And while this unique and historical city has an almost “proper” and formal feel about it, it can really rock – literally. In early September, Newburyport hosts the annual Riverfront Musical Festival at its waterfront park, now in its 16th year. The festival, sponsored by independent music station 92.5 The River, and local businesses such as William Raveis, it’s free and open to the public. What makes the event so popular is the diversity of new and established artists playing Blues, Reggae, Country and other forms of music. Framed by the Merrimac River with an endless variety of sailing and motor craft, this is truly a must see event for the whole family.
"Framed by the Merrimac River with an endless variety of sailing and motor craft, this is truly a must see event for the whole family."
While at the festival, or just any time in Newburyport, have lunch or dinner while watching fishing boats and leisure craft come and go at Michael’s Harborside or the Black Cow. Along State Street you’ll find fine dining at Celia or Brine. One-of-a-kind shops offering handmade glass, clothing and jewelry will take more than a day to explore. And just a few minutes from downtown, on the city’s outskirts, prairies of dunes, marsh grass and wide, sandy beaches spread across miles of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge - a haven for bird watchers throughout the country. It seems god and man have conspired to create an amazing and welcoming place hard by the sea. Discover the charm and beauty of Newburyport.