Walking Tours

Experience the wonders and see the hidden treasures that make up the vibrant fabric of New Haven. The Festival is proud to work with community organizations to give you a glimpse of the city.

RESERVATIONS ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: Reserve your spot now through the tour page of your choice.

Tracing the Creation of the Audubon Arts District

The New Haven Preservation Trust

Located in the heart of New Haven and based on a set of principles that include historic preservation, human scale, and mixed-use development, the Audubon Arts District not only provides a place where people can live, work, shop, and be educated, its commercial properties return profits to support the area’s arts community.

Tue, June 13, 2017, 1:30pm  Details
1 hr 30 min

Notable Trees

Connecticut Botanical Society

A walk through Farnam Memorial Gardens and Marsh Botanic Gardens highlighting a number of notable trees. A few of the trees are state champions, meaning that they are the largest of their kind in Connecticut.

Tue, June 13, 2017, 3:00pm  Details
1 hr

East Rock Park

Connecticut Botanical Society

East Rock Park is more than a dramatic cliff with wonderful views of New Haven, and more than a peaceful respite or a prime birdwatching spot.

Wed, June 14, 2017, 3:00pm  Details
2 hrs

Whitney Water Treatment Plant

The Regional Water Authority

Visit this iconic structure and learn about its inner workings on this special tour of the facility.

June 14, 2017  Details
1 hr

Massaro Farm Tour

Tour a 100 year old bio-diverse farm in our community.

Space is Limited

June 14, 2017  Details
45 min

ConnCAT: Revitalizing an Old Garage for New Opportunities


Discover the transformation of turn-of-the-century Winchester Repeating Arms Company service buildings into an inspiring educational environment

Thu, June 15, 2017, 1:30pm  Details
1 hr 30 min

Ireland's Great Hunger Museum

Home to the world’s largest collection of paintings, sculptures, and other visual media related to the Famine that took place in Ireland from 1845 to 1852

Thu, June 15, 2017, 3:00pm  Details
1 hr

Adams Center for Musical Arts

The new Adams Center for Musical Arts opened on January 2017, twenty-four months after ground was broken. The complex connects a newly renovated Hendrie Hall to the previously renovated Leigh Hall by way of a new structure that is anchored by a dedicated orchestra rehearsal hall and an atrium in which students from the Yale School of Music and Yale College can gather.

June 16 - 23, 2017  Details
1 hr

Sacred Spaces of Yale: A Walking Tour

In honor of the 90th anniversary of chaplaincy at Yale University, and to celebrate the rich diversity that this community embodies, the chaplains are leading a sacred sites tour on and around Old Campus where many religious groups hold worship and meditation services.

Fri, June 16, 2017, 3:00pm  Details
1 hr 30 min

Get Healthy Walk ‘n Talk With a Doc

with Yale New Haven Health Community

All paces and ages are welcome to join in walks with physicians and clinical professionals to discuss health topics with all walkers.

June 17 - 24, 2017  Details
2 hrs

Amistad Tour

Discovering Amistad invites you to take a tour aboard Connecticut’s flagship, the Amistad at Amistad Pier, Long Wharf Drive in New Haven.

Visitors must be a minimum of six-years-old, and all under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Limit 40 visitors

June 17 - 18, 2017  Details
1 hr

Yale Campus Tour

Yale Mead Visitor's Center

Experience the architectural wonders of the Yale campus, featuring stories of student life and the history of the University.

Sat, June 17, 2017, 1:30pm  Details
2 hrs

Maker Mania

Meet MakeHaven members who will be working on projects using: laser cutters, wood shop, vinyl cutters, brewing machine, 3D printers and sewing machines.

June 18, 2017  Details
1 hr

Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

A tour of the CTL's freshly renovated space in Sterling Memorial Library, designed for teaching in the twenty-first century.

Mon, June 19, 2017, 1:30pm  Details
1 hr

Dixwell Avenue United Church of Christ: A Modernist Masterpiece for New Haven’s Oldest African-American Congregation


Join architectural historian Kathryn M. Kuranda to discuss the historical background and design intent of this important African-American landmark.

Tue, June 20, 2017, 1:30pm  Details
1 hr 30 min

Yale Center for Engineering, Innovation and Design

An 8,500 square foot facility that fosters collaboration, creativity and the development of solutions to challenging problems. 

June 20, 2017  Details
45 min

The Industrial Heritage of River Street


See the New Haven factories that produced a wide variety of local products with Connecticut historian Bruce Clouette.

Thu, June 22, 2017, 1:30pm  Details
1 hr 30 min

From the Green...To the Grove: Grove St Cemetery Tour

Join Patricia Illingworth on a tour of the first chartered burial ground in the United States.

Thu, June 22, 2017, 3:00pm  Details
1 hr

Urban Oasis Tour

Common Ground High School

Visit Common Ground: a high school, urban farm, and environmental education center in West Rock Ridge State Park in New Haven.

Sat, June 24, 2017, 1:30pm  Details
2 hrs 30 min

Gardens and Gargoyles

Explore hidden architectural gems and learn more about the symbolism of the sculpted stone on the Yale University campus.

Sat, June 24, 2017, 3:00pm  Details
1 hr