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Blues on the Beach Saturday

Music, Food, Tent Decorating Contest, Fun and Friends

The annual “Blues on the Beach” summer music festival, which has become an increasingly popular summer ritual for Stratford, will take place at Short Beach on Saturday, July 23rd, from 12:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. Blues is part of the Stratford Celebrate Festivals and is run by volunteer Erin McLaughlin.

Short Beach will close at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22nd, the evening before the festival, to accommodate stage set-up for Saturday’s events. The Short Beach Golf Course will be closed the entire day on Saturday, July 23rd.
Residents attending “Blues on the Beach” are asked to note the following:

• Only Town Residents will be allowed to park at Short Beach. Stratford resident stickers are required to park at Short Beach.
• Beach access will be closed on Friday, July 22nd at 7:00 p.m., so preparations can be made.
• Parking for the public will begin at 9:30 a.m.
• Bicycles are allowed but must be walked in the park area per Stratford Police Department.
• Golf Cart parking is allowed in designated area.
• No dogs or pets are allowed at the beach.
• Cooking with charcoal is prohibited.
• A pickup and drop-off area for Ubers and children or family members has been designated at Wayne’s Walk at the intersection of Riverdale Drive and Lighthouse Ave.
• Trash from attendees must fit inside of the BigBelly compacting receptacles available on site. Bagged garbage should be placed in dumpsters and not be left beside receptacles.

This year the Stratford Arts Commission is sponsoring a Tent Decorating Competition, and those winners that creatively decorate their tent will receive an early parking pass for Blues on the Beach in 2023.
There will be food trucks:

The Drunk Alpaca will have a double booth, ! Look for the hot pink tents! Beer Snacks & Baked Goodies made with CT Craft Beer, Whiskey & Hard Cider! Gluten Friendly and Vegan snack options are available.

Beer/Hard Cider Glazed Chips
Beer/Hard Cider Caramel Mixed Nuts
Beer/Hard Cider/Malted/Whiskey Pretzels
Candied Pecans
Beer Brownies
Beer Blondies

Line-Up of Performing Bands:

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Music Kick-Off, Soundview

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Oddfellows

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Vinny & Ray

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. CK3

4:15 – 5:15 p.m. Swamp Hogs

5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Remember September

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Chris D’Amato

8:15 p.m. Alpaca Gnomes


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