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Posted on: May 25, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Celebrate ‘the Rock’ at the Savin Rock Festival on Friday-Saturday, July 28-29

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WEST HAVEN, May 25, 2023 — The annual Savin Rock Festival will showcase the time-honored recipe — musical groups, rides, games, mouthwatering foods — that made the 20th-century Savin Rock Park so special and so storied as “the playground of New England.”

The two-day festival, which pays homage to the legacy of “the Rock,” is scheduled from 5-10 p.m. Friday, July 28, and noon-10 p.m. Saturday, July 29, in West Haven’s historic Old Grove Park, off Captain Thomas Boulevard.

Along with live music, it will feature a midway of rides and games — and, of course, boatloads of seafood and other mouthwatering dishes.

A number of nonprofit organizations will set up informational booths in the 153-year-old Grove, and a fleet of food trucks on nearby Palace Street will serve up burgers, hot dogs, cheesesteaks, fried dough, gyros, lobster rolls, tacos and meatball bombs. Dessert trucks will offer cannoli, ice cream, cupcakes and kettle corn.

The craft fair, a festival tradition, will also take place, spread beneath the park’s oak trees.

West Haven’s flagship festival was established in 1982 by the Chamber of Commerce — initially under the direction of Brian M. Stone, David Gesler and Michael Shiner and thereafter by John L. Perrone and his wife, Mary Perrone — to bring organizations, clubs, businesses and families together for a summer festival that celebrates life in one of America’s oldest coastal communities.

Stay tuned for details.

— MICHAEL P. WALSH, Public Relations Information Coordinator

Savin Rock Festival

Musical Lineup


Friday, July 28

Kathy Thompson Band | 6-7:30 p.m.

Shaded Soul Band | 8-10 p.m.

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Kathy Thompson Band Publicity Artwork (Small)

Saturday, July 29

The Generators | 4-5:30 p.m.

Magic of Motown | 6-7:30 p.m.

Arena Rock Tribute | 8-10 p.m.

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