Each fall, we celebrate the people, businesses, and organizations that make Mansfield unique!
The Mansfield Downtown Partnership hosted the first Festival in 2003 as a way to bring residents of the Town of Mansfield and UConn students, faculty, and staff together for a day that celebrates the best of Mansfield including art, music, entertainment, food, games, and activities while promoting the redevelopment of Downtown Storrs. The Partnership's first Festival featured approximately 24 booths and was held in the parking lots behind the existing commercial buildings.
In 2014, the Partnership was pleased to hold the Celebrate Mansfield Festival on the new Betsy Paterson Square. The Festival has continued to grow and in 2019 featured nearly 100 booths, over 100 volunteers, and over 4,000 visitors. Over 100 local businesses and community organizations participated in the celebration!
In 2019, the Partnership made some exciting changes: The 16th Annual Celebrate Mansfield Festival was held on a Saturday from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM in Downtown Storrs. The new schedule featured entertainment all day, with the activity booths that make our event special in the afternoon and a closing concert in the evening.
Due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the Celebrate Mansfield Festival had a different format and feel. Rather than a large, one-day event, we celebrated our community all month-long in September with a town-wide scavenger hunt, a contest to win gift cards to local restaurants, and more.
For 2021, the Partnership continues to monitor the current health and safety guidance from the state for community events. Decisions on all Partnership events, including the Celebrate Mansfield Festival, will be based on the permitted activities, costs of producing the event, and allowed capacities, among other factors.
The Mansfield Downtown Partnership invites Mansfield-located businesses and community organizations to join in the fun by hosting an activity booth or food booth, volunteering, or sponsoring the Festival.
About the Mansfield Downtown Partnership
The Mansfield Downtown Partnership is an independent, non-profit organization comprised of the Town of Mansfield, the University of Connecticut, and individual business members and residents. The Partnership seeks to foster the continued development, management, and promotion of Downtown Storrs – a vibrant and economically successful community in the heart of Mansfield.