2019 Calendar of GMCC Events
MYSTIC RESTAURANT WEEK - MAR. 4-10, 2019
Consider sponsoring our area’s annual Restaurant Week, which celebrates everything culinary in the region! Participating restaurants offer specialty pricing for lunch and dinner throughout the entire week. This unique sponsorship opportunity features significant logo placement on check presenters, posters, table cards and more. (75,000+ impressions)
MYSTIC FIT & FAB WELLNESS EXPO - MARCH 30, 2019
Treat yourself and your family to a day of wellness at the Hilton Mystic from 10 am - 2 pm. Explore all that Mystic has to offer to with a variety of health, fitness, and beauty options available to help your family look and feel their best this year!
YOUTH WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT - APRIL 2019
This critical event will provide a series of training sessions at our local high schools preparing students to excel at their summer hospitality jobs and beyond.
62nd ANNUAL MYSTIC OUTDOOR ART FESTIVAL - AUG. 10 & 11, 2019
The oldest festival of its kind in the Northeast, the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival attracts more than 85,000 people to our region during this two day event. This festival showcases more than 100,000 diverse pieces of fine art spread out over two miles in the heart of Historic Downtown Mystic. The event is free of charge to the public. There are activities for all ages, including a Children’s Art Park.
(85,000+ attendees / 200,000+ impressions)
GROTON’S FALL FESTIVAL - OCT. 5, 2019
A variety of activities attract over 5,000 attendees from the community, including families, seniors and children. From 11am-5pm, visitors can enjoy great food, a farmers’ market, a craft and art show, business displays, Fire/EMS safety demonstrations & trucks, live music, and more... and it is all free to the public! The Groton Business Association is an affiliation of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce and hosts this event.
(5,000 attendees / 150,000+ impressions)
SANTA ARRIVES BY TUGBOAT & HOLIDAY LIGHTED BOAT PARADE - NOV. 30, 2019
Santa Claus is coming to town and so is Mystic’s Holiday Lighted Boat Parade in Historic Downtown Mystic. Thousands gather at the Mystic River Park to watch Santa arrive on a 60’ tug boat, the John Paul, and to listen to the wishes of children. After a brief break, festivities in the Park resume with the lighting of the Christmas tree and thousands of spectators then flood both sides of the Mystic River to see the decorated ships pass by. These holiday events have become beloved traditions in Mystic over the years-- don’t miss out on being part of the festivities by sponsoring our candy canes, parade and more! (7,500 attendees / 150,000+ impressions)
ANNUAL MEETING & GALA - DEC. 5, 2019
This event draws business, civic and government officials together to get the pulse of the region and discuss ways to improve our business environment. As a Chamber, we share the successes of the year and look forward to goals for the year ahead.
GROTON HOLIDAY KICK-OFF – DEC. 7, 2019
Groton Parks and Recreation, Groton Public Library, Groton Senior Center, Town of Groton Economic & Community Development, and Groton Utilities, in coordination with the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, facilitates this event. This year businesses will be showcased in our FESTIVAL OF TREES contest: Artificial trees decorated by local businesses, will be on display throughout the Groton Senior Center. You are invited to submit a decorated tree, no higher than 6', which will be judged by the public on the night of the event. The overall winner of the OH TANNENBAUM (best tree!) award will get a FREE booth at the 2019 Fall Festival. (5,000 attendees / 100,000+ impressions)
MYSTIC CHAMBER PROGRAMS
WORK IT! YOUTH WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT - APRIL 2019
This critical event will provide a series of training sessions at our local high schools preparing students to excel at their summer hospitality jobs and beyond. Job Fair matching member businesses and students. (200+ Students / 30+ local businesses/ GMCC Membership)
GO LOCAL GIFT CARD
Replacing the $300,000 Mystic Dollars program, the Gift Card is accepted in 75+ local businesses, and growing. $14,000 sold Oct – Dec to local residents who gift them to teachers, coaches, family and friends.
TOURISM INFORMATION & WELCOME CENTER
Over 10,000 visitors served in 2018. Through the doors, through mail fulfillment, concierge service, wedding services, brochure distribution, advertising, direct referrals.