The E List

An Excruciatingly Opinionated Guide to the Shoreline


Old Saybrook Walking Food Tours

Welcome to CT Shore Walking Food Tours! Enjoy local cuisine, history, and more as you walk, eat, learn, and experience the local culture.

The New Britain Museum of American Art Presents Ellen Carey: Struck by Light

New Britain Museum of American Art 56 Lexington Street, New Britain, CT, United States

Plan a visit to see "Ellen Carey: Struck by Light" at the NBMAA. Observe Carey’s enormous contributions to the field of photography through her pioneering explorations of light, color, and shadow.

Cozy Autumn Tea at Old Lyme Inn

Old Lyme Inn 85 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, United States

It's almost Fall, Ya'll! Get out your scarves and matching gloves - It's time for Cozy Autumn Tea at Old Lyme Inn. Relax with friends and enjoy a fall inspired selection of Harney & Sons Fine Tea accompanied by sweet treats and savory tea sandwiches.

$25 – $40

Pinktober Afternoon Tea at the Westbrook Inn

Westbrook Inn Bed & Breakfast 976 Boston Post Rd, Westbrook, CT, United States

On October 3rd, get your pink on and head over to Westbrook Inn honor Pinktober: Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Enjoy a selection of teas, a Welcome Sparkling Cocktail, Soup, Assorted Tea Sandwiches and sweet treats.


Designers Circus Pop-Up Shopping Returns to Guilford Art Center

Guilford Art Center 411 Church Street, Guilford, CT, United States

Ready for some new fall fashion? Come shop at the Designers Circus pop-up shopping event at Guilford Art Center in October and find unique and few-of-a-kind women's clothing and accessories created by over 70 local, national, and international designers.


Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan

Wesleyan Center for the Arts 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT, United States

Navaratri, one of India’s major festival celebrations, is a time to see family and friends, enjoy music and dance, and seek blessings for new endeavors. Wesleyan’s 47th annual festival celebrates the diversity of Indian music and dance.  Subscribe and Save on their three day festival.

Taylor Swift Concert Yoga Class with Saybrook Soul Sweat

Saybrook Soul Sweat 455 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT, United States +1 more

Are you a die hard Swifty? Then join Saybrook Soul Sweat for a Taylor Swift Concert Yoga Class! Immerse yourself in a session that is guaranteed to make you sweat, dance, sing, flow, and have fun. Pre-registration is open now.


Ballet Hispánico at The Garde Arts Center

Garde Arts Center 325 State Street, New London, CT, United States

On October 6th, The Garde Arts Center will be featuring Ballet Hispánico, the largest Latine/Latinx/Hispanic cultural organization in the United States and one of America’s Cultural Treasures. Get your tickets for this exciting performance.

$35 – $79

Autumn Arts Festival on the Madison Town Green

Madison Town Green 8 Meeting House Lane, Madison, CT, United States

The Arts Center Killingworth and Spectrum Art Gallery are returning to the Madison Connecticut Town Green for their Annual Autumn Outdoor Arts Festival on October 7-8. The pet friendly festival is FREE and will have a variety of food selections and live music.


Native American Jewelry PopUp Sale ONE DAY ONLY on October 7th

Pieces Home Decor 188 Main St CT, Old Saybrook, CT, United States

Head over to Pieces Home Décor on Main Street in Old Saybrook on Saturday October 7th for a Native American Jewelry PopUp Sale with Lu from Southern Exposure featuring gorgeous Native American jewelry of turquoise stones and more.


Mystic Folkways is Back at Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum 75 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic, CT, United States

Mystic Folkways is Back at Mystic Seaport Museum in October! This outstanding gathering of musicians from all over the world features over 25 performances over two days at Mystic Seaport Museum. Get your groove on and go!

Free First Saturday / Pick & Paint a Pumpkin

Lyman Allyn Art Museum 625 Williams Street, New London, CT, United States

Head to Lyman Allyn Museum on October 7 for Free First Saturday and participate in their annual Pick & Paint a Pumpkin festivities from 11am - 1pm.


