Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus

Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus 2016 takes place on September 24, 12:00 PM – 8:30 PM, at Riverfront Park in the Haverhill Riverfront Cultural District and Washington St. Check it out!

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Our Schedule of Events is a work in progress. Check this page for the latest news.

Please note: Washington Street will be closed to all traffic from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on Saturday for the Classic Car Show. We will post reminders and parking information as we get closer.

2016 Breaking News!

June 29th: Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus has a new name and a new logo! We are now calling the festival “Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus” rather than “River Ruckus” so that everyone will know that Team Haverhill “brings it” to the city!

River Ruckus was born at Possible Dreams in January of 2009 when it was just a “dream” of bringing people downtown for a day of family fun along the Riverwalk and in our historic district and to boost the local economy and to boast about what Haverhill has to offer. A team of dedicated Team Haverhill members pulled together the first event in August, 2009. River Ruckus was well-received from the start and has grown in numbers of guests, volunteers, sponsors and participants every year. (We took a hiatus in 2012 due to the rolling out of the Essex Street Gateway Mural that spring.)

Our original mascot of the festival was “Sammy the Sturgeon” chosen because there are sturgeon living in the Merrimack River in the environs of the Bassiliere Bridge. While the sturgeon used to be prolific in numbers in the river, is an now an endangered species and is therefore protected. You can see Sammy pictured in our former logo and he appears at the festival much to the delight of the children.

Our new logo reflects our celebration of the mighty Merrimack River with the Riverwalk and the town docks which provide the opportunity for boating such as sailing, kayaking and canoeing. The new logo features a guitar to show that the highlight of the festival is live local music from bands in the greater Merrimack Valley and beyond. We think it says that Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus is a rocking good time for everyone and we are happy to show off our city and its people.

April 4th: Team Haverhill was awarded a grant from the Mass Cultural Council, through its new Festival Program for Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus 2016.  This grant includes a marketing partnership with ArtsBoston which provides marketing and technical expertise to enhance collaborative promotion and data collection capacity for festivals state-wide. Team Haverhill is excited to work with the Massachusetts Cultural Council and ArtsBoston. When attending the festival be sure to #MassFestivals on your social media to be a part of this growing community of rich and diverse arts and cultural festivals across the Commonwealth.

April 13th: Haverhill Bank will be a Gold Sponsor of the festival and the sponsor of the Classic Car Show, a highlight of the event, for the sixth year. We are so grateful for the ongoing support of Haverhill Bank!

April 16th: Just in! Pentucket Bank will be a Silver Sponsor of the festival. Stay tuned to see which band Pentucket Bank will be sponsoring.

2016 Event Sponsors

Team Haverhill wishes to thank the following organizations and businesses that support Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus 2016: Pentucket Bank and Haverhill Bank. Stay tuned for more information.

2016 Schedule of Events

Live Music
Classic Car Show
Boat Rides & Kayaking
Family Fun
Taste of Haverhill: Local Food Vendors & Beer Garden
Fireworks Spectacular

Live Music 2015 (Stay tuned for 2016 Band Lineup)

1:00 pm – 7:45 pm on the Riverfront Park Stage
WXRV 92.5 the River is once again providing a great lineup of live music on the Riverfront Park Stage.

Time Appearing
1:00 – 1:30 pm Katrina Gustafson (video)
2:00 – 2:30 pm A Cold Lonesome Nowhere (website)
Sponsored by Lowell Five
3:00 – 3:30 pm Dionysia (website)
Sponsored by UMass Lowell
4:00 – 4:45 pm Gretchen & the Pickpockets (website)
Sponsored by Creative Haverhill
5:15 – 6:15 pm Merrimack Delta Dub Set (website)
Sponsored by Pentucket Medical
6:45 – 7:45 pm Will Dailey (Will Dailey | video)
Sponsored by Pentucket Bank

Stage management provided by DreamWeaver Presents.

Classic Car Show 2016

12:00 – 3:00 pm, Washington Street

The Classic Car Show brings over 50 cars to Washington Street. Antiques, classics, muscle cars, hot rods, specialty cars and their proud owners gather for the afternoon.

Once again, HC Media’s Frank “I’m just along for the ride” Novak will do a car commentary that goes “live” on-air on H C Media, channel 22, Haverhill. Let us know in advance with a post to Facebook/RiverRuckus and tell us what kind of car you are bringing and Frank will talk about your car on the air!

