Getting There

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The Newburyport Riverfront Music Festival is held at Waterfront Park in downtown Newburyport — a small coastal city in Essex County, MA, 35 miles northeast of Boston. The park overlooks Newburyport Harbor, where the Merrimack River meets the sea — a terrific venue to enjoy live music!

Grab some friends and join us for this annual celebration!


  • Map & Directions: Waterfront Park, Newburyport
    Road Closures:
    ■ Merrimac Street will be closed from Green Street to Market Square
    ■ The Route 1 SB ramp to Merrimac Street in Newburyport will be closed to traffic, and drivers are encouraged to continue to the next intersection of Route 1 and Low Street in Newburyport. By turning right onto Low Street from Rt 1 SB, drivers will be better able to access satellite parking and the free shuttle bus.
  • Parking: Parking in Newburyport
    ■ Visitors are encouraged to utilize the free shuttle (see below).
    ■ Newburyport has instituted special parking rates for the day at most downtown lots, and the two-hour limit will be strictly enforced for on-street parking. For details, please see the City of Newburyport’s Parking Information page.
  • Shuttle Bus by Coppola Bus Co – free of charge to riders courtesy of 92.5 the River.
    Shuttle hours of operation: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
    SATELLITE PARKING serviced by the shuttle will be available at five locations:
    Mersen, 374 Merrimac St. (FREE) map/directions
    Graf Skating Rink, 28 Low St. (FREE) map/directions
    Nock Middle School, 70 Low Street (FREE) map/directions
    Mark Richey Woodworking, 40 Parker St. (FREE) map/directions
    Newburyport MBTA Commuter Rail Station, 25 Boston Way ($2 fee to park) map/directions

    The shuttle will drop off / pick up at The Custom House, 25 Water St, just a short walk (one block) from Waterfront Park.

    There will be two shuttle routes (A & B), each running on a continuous loop:
    A. Mersen to The Custom House
    B. Graf Rink, Nock M.S, Richey Woodworking, MBTA to The Custom House

    Those parking at Mark Richey Woodworking and the Graf Rink can also access the Clipper City Rail Trail and walk downtown in approximately 10-20 minutes using the trail.

    The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce has provided a map of satellite parking locations and shuttle bus routes.

  • MBTA Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail: Services points between North Station and Newburyport. Check MBTA Schedules & Maps for up-to-date service info.
  • Pedal Power: If you live close enough, why not come by bicycle? Bike racks will be available for storage in front of the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry office at 38R Merrimac Street Newburyport – next to Black Cow & Port City Sandwich eateries.

Once you’re there

  • Festival Map: Stretch your legs and stroll around the area surrounding Waterfront Park. Check out the booths of the various sponsors — who’s support helps keep this event free for the public! To make sure you don’t miss anything, check out the 2018 Festival Map.
  • Lodging, restaurants, etc.: Come early or stay late and make a whole day of it. Dine at one of the Newburyport’s many great eateries, or maybe do a little shopping. Newburyport Chamber of Commerce
  • General Visitor Information: The Newburyport Visitor’s Booth will be open throughout the day and be providing maps of the area.
  • Lost & Found: the Visitor’s Booth will function as a lost & found during the event. However, items left after the concert will be disposed of or recycled following the conclusion of the event.