Fall & Holiday Craft Workshops at Best Buds Flower Farm

Best Buds Flower Farm 52 Blood Street, Lyme, United States

Best Buds Flower Farm has some fun Crafternoons scheduled for this Fall to help cultivate your creativity! Sign up to make an Everlasting Wreath, Thanksgiving Centerpiece or Lush Holiday Wreath. While you're there enjoy a complimentary wine or seltzer and a homemade sweet treat!


Ending Epidemics with Richard Conniff at Lyme Public Hall

Lyme Public Hall 249 Hamburg Road (Rt. 156), Lyme, CT, United States

What is the  single most dramatic change in all of human history? Richard Conniff has an idea about that. Join him at Lyme Public Hall on October 8 as he explains research in his brand new book, "Ending Epidemics".


St. John’s Episcopal Church 80th Annual Rummage Sale

St. John's Episcopal Church, Essex, CT Cross & Main Streets, Essex, CT, United States

Don't miss the huge 80th Annual Rummage Sale at St. John's Episcopal Church in Essex in October. They will have beautiful furniture, housewares, designer clothing, toys, and sporting goods along with hundreds of items under $10 and an amazing Silent Auction.


Cancion Tequila Dinner at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina

Saybrook Point Resort & Marina 2 Bridge Street, Old Saybrook, CT, United States

Join Saybrook Point Resort and Marina for Cancion Tequila Dinner on October 13.  This event promises to be an unforgettable evening that combines exceptional food with a five- course dinner, tequila expertise, and the company of fellow tequila enthusiasts.


Shoreline Chamber Fall Festival & Expo

Guilford Fairgrounds 111 Lovers Lane, Guilford, United States

The Shoreline Chamber is gearing up for an exciting fall day at the Guilford Fairgrounds on October 14th from 11-7pm. Enjoy a great selection of food and drinks, live music, free kids activities and a creative selection of items from artists and crafters.

Free Parking | Small Admission Fee

Wood Fired Farm Dinner at Long Table Farm

Long Table Farm 256 Beaver Brook Road, Lyme, CT

Head to Long Table Farm in Lyme for a family friendly farm feast featuring Max and Frank Andrew’s Mobile Kitchen. Your palette will be inspired and the proceeds from this event will fund Long Table Farm's share scholarship program.

Cost varies

Cooking Classes at Weekend Kitchen this October

Weekend Kitchen 16 Main Street, Essex, CT, United States

Weekend Kitchen is hosting some fun fall cooking classes this October! Octoberfest with Chef Dani Saturday October 14th, 6:30 to 10:00PM | Cost $95 Another great party experience with this hands-on German cooking class with Chef Dani Roche! Dani lived in Germany for a number of years and wanted to share her love of German


Todd Ellison and Friends: A fundraiser for Community Music School

Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT, United States

Join Community Music School at The Kate for a special evening celebrating their 40th anniversary, with acclaimed Broadway music director/pianist Todd Ellison and his star-studded roster of friends as they celebrate the music of Broadway!


Screenwriting Series with Janet Roach at Lyme Public Hall

Lyme Public Hall 249 Hamburg Road (Rt. 156), Lyme, CT, United States

Are you a writer who has always wanted to see your work come to life on the big screen? Got a movie or series idea inside you just burning to get out? Join Oscar nominated screenwriter Janet Roach for a screenwriting seminar at Lyme Public Hall this fall.

$100 – $125

Lyme Academy Fall Open House

The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts 84 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, United States

The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts will be hosting its annual Fall Open House on October 18th. Learn about fall programming, see live drawing demonstrations, and meet the acclaimed artists who comprise the Academy’s principal faculty. The Open House is an invitation to all aspiring or professional artists and those simply curious about the Lyme Academy and its mission.


Christmas Kick-Off Sip & Shop @ Where Memories Are Made

Where Memories Are Made 1330 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook, CT, United States

Start thinking about Christmas at Where Memories are Made in Old Saybrook as they launch their second Christmas Season! Get a head start on your shopping and enter to win some fun raffle prizes.


Drama Works Theatre Company presents Barrymore

Drama Works Theatre 323 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT, United States

Drama Works Theatre Company in Old Saybrook will be presenting Barrymore in October. Get ready for a specular night of theatre and a tour de force for Christy Max Williams who plays Barrymore.


