Location: Banks of the Saugatuck River
40 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880
The original Levitt Pavilion opened four decades ago, when residents of Westport, Conn., wanted to build an outdoor stage that would serve as a gathering space for the community. The town donated its problematic landfill site located in the middle of Westport along the Saugatuck River, and a fund drive was launched. As summer residents of Westport, Mortimer and Mimi Levitt were approached to support the project, and they ultimately became the campaign's largest private contributors. As a result, Westport named the new stage the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Carrying memories of his impoverished childhood, Mortimer was passionately committed that performances at the pavilion be presented at no charge.
Since opening in 1973, Levitt Westport has served more than 1.5 million people. Levitt Westport’s long-term success as a community destination presenting free concerts under the stars has served as a model for the national Levitt network.
Artists who have graced the stage over the years include Roomful of Blues, Frank Vignola Gypsy Jazz, Hank & Cupcakes and the Connecticut Ballet, to name a few. Currently undergoing improvements that will allow for a significant expansion of activities, Levitt Westport will soon feature a brand-new LEED-certified pavilion, covered stage with new technological capabilities, and an updated RiverWalk.