Silk City Fest 2023

Saturday, August 26, 2023, 1–9:30 PM
Purnell Place
Manchester, CT 06040

The sixth Silk City Fest is a FREE event for live music, local artists & makers, interactive activities, games, food trucks, and lots of beer and cider from local breweries! We will be located in downtown Manchester, CT, on Purnell Place (follow the signs for the Orange Lot; the fest’s approximate address for GPS directions is 12 Purnell Place, Manchester, CT 06040) There will be plenty of parking in the nearby lots, as well as on Main Street and various side streets.

Silk City Fest brings you nine local bands playing original music all afternoon and evening! There's something for everyone—folk, indie, pop rock, hip hop, alt-rock, americana, and celtic rock. Bring a lawn chair and spend the day with us!
Enjoy craft beer and cider from local brewers. The drinks start flowing at 1:00, and if you'd like to try a larger variety, consider our SCF BREW EXPERIENCE.
Come experience all the creative awesomeness that over three dozen artists and makers have to offer including paintings, mixed media, illustrations, pop art, ceramics, fiber art, paper craft, soaps, candles, jewelry, and much more!
Hungry? We've got local food trucks to fuel your fest-ing! Barbecue, sandwiches, rice bowls, hot dogs, kettle corn, and more. Let's not forget cheesecake, Italian ice, and baked goods!
Sure, you could have a couple full pours, but with so many choices, maybe you'd like to responsibly try several? Welcome back THE SCF BREW EXPERIENCE starting at 1:00pm! Enjoy a package that includes a commemorative SCF 2023 drinking vessel, 12 samples of your choice, and a discount on a pretty righteous festival t-shirt! Tickets are limited!
Are you an artist? You are when you get involved in our interactive art project. Our festival community project is for artists of all skill levels...yup, that means you!
We've got a great selection of summertime draft cocktails AND mocktails to delight your taste buds! Our Special Cocktail Session starts at 5 PM and ends at last call.
Check out our neighbor at the WORK_SPACE gallery on Main Street for more art on fest day.
Got questions about the festival? Learn all you need to know about parking, alcohol and smoking policies, dogs, participation, and most anything else that comes to mind.

Silk City Fest is made possible in part by a grant from the Town of Manchester’s Downtown Arts and Culture Grant Program and is also generously supported by fantastic local businesses including Labyrinth Brewing Company, PhotoSynthesis, The Glastonbury Citizen, Tankworks, Birch Hill Tavern, K. Russo Photography, Clear/Cut Phocus, Brian Busam of State Farm Insurance, The Main Pub, The Firestone | art studio + cafe.

Contact us to find out more about our Sponsorship Opportunities!