Riverfront Cultural District

kids play at a riverfront festival

Haverhill, MA 01830
(978) 373-5663

Creative minds from the past and present collide in Haverhill’s Riverfront Cultural District. Murals painted by local artists adorn the sides of historic brick buildings famous for their elaborate Queen Anne style brickwork. Giant reproductions of 19th century shoes and a shoe-worker’s memorial give a nod to Haverhill’s shoe-making past while showcasing the unique designs of local working artists and students. Easily accessible by train, bus, car, or boat, the Riverfront Cultural District has something for everyone to enjoy. With such a large concentration of creative minds living and working in the district, you’re sure to stumble upon a painting or music lesson, or even an impromptu theater performance in this welcoming art community. The Riverfront Cultural District is home to both large and small annual events including the River Ruckus Festival, the Christmas Stroll, National Holiday Concerts, the Haverhill Experimental Film Festival, and the Haverhill Chamber’s Buy Local initiative, which encourages the support of local small businesses. Haverhill’s Riverfront Cultural District is alive and growing, with new shops and businesses cropping up at every turn and more and more visitors discovering all that Haverhill has to offer.

The Riverfront Cultural District is one of seven state-designated Cultural Districts within the Essex National Heritage Area.  Find all of them here.


Always open.



Driving Directions: 

Haverhill is located on the MA/NH border along Interstate 495, which has five exits throughout the city. For detailed directions see www.creativehaverhill.org/directions.


  • Family Friendly
  • Parking
  • Self guided


  • Swimming & Boating
  • Walking & Hiking
  • Cultural Resources
  • Historic Resources
  • Community
  • Parks
  • Gardens
  • Industrial Theme Trail
  • Recreation & Tours
  • Lodging
  • Restaurants
  • Museums
  • Shops
Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Rail Trail
Rail Trail Trailhead