Newburyport Riverfront Music Festival, Newburyport
Standout Qualities: Bring your blankets and chairs and grab a spot early—this yearly festival, sponsored by local radio station 92.5 The River and featuring a terrific mix of up-and-coming and legendary rock acts, has been packing Newburyport’s Waterfront Park every Labor Day weekend for going on 16 years. Last year, Big Head Todd & the Monsters headlined this free festival, along with Kaleo, The Revivalists, Rhett Miller, and Air Traffic Controller.
Waterfront Park, Newburyport, Saturday, September 2, noon to dusk, theriverboston.com/attend/riverfront-music-festival/
Yankee Homecoming, Newburyport
Standout Qualities: A spate of activities, from fireworks and parades to a beer festival and art fair, have kept this event going strong in Newburyport for 60 years. This year’s theme is “A Timeless Tradition.”
Fun Fact: The idea of Yankee Homecoming was conceived in 1957 by artist Jack Frost.
July 29 through August 6, 2017, Newburyport, yankeehomecoming.com