming Railroad will provide tours around the park. The Rotary Club of Niantic will be on hand to present Amber Alert. Touch A Truck is a great time to sign up and take steps to safeguard your children. There will also be face painting, hair beading, games and crafts. Snacks and lunch will be available for sale.

    The suggested donation is $5 per person (ages 2 and up) to benefit the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc, a private non-profit that provides a safety net of integrated services to children and their families. It strives to nurture children and families to develop their strengths through its service, partnership and advocacy. Its programs support children’s mental health, children’s healthcare, child abuse prevention, the treatment of family violence, childcare and parent education. Last year 18,000 families were served in 79 Connecticut towns.

    To learn more about Touch A Truck 2019 or to register your vehicle, visit our website www.childandfamilyagency.org or Facebook page (Touch A Truck East Lyme) or call Child & Family Agency at 860-443-2896, Ext. 1406.

    Please note: there is No Rain Date!!!

     

  • Memorial Day Vigil

    A Memorial Day Vigil to honor and remember the brave men and women who died while serving in our country will be held on Sunday, May 26th at 7:00 p.m. on the Niantic Town Green (corner of Main St. and Pennsylvania Ave.)

  • Memorial Day & Parade

    The annual East Lyme Memorial Day Parade provides an opportunity for all Americans to come together and honor those who have sacrificed so much in service to our country.

    The annual Niantic Memorial Day parade will be held on Monday, May 27th beginning at 2:00 p.m., will begin near St. John’s Green (across from the Children’s Museum of Southeastern CT.), and will proceed down Niantic’s Main St. ending at the East Lyme Town Hall.

    The parade celebrates all those who have served in uniform from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom, and will reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

  • Niantic Bay 10K Run & 5K Walk Road Race

    The Annual Niantic Bay 10k/run road race and 5k/walk will be held on Friday, June 7th beginning at 5:30 pm. The 10K course starts just outside McCook’s Point Park entrance on Atlantic Street. This 6.2 mile race course is mostly flat with a few small hills and travels through local neighborhoods. The 5K walk is a 3.1 mile fun walk that generally starts about 15 minutes before the 10K Run. Both start and finish at McCook Point Park. For more information call Cathy Robbins at (860) 912-0206 or e-mail her at robbinsct@comcast.net.
    For additional information visit: Niantic Bay 10K Road Race

  • Happy Father’s Day

    Come treat dad to one of his favorite restaurants here in East Lyme. Here’s wishing all you dads out there a wonderful and Happy Fathers Day!

  • Summer Begins

    Welcome back summertime. We missed you!!!

  • Happy 4th of July (a Thursday in 2019)

    Back on July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on July 4th, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event. Happy Birthday USA!!!

  • Niantic Lions 58th Annual Arts & Craft Show
        and Family Food Court

    Come support the Niantic Lions Club as they once again sponsor the Annual Juried Arts and Craft Show for 2019 that be held on July 6th (Saturday from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm) and July 7th (Sunday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm). Admission to the Arts & Crafts show is free, and over 160 vendors are expected to be at the show. Located on the East Lyme Town Hall grounds (Pennsylvania Ave.), this annual Niantic summer tradition is sure to kick start your summer. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, carvings, pottery jewelry and other beautiful things will be available on both days.

    The Niantic Lion’s will once again feature a Family Food Court that will be available both days. There will be plenty of lobster rolls, hamburgers, hotdogs, Tito’s famous NE clam chowder, clam fritters and lots of good, fun food outdoors! Of course, there’ll be the Lions famous Kettlecorn,

    Enjoy the sounds of 98.7 WNLC and K100.9 K-Hits broadcasting live on both days from 11 am to 1 pm. Free parking and shuttle buses will be available at designated parking areas.

    All proceeds go to Lions Club charities

    For additional information, visit the Niantic Lions Club website.

  • McCook Point Park – Summer Music Series Concert
       (Friday nights in the Band Shell)

    Come enjoy an evening of fun, relaxation and great music at this  McCook’s Point Park Summer Music concert series.
    These concerts are held weekly on Friday evenings (weather permitting) throughout the beautiful summer season beginning in mid-July and running through the end of August.
    Concerts are held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the new McCooks Point Band Shell atop of McCook’s Point Park (just behind the old pavilion). Attendees are encouraged to being chairs, blankets and are also welcomed to bring a picnic dinner. Concerts are free and open to the public.

