Sidewalk Sales 2023


APRIL 1 - 14 Members only & Youth
• Registration for Chamber members only. Members will have a two-week priority registration period to sign up and pay. If you do not have a store front, this will be a first come, first serve basis for you!
• Retail vendors (or those offering items, services to sell) will get priority over informational-only vendors.

APRIL 15 Non members
• Registration will open to non-Chamber members and will be collected on a first come, first serve basis for everyone from this point forward.

After the dedicated spots are taken, a wait list will be implemented. Because the spots are limited this year, it is important to register asap!

Retail vendors (or those offering items, services to sell) will get priority over informational-only vendors

• At this time, we should have a good idea what the available space looks like downtown and will contact you for payment if you have been placed on the wait list.

We appreciate everyone being patient during this process as we are dealing with a lot of unknowns due to the construction and timing. It is our goal to give everyone an ideal location but members, retailers and those who register first will have priority.

If you would like to donate the space in front of your store to a vendor for 3 days, please contact


Participation Fees for all 3 days (required), rain or shine, 10-5pm:

  • Members: $275
  • Non-Member: $525
  • Non Profits Members: $200
  • Non Profits Non-Member: $375
  • Darien Commons may offer a possible discounted location rate (TBD).
  • Youth: Free
  • No refunds will be offered after MAY 15
  • After JUNE 1, a late fee will be applied if you have not paid, and you will not be included in the advertising.
  • 1 spot = approx. 1 parking spot, or a 10x10 ft tent..


  • Order tables/chairs/tents directly from Norwalk Tent, mention Darien Chamber for a discount! Youth, this will all be provided for you.
  • Ask for Thomasena by June 15th at 203-249-2069 or email
  • Delivery and pickup no cost. Set up of tents will be Wednesday, July 12th.
  • Full payment due prior to set up. Arrange with Norwalk Tent directly.


  • All vendors must be present from 10am to 5pm all 3 days.
  • The Chamber obtains town permits, ensuring that parking regulations, zoning restrictions and restrictions against obstructing the sidewalk are not enforced during the sidewalk sales. The Chamber ensures the event, and our liability insurance only covers pre-registered participants.
  • Only registered participants are covered by these permits, the town will not allow outside sales by stores or other vendors who decide to take part without going through the registration process. dcc is required by Darien police and Darien planning & zoning to shut down any non-complying SWS vendor.
  • You are not allowed to change or arrange locations without prior consent, in doing so will result in expulsion from the sales.
  • A participating business is only allowed to promote that same business from the outside of their location or tent. If another business is promoted outside, that business will have to pay the full participation fee.
  • Only the DCC can give permission for any company, non-profit or individual to exhibit or be involved in Sidewalk Sales.
  • In the week before and on the days of the Darien Sidewalk Sales, the wording “Sidewalk Sales” can only be used by paying participants. If a merchant uses this terminology in any signage outside or inside their Darien location, (whether a chamber member or not) implies participation in this town-wide event coordinated by the Chamber and therefore must pay the fee.
  • Every SWS merchant is to provide a trash can outside at their shopping area and placement based on availability. No requests to supply you a trach can please.
  •  The Darien Chamber of Commerce provides all permissions, permits and promotions (except for food).
  • If you are selling or handing out food, you must get a permit from the health department at Darien Town Hall.


Participation is for Saturday only, 10-5pm, and is free!

  • Youth Entrepreneur tent available Saturday only, 10-5pm, ages 14-19. If younger than 14, must be accompanied by an adult. All tents, chairs, tables and location will be provided for you.
  • The youth entrepreneurial tent will be sponsored by and located next to Bankwell (in between Caffè Nero & Bankwell), registration is free and will be accepted starting 4/1. First come, first serve.
  • If you are selling or handing out food, you must get a permit from the health department at Darien Town Hall.

RULES (see above)

2023 Participants

Our Generous Sponsors:

First County Bank - Title Sponsor

Bankwell - Youth Entrepreneur Sponsor
Ring's End - Entertainment Sponsor

Bankwell, DR Bank & William Raveis - Annual Elite Sponsors

Youth Entrepreneurial Participants
Located next to Bankwell selling homemade goods. Saturday only!