Yankee Homecoming Brewfest

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THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Get ready for the 2018 Yankee Homecoming Brewfest on July 28, from 5 – 9 pm. Brewfest takes place along the beautiful shoreline of the Merrimack River under a huge tent located next to the Newburyport the boardwalk. Yankee Homecoming Brewfest is the ideal opportunity to satisfy your curiosity about local craft beers, discover some new breweries or revisit some of your favorite brews! The event is host to over 20 local and regional breweries featuring over 40 local craft beers and ciders. Come sample some new styles and varieties of craft beers and view the list of participating breweries below.

Brewfest will features awesome live music courtesy of Freevolt and there will also be food available from Domino’s and the Deck. The huge tent that is set up for the event means Brewfest will happen rain or shine!

While Yankee Homecoming features many events for families and people of all ages, Brewfest is a really fun occasion for adult only! Only folks aged 21+ with a valid form of identification will be admitted.  No children or pets are permitted. Make sure to purchase tickets for Yankee Homecoming Brewfest as soon as possible because this popular event sells out every year.

Over 20 local and regional breweries will be present at the Yankee Homecoming Brewfest including:  Allagash Brewing Company, Bell’s Brewing, Blue Point Brewery, Cigar City Brewing, Cisco Brewers, Downeast Cider House, Elysian Brewing Co., Global Beer Network, Goose Island, Guinness, Half Bottle Cans, House Bear Brewing, Kona Brewing Company, Newburyport Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewing, RiverWalk Brewing, Shock Top, Smirnoff Seltzer, Stella Artois, Tröegs Brewing Company, True North Ale Company, Wachusett Brewing Company and Wormtown Brewery. Make sure to check back as the list of confirmed participants will continue to increase. 

If you enjoy dining and shopping in our local community, you can support the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks by purchasing or renewing your Newburyport App and VIP Card. The VIP Program allows you to enjoy discounts at 180 restaurants and shops in the Greater Newburyport community and $10 of each purchase or renewal can be donated to the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Fund.

If you don’t already have the Newburyport App, just type the word “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store or use the links below from your mobile device.

Apple/App Store: Download “Newburyport” for iOS/Apple

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Yankee Homecoming Brewfest, Newburyport

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Halloween Events in Newburyport

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There are so many great Halloween events in Newburyport and the decorations go up each year at the annual Fall Harvest Festival which is hosted by the Greater Newburyport Chamber and features live entertainment, food vendors and all sorts of shopping.  The lampposts are decorated with very creative scarecrows that are sponsored by many of the local small business owners. If you are looking for more detailed information on any of the following events, check the Events Calendar.

Witches Night Out is one of the Halloween events that seems to grow in popularity each year.  More and more people are coming to Newburyport dressed for the occasion and ready to enjoy a fun night of shopping, drinks and snacks at many of the local Newburyport retailers.  On Friday night, October 20th from 6-9 PM, folks shop and show off their costumes along the main streets of downtown Newburyport as well as the Tannery Marketplace.  The highlight for many folks is a visit to Partridge in a Bear Tree, famous for having the most unique Halloween decorations in area, and all other holidays too.  Although you will spot a few very young witches early in the evening, this event is geared more towards the adults but you will see a few young witches as well.  As the shopping winds down, the Witches & Warlocks head to the Starboard Galley for a fun Halloween Costume Contest at 8:30 PM.

The Greater Newburyport Mother’s and Families Club annual Halloween party is scheduled for Saturday, October 21st from 1-4 PM at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury.  This family event features music, dancing, tractor rides, pumpkin picking, Fall games, trick or treating, and a costume contest. You must purchase tickets in advance for this event.

Maudslay is Haunted is hosted by Theater in the Open featuring a walking tour of short spooky skits.  From start to finish you should allow at least an hour and a half take this haunted tour.  This event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 21st and 22nd from 2-4 PM.  There is a rain date of October 28th. You can purchase tickets upon arrival at this event.

The Downtown & Tannery Trick or Treat takes place from 4-5 PM on Friday, October 27th.  Families with small children are encouraged come show off their Halloween costumes and enjoy treats from local retailers.  This is a wonderful opportunity for parents with very small children to ease their way into trick or treating while introducing them to Newburyport’s fun Halloween events!

NEWBURYPORT TRICK OR TREATING HAS BEEN MOVED TO FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3RD. The Newburyport Halloween festivities finish with the City of Newburyport official Trick or Treating which happens on Tuesday, October 31st from 5:30-7:30 PM.  Before all of the fun ends we highly recommend a drive around town to check out some of the exceptionally spooky homes!

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Trunk or Treat is a new event this year, hosted by Newburyport Macaroni Kid. Come check out the creative Halloween “Trunk” decorations that will be featured by many local businesses and organizations, all while trick or treating from vehicle to vehicle. Enjoy live entertainment and plenty of kids activities as well, such as face painting and a giant bouncy house.  This event will be held on October 14th from 3-5 PM at New England Sports Park in Amesbury.

If your trying to find information about the Great Pumpkin Lighting & Stroll, it will not be held in 2017 🙁 but we hear there are plans to bring it back in 2018.  This exciting event has become a tradition for many families.  People from Newburyport and the surrounding area carve their pumpkins and bring them to Market Square to be proudly featured on hay bails in the center of the square.  Spectators enjoy Halloween music while viewing hundreds of uniquely carved Jack-O-Lanterns.  This showcase features an extremely eclectic array of designs.  Everything form ornate etched creepy carvings to super hero’s,  Scooby Doo and really cool ghosts, bats and more, but don’t be intimidated if you are not artistically inclined as this event welcomes participation from all!

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