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The SoNo Arts Festival


SoNo Arts Festival is excited to introduce their first-ever storefront “festival”. The safe space event will take place in available retail properties along Washington Street, part of AGW SoNo Partners’ newly acquired portfolio. Juried artists will house, display, and sell their works inside these unique retail and restaurant spaces. The event is being supported by OnWashginton, AGW’s marketing arm for Washington Street Historic District.

Countdown to the Festival
This year’s festival is sponsored by:
  • melissawilkinsonfoundation
  • spinnaker
  • sonocollection
  • ironworks
  • jethog
  • nukitchens
  • jerrysartarama
  • christofor

The SoNo Arts Festival will host thousands of attendees over the weekend from New England and the NY Metro area.


There will be over 125 juried fine art and craft artists, a Children’s Art Playground, performing artists, multiple music stages, and a Puppet Parade which winds its way through the streets on Sunday afternoon.

2020 Festival Schedule

Saturday, August 1st
  • Artist Booths Open
  • Alex Peterson – Main Stage
  • Children’s Art Playground (Until 5 PM)
  • Similar Kind – Main Stage
  • Earnhardt – Main Stage
  • A Strange Utopia – Main Stage
  • Artist Booths Close
  • Juicy Grapes – Main Stage
  • Artists Reception & Awards Ceremony
  • Danny Evans – Main Stage
  • Vélez Band – Main Stage
  • Blind Rhino
Sunday, August 2nd
  • Artist Booths Open
  • Alex Peterson – Main Stage
  • Children’s Art Playground (Until 5 PM)
  • Canyon – Main Stage
  • Avenue – Main Stage
  • Puppet Parade
  • Old School – Main Stage
  • Artist Booths Close
Festival Activities

Children's Art Area

Enjoy family friendly art activities and special surprises all weekend. Garavel Auto Group will have 2 Subarus on site for kids to paint, the Melissa Wilkinson Foundation will host a booth to decorate reusable tote bags, and have portrait sessions with local artist Zarzan and others. Jerry's Artarama will be on-site with puppet decorating activities, and so much more.

SoNo Puppet Parade

The Giant Puppet Parade sponsored by The Sono Collection, is a feature of the SoNo Arts Festival and is Directed by Cara Christofor and created by volunteers for months, culminating in an event open to the public to join as participant or spectator – a magnificent parade that marches through the Arts Festival in South Norwalk in a blaze of color, music and creativity.This year the parade will be lead by the Funky Dawgs Brass Band who will bring even more energy to the already vibrant streets of Sono. Anyone who wishes to march in the parade is invited to meet in the children's area at 1pm on Sunday to choose their puppet to march with!

We can't do it with out your help!

Artists and Patrons are visiting Norwalk from all over the country this weekend. Let's make them all feel Welcome and excited about Norwalk and the Artistic spirit here!

More Info



Roads will be closed from 6am on Saturday 8/7 until 9pm on Sunday 8/8
Washington Street will be closed from Water Street up until Madison Street before Klaff’s, North Main Street will be closed from under the bridge through Ann Street (Ann Street will be open to traffic), and South Main Street from under the bridge until Haviland Street (Haviland will be open to traffic).


Parking will be available at the Maritime Garage, Webster Lot, Haviland Upper Deck, the train station garage and outdoor lots, and on the street where available.