Summer Events at Great River Park

Great River Park is a beautiful and much loved stretch of the East Hartford’s riverside. Stretching along the bend of the Connecticut River adjacent to East River Drive, Great River Park is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and enjoy the outdoors. Enjoy picturesque vistas of the riverside and the city along nearly two miles of paved and lighted Riverwalk. Facilities include a boat launch, picnic tables, fishing access, a 350- seat amphitheater and a unique collection of sculpture art. Pedestrians can easily travel back and forth to Hartford via the Founders Bridge Promenade or the Charter Oak Bridge just steps from the park.

Great River Park is a great venue for summer events whether it is live music or sporting events. This summer, the East Hartford Parks & Recreation and Riverfront Recapture are bringing a variety of special events to the park. Click below for details on each event:

Riverfront Summer Pops: Salute America
Saturday, May 27  | 7 - 9 pm | Free
Performed by the Middletown Symphonic Band
Kick off your Memorial Day weekend with Salute America with proud & patriotic tributes to the Armed Forces. Performing famous marches, military salutes, classics like Yankee Doodle, and our proud Stars and Stripes Forever March. It's a red, white, and blue evening not to miss.

The Big Run
Wednesday, June 7  | 6:30 pm 
Celebrate Global Running Day at The Big Run, a 5K that's locally run and nationally won.
Celebrate running on Global Running Day and compete with your friends and runners around the country.

Riverfront Swing: Salute to the Big Bands
Saturday, June 10  | 6:30 - 8:15 pm | Free
Riverfront Swing Night returns to Great River Park with Simply Swing’s Salute to the Big Bands featuring danceable favorites from Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and more.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series: Under Mountain Crossing
Thursday, July 6 | 6PM | Free
Bluegrass sounds & rock n roll!
Held Rain or Shine. In case of inclement weather concerts are held indoors at the Cultural Center, 50 Chapman Place. Call 860-291-7160 for information.

Riverfront Swing: Salute to America
Saturday, June 10  | 6:30 - 8:15 pm | Free
Simply Swing will perform danceable favorites from the WWII era including American Patrol, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Bugle Call Rag, St. Louis Blues and I’ll Be Seeing You, and pay tribute to our veterans with the Armed Forces Medley. 

Sounds of Summer Concert Series: On Call Band
Thursday, July 13 | 6PM | Free
Classic covers of today’s best hits!
Held Rain or Shine. In case of inclement weather concerts are held indoors at the Cultural Center, 50 Chapman Place. Call 860-291-7160 for information.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series: Al Fenton Big Band
Thursday, July 20, | 6PM | Free
Big band sounds of jazz & the blues!
Held Rain or Shine. In case of inclement weather concerts are held indoors at the Cultural Center, 50 Chapman Place. Call 860-291-7160 for information.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series: Full Crew
Thursday, July 27 | 6PM | Free
You’ll love the oldies and classics of rock!
Held Rain or Shine. In case of inclement weather concerts are held indoors at the Cultural Center, 50 Chapman Place. Call 860-291-7160 for information.

Riverfront Summer Pops: Pop, Rock & Roll
Saturday, July 29 | 7 - 9 pm | Free
Performed by the Middletown Symphonic Band
Get ready to Pop, Rock, and Roll. Hear some classic favorites from the Beatles and more performed on woodwind, brass, and percussion.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series: Badlands
Thursday, August 3 | 6PM | Free
Tribute to the hits of Bruce Springsteen!
Held Rain or Shine. In case of inclement weather concerts are held indoors at the Cultural Center, 50 Chapman Place. Call 860-291-7160 for information.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series: Soul Sound Revue
Thursday, August 3 | 6PM | Free
The hottest Motown this side of Detroit!
Held Rain or Shine. In case of inclement weather concerts are held indoors at the Cultural Center, 50 Chapman Place. Call 860-291-7160 for information.

Riverfront Summer Pops: Stage to Screen
Saturday, August 26 | 7 - 9 pm | Free
Performed by the Middletown Symphonic Band
The last performance of the summer features a variety of songs you'll be sure to recognize from theater and film, with selections spanning over a century, including Great Race, Mary Poppins, and maybe even a visit from the Music Man!