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    Niantic Farmer's Market - Every Thursday from 3 to 6:30 p.m.

    Come join the fun as Niantic kicks off the 6th season of the Niantic Farmers' Market! Local vendors will fill the market space as they do every year with an array of fresh and local produce, pies, breads, plants, herbs, greens, hummus, pork, jams, jellies, prepared foods, native wool, coffee, fresh-filled cannoli's and much, much more.
    The Niantic Farmers Market is located on Methodist Street between Pro Tek Auto and Niantic Cinemas and will run every Thursday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. until October 8th.
    Hope to see you there!
    For additional info regarding Niantic's Farmers' Market, visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/NianticFarmersMarket

  • July 4 - July 5, 2015

    37th Annual LobsterFest and
      55th Annual Juried Arts & Craft Show

    Come support the Niantic Lions Club as they once again sponsor their Annual LobsterFest and Chicken BBQ. Lobsterfest 2014 will be held on July 4th (Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm) and July 5th (Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm). Located on the East Lyme Town Hall grounds (Pennsylvania Ave.), this annual Niantic summer tradition is sure to kick start your summer.

    In addition to the above Niantic Lions LobsterFest and Chicken BBQ, the 55th Annual Juried Arts and Craft Show will also be held at the same location, on the same dates and same times. Admission to the Arts & Crafts show is free, and over 180 vendors are expected to be at the show.
    Two great events, one great weekend !
    For additional information, visit: The Niantic Lions Club website

  • July 11, 2015

    Puppet Show - The Fairy Circus

    The East Lyme Puppetry Project Presents “The Fairy Circus” By Tanglewood Marionettes. The fun take place on Saturday, July 11 at 1 P.M. at the St. John's Episcopal Church Hall (400 Main Street, Niantic). All tickets are $5. For additional information about this, or other puppet shows, contact Dick Waterman at waterhard@sbcglobal.net

  • July 17 - July 19, 2015

    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 17th) from 6 pm till 10 pm
        Saturday (July 18th) from 3 pm till 10 pm
        Sunday (July 19th) from noon pm till 5 pm

  • July 18, 2015

    Celebrate East Lyme 2015

    The 15th Annual Celebrate East Lyme Festival will be held
    on Saturday, July 18th.
    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 !
    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, fun and entertainment for everyone!  Festivities will include live music and performances, cooking demonstrations & tastings, an Art & Author walk, children's area 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.
    Again, the fun takes place on Saturday, July 18th in downtown Niantic.
    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

  • July 19, 2015

    EL Agribusiness Open Farm Day

    Enjoy an afternoon (11am-3pm) visiting 3 East Lyme farms and learn about agriculture in East Lyme, CT. Pet the mini-donkeys, visit a classic Victory Garden, and step back into colonial life on a historical farm. This event is sponsored by East Lyme Agricultural Committee. For more information contact Tom Kalal at (860) 437-7828 or email him at tomnancy8934@yahoo.com, or pick up the map/flyer at the Agri-business booth during Celebrate East Lyme the day before.

  • August 2, 2015

    Niantic Bay Triathlon

    East Lyme will once again serve as host site for the 2015 Niantic Bay Triathlon. The triathlon will be held on Sunday, August 2nd 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 8, 2015

    Puppet Show - Carnival del Mundo

    The East Lyme Puppetry Project Presents “Carnival del Mundo” presented by Dan Butterworth Productions. The fun take place on Saturday, August 8th at 1 P.M. at the St. John's Episcopal Church Hall (400 Main Street, Niantic). All tickets are $5. For additional information about this, or other puppet shows, contact Dick Waterman at waterhard@sbcglobal.net

  • August 9, 2015

    Smith-Harris House - Antique Motorcycle Show

    Come and enjoy the history of coolness on two wheels! View antique motocycles, then vote for your favorite to receive the People's Choice Award! Tours of the house and music concerts included. Cycle equipment, enthusiast, and food vendors will be on-site to sell their wares. This event will be held on Sunday, August 9th (rain of shine) from 10 am to 3:30 pm, $10 per person. For more information, contact curator Joanie DiMartino at 860-739-0761 or curator@smithharris.org or visit www.smithharris.org.

  • August 13 - August 16, 2015

    11th 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 13-16, 2015. 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 13h and continues through Sunday, August 16th. Hope to see you here!

  • Smith-Harris House - House Tours (June thru August)

    The Smith-Harris House is open for visitors for the summer season (June thru August). Tours are on Fridays through Sundays, every hour on the half-hour, starting at 12:30 pm; last tour at 3:30 pm (closed 4th of July weekend). A 45-minute guided tour of the Greek-Revival farmhouse demonstrates the family and agricultrual lives of the Avery, Smith, and Harris families through the 1840s and into the mid-20th century! Discover what East Lyme was like around the time of the Civil War and afterwards!
    Suggested donation: $5 For more information, contact curator Joanie DiMartino at 860-739-0761 or curator@smithharris.org. www.smithharris.org.

  • September 7, 2015

    Labor Day

  • September 26, 2015

    2nd Annual Black Sheep Oyster Festival

    Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Black Sheep Oyster Festival. If you thought last year's event was great, just wait for this year's event which promises to be bigger and better than last years. This new end-of-summer Niantic event is sure to be another crowd pleaser with 4 local Oyster Farmers, Oyster Shucking Contest, Prizes & Giveaways, Drink Specials, live music, and a whole lot more. This new fun local event takes place on Saturday, September 26, 2015 beginning at 11:00 am at The Black Sheep Irish Pub located at 247 Main St., Niantic.

  • October 25, 2015

    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 25, 2015 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: jsmith5@snet.net

  • October 31, 2015

    Happy Halloween

  • November 1, 2015

    Daylight Savings Time Ends

  • November 11, 2015

    Veterans Day Observation

    Come honor and remember our veterans at a Veterans Day Observance on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. 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 26, 2015

    Happy Thanksgiving

  • November 28, 2015

    12th Annual Holiday Stroll

    Come kick-start your holiday season in Niantic at the 12th 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 28th from 3:00 – 7:00 pm.

    SCHEDULE of EVENTS and ACTIVITIES:
    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 5, 2015

    Niantic / East Lyme Light Parade

    Celebrating its 27th anniversary in 2015, the Annual East Lyme / Niantic Light Parade is the largest holiday light parade in all of New England, and maybe one of the most unique events you will find anywhere.
    The Niantic / East Lyme Light Parade will once again be held on a Saturday night on December 5th.
    For additional information or to obtain a downloadable application to enter a float visit: www.ELLightParade.com or contact Dan Collins at: ellightparade@gmail.com