Get Ready to Celebrate Saybrook on June 25
Summer is here, and that means it’s time to celebrate Saybrook. A street party event for all families is planned for Sunday, June 25, from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Old Saybrook.
As a way to kick off summer and welcome people to Old Saybrook, the town is hosting the inaugural Celebrate Saybrook Street Party. The event will feature live music, food, craft beers, and a mix of vendors with fun for the whole family.
As a result of the event, there will be some road closures. Part of Main Street between Elm and Sheffield Street will be closed at noon to create a pedestrian-only zone.
Most of the vendors for the event will be locally based. Food will be available from Old Saybrook restaurants such as Penny Lane Pub, Liv’s Oyster Bar, Cuckoo’s Nest, Gargano Pasta and Italian Market, AJ Noodle Bar, and other area restaurants. Beer will be provided by Myrcene Ale in addition to other breweries from the state.
As for fun, the day will have a bevy of activities such as a juggler, balloon creations, an Uncle Sam stilt walker, live disc golf demos, Racing, giant Jenga, tic tac toe, and Connect 4. Businesses in the area will be open, and some are even offering special deals and activities for patrons.
There will also be two live bands playing: rock cover band Wicked Peach and dance/party band Soul Sound Revue.
For a full list of participants, event schedule, and parking options, visit www.celebratesaybrook.org.
Jennifer Donahue, the director of Economic Development and Communications for the town, explained that the Celebrate Saybrook event is something the town has thought about doing for years. Donahue said the event came together very quickly, with planning for the event beginning only in April.
“I think people just felt that this year people are really ready to get out and have some fun like normal,” Donahue said.
First Selectman Carl Fortuna shared that excitement.
“We are very excited to offer this event to kick off summer in Old Saybrook,” Fortuna said. “This is the first time we have closed the street for an event like this, and we think it will provide a great, family-friendly, celebratory atmosphere,” Fortuna said in a statement.
“We’ve been wanting to host a festival featuring music, food, and fun for some time, and the response in our community has been very positive. We hope everyone from around the state will come to enjoy the day with us,” he continued.
Donahue said she’s excited to see residents out enjoying themselves in spaces not used to big crowds.
“Getting to shut down the street and really have it be a pedestrian-friendly event is unique, and I think the event really offers something for everyone from families to couples to people who just want to get out. We have a lot,” Donahue said.