Old Lyme Midsummer Festival

En plein air market at the Florence Griswold Museum

Wander the French-style market bursting with fresh flowers, breads, cheeses, honey and more at the Florence Griswold Museum.

Studio 80 + Sculpture Park

Listen to music, enjoy the art, meet the artists, and learn about their work at Studio 80 + Sculpture Park.

Oxen at the Lyme Art Association

Meet the oxen from Cranberry Meadow Farm on the lawn of the Lyme Art Association. A Midsummer favorite!

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.

High Hopes

Learn about all things horses at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding's Equine Learning Station at the Florence Griswold Museum.

Sidewalk sale

Follow the yellow balloons down Lyme Street for sidewalk sales, jewelry, fine art, sweet treats, and live music!

Old Lyme PGN Book Sale

Stop by the Old Lyme - PGN Library for kids' crafts, exotic animals, book sales, an author talk by Terry Walters, and food!

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts booth

Peruse original artwork for sale by the Lyme Academy College’s esteemed alumni and illustrious students.

Free concert at the Florence Griswold Museum

Relax by the river at the Florence Griswold Museum's free Friday evening concert. Bring a picnic or purchase a dinner from Gourmet Galley!

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 Old Lyme's artistic heritage at the 2016 Midsummer Festival! 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
  • Domestic Farm Animals
  • 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 2015 Sponsors:

Pasta Vita
Essex Savings Bank
Yale New Haven Hospital
Old Lyme Marketplace
Friends of Music Hawaii Five.0 5K

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