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Groton Parks & Recreation: Events and Sponsors

Groton Parks and Recreation and Thrive55+ Active Living Center: Powered by Groton Senior Center offer special community events, from our popular 5k road race series to our 'locals favorite' Bakers Battle and more. As we plan each of these events for the Groton, Connecticut community, we invite you to join our team of valued Community Partners by becoming a sponsor today! Visit our Sponsors Information and Listings to learn more about those in our Community who are supporting our Community.

Chili Cook-Off and Bakers Battle

Saturday, October 14, 2023.
Who makes the best chili? A healthy competition between surrounding Police, Fire and EMS departments searing flavors in this fierce chili cook-off event. The Chili Cook-Off takes place at Thrive55+ Active Living Center: Powered by Groton Senior Center and is open to all Groton, Connecticut residents.
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Club 55 Artisan Fair and Bake sale

Saturday, October 21, 2023   9:00 am-1:00 pm
This community wide fall event is presented by Club 55 at Thrive 55+.   Craft  Fair and Bake Sale. Vendor tables are available  $10 for round/ Medium rectangle $15/ Large rectangle $20.  Club 55 members receive a $5 discount on table fee.  to book a table, please come to Thrive 55+  Monday through Friday 8:30 to 4:30 pm. 
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Saturday, October 7, 2023. 
Please join us as we raise funds for Groton Parks Foundation by enjoying an evening walk on one of our main trails at Copp Family Park (Route 184, Groton) decorated magically with luminary and  woodland spirits. This is an easy and stroller friendly trail. 
Under 1 mile.              Adults $10      Children 8 and up $5     Children under 8 Free

Unable to attend? Please consider donating to support Groton Parks Foundation (501(c)(3). Your tax-deductible donation to Groton Parks Foundation will support ongoing and future projects to enhance Groton recreational opportunities.  For more Information contact our recreation office at 860-536-5680.

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Season of Celebrations (formerly Holiday Kickoff)

Saturday, December 2, 2023 
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Thrive 55+ and Groton Public Library lot. Groton’s  Season of Celebration is an event that incorporates all holiday celebrations; Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Three Kings as well as other holiday traditions.  There will be displays of all the holiday celebrations, children’s activities, entertainment - bell choir, carolers, dancers, hayrides, special guests and food trucks. 
Plus special guests!

Want to join in on our annual tree decorating contest?  Please click read more. 

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Summer SoundWaves Concert Series

Groton's favorite summer tradition is back for another year of great music and  good times at Esker Point Beach! Concerts are family-friendly, alcohol-free events. Please leave pets at home. Read More

the Club 55 Flea Market

Saturday, May 13, 2023     9am – 1pm
$20 per 10x10 foot spot  (bring your own table & chair )
Front Lawn of Thrive 55+ Active Living Center
102 Newtown Road, Groton, CT 06340

In case of rain, we will move indoors to the Thrive 55+ Community Room.

  • Payment due at time of reservation.
  • Vendors provide their own tables, chairs, and tents.
  • Vendors may begin setting up NO EARLIER than 7:30 am.
  • Vendors are expected to remain until the end of the Flea Market at 1:00 pm.

Vendors, visit our Thrive 55+ front desk team to reserve a spot asap!

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the Groton Entertainment Showcase

Friday, August 4, 2023    9am -3pm (check in begins at 8:30 am)

Preview Talent and Network with Peers in a day of FUN!  For centers, fairs, festivals, special events, holiday parties and community entertainment.  Oh, and continental breakfast and lunch are included! Yum

  • We have entertainers for you to check out.
  • As your time is important, we have tweaked the schedule to better serve you.
  • A variety of talent has been booked.
  • Entertainment Showcase discounts for talent bookings.

$35 per attendee   Sign up now and reserve your spot!  Please email colsen@groton-ct.gov for a registration form. 


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the Groton Fourth of July Parade

This hometown event to celebrate America's independence brings together dozens of local businesses, civic, youth sports and other organizations for an old-fashioned parade with fire engines, marching bands and antique cars. Join the thousands of spectators who enjoy Groton's Fourth of July Parade annually.  Sign up to participate! Read More

the Mystic Irish 5K

Wear your best green gear and join us for the annual Mystic Irish 5k certified race to celebrate St. Patrick's Day weekend in Mystic. The certified course starts and ends in Downtown Mystic and travels along scenic River Road and the banks of the Mystic River. The race winners have a reserved spot to march in the Mystic Irish Parade the next day! Read More

the Souper Bowl

The original Southeastern CT Soup Tasting event! This great Community event is open to all. Sample soups from area restaurants. Advanced registration with the Thrive55+ Active Living Center: Powered by Groton Senior Center is $10pp or $12pp at the door day of the event. 

Sports Memorabilia Raffle: Items from professional and semi-professional athletes and teams. 

All proceeds to benefit the Thrive55+ Active Living Center: Powered by Groton Senior Center's Nutritional Programs. The Souper Bowl takes place at Thrive55+ Active Living Center: Powered by Groton Senior Center and is open to all Groton, Connecticut residents.
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Tour de Noank 5K and Fun Run

Run through the sea-side New England village of Noank in the annual Tour de Noank 5K and Fun Run.  The certifed course is challenging with plenty of hills and turns.  The race begins and ends at Esker Point Beach.   Read More