Old Lyme Midsummer Festival

NOTE: The Festival will be held RAIN or SHINE on Friday evening and Saturday.

Watch our Facebook page for updates to the schedule in case of rain.

Plein Air Fence Show Artists

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

Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club Antique Car Show

Come enjoy a day of antique autos on the Bee and Thistle Inn lawn. Featuring cars from pre-WWI through the Muscle Car era to the early 90s.

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.

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.

Lyme Art Association

Browse art exhibitions and shop for art at the Lyme Art Association on Saturday.

Hands on minds on activities at the Florence Griswold

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

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts booth

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

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 story times, crafts, book sales, author talks, and artisan vendors.

Celebrating Art, Music, Food & Family Fun


Join us Friday night for a kickoff concert at the Florence Griswold Museum. Then, enjoy a full day of festivities on Saturday, July 29, at eleven sites along Lyme Street, including:

  • Saturday Morning 5K Run
  • Art Exhibitions
  • Artisan Fairs
  • Musical Performances
  • Book Signings and Sales
  • Talks and Demonstrations
  • Dog Parade
  • Kids' Shows and Activities
  • Antique Car Show
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About the Festival

Fresh Market at the Florence Griswold Museum

A quintessential New England celebration, the Old Lyme Midsummer Festival takes place in the heart of Old Lyme's historic district. The festival offers family-friendly activities at 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.

  • Fence Show Artists
  • Florence Griswold Museum
  • Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
  • Lyme Art Association
  • Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce
  • Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club
  • Lyme-Old Lyme Schools
  • Lymes' Youth Service Bureau
  • Old Lyme Historical Society
  • Old Lyme Inn
  • Old Lyme - PGN Library
  • Patricia Spratt for the Home
  • Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds
  • Town of Old Lyme
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A Special Thanks to our 2017 Premier Sponsors.
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Pasta Vita
Essex Savings Bank
The Day
Paul Burdick Oil Co

Saturday morning at 8am, join in the Midsummer Festival 5K at the Lymes' Youth Service Bureau.