Arts & Ideas Festival 2019 @ New Haven
Jun 8 – Jun 22 all-day
Arts & Ideas Festival 2019 @ New Haven

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is a year-round organization that culminates in an extravaganza of performing arts, lectures, and conversations that takes over theaters and open spaces in New Haven, Connecticut each June. Below are the kinds of events you can anticipate for our 2019 Festival.


Easily our most popular Festival offerings, our open-air concerts are a family tradition. Warm June weather the historic New Haven Green are the perfect backdrop for unforgettable nights with family, friends, and great music. Grab a blanket and a picnic! It’s free!


Each June, the world comes to New Haven with award-winning Dance, Music, Theatre, and performances too unique to categorize. It’s all here. Festival artists are Grammy Winners, Tony Winners, MacArthur Genius Fellows, Oscar Winners, Bessie Winners…Name an award and they probably won it.


Defending Democracy, Food and American Culture, African Literature, and so much more! These provocative and insightful talks are focused on contemporary themes in the humanities and social sciences. Join us as we dig deep into the big ideas of our times.


Come explore, discover, engage and delight in the unique treasures of Greater New Haven. Whether strolling, biking, boating, sipping or tasting TREX programming is designed with everyone in mind! Go, do, see, EXPERIENCE, at the Festival!


New Haven’s Top Model Search & Fashion Show @ The Shops at Yale
Jun 8 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
New Haven's Top Model Search & Fashion Show @ The Shops at Yale

New Haven’s Top Model Search featuring several New York City agencies and John Casablancas of CT. Saturday, June 8, 1–5pm on Broadway Island (rain date June 9) — across from Apple, J.Crew & Patagonia. Open to the public and no cost to enter. Bring your A Game! Rain date is June 9, 1-5pm. Participants (ages 4 and up) will have the opportunity to compete for an all-expense paid trip to New York City to meet top modeling agencies, receive a contract with one of the agents, a high fashion photo shoot to be used in a marketing campaign, and $250 in gift cards to retailers at The Shops at Yale.

Fashion Shows – watch as professional models showcase fashions from The Shops at Yale retailers such as Barbour, FatFace, J.Crew, Madewell, Patagonia New Haven, Neville Wisdom, Urban Outfitters, idiom, GANT, Raggs New Haven, and The Yale Bookstore during mini fashion shows throughout the day. Enjoy a free raffle for gift cards and free professional casting photos.

Free Parking – available for all participants at the 150 York Street Garage, just 1 block from Broadway Island. We will validate your ticket at the event, so please bring it with you. Feel free to shop and dine after the Model Search, free parking is good through 8pm!