NEWBURYPORT — Newburyport will be the place to be this Columbus Day weekend with the Fall Harvest Festival on Sunday and Monday sponsored by lead sponsor Xfinity.
On Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Newburyport Fall Harvest Festival will feature art and fine crafts on Inn, State and Pleasant streets. Visitors and locals alike will enjoy live music and delicious local food in Market Square.
The scarecrow contest will be judged by people’s choice this year and will take place over the two-day festival, with the winners announced in Market Square at 3 p.m. on Monday. The scarecrow contest sponsor is Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank.
Some 50 artisans of all kinds will be display their talents and crafts. There will be a wide selection of handmade jewelry, crafts for the home, handmade clothing, photography, seasonal gifts and pottery. It’s a great time to start your holiday shopping.
Two bands will take the stage over the two-day event. Rockspring, a blend of folk, rock and bluegrass, will play on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. On Monday from 1 to 4 p.m., 97 North will take the stage with a blend of classic, feel-good rock and roll. The music sponsor is happyInNewburyport.com.
On Sunday, there will be children’s entertainment in Market Square from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Kids Entertainment will feature Lindsay & Her Puppet Pals. Lindsay brings a huge collection of handcrafted, giant hand puppets to audiences across New England. Characters come alive with wacky and unique voices!
Admission the festival is free, and the event area is wheelchair-accessible. For more information, call the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry at 978-462-6680 or visit www.newburyportchamber.org.