Summer Fest at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum

Summer Fest at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum

New London, CT – The Lyman Allyn Art Museum invites you and your family to celebrate the start of summer at Summer Fest, the Lyman Allyn’s community picnic, on Saturday, June 27 from 11am-5pm. Summer Fest is FREE for everyone and will feature food trucks, live entertainment (amplified, unplugged, performance and participatory), and family friendly activities on our grounds and inside the Museum. In the event of rain, everything but the food trucks will move indoors to the Museum’s galleries, auditorium, and art/dance studio.

Summer Fest will feature the music of some of the region's most popular performers. The Rivergods will perform their "heartfelt harmony-rich folky/rootsy/rockfish” unique style of music. Bluesman Ramblin' Dan Stevens shares his repertoire of American roots music to classic folk. Ron Murray and Vuelo combine Spanish influences with standards and original compositions featuring 7-string guitar and percussion. Geoff Kauffman will turn his vocal talents to kids' songs with a maritime flair.

Bring a blanket and explore the grounds of the Lyman Allyn, including the McCourt 9/11 Memorial Garden and our outdoor sculpture trail. Summer Fest volunteers will be on hand for brief tours of our current exhibitions, and kids will enjoy hands-on art activities, the fun of April's Balloon Creations, face painting, the incredible "Don't Burst My Bubble" program from the Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut, and animals from the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. Bargain shopping opportunities at displays such as New London's own Flavours of Life and the Lyman Allyn Bookstore clearance table will help whet your appetite, which will be more than satisfied by the array of food trucks and beverage carts.

Thanks to the generosity of a great team of sponsors, admission is free for everyone. We are particularly grateful to Americana Furniture and La-Z-Boy Galleries for their lead sponsorship of Summer Fest. Thanks also to Coca Cola of Southeastern New England and The Day for their great support.

Check the museum website at and our Facebook page for updates.

For more information or images, please contact Rebecca Marsie at 860.443.2545 x112 or at
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About the Lyman Allyn Art Museum
The Lyman Allyn Art Museum welcomes about 25,000 visitors annually from New London, Southeastern Connecticut and all over the world. Established in 1926 by a gift from Harriet Allyn i8in memory of her seafaring father, the Museum opened the doors of its beautiful neo-classical building surrounded by 11 acres of green space in 1932. Today it presents a number of changing exhibitions each year and houses a fascinating collection of over 15,000 objects from ancient times to the present; artworks from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, with particularly strong collections of American paintings, decorative arts and Victorian toys and doll houses.

The museum is located at 625 Williams Street, New London, Connecticut, exit 83 off I-95. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sundays 1:00 - 5:00 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. For more information call 860.443.2545, ext. 129 or visit us on Facebook or the web at: