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Calendar of Events

  • July 29, 2014

    Postcard Visions of Crescent Beach Past

    The Crescent Beach Historical Interest Group is hosting an event titled "Postcard Visions of Crescent Beach Past" on Tuesday, July 29th at 7:00 p.m. at the East Lyme Public Library. For additional information, email Jan Pierson at

  • August 3, 2014

    Niantic Bay Triathlon

    East Lyme will once again serve as host site for the 2014 Niantic Bay Triathlon. The triathlon will be held on Sunday, August 3rd beginning at 07:30 a.m. and features a 1/2 mile swim, 12-mile bike, and a 3.5 mile run through scenic East Lyme with water views and shaded streets. The Niantic Bay Triathlon is a flat, sprint distance race. Come support the athletes, shop for that special gift and dine at one of our many great shoreline restaurants in town.
    For additional information about the triathlon, call
    Beth Shluger at (860) 652-8866 or visit: Hartford Marathon website

  • August 7 - August 10, 2014

    10th Annual Bargains By The Bay ~ Annual Sales Event

    Niantic Main Street is happy to once again sponsor their Annual Bargains by the Bay Tent and Sidewalk Sale August 7-10, 2014. This always popular four-day event features a collaborative tent and sidewalk sale by downtown merchants in the quaint seaside town of Niantic. Bargains on Antiques, Apparel, Beach Gear, Books, Bikes, Cards, Childrens, Clocks, Collectables, Garden, Gifts, Golf, Jewelry, Music, Pets, Skate, Sweets, Women's Accessories and much, much more. So, come experience shopping at its best in the beautiful and scenic Connecticut shoreline village of Niantic at this annual Bargains By The Bay sales event. Again, this special sales event starts Thursday, August 7th and continues through Sunday, August 10th. Hope to see you here!

  • August 9, 2014

    Travel the Historical Highway of Crescent Beach

    The Crescent Beach Historical Interest Group is hosting an event titled "Travel the Historical Highway of Crescent Beach" on Saturday, August 9th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (with a rain date of Sunday, August 10th). For additional information, email Jan Pierson at

  • August 9, 2014

    EL Police Union Open House

    Come join the fun as the East Lyme Police Union will host an Open House on Saturday, August 9th from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at the East Lyme Police Dept. (278 Main St., Niantic). The Open House will feature a Rollover Simulator, a Seatbelt Convincer, a cotton candy machine, a moon bounce and will offer Amber Alert IDs. The day is sure to be fun filled, informative and educational. If you have any questions please contact Lindsay Cutillo at (860) 739-5900 or email Lindsay at

  • September 1, 2014

    Labor Day

  • October 26, 2014

    Niantic Village Halloween Parade

    Come one, come all, to one of the most highly entertaining events in town ~ the annual Niantic Halloween Parade.
    Sponsored by the East Lyme Business Organization and the East Lyme Parks & Rec. Dept., the parade will take place on Sunday, October 27, 2013 beginning at 1:00 p.m., when children are welcome to browse the downtown shops for "Tricks and Treats".
    Among the parade's signature features is the always popular Halloween Parade which will begin at 2:00 p.m. (starting at Hole-in-the-Wall)
    Candy for the kids and costume prizes to be awarded.
    For additional information, contact Terri Smith at 691-0528 or e-mail her at:

  • October 31, 2014

    Happy Halloween (a Friday Night)

  • November 2, 2014

    Daylight Savings Time Ends

  • November 11, 2014

    Veterans Day Observation

    Come honor and remember our veterans at a Veterans Day Observance on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. 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.

  • November 27, 2014

    Happy Thanksgiving

  • November 29, 2014

    11th Annual Holiday Stroll

    Come kick-start your holiday season in Niantic at the 11th Annual Niantic Main Street Holiday Stroll. This family-friendly day features horse-drawn carriage rides, professional holiday carolers strolling the quaint shop-lined streets of Niantic, complimentary hot cider and cocoa on the green, a "Snow-Flake Drop" featuring discounts and giveaways at local shops and restaurants, and last, but not least, the arrival of Santa on a shiny red fire truck just in time for a tree lighting ceremony beginning at 5:00 pm on Liberty Green in the heart of Niantic Village.
    The fun takes place on Saturday, November 29th from 3:00 – 7:00 pm.

    3-7 p.m. Complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides
    3-7 p.m. Store and restaurant specials
    3-7 p.m. Heritage Properties’ Toys for Tots Drive on Liberty Green
    3-7 p.m. Children’s arts & crafts @ the Police Dept w/ EL Youth Services
    3-4:30 p.m. S’more stations
    3-4:30 p.m. Letter writing to Santa at the Children's Museum of SE CT
    3-5 p.m. April’s Balloon Creations at Weichert Realtors
    3-5 p.m. Kids games on the Liberty Green with DJ WJR
    4-4:30 p.m. Giuliano's Donut & Bake Shop’s Donut Eating Contest
    4-5:30 p.m. Meet ‘n’ Greet with Eastern Connecticut’s Ballet’s Nutcracker and Clara from “The Nutcracker” at Sage & Sandalwood
    4-7 p.m. The Connecticut Yuletide Carolers stroll Main Street
    5:10 p.m. Countdown to the tree lighting
    5:15 p.m. Snowflake Drop
    5:20 p.m. Arrival of Santa
    5:30 p.m. Visits with Santa and letter delivery
    Children can bring their yearly letters and wish lists to Santa for bringing back to the North Pole, or they can stop in to the Children's Museum to craft their letter. Visits with Santa are free; parents are encouraged to bring a camera to capture the moment.

    The day also provides a great opportunity to begin your holiday shopping as many of the local businesses will be open offering holiday sales and discounts. So, come early and escape the big box malls and crowed parking lots and help support the small and local merchants who make shopping small ~ BIG!   Join us and support small business!
    Volunteers and local merchants will once again join forces to capture the spirit of the season in this picturesque small-town celebration. Stroll organizers will again provide the local merchant “Snowball Drop” which provides snow ball recipients to special doscounts and offers at local businesses.
    Additional details will be published as they become available, so please revist this listing for future Holday Stroll updates.
    It’s a rare occasion when almost everyone gets to be a ‘winner’ and it’s just a lot of fun for the strollers and the retailers. Throughout the evening, local businesses and restaurants will offer refreshments and special discounts and giveaways. Additional children’s activities and crafts will be coordinated by East Lyme Youth Services.

  • December 6, 2014

    26th Annual Niantic Light Parade & Winterfest 2014

    After celebrating its 25th anniversary last year (in 2013), one might ask how the Annual East Lyme Winterfest & Light Parade could get any better. And well, this extremely popular regional event and its organizers seem to take it up a step each and every year.
    The 26th Annual Niantic Light Parade & Winterfest will once again be held on a Saturday afternoon/night on December 6th. The day will start with the 2014 Winterfest beginning at 2:00 pm on Main St. This prelude to the parade, typically features a popular Chowder & Chili Cook-off, Pictures with Santa, Magic Shows, Face Painting, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Ice Sculptures and much, much more!
    Then, Fireworks are expected to once again kick off the Light Parade which features beautifully built and lighted parade floats, dance groups and Santa himself as they parade down the beautifully decorated Main St. in Niantic.
    So come early, shop for holiday gifts in the unique gift shops throughout town or dine at one of the many East Lyme restaurants. It's a day your entire family and friends will enjoy - guaranteed!
    For additional information or to obtain a downloadable application to enter a float visit: or contact Dan Collins at:
    For further additional information about WinterFest or to enter the Chowder & Chili Cook-off, please contact Mike at