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Riverfront Music Festival – Riverfest 2022

Free Concerts on the Newburyport Waterfront – Saturday, July 23rd

No Tickets Needed for this Waterfront Party

Riverfront Music Festival, also referred to as Riverfest, will return to the Newburyport Waterfront on Saturday, July 23rd for a full day of free live concerts. Crowds will line Newburyport Waterfront Park, the Boardwalk and boats on the Merrimack River while food vendors and street performers also grab attention in historic Market Square.  Folks can also visit the Beer Tent if they are 21 years of age or older.

Thanks to sponsors 92.5 The River and The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce for organizing this exceptional live entertainment for the everyone to enjoy.  Below is the 2022 line up. 

Concert Schedule:
12:15 – 1:00 PM FREEVOLT 
1:30 – 2:30 PM Chad Hollister Band
3:00- 4:00 PM Adam Ezra Group
4:30 – 6:00 PM Brett Dennen

Date: Saturday, July 23rd, 2022

Time: 12 – 7 PM

Location: Waterfront Park: 36 Merrimac Street, Newburyport, MA

Parking:  Check back for detailed parking information and options.

Special Details:  FREE event on the lawns of Waterfront Park. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic basket to enjoy amazing musical performances. Please do not set up your blankets, chairs, etc. in the park before 9:00 am.  Thank you.

There will also be vendors set up in Historic Market Square, as well as live comedic shows throughout the day. Go to Newburyport.com Live Web Cams to view the Market Square activity in real time.

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Sculpture at Maudslay 2022 returns to Newburyport for visitors to enjoy from Sunday, September 11th through Sunday, October 2nd at 2 pm when the show closes. The event features the work of up to 50 local North Shore artists—all displayed in a picturesque outdoor setting. The application deadline is May 24th, so make sure to submit your application ASAP if you are inspired to participate in the 2022 outdoor exhibit. Maudslay State Park offers stunning views of the Merrimack Rivers, hiking trails, beautiful gardens and meadows, and more.

The show’s 2022 theme is “Intersect“. Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay organizers point out that it’s a word that has many possible meanings and artists were invited to let the word inspire their creations. This show is site-specific—meaning the sculptures on display were designed specifically for the site they are installed at. So participating artists were also encouraged to use the beauty of the location as inspiration.

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All visitors should follow state park Covid-19 guidelines. Attendees are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing.

The Maudslay sculpture show is in its 23rd year and has featured over 250 area artists who have created over 700 sculptures. The program is supported in part by grants from the Amesbury, Georgetown, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, and West Newbury Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Sponsors of the event are mentioned in both the app and on a signboard at Maudsley as a thank you.

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Rev Your Engines For This Spectacular Display

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The 10th annual Cruisin’ the 50’s event will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2022 from 5 – 8 PM in downtown Newburyport, Massachusetts where the owners of amazing vintage automobiles showcase their works of art.

This premier classic car show features an exclusive group of specially selected cars from collectors who are invited to participate in the show.  In past years, Cruisin’ the 50’s has featured some high profile vehicles such as the DeLorean that brought us Back in Time from the classic Michael J. Fox movie “Back to the Future.” Another past favorite was the 1948 black Delahaye, hand built in Paris, France and owned by private collector Bruce Male of Swampscott, MA. The Cruisin’ the 50’s Car Show becomes more popular each year and local businesses enjoy being part of the fun! This video features a live 50’s band preforming while folks enjoy live music and check out classic cars in the Newburyport Bank parking lot.

Throughout the night while indulging in one gorgeous vintage vehicle after the next, great classic tunes will be broadcast live from the stage in Market Square complements of WXBJ Radio, Cool 94.1. If your not able to make it to this exciting event, enjoy coverage from our Newburyport.com Live Web Cams.

Cruisin’ the 50’s is a free event open to all and hosted by The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce.  Enjoy beautiful classic cars in the picturesque historic downtown of Newburyport, MA.  State Street, Pleasant Street and Inn Street will be open to pedestrians only and classic cars will also be parked on other surrounding streets as well.  If necessary, the rain date for this event will be held the following Thursday, August 18th from 5pm until 8pm.  

Please note: Classic car participation is by invitation and pre-registration only. For participant information, contact car coordinator Wes Pettengill at 978-465-3140.

*Professional photography by Visual Storyteller and Documentary Photographer Ben Savoie. 

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