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 Mystic Seaport Museum hosting a weekend of music, inspired by the sea

Mystic, Conn., SEPT. 29, 2021 –Mystic Seaport’s Riverfest celebration is the place to be October 9-11 for a fun-filled weekend of music on the water. You won’t want to miss the pub sing and three days of folk and sea music performed across two stages. The music, inspired by the sea, will be infused with culture. There will also be ample opportunities to get out on the water, whether on a rowboat, sailboat or a captained boat ride.

“We continue to support and promote traditional and modern sea music from across the globe and to present it to as many visitors as possible. It may not be in the same format as people remember it, but welcome to the first Riverfest and welcome to the new Mystic Seaport Museum,” said Peter Armstrong, the New Museum President.

The musical line-up starts Saturday at 10 a.m. with Geoffrey Kaufman, David Littlefield, and Joseph Morneault. Also on Saturday is the Ancient Mariners Chanteymen, a sub-group of the Ancient Mariners Fife and Drum Corps, and The Johnson Girls, an all-female a-cappella song group based in New York City who perform music  from a mélange of cultures, including the U.S., Britain, Ireland, Italy, French-Canada, and the Caribbean. Stick around for a traditional pub-sing of sea chanteys from 4-6 p.m. Schaefer’s Spouter Tavern on the Museum grounds will be open for purchase of drinks.

Sunday brings Cape Verdean musicians Ne Nas and Roy Tabwa to the stage, as well as Celtic-American roots music super group RUNA.

On Monday, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, there will be indigenous music and dance. Other acts include Sharks Come Cruisin’, which plays a mix of sea chanteys and maritime music. Audience participation and celebration is at the center of their music and live performances.

That is only a sampling of the performers. For a detailed line-up, head on over to this link devoted to Riverfest: https://mysticseaport.wpengine.com/riverfest/.

And that’s not all! There will be food trucks, fall-themed crafts, rides on an antique Model A truck, and chowder demonstrations daily. Short Rib Cafe; Captain Scott’s Lobster; Jumping Cow Ice Cream; and Suya Joint are the food trucks that will be serving up treats.

The events fall within Museum hours between 10-6 and are included with Museum admission. More on that pricing here, https://mysticseaport.wpengine.com/visit/hours-tickets

We can’t wait to see you there!



Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America’s seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to “inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.”

The Mystic Seaport Museum grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT, and includes a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship still in existence. At Mystic Seaport Museum, we strive to create an environment where visitors not only learn from us, but we learn from them. The concept is called Public History and it allows our visitors to experience history in ways they haven’t before.



Labor Day Weekend at the Museum!

A Panorama Festival Labor Day WeekendCelebrate Labor Day Weekend at Mystic Seaport Museum with a Panorama Festival

The weather looks great for Labor Day weekend, and we are ready to celebrate the end of an amazing summer with our Panorama Festival, which runs from Saturday, September 4th – Monday, September 6th.

This adventure-packed event celebrates cultural diversity and will feature hands-on activities for kids and adults as well as food trucks, live music, dancing, crafts, demonstrations, and more. From the Azores to West Africa, and Brazil to Hawaii, visitors will experience different cultural activities and cuisine from around the world.

The festival is centered around a 1275-foot-long painting, A Spectacle in Motion: The Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World, which details the fascinating voyage of a typical mid-19th century New Bedford whaleship on its journey ‘round the world’ in pursuit of whales. Along the way, it depicts scenes (some from the artists’ experiences, some historic, and some imagined) in such far-flung places as the Azores, Cape Verde, Brazil, Tahiti, and Hawaii. People, places, vessels, wildlife, and events spring to life as they were seen from a 19th-century perspective. The painting is being shown in sections in an exhibition at the Museum, which runs through March 2022.

Among the highlights of this event is an authentic Hula Demonstration by the Kaiholunuie Polynesian Dance Company (KPDC). Their performance company consists of a thriving multicultural group who come together as extended ohana (family), to teach the art of, and deeper meanings of the hula, as well as other forms of Polynesian dance. Their performance will be on Saturday from 3 – 3:45 p.m. and includes audience participation.

For the sea-chantey-loving crowd, the cast of the hit Off-Broadway musical comedy The Imbible: Rum and Pirates will perform a selection of sea chanteys and nautical songs on Monday from 2:30 -3 p.m. to provide a unique a cappella soundtrack to The Grand Panorama voyage.

Those who enjoy food trucks and authentic cuisine from around the world will be happy to feast on eats from Merengue & Reds (Dominican), Suya (Nigerian), Captain Scott’s (local seafood), Go Truck Yourself (Peruvian), and Hometown Poke (Hawaiian).

The Mystic Seaport Museum is happy to present this event and all its accompanying activities as part of the Museum admission, with no extra cost. It will also be the last weekend to take advantage of Connecticut’s Summer at the Museum program, where all Connecticut children and one accompanying adult are admitted free of charge. Hope to see you there!