Old Lyme Midsummer Festival

Free concert at the Florence Griswold Museum

DON'T MISS! Sixteen-year old singer/song writer and Lyme resident Braiden Sunshine and his band will rock the grounds of the Florence Griswold Museum along the banks of the Lieutenant River on Friday night.

Oxen at Lyme Art Association

Browse art exhibitions, shop for art, and visit with animals at the Lyme Art Association on Saturday.

Studio 80 + Sculpture Park

Listen to music, watch a fashion show, meet the artists, and participate in a community art project at Studio 80 + Sculpture Park.

Oxen at the Lyme Art Association

Stop by the Florence Griswold Museum for hands-on activities organized by High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Lymes' Youth Service Bureau, and other local organizations.

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts booth

NEW! Shop local and artisan wares in the lawn across from the Lyme Academy College (77 Lyme Street).

Dog show at the Florence Griswold Museum

Does your dog have the best smile or biggest paws? Enter your canine pal in the Parading Paws Dog Show at the Florence Griswold Museum.

Plein Air Fence Show Artists

Visit local plein air artists "on the fence" at the Center School lawn demonstrating their mediums -- watercolor, acrylic, oil, and pastel.

Hope Road at LACFA

Enjoy music by Hope Road -- a Bob Marley & the Wailers tribute band -- as you browse art exhibitions and sales by Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts students and alumni.

Sidewalk sale

Take advantage of great deals at Patricia Spratt for the Home's Warehouse Linen Sale.

Old Lyme PGN Book Sale

Stop by the Old Lyme - PGN Library for Star Wars-themed crafts, a visit from Rey, book sales, author talks, and artisan vendors.

The next Midsummer Festival will take place on July 29-30, 2016. Arts and cultural organizations interested in participating in the 2016 Festival should view our Vendor Inquiry page for details and contact information.


Two Days of Festivities

Celebrate the Old Lyme Midsummer Festival's 30th anniversary! Join us Friday night for art open houses and live music, or take part in Saturday's activities, which include:

  • Art Exhibitions & Sales
  • Fresh Market & Artisan Fairs
  • Musical Performances
  • Book Signings & Sales
  • Animal Encounters
  • Hands-On Kids’ Activities
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About the Festival

Fresh Market at the Florence Griswold Museum

It’s our 30th annual Old Lyme Midsummer Festival, and we are ready to celebrate! This two-day event, a quintessential New England celebration, takes place in the heart of Old Lyme's historic district. Peruse activities across eleven sites along Lyme Street.

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The Midsummer Festival would not be possible without the support and hard work of various partner organizations.

  • Florence Griswold Museum
  • High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
  • Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
  • Lyme Art Association
  • Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce
  • Lymes' Youth Service Bureau
  • Old Lyme Historical Society
  • Old Lyme Inn
  • Old Lyme - PGN Library
  • Patricia Spratt for the Home
  • Plein Air Fence Show Artists
  • Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds
  • Town of Old Lyme
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A Special Thanks to our 2016 Sponsors:

Pasta Vita
Essex Savings Bank
Yale New Haven Hospital
The Day
Friends of Music Hawaii Five.0 5K

Before the Festival, join in the Friends of Music Hawaii Five.0 5K.