March 1, 2021

Free Family Maritime Festival & Concert at Connecticut River Museum – August 13

The Connecticut River Museum’s Family Maritime Festival and Concert, scheduled for Saturday, August 13

Gather the entire crew and head down to Essex’s historic waterfront on Saturday, August 13 for a boat load of family fun and entertainment.

The Connecticut River Museum’s Annual Family Maritime Festival starts at 1 pm with maritime games, songs, and deck tours of special interest boats, all offered free of charge throughout the afternoon.  You can learn how to make rope, caulk a ship, sing a sea chantey or two, and stroll the docks for an up-close view of special interest sailing vessels and motor boats.

And for those who want to get out on the water, the historic schooner Mary E will set sail at 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 6:00 pm for a leisurely sail along the Connecticut River.  Tickets for the 1.5 hour afternoon cruises are $26 for adults and $16 for children age 12 and under.  Tickets for the two-hour sunset cruise are $30 per person, all ages.

At 5:00 pm, the Connecticut River Museum’s Annual Picnic and Concert gets underway with all invited to bring a blanket or chair and picnic dinner to enjoy while  listening to sea chanteys performed by the Freemen of the Sea and folk rock performed by Amalgamated Muck.  Wine, beer, and soda will also be available for purchase.

Festival activities and concert are free of charge thanks to a sponsorship by Guilford Savings Bank.  For more information on the day’s events as well as schooner cruise schedules and advanced reservations, call 860-767-8269 or go to