Team Haverhill appreciates the ongoing support of Haverhill Bank as the sponsor of the Classic Car Show for the sixth year.

Kayaking & Crew Exhibition

1:00 pm – dusk, Plum Island Kayak Booth
Plum Island Kayak is providing the opportunity to enjoy kayaking on the Merrimack River. Rentals: $10/single & $15/double. Rides: TBA

12:00 – 1:00 pm, Team Haverhill Booth
Crew Exhibition on the Merrimack River.

2:00 – 5:00 pm, Team Haverhill Booth
Try rowing crew for yourself in a crew boat that is on a fixed barge on the river.

Sponsored by the Greater Haverhill Foundation.

Family Fun

12:00 – 4:00 pm, Gazebo Area in Riverfront Park
Children’s Activities are sponsored by MedExpress and organized by Haverhill YMCA, and Girls, Inc. Activities will include face painting, a bouncy house, sidewalk chalk art, a balloon artist, arts & crafts, and more.

12:00 – 3:30 pm, Riverfront Park next to the stage
Staff from the Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center will be at River Ruckus 2015 with a “Touch Tank” containing the creatures of coastal marine life of New England.

It all adds up to a fun-filled day of family activities in historic downtown Haverhill. Join us!

Taste of Haverhill from Local Food Vendors & Beer Garden 2015 (Stay tuned for 2016 vendor list and menus!)

12:00 – 8:00 PM, Riverfront Park

Vendor River Ruckus Menu
Harpoon Brewery Harpoon IPA, Octoberfest and Take5
Barking Dog Ale House Mac & Cheese and Cuban Sandwiches
Carter’s Ice Cream
Casa Blanca Tacos, Quesadillas, Chips & Salsa and Guacamole
Haverhill Beef Hot Dogs, Sausages, Seafood Chowder, Shrimp Scampi and Meatball Subs
Kona Ice Shaved Ice and Pre-packaged Ice Cream
Romano’s Pizza
SoulFire* Pulled Pork and Coleslaw
Scovotti’s Cooking and Confections Cannolis, Cookies, Death by Chocolate Brownies and Toffee
*Located in Allston, MA but Haverhill native Jason Tremblay is Pitmaster!

Fireworks Spectacular

8:00 PM, Riverfront Park on the RiverWalk over the Merrimack River
The day’s celebration will be capped off by a spectacular fireworks show over the river. Unofficially the best firework ever!

2015 FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (2016 events are shaping up!)

Schedule of Events
Time Event
1:00 – dusk Kayak Rentals & Rides – Provided by Plum Island Kayak. (The Plum Island Kayak booth)
12:00 – 5:00 pm Haverhill Artist Market – A new juried marketplace showcasing the work of regional artists. (90 Washington Street)
12:00 – 4:00 pm Children’s Activities – Face painting, a bouncy house, sidewalk chalk art, balloon artist, arts & crafts, and more! Sponsored by MedExpress. (Gazebo Area)
12:00 – 3:00 pm Classic Car Show – Sponsored by Haverhill Bank (Washington Street)
12:00 – 3:30 pm Joppa Flats Education Center “Touch Tank” – A “Touch Tank” showing the marine life of coastal New England. (Riverfront Park)
12:00 – 4:00 pm TBA
2:00 – 6:00 pm Juried Art Exhibition – An exhibition of the work of local artists. (Sage Art Gallery, 22 Washington Street)
12:00 – 1:00 pm Crew Exhibition on the Merrimack River followed by a crew demonstration where you can try rowing crew in a boat on a fixed barge on the river from 2-5:00 pm.
Sponsored by the Greater Haverhill Foundation. (The RiverWalk in Riverfront Park)
2:00 – 5:00 pm Crew Demonstration Try rowing crew yourself in a boat on a fixed barge on the river.
Sponsored by the Greater Haverhill Foundation. (The RiverWalk in Riverfront Park)
12:00 – 8:00 pm Beer & Wine Garden Sponsored by Team Haverhill featuring Harpoon Beer and served by Butlers & Bars. (Riverfront Park)
1:00 – 7:45 pm Live Music – Great live performances brought to you by WXRV 92.5 The River. (Riverfront Park Stage)
12:00 – 8:00 pm A Taste of Haverhill – Food for sale by local restaurants & vendors. (Riverfront Park)
8:00 pm Fireworks Spectacular – Sponsored by New York Life. (RiverWalk and Riverfront Park)

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