Iron House Moves 4 Autism

Iron House Fitness 137 Mill Rock Road East , Old Saybrook, CT, United States

Get moving with Iron House Fitness in Old Saybrook at their "Moves 4 Autism" workout event on Saturday, October 21st to raise awareness and support for local organizations who support Autistic children and adults.


An Evening with the Spirits at Blackstone Library

Blackstone Library 758 Main St., Branford, United States

Get into the spooky fall spirit at Blackstone Library's 2023 Fall Fundraiser on October 21: "An Evening with the Spirits".  The event will feature a whiskey & spirit tasting, sessions with psychic mediums to give one-on-one and group readings, silent auction and light bites.


Williams School Information Session

The Williams School 182 Mohegan Ave, New London, CT, United States

Visit the Williams School for a quick and easy way for prospective students and their families to learn more about the value of a Williams education, their inclusive community, as well as arts and athletic opportunities. Community & Curriculum Overview Campus Tours with Student Ambassadors Stop by October 24, 2023 from 5:00 - 6:30pm. Click


Flanders Fish 19th Annual Oyster + Wine Dinner

Flanders Fish Market 22 Chesterfield Road, East Lyme, CT, United States

On September 21st, join Flanders Fish for their 19th Annual Oyster + Wine Dinner, curated by award-winning Executive Chef Liv Formica, the menu highlights the beautiful delicacy of oysters in every course and includes wine pairings to make each course sing.


Spooky Halloween Tea at Old Lyme Inn

Old Lyme Inn 85 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, United States

Get your hats and broom sticks ready and head to the Old Lyme Inn for their Spooky Tea on October 28th. They're concocting amazing desserts and a special potion of a Prosecco cocktails, mummy hand pies, bewitched cupcakes and spider web cookies. It's creeping up, make your reservation.

Bluebird Home Paper Organizing Retreat at Lyme Public Library

Lyme Public Library 482 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT, United States

Are paper piles taking over your kitchen counters, office desktops, and various flat surfaces in your home or office? Bluebird Home Organizing will teach you a system to get it all in control at Lyme Public Library in November.

$160 – $400

A Sale of Works by Lyme Artists at Lyme Public Hall

Lyme Public Hall 249 Hamburg Road (Rt. 156), Lyme, CT, United States

Get your holiday shopping started at the much-anticipated annual Lyme Artists' Sale which returns to the Lyme Public Hall on November 3rd and 4th.


CraftWestport 2023

Staples High School Fieldhouse 70 North Avenue, Westport, United States

Take a road trip to Fieldhouse at Staples High School in Westport for CraftWestport where more than 175+ fine contemporary craftspeople and modern makers from across the country will exhibit at Connecticut’s largest indoor fine crafts festival.

$5 – $11

Beatlemania Back to the Future

The Morgan School 27 Killingworth Turnpike, Clinton, United States

In November join the Rotary Club of Clinton for Beatlemania Back to the Future featuring Beatles tribute band "Number 9".

$15 – $30

Autumn Afternoon Tea at the Westbrook Inn

Westbrook Inn Bed & Breakfast 976 Boston Post Rd, Westbrook, CT, United States

Celebrate the beautiful Fall season with afternoon tea at Westbrook Inn! Make your reservation to enjoy a choice of three teas, a welcome sparkling cocktail, soup, assorted tea sandwiches, baked goods, macaroons and sweet treats.


Shoreline Arts Trail Open Studios Weekend – by Shoreline Arts Alliance

30 studio locations in Branford, Guilford, and Madison

This November, don't miss Shoreline ArtsTrail Open Studios Weekend hosted by Shoreline Arts Alliance. This amazing weekend happens at various locations along the Connecticut shoreline at more than 30 studio locations in Branford, Guilford, and Madison.


Guilford Yacht Club Bridal Show & Open House

Guilford 379 Whitfield Street, Guilford, CT, United States

Getting married? Don't miss the Guilford Yacht Club's first annual bridal show in November featuring curated best-in-industry vendors that can make your wedding what you've always dreamed it to be.