River Ruckus

River Ruckus 2015 is gearing up for September 26, 2015. Please follow River Ruckus on Facebook for the latest updates and announcements about the music, the classic car show, the vendors, and the family fun.

Save the Date: River Ruckus on September 26, 2015!


This year’s River Ruckus is set to take place on Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Haverhill Riverfront Cultural District on the Riverwalk and Washington Street.

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

Our schedule is not yet set for 2015 but for an idea of what’s to come check out the 2014 events schedule below. The day will be capped off by a fabulous fireworks show over the river!

Event Sponsors

Team Haverhill thanks the following organizations and businesses that support River Ruckus 2015: Pentucket Bank, Haverhill Bank, Creative Haverhill, UMASS Lowell, and Pentucket Medical.

2015 Breaking News!

The River 92.5 has signed two bands as of June 29, 2015.

WILL DAILEY will be our headliner band.

MERRIMACK DELTA DUB SET, Haverhill’s hometown band, will perform.

Stay tuned for more news on our live music line-up!

For up to date weather information, click here.

Live Music
Classic Car Show
Boat Rides & Kayaking
Rubber Duck Regatta
Family Fun
Local Food Vendors
Fireworks Spectacular


Live Music

2:00 – 9:00 PM, Riverfront Park Stage
92.5 the River is again providing a great lineup of live music on the Riverfront Park Stage.

Riverfront Park Stage
Time Appearing
2:00 – 2:30 PM MB Padfield (website | video)
2:45 – 3:30 PM Liz Frame and The Kickers (website | video)
3:30 – 4:00 PM DUCK DROP – Rubber Duck Regatta
4:00 – 4:45 PM Dan & the Widlfire (website | video)
5:00 – 6:00 PM Jamie Kent (website | video)
6:30 – 7:30 PM Aldous Collins Band (website | video)
7:45 – 9:00 PM Saints of Valory (website | video)

Classic Car Show

2:00 – 5:00 PM, Washington St.
Team Haverhill appreciates the ongoing support of Haverhill Bank as the sponsor of the Classic Car Show for the fourth year. Once again, HC Media’s Frank Novak will do a classic car commentary that goes “live” on Channel 22.

Kayaking & Boat Rides

1:00 PM – Dusk, Plum Island Kayak Booth
Plum Island Kayak will also be providing the opportunity to enjoy kayaking on the river.

2:00 – 7:00 PM, Team Haverhill Booth
Rockingham Boat and the Clean River Project are once again coming to River Ruckus to provide Pontoon Boat Rides on the Merrimack River.

Rubber Duck Regatta

3:30 – 4:00 PM, Downtown Waterfront
The Annual Rubber Duck Regatta, presented by Haverhill Rotary, takes place at approximately 3:00 pm depending on the tides. Watch as 10,000 plus rubber ducks are dropped from the Comeau Bridge into the river in a float to the finish! The adopter of the first duck to cross the finish line wins a $10,000 cash prize, generously donated by Rockingham Toyota of Salem, NH. To adopt a duck and have a chance at winning the prize visit www.duckrace.com/haverhill.

Family Fun

2:00 – 4:00 PM, Gazebo Area
Children’s Activities offered by Girls, Inc., Trinity Episcopal Church and Haverhill YMCA including face painting, bouncy house, sidewalk chalk, balloon artist, arts & crafts, and more. Complimentary natural snacks and beverages from Whole Foods Andover will be provided. MassAudubon’s Joppa Flats will provide a touch tank. It all adds up to a fun-filled day of family entertainment in historic downtown Haverhill. Join us!

Local Food Vendors

2:00 – 9:30 PM, Various Locations
The list of food vendors keeps growing, so check back often for the latest on the mouth-watering food offerings. Romano’s will be selling pizza, SoulFire out of Allston, MA will be dishing out pulled pork sandwiches with cole slaw, and Kona Ice will be selling shaved ice. Haverhill Beef will be selling sausages, hot dogs, shrimp scampi over pasta, seafood chowder and meatball subs. Carter’s Ice Cream will be selling its delicious freshly made ice cream. The Barking Dog Ale House has signed on too – check them out for mac & cheese, BLTs and cotton candy.

Fireworks Spectacular

9:00 PM, Downtown Waterfront
The celebration will be capped off by a spectacular fireworks show over the river, sponsored by New York Life.


Schedule of Events
Time Event
1:00 – dusk Kayak Rentals & Rides – provided by Plum Island Kayak (Plum Island Kayak booth)
1:00 – 7:30 PM Haverhill Cultural Council’s Art and Craft Faire (90 Washington Street)
2:00 – 4:00 PM Children’s Activities – face painting, bouncy house, sidewalk chalk, balloon artist, arts & crafts, and more! (Gazebo Area)
2:00 – 5:00 PM Classic Car Show – sponsored by Haverhill Bank (Washington St.)
2:00 – 6:00 PM Juried Art Exhibition – local artwork on display (Sage Art Gallery, 22 Washington St.)
2:00 – 7:00 PM Pontoon Boat Rides provided by Rockingham Boat and the Clean River Project (Team Haverhill Booth)
2:00 – 9:00 PM Beer & Wine Garden (Sponsored by Team Haverhill)
2:00 – 9:00 PM Live Music – Great live acts brought to you by 92.5 the River (Riverfront Park Stage)
2:00 – 9:30 PM Taste of Haverhill – food for sale by local restaurants & vendors (Various locations)
3:30 – 4:00 PM Rubber Duck Regatta – sponsored by Haverhill Rotary (Riverfront Park)
9:00 PM Fireworks Spectacular sponsored by New York Life (Downtown Waterfront)

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