Arts & Culture

Milford offers a vibrant array of arts experiences that enrich, entertain and enlighten our residents, business community, families, visitors and tourists. 

The natural, iconic and historic beauty of Milford (including 17 miles of  shoreline) attracts artists to live here and inspires many residents to discover the artist within.

The arts are alive and essential to the vibe of this community. Many neighborhoods host traditional/yearly events with music, parades and arts & crafts; however, there are two neighborhoods that support and present arts programming year-round to hundreds and thousands of people.

Downtown Milford welcomes residents and visitors by train, car, foot and boat all within a two-block radius – nowhere like it in New England. The heart of the arts, the Milford Arts Council, the MAC (a 501©3 certified in 1971) resides in the east bound train station offering exhibits, community theatre, film and cabaret-style concerts ranging from classical to bluegrass and jazz to rock in an intimate setting with superior acoustics. 

The MAC also hosts Pantochino Productions, an award-winning 501©3 professional musical theatre troupe presenting three home-grown new musicals each season. 

The city owned Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in the Parsons Government complex hosts local school events, dance recitals, world-renowned Smooth Jazz for Scholars Concert (benefiting Milford students), various bands and other community events presented by Milford Performance Center.

Arts & crafts fairs line Milford’s historic green (the second longest in New England), between May and October, hosted by various community groups and churches. Fowler Field Pavilion offers free concerts hosted by the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce Friday nights during the summer. Festivals of all sizes happen all year round, two of the largest include: Pirates Day (June) and the Oyster Festival (August). Downtown merchants, cafes and restaurants display art and host local musicians all year-round. 

One of two artist collectives, Gilded Lily offers fine art, jewelry and artisan work created by local artists.

The Walnut Beach Arts & Business District is 4 miles from downtown, nestled between Silver Sands State Park and the MAC’s Firehouse Gallery, which offers exhibits, classes, experiences and workshops in the arts. A second artist collective, ArtFish 42 resides alongside shops, supporting local artisans. This district closely collaborates on seasonal events such as, Third Thursday Strolls, Fairly Frolic, Sup Cup, Walnut Beach Day, Summer Dance Parties and free summer concerts under the Walnut Beach Pavilion.

Enjoy what the arts can provide you, your business, employees and family. Milford has it all!



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