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Alfresco Thursdays

July 2 @ 5:00 pm - August 27 @ 8:00 pm

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Essex Board of Trade to Host Alfresco Thursdays, July 2 – August 27!

Essex is OPEN for Summer 2020 and the Essex Board of Trade (EBOT) is upping its annual Alfresco Thursdays with weekly events throughout the months of July and August 

“This year, Alfresco Thursdays holds special significance as Connecticut begins its reopening post quarantine, says Colt Taylor, President of Essex Board of Trade (EBOT). With social distancing still in place, Alfresco Thursdays is the perfect way for the community and merchants to reconnect with one another outdoors in a safe and responsible way. At this time, community is more important than ever. We hope Alfresco Thursdays will bring families and neighbors together while paving the way for economic recovery in our beautiful small town.” 

Go Alfresco & Support Local! 

Alfresco Thursdays boasts numerous patio and dockside dining venues from the top to bottom of Main Street in Essex Village, at Olive Oyl’s Creative Cuisine, The Griswold Inn, Carlson’s Landing (opening mid -July) and Siren a new marine restaurant at Safe Harbor Essex Island. To ramp up the alfresco spirit, The Essex restaurant will feature a pop-up experience at Main Street Park, where Chef Colt Taylor will be serving his awardwinning “Connecticut Lobster Rolls.”  

Retail open until 8pm! 

Essex village shops will stay open until 8pm. Many are offering sidewalk shopping to further enhance social distancing and renew customer relationships.  

Live Music! 

Live music will be a highlight of Alfresco Thursdays on various dates and places during July & August! On July 9th at 6:30pm, Olive Oyl’s will host a special performance Art Songs of the World. The patio will become a stage for a trio of classical musicians to perform art songs in Italian, German, French, English and Chinese. Tenor performer, Cooper Joseph Kendall says, “With musical and opera venues closed this season, I’m happy to participate in this opportunity to bring the Essex community together with music. Dining tables will be arranged, within healthy distance of course, in the parking area for enjoying this one-of-a-kind alfresco experience! Beginning July 16th, Connecticut River Museum will launch live music with weekly, “Thursdays on the Dock.” 

Free Hourly Boat Dockage! 

Safe Harbor Essex Island is offering FREE hourly dockage from 4pm to 9pm. Why not travel to Alfresco Thursdays by water for the ultimate outdoor experience? Just call the marina to reserve and mention “Alfresco Thursdays!”  860-767-2483 or VHF Channel 9.  

Enjoy a Breath of Fresh Air…while Social Distancing of course!

EBOT members will adhere to an “Alfresco Alliance” for postquarantine safety – participating restaurants, merchants, and volunteers will all be practicing Connecticut & CDC guidelines. EBOT requires Alfresco Thursday attendees to follow CDC protocol for Social Distancing and Mask Wearing as well: 




July 2 @ 5:00 pm
August 27 @ 8:00 pm
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Essex Village
69 Nott Lane
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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(860) 767-3904

Contact Us

Essex Board of Trade, Inc., P.O. Box 322
Essex, CT 06426 860-767-3904 or email message@experienceessex.com


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