NEWBURYPORT — Downtown Newburyport will host classic cars, classic ’60s music, and a special guest appearance from a classic movie at the third annual Cruisin’ the 50s festival on Thursday, Aug. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m.
This free community event, sponsored by “The Legends” WNBP Radio, St. Jean’s Credit Union, and the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, draws huge, enthusiastic crowds each year. State, Pleasant and Inn streets will be closed for pedestrians only, and this year, the Newburyport City Council approved additional spaces to park even more classic cars at the Harris Street parking lot and the Patrick Tracy Square. Visitors can get up close to view 200 specially selected classic cars from across New England. The rain date is Aug. 21.
“These cars — the pinnacle of design, function and style — are the main draw of Cruisin’ the 50s,” said Carl Strube, general manager and co-owner of WNBP. “But each year, we strive to outdo last year’s event. Along with a live on-air broadcast by WNBP, we will have dancing and a free outdoor concert on Market Square by The Transistors. In addition, local retailers, restaurants, businesses, and the Post Office are rallying with some great promotions and a fundraiser.”
Some of the related events include:
The DeLorean car, made famous in “Back to the Future,” will time travel to the parking lot at the Institution for Savings. Movie fans can get their pictures with the vehicle to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
MK Benatti Jewelers, located at 1 State St., will feature a rare “mystery” classic car on display courtesy of a private collector. This special vehicle will help celebrate the recent relocation of the jewelry store.
The Newburyport Post Office will have a brief ceremony to unveil a new Hot Rod stamp.