  • St. John’s Annual Carnival on Green

    Come One!  Come All!   In conjunction with the Celebrate East Lyme festivities, the Carnival comes to town complete with games and rides for folks of all ages along with delectable Carnival Treats. Tickets for rides and amusements may be purchased on the day(s) you attend the carnival. Sponsored by St. John’s Episcopal Church, the Carnival is its largest annual fundraiser supporting community outreach programs.

    The Carnival on St. John’s Green will take place on:

    • Friday (July 19th) from 6 pm till 10 pm
    • Saturday (July 20th) from 3 pm till 10 pm
    • Sunday (July 21st) from noon pm till 5 pm
  • McCook Point Park – Summer Music Series Concert
       (Friday nights in the Band Shell)

    Come enjoy an evening of fun, relaxation and great music at this  McCook’s Point Park Summer Music concert series.
    These concerts are held weekly on Friday evenings (weather permitting) throughout the beautiful summer season beginning in mid-July and running through the end of August.
    Concerts are held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the new McCooks Point Band Shell atop of McCook’s Point Park (just behind the old pavilion). Attendees are encouraged to being chairs, blankets and are also welcomed to bring a picnic dinner. Concerts are free and open to the public.

  • Celebrate East Lyme Festival

    The 19th Annual Celebrate East Lyme Festival is expected to be held on Saturday, July 20th (traditionally the week after New London’s Sailfest Festival).
    The Town of East Lyme will once again transform it’s waterfront Main Street in the seaside village of Niantic into their annual Bash by the Bay filled with food, music and fun-filled activities for the entire family!

    Niantic’s Main St. will close to vehicular traffic (beginning at 3:00 p.m.) which will then be filled by over 200 local vendors offering food from local and regional restaurants, products and services from local businesses and entertainment for everyone!  Festivities include live music performances, cooking demonstrations & tastings, children’s areas and so much more!
    Additionally, the East Lyme Parks & Recreation Department will again host a Sand Castle competition and the always popular Great Niantic Bay Raft Races. And last, but not least, the day will conclude with a spectacular fireworks show over the beautiful Niantic Bay.
    Exit # 72 or # 74 off I-95.

    A Schedule of Events will be published once details are made available:

    For additional information and a schedule of the days events, please visit: www.CelebrateEastLyme.com

  • McCook Point Park – Summer Music Series Concert
       (Friday nights in the Band Shell)

    Come enjoy an evening of fun, relaxation and great music at this  McCook’s Point Park Summer Music concert series.
    These concerts are held weekly on Friday evenings (weather permitting) throughout the beautiful summer season beginning in mid-July and running through the end of August.
    Concerts are held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the new McCooks Point Band Shell atop of McCook’s Point Park (just behind the old pavilion). Attendees are encouraged to being chairs, blankets and are also welcomed to bring a picnic dinner. Concerts are free and open to the public.

  • McCook Point Park – Summer Music Series Concert
       (Friday nights in the Band Shell)

    Come enjoy an evening of fun, relaxation and great music at this  McCook’s Point Park Summer Music concert series.
    These concerts are held weekly on Friday evenings (weather permitting) throughout the beautiful summer season beginning in mid-July and running through the end of August.
    Concerts are held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the new McCooks Point Band Shell atop of McCook’s Point Park (just behind the old pavilion). Attendees are encouraged to being chairs, blankets and are also welcomed to bring a picnic dinner. Concerts are free and open to the public.

  • McCook Point Park – Summer Music Series Concert
       (Friday nights in the Band Shell)

    Come enjoy an evening of fun, relaxation and great music at this  McCook’s Point Park Summer Music concert series.
    These concerts are held weekly on Friday evenings (weather permitting) throughout the beautiful summer season beginning in mid-July and running through the end of August.
    Concerts are held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the new McCooks Point Band Shell atop of McCook’s Point Park (just behind the old pavilion). Attendees are encouraged to being chairs, blankets and are also welcomed to bring a picnic dinner. Concerts are free and open to the public.

