3rd Thursday Fest
May 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This season is looking to be a big and exciting one with many familiar faces and favorites and a ton of new things to explore. This Thursday at 6pm please join us and 80 other vendors on historic downtown Main Street for all the fun. The family can enjoy the Blue Dot Parade featuring costumed characters, belly dancers, and stilt walkers.
Over 15 food vendors will line the streets with diverse authentic options ranging from Syrian to Mexican and Vegan to BBQ, and of course, Tony’s Pizza! Together with your favorite Main Street attractions like Willibrew, Stone Row, Hoppy Days, Not Only Juice, Cambera, Cordoba, and Grounded: everyone is ready to serve you, so try a variety of tasty things- sure to satisfy any palate. The beer garden will be featuring a wonderful Willibrew special- generously donated for over 18 years as well as a surprise micro brew plus familiar favorites to whet your whistle especially in the spring heat.
Take your time strolling the creative vendors selling handmade gorgeous jewelry with Crunchy Diva or Virgo Sun Designs, or fun epoxy tables, or clothing, and local art. Explore the other realm with a cool tarot card reading. There will be a pop up escape room, many non-profits to learn about, and a great static Fire Department display to explore. Finish off your journey with a tasty treat from Keiffer’s Kettle Korn or Quiet Corner Fudge in Mid Town.
For entertainment this month, we did not hold back. The fest expands up to High Street to spread out the crowd and for a new large musical stage. Way Up Town has plenty of space to dance! Tommy Whalen & The All-Stars start it off at 6:00pm and Gypsy Funk Squad at 7:45pm. Goza will be Up Town at 6pm .The Kingpins at 6pm will grace the Midtown Stage and Eleventh Section at 7:45pm to enhance your beer garden experience. The wonderful Downtown Stage will host Bruce John with Dinosaurs After Dark at 6pm and FUSE 7:45pm for all of your dancing funk needs.
Visit the full line up of vendors and entertainment or to vend, volunteer, or donate at Willimantic Street Festivals – Welcome to Third Thursdays. Or find us on facebook @3rdThursdayStreetFest. We always need volunteers to help out to make the fest even possible.
A big giant thank you to our Sponsors and Friends and especially the Leo & Rose Pageau Trust and Berkshire Bank this season for their generous contributions.