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Mystic Outdoor Art Festival returns this summer

After a year off due to the pandemic, Mystic Outdoor Art Festival will return this summer, running Aug. 14 and 15 and featuring a new route.

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce has announced that the new route will be entirely on the Stonington side of the Mystic River bridge and will extend the length of the Mystic River from Cottrell Street to Holmes, Bay Street into the Mystic Seaport Museum's shipyard.

The chamber thinks this new layout will make for a safer show with an improved ease of setup and breakdown, more parking options and an improved pedestrian flow.

"Safety is our number one priority and this new route takes the Art Festival off Route 1, which we know will lessen the congestion downtown and allow improved safety for the artists, pedestrians and cars," the chamber said in a news release.

Mystic Seaport Museum is opening its grounds for the festival, with booths inside the shipyard, where the festival's Children's Art Park will be. A performing arts stage will be at the museum, too, with a variety of arts, from spoken word to dance and more, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on both Aug. 13 and 14. It will be open to all visitors, and there will be no admission to attend.

There will be parking at the Seaport, as well.

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers for the festival and the performing arts component. Those interested in volunteering should call the office at (860) 572-9578, email morgan@mysticchamber.org or visit the chamber at 22 East Main St. above HJ Smith Plumbing.

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