  • Niantic Bay Triathlon and AquaBike

    East Lyme will once again serve as host site for the 2019 Niantic Bay Triathlon and AquaBike Event.
    The Niantic Bay Triathlon is a flat, sprint distance race with a 1/2-mile swim in Niantic Bay, an ocean bay with no waves or strong currents, a 12-mile bike loop through scenic East Lyme with water views and shaded streets, and 3.5-mile run through the beach community of Niantic; with a spectacular a beach finish. The entire race is at sea level. Aqua/Bike runs simultaneously on swim and bike courses as Tri. This event will be held on Sunday, August 11th beginning at 07:30 a.m.

    For additional information about the triathlon, call Beth Shluger at (860) 652-8866 or visit: Hartford Marathon website

  • McCook Point Park – Summer Music Series Concert
       (Friday nights in the Band Shell)

    Come enjoy an evening of fun, relaxation and great music at this  McCook’s Point Park Summer Music concert series.
    These concerts are held weekly on Friday evenings (weather permitting) throughout the beautiful summer season beginning in mid-July and running through the end of August.
    Concerts are held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the new McCooks Point Band Shell atop of McCook’s Point Park (just behind the old pavilion). Attendees are encouraged to being chairs, blankets and are also welcomed to bring a picnic dinner. Concerts are free and open to the public.

  • McCook Point Park – Summer Music Series Concert
       (Friday nights in the Band Shell)

    Come enjoy an evening of fun, relaxation and great music at this  McCook’s Point Park Summer Music concert series.
    These concerts are held weekly on Friday evenings (weather permitting) throughout the beautiful summer season beginning in mid-July and running through the end of August.
    Concerts are held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the new McCooks Point Band Shell atop of McCook’s Point Park (just behind the old pavilion). Attendees are encouraged to being chairs, blankets and are also welcomed to bring a picnic dinner. Concerts are free and open to the public.

  • McCook Point Park – Summer Music Series Concert
       (Friday nights in the Band Shell)

    Come enjoy an evening of fun, relaxation and great music at this  McCook’s Point Park Summer Music concert series.
    These concerts are held weekly on Friday evenings (weather permitting) throughout the beautiful summer season beginning in mid-July and running through the end of August.
    Concerts are held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the new McCooks Point Band Shell atop of McCook’s Point Park (just behind the old pavilion). Attendees are encouraged to being chairs, blankets and are also welcomed to bring a picnic dinner. Concerts are free and open to the public.

  • Happy Labor Day

  • 4th Annual East Lyme Bike & BBQ Event

    Come join the fun for the 4th annual East Lyme Bike Hike and BBQ event on Saturday, September 21, 2019 and help preserve our town’s open spaces and historic places that are the foundation of East Lyme’s beauty.

    This year there are 6 completely new and exciting cycling routes, and organizers have added 3 new walking routes a 5K-10K-15K for you to explore.

    This event is not only a great time, but also helps support East Lyme’s three Historic Houses (the Smith-Harris House, the Samuel Smith House, and the Thomas Lee House) with proceeds benefiting the East Lyme Land Trust.

    Whether you come to walk, ride or just for the BBQ a fun and entertaining time is slated for all. This event is geared toward recreational bike riders offering a spectacular ride along either a family friendly 9-mile historical house tour, 20 mile, 26 Mile, 62 mile, 85 mile, or 100 mile course. The family friendly course will take you to 3 historical houses around East Lyme: the Smith-Harris House, the Thomas Lee House and the Samuel Smith House.

    All courses will circle back to the Smith Harris House property where mouth-watering BBQ prepared by the Niantic Lions Club will be served to top off the day. Enjoy the live music and explore the sponsor tents as you savor your post-ride feast.

    The Smith-Harris House is the host site for the 4th Annual East Lyme Bike & BBQ Preservation Bike Ride, and will be offering FREE visits to the Smith-Harris House. Proceeds from the Bike & BBQ help preserve our town’s open spaces and historic places.

