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.

Fitstyle Art Walk

Take a walk and explore Yale and Downtown New Haven in 5,000 steps! Guided by Shana Schneider you will be taken along paths and walkways that you may not have seen before. Learn more about the city and quench your thirst at the end of the walk at Barracuda Bar & Bistro.

June 9 - 10, 2018  Details
1 hr

Pardee Rose Garden

Experience a guided tour among the beauty of one of Connecticut's finest display of roses and renovated greenhouses.

Sun, June 10, 2018, 11:00am  Details
1 hr 30 min

Artist-lead Tour: I'll be your qubit!

with the Yale Quantum Institute

Join visual artist Martha Willette Lewis for a guided tour of her installation I’ll be your qubit, the final artwork of Martha year-long residency at the Yale Quantum Institute where she worked with students and discussed ideas with quantum physicists.

Please meet Martha at the entrance of 17 Hillhouse Avenue, as the tour will start at the staircase on the 1st floor.

June 10 - 14, 2018  Details
1 hr

Masonic Lodges: Giving Back to New Haven

New Haven Preservation Trust

A private behind-the-scenes tour of the Masonic Lodges and their high-style meeting rooms led by a prominent historian of Masonic tradition.

Tue, June 12, 2018, 1:30pm  Details
1 hr

Shubert Backstage Tour

The Shubert’s hour-long backstage tour is the perfect activity for any theater or history enthusiast. Whether you are visiting New Haven for the first time or a life-long resident, you’ll be amazed by the incredible history of the legendary Shubert!

June 12 - 20, 2018  Details
1 hr

Farnam Memorial Gardens Notable Tree Tour

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. Trees covered on the walk will include both native and non-native species.

Wed, June 13, 2018, 3:00pm  Details
1 hr 30 min

Brewery Square Apartments: Repurposing a New Haven Landmark

New Haven Preservation Trust

A special opportunity to visit a pioneering historic preservation project in New Haven led by the architect/developers who adapted the Quinnipiac Brewery for modern living in the early 1980s. Leaders: Simeon Bruner and Leland Cott.

Thu, June 14, 2018, 3:00pm  Details
1 hr

Trinity on the Green: A Historic Church Building thru Time

This National Historic Landmark building offers us an understanding of the origins of Gothic Revival church architecture in the United States. It served as home for an Episcopal congregation since its current building was consecrated in 1816, it also evidences a wealth of architectural nuance and change accrued over time. The tour will begin outside and continue inside. Leader: MJ (Peg) Chambers

June 14 - 21, 2018  Details
45 min

MakeHaven: A Peek Inside the Workshop

Come see a variety of makers as they work on their projects in electronics, laser cutting, woodworking, 3d printing, sewing and more. The tour will stop and chat with these creatives as we venture through the various areas of MakeHaven.

June 16, 2018  Details
45 min

Union Station: New Haven’s Transportation Hub

New Haven Preservation Trust

Explore this grand Beaux-Arts-style building (1918) designed by Cass Gilbert, a prominent early 20th-century architect. The tour will explain the landmark’s historical significance and recount citizen efforts to restore the station for use as a transportation center. Leader: Robert Grzywacz.

Sat, June 16, 2018, 3:00pm  Details
1 hr

Yale Campus Tour

Experience the architectural wonders of the Yale campus, featuring stories of student life and the history of the University. The tour will include stops in Sterling Memorial Library and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Sun, June 17, 2018, 11:00am  Details
1 hr

Peeking into New Haven's Closet: LGBTQ+ History Walking Tour

Join us for a special LGBTQ+ history walking tour of New Haven with New Haven Pride Center founder and Board Co-President, John D. Allen, Ed.D. Includes 10 stops throughout downtown New Haven - hear back the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, the arrest of Jim Morrison, the secret gay meet-up spots at Yale and more! Hosted in partnership with the New Haven Pride Center.

Sun, June 17, 2018, 1:30pm  Details
1 hr 30 min

Rudolph Hall: Home of the Yale School of Architecture

Explore the vast, open spaces of the recently renovated Rudolph Hall. The tour features highlights of this nine-story structure, uniquely designed and split into 37 levels, and will also include a visit to the School of Architecture’s exhibition hall.

Tue, June 19, 2018, 3:00pm  Details
1 hr

East Rock Park

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. Relatively unknown are its botanical riches; in the middle of intense urbanization, East Rock is an island of native trap rock vegetation that is usually found only on the larger, more pristine ridges to the north, east, and west.

Wed, June 20, 2018, 3:00pm  Details
1 hr 30 min

CT US District Courthouse: Temple of Justice and Citizenship

New Haven Preservation Trust

A rare privilege to see the majestic interiors of one of New Haven’s outstanding Neo-Classical Revival civic buildings designed in 1913 by New York City architect James Gamble Rogers. In recognition of the Festival's theme, Citizenship, participants will be invited to witness an actual naturalization ceremony as part of the tour. Leaders: Robin Tobora and the Honorable Jeffrey Meyer

Thu, June 21, 2018, 2:00pm  Details
2 hrs

Massaro Farms Tour

Join farm staff for a ramble around our dairy farm-turned-organic vegetable operation. Hear a first-hand account of what goes into managing this 100 year old bio-diverse farm in our community and how we manage the land with an eye on securing production for years to come.

June 21, 2018  Details
30 min

Yale’s New Residential Colleges

Tour Yale’s newest additions to the residential college system, Pauli Murray College and Benjamin Franklin College. The new colleges opened in August 2017 and were designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

June 22 - 23, 2018  Details
1 hr

Industrial Heritage and the Future City

Discover, learn, and share ideas about the built heritage of New Haven’s industrial neighborhoods.

Sat, June 23, 2018, 11:00am  Details
3 hrs

Ely Center of Contemporary Art

Artist Workspace Residency Program

Meet ECOCA artists-in-residence participating in a workspace residency that runs from June 8 to July 22. Engage with the artists, learn about their inspiration and overall artistic practice while meandering through the John Slade Ely House Galleries.

Sat, June 23, 2018, 3:00pm  Details
1 hr