For more than a century, Westport has been a haven for artists, shaping a community that celebrates artistry. Widely known for being a 20’s hotspot with frequent visitors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, the celebrity influence has added to the polish and charm.
Started by Michel Nischan and Paul Newman, whose activism influenced the town in many ways, the famous Westport Farmer’s Market is located along the Saugatuck River. It was named Best in Connecticut in 2020 by American Farmland Trust, ranking 10th best in the Northeast, and 26th best in the country.
The Westport Country Playhouse’s vision is “to be a community hub for theater, art, ideas, and fellowship”. From its’ Grand Opening date in 1931 the Playhouse has included the participation of respected artists such as Stephen Sondheim, William Inge, Horton Foote, Joanne Woodward, Paul Newman, Liza Minelli, Gene Wilder, James Earl Jones, Jessica Tandy, Jane Fonda, and the list goes on. The productions are recognized as true artistry on a Broadway-level of perfection.
The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts is a beautiful outdoor venue. Most concerts are free where you’ll discover new bands along with your favorite legacy musicians. Bring your picnic basket or enjoy Tapas at Basso Café right across the street. The experience is always a festive occasion with friends and family.
MoCA Westport is also known for the concert series, MoCA’s Music at MoCA, featuring a variety of genres and artists. Just next door to Westport is the Fairfield Theater Company, with no shortage of quality shows happening nearby.
Within Westport is a 62-acre wildlife sanctuary and environmental education center called Earthplace. This nonprofit organization is centered around science, learning, and conservation, but also happens to be the largest open space in Westport welcome to residents to explore.
The Wakeman Town Farm is treasured by Westport residents. This sustainable organic farm does more than grow fruits and vegetables, they host community events from farm dinners to educational classes for all ages.