    For additional information, contact the East Lyme Parks & Recreation Department
    at (860) 739-5828 or visit: www.BikeandBBQ.com

  • Autumn Begins

    Yes, Autumn begins today, but summer isn’t over just yet. Come experience one of the best times of the year on the shoreline!!!

  • Columbus Day

  • Niantic Village Halloween Parade

    Come one, come all, to one of the most highly entertaining family friendly events in town ~ the annual Niantic Village Halloween Parade.

    The fun will start on Sunday, October 27th, 2019 beginning at 1:00 p.m., when children are welcome to browse the downtown shops for “Tricks and Treats”.

    Among the parade’s signature highlights is the always popular Halloween Parade which will begin at 2:00 p.m.. Children should gather at Hole-in-the-Wall beach parking lot (which is where the parade begins). Candy for the kids and costume prizes will be awarded.

    This event is sponsored by the East Lyme Parks & Rec Dept. along with promotional support of the Niantic Main Street organization and the downtown Niantic local businesses who donate candy and snacks for the children. For additional information, contact Terri Smith at 691-0528 or e-mail her at: jsmith5@snet.net

    Event Weather Alert – please note, should it rain on Sunday, this event unfortunately will be cancelled.  There is no rain date.

  • Happy Halloween

    Boo

  • Daylight Savings Time Ends

    Yea, an extra of hour of sleep tonight 😉

  • Veterans Day Observance & Vigil

    Come honor and remember our veterans at a Veterans Day Observance on Saturday, November 10, 2019. Festivities will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the Liberty Green (downtown Niantic – corner of Main St. and Pennsylvania Ave.). In the event of rain, the vigil will move to the American Legion facility on York Ave.

  • Veterans Day

    Veterans Day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany back in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day. Today we honor and thank all veterans for their service to our country.

  • Happy Thanksgiving

  • 16th Annual Holiday Stroll

    Come kick-start your holiday season in Niantic at the 16th Annual Niantic Main Street Holiday Stroll. This family-friendly day features:

    • horse-drawn carriage rides,
    • shops & restaurant specials,
    • holiday music and complimentary hot cider and cocoa on the town green,
    • children’s arts, crafts and games,
    • the 3rd Annual Chili Cook-off,
    • a Smore Station,
    • a “Snow-Flake Drop” featuring discounts and giveaways to local shops and restaurants, and last, but not least,
    • the arrival of Santa on a shiny red fire truck just in time for the annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony beginning at 5:00 pm on Liberty Green in the heart of Niantic Village.

    So come early, and stay late. The fun takes place on Saturday, November 30th beginning at 3:00 p.m. .
    Hope to see you there!!!

    For additional details, visit the Niantic Main Street Facebook Page

  • Niantic / East Lyme Light Parade

    SAVE THE DATE for New England’s largest and brightest Holiday Light Parade.
    Celebrating its 31st anniversary in 2019, the Annual East Lyme / Niantic Light Parade is the largest holiday light parade in all of New England, and promises to be one of the most memorable parades you will ever attend.
    The 2019 Niantic/East Lyme Light Parade will be held on Saturday night December 14th beginning at 6:00 p.m. (with a Rain/Snow Date of Sunday, December 15th at 5:00 p.m.)
    Additional details will be provided as they become available.

  • Winter Begins

  • Hanukkah Begins at Sundown

  • Merry Christmas

  • Countdown to Noon

    Join the Children’s Museum of Southeastern CT as they Countdown to Noon! The premier New Year’s Eve event for children and families in southeastern Connecticut area. CMSECT partners with East Lyme Parks & Rec to present this celebration at East Lyme Community Center, 41 Society Rd., Niantic, CT.
    The Children’s Museum is closed New Year’s Eve as all the fun has moved just minutes away! Family fun includes: Exploring the constellations with “StarLab”. Build, create, imagine with “Lets Get Building.” “Crazy Science” and activities galore! The Rolling Tomato Food Truck will be onsite with wood-fired pizzas for sale, too!

    At 10:30, East Lyme Public Library presents Story Hour with the children’s librarians. Balloons drop at Noon, and activities continue until 2!