The 2016 Walnut Beach Arts Festival is Sunday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Walnut Beach Grove, corner of East Broadway and Viscount Drive.

Founded in 1999 and initially known as Walnut Beach Day, it is a celebration of the seashore community. The festival welcomes 3,500 visitors and includes a 5K race on the morning of the event, a children's race, two free concerts at the pavilion, a multi-ethnic food court and an array of artists and crafters from Connecticut and surrounding states.

The Walnut Beach Ice Cream Run kicks off the event.


  • 7AM: Registration Opens

  • 8AM: Kid's Race (10 & Under) 1 Mile

  • 8:30AM: 5K Race

  • 9AM: Awards Ceremony


The Walnut Beach Ice Cream Run has become a staple in the community for over 10 years. Every year, 400+ runners gather at the start line at the Walnut Beach Pavilion waiting to see who will take home the coveted Ice Cream Bowl Trophy. While not everyone wins the Ice Cream Bowl, all of the runners leave with a smile on their face knowing they will receive a free ice cream from the Walnut Beach Creamery.