Riverfront Music Festival – Riverfest 2022

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

No Tickets Needed for this Waterfront Party

Riverfront Music Festival 2022, 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 for the return of this very popular annual event. Enjoy prior year video produced by local Newburyport videographer, Jim Reid.

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 – 6 PM

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


A limited number of on-site parking spots will be available on a first-come-first-served basis at the NRA East and NRA West parking lots. Festival attendees are encouraged to rideshare/carpool to the event, use ride hailing services (Uber/Lyft/Taxi), take alternative transportation to the event, and utilize the free shuttle service to/from satellite parking (see below).  Downtown Newburyport municipal parking for a daily fee will be available in Titcomb, Green, Merrimack, Water, and Harris Street.

The satellite parking locations below will be serviced by four free shuttle buses, provided courtesy of 92.5 the River:
■ Mersen, 374 Merrimac Street – map/directions (free parking & free shuttle)
■ Graf Skating Rink, 28 Low Street – map/directions (free parking & free shuttle)
■ Rupert A. Nock Middle School, 70 Low Street – map/directions (free parking & free shuttle)
■ Mark Richey Woodworking, 40 Parker Street – map/directions (free parking & free shuttle)
■ Newburyport MBTA, 25 Boston Way – map/directions ($2 parking & free shuttle)

The free shuttle buses run two routes approximately every 20 minutes from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

■ Route A:  The Merson Lot on Merrimac Street
■ Route B:  Rupert A. Nock Middle School, Mark Richey Woodworking, and MBTA Lots
■ Note:  The downtown shuttle stop is located at The Custom House, 25 Water Street.

Special Details:  FREE event on the lawns of Waterfront Park. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic basket to enjoy amazing musical performances.

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