River Ruckus

River Ruckus 2016 takes place on Sept. 24, 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Riverfront Park in the Haverhill Riverfront Cultural District and Washington St. Come join us!

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Check out our Schedule of Events with our band lineup and set schedule, our food vendors and event participants.

Please note: Washington Street will be closed to all traffic from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on Saturday.

2015 Breaking News!

August 28th: Just in! MedExpress has signed on to be the sponsor of the Children’s Activities!

September 15th: Just in! The Beer Garden will feature selections from Boston’s own Harpoon Brewery! Bar Service provided by Butlers & Bars.

2015 Event Sponsors

Team Haverhill wishes to thank the following organizations and businesses that support River Ruckus 2015: New York Life, MedExpress, Pentucket Bank, Haverhill Bank, Greater Haverhill Foundation, Creative Haverhill, UMASS Lowell, Pentucket Medical, and Lowell Five.

2015 Schedule of Events

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

Live Music

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

Classic Car Show

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 fourth 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.

Rubber Duck Regatta

2:00, The Comeau Bridge and the RiverWalk in Riverfront Park
The annual Rubber Duck Regatta is the signature fundraising event of the Rotary Club of Haverhill. The event is a fundraiser for over 40 charities in Haverhill and the Merrimack Valley. The dramatic Duck Drop takes place at approximately 2:00 pm (depending on the tides) from the Comeau Bridge. Get there early!

Watch as 10,000+ little yellow rubber ducks are dropped from the Comeau Bridge into the Merrimack River in a race to the finish! Spectators gather on the RiverWalk in Riverside Park to cheer on the brave little ducks. Don’t miss the excitement from the filming of the ceremonies on the bridge, the command from the docks, “It’s a go!”, the plunge into the river, the race to the finish line and the emergence of the final duck “victorious”! Or, “Quacktorious!”

The adopter of the first duck to cross the finish line wins a $10,000 cash prize generously donated by Rockingham Toyota, Honda, Scion of Salem, NH. To adopt a duck and have a chance at winning the grand prize and other prizes visit www.duckrace.com/haverhill. The winner of the Grand Prize is announced from Riverfront Park Stage at approximately 3:45 pm.

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 – 4:00 pm, Riverfront Park
Whole Foods Market Andover will offer a selection of complimentary healthy snacks and beverages. They are bringing activity books, a planting activity for kids, and an activity for parents and adults to guess the cost of a Basket of 365 Everyday Value items to enter a raffle to win a $100 Whole Foods Market Gift Card.

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

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.


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 Whole Foods Andover – Complimentary healthy snacks and beverages and kids activities. (Riverfront Park)
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)
2:00 Rubber Duck Regatta Duck Drop– Presented by The Rotary Club of Haverhill. (RiverWalk and Riverfront Park)
8:00 pm Fireworks Spectacular – Sponsored by New York Life. (RiverWalk and Riverfront Park)

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