what to do ·  where to eat ·  where to stay ·  where to shop


Newburyport Yankee Homecoming

Sunday, July 29 - Sunday, August 5

The 55th year of a great Newburyport Tradition!
Come and enjoy this week-long celebration featuring events such as: free waterfront concerts, downtown entertainment, craft fair, kid's talent show, Family Day at Maudlsay, The Brewfest, Old Fashioned Sunday, Fireworks and the YH parade!

 For a CALENDAR OF EVENTS visit:  www.yankeehomecoming.com



Old Fashioned Sidewalk Sales

Thursday, August 2 - Saturday, August 4

Enjoy old fashioned, outdoor shopping throughout downtown Newburyport, The Tannery, and Port Plaza. A great opportunity to support our unique local merchants, shop for some great deals, and enjoy Newburyport during the Yankee Homecoming Celebration!

Click here for more information.



Circus Smirkus

Friday & Saturday, August 3 & 4

Theater in the Open proudly presents the Circus Smirkus 25th Anniversary Big Top Tour!
Enjoy a blast from the past and fun from the future as the acclaimed traveling youth circus invites you to take a tantalizing trip through time with Topsy Turvy Time Travel! Enjoy a split-second spectacle and arc through the ages with acrobats, soar the centuries with aerialists, jump decades with jugglers and discover preposterous, playful, pre-HYSTERIC clowns! It's high time to join Circus Smirkus for cuckoo, clockwork adventures as we travel from time to time, to present a show for the ages!

Click here for more information.



Coast Guard Dedication

Saturday, August 4

Newburyport has been designated by the US Coast Guard as a Coast Guard City, one of 14 in the country.
Join the Mayor on Saturday, August 4 at 11am, where she will be presented with the declaration. This will take place on the waterfront behind the Custom House Maritime Museum; the public is welcome to attend.
In celebration of this special designation, the US Coast Guard will be honored at a maritime ball which is invitation only.  The US Coast Guard marching band, the US Coast Guard Honor Guard, a 13 man platoon and a US Coast Guard float will all take part in the Homecoming Parade on Sunday, August 5.
US Coast Guard tours will run from 11am-2pm at the US Coast Guard station on Water Street.

Click here for more information.



Atlantic Paddle Battle Race Series

Saturday, August 4

Catch "SUP" fever! The nonprofit Atlantic Paddle Boarding Association (APBA) presents the 2nd annual Atlantic Paddle Battle Race Series at Salisbury Beach. Participants in this summer-long standup paddle board (SUP) race series compete to win a $20,000 cash purse and The REVO Cup. The series continues August 4, with the Finals on Sept. 1, both at Salisbury Beach. Elite races start at 10:15am, Adult Recreational and Youth under 17 races follow; visit the website for registration info. Come participate or cheer on the racers from shore and stay for fun on the deck at SurfSide5.

SUP Surf contests will also take place on race days following the paddle battle with judges awarding $500 in cash prizes to the "best of the best" in this paddle surfing competition. Series presenting sponsors are Revo Sunglasses and Bud Light.

Click here for more information.



Waterfront MOVIE Series

Wednesday Nights, August 8, 15 & 22

(raindate August 29)

Movies begin at dusk on Waterfront Park 

August 8 - The Muppets
August 15 - Hairspray
August 22 - Madagascar

What could be better than watching a movie OUTSIDE on Waterfront Park on a warm summer night? Grab a blanket and your family & friends and join us! Movies will be shown on a 40-foot inflatable screen with an HD Blue Ray Projector and BOSE professional sound system. You don't want to miss this! FREE TO ALL!

Click here for more information.



Newburyport Chamber Music Festival

August 11 through August 18

Season 11 of New England's most intimate festival from Brahms to Schoenberg.

5 concerts, 4 open rehearsals, 3 lectures, 2 receptions - 1 week only!

Click here for the schedule!



Vintage Base Ball Games at the Farm

Saturday, August 11 and Sundays, August 12 & 26

Three chances in August to see the Essex Base Ball Association battle local and regional teams! The wide open fields at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm are a perfect setting for a unique sports experience. All games are $5, free for Historic New England members and children under 3. 
Using baseball rules from 1861, games feature underhand pitching, no gloves allowed. Hot dogs, snacks, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase. Grass field seating: bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating. Weather permitting.

Click here for more information.



Cruisin' the 50's

Thursday, August 16


Join us in historic downtown Newburyport as we celebrate the fabulous 50's! The Downtown will be transformed into a summer night set in the era. Visit our renowned restaurants, unique shops and historic sites featuring special events and 50's pricing. Music of the era will fill the downtown streets and classic cars will be displayed on State, Pleasant and Inn Streets.

THE LEGENDS - WNBP Radio will be broadcasting on the air and on www.WNBP.com

"LEE LEWIS & THE DOO WOP ALL STARS" will be performing in Market Square

at 7:30pm!

Click here for more information.



Newburyport ArtWalk

Saturday & Sunday, August 18 & 19

ArtWalk features an array of activites at participating galleries and studios including music, demonstrations, artist receptions, refreshments and more.  Please confirm hours with individual galleries.  Gallery walking tours include Saturdays 3-7pm and Sundays 1-5pm.

Click here for more information.



Maudslay Arts Center

95 Curzon Mill Road

Maudslay State Park, Newburyport

978-499-0500  www.maudslayartscenter.org

Whether you're sitting under the stars on a moonlit evening, or lounging on a blanket on a Sunday afternoon, the Maudslay Summer Concert Series provides the perfect setting for your entertainment pleasure. Now in its 20th season, the MAC performance schedule offers something for everyone.  Visit our website to view the 2012 Summer Season line-up.



Blue Ocean Music Hall

4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury Beach

978-462-5888   www.blueoceanhall.com

Real Music. Real Close.  Come to the beach and enjoy top national acts in an intimate setting where most seats are within 50 feet of the stage. Blue Ocean Music Hall offers affordable tickets, ocean views, food and a full bar, and nearby parking. Box Office open Tues-Sun.

Don't miss these upcoming shows: 

Jul 27  - GARY HOEY - One of the top 100 greatest guitarists of all time

               rock & roll legacy meets the present day
Aug 3  - COMEDIAN BOB MARLEY - Blue Ocean's favorite funny man from

               Maine returns
Aug 10 - THE POUSETTE-DART BAND Singer/songwriter, arranger, guitarist

               and all-around musical adventurer
Aug 12 - LITTLE FEAT Hear Dixie Chicken, Oh Atlanta and more, plus hits

               from their new CD Rooster Rag
Aug 24 - FARREN BUTCHER INC. presents FARRENHEIT - the 1980s

               mega-band re-unites!

               best home-grown blues bands



The Firehouse Center for the Arts

Market Square, Newburyport

978-462-7336   www.firehouse.org

The Firehouse Center for the Arts is a 195-seat intimate theater on the waterfront of beautiful downtown historical Newburyport. This vibrant cultural center offers national, regional and local live performances at affordable prices.

Upcoming Shows/Events:

Jul 29  -  The Maiden Voyage of Meagham O'Dell
Aug 9-19  - The Gin Game

Aug 20-24  -  Firehouse Glee Club!
Aug 26  - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs



>>for more events:  click here!


Please note businesses featured in STAY in the LOOP are participants in an optional Marketing Program with The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce. This newsletter does not reflect our full membership.