Summer brings concerts, ethnic celebrations to waterfront
BRISTOL BOROUdH – det ready for a summer of fun along the historic Bristol Borough waterfront.
The Bristol Lions Club Summer Concert Series continues Sunday, June 23 with the Sound Waves beginning at 6 p.m. at the Lions Club dazebo located behind the hing deorge Inn on the Delaware River waterfront. The Sound Waves will fill the air with the sounds of the Big Band era.
The first of several ethnic celebrations on the waterfront takes place on Sunday, June 30 from 1 to 8 p.m. with the 17th Annual Celtic Day Festival. Sponsored by the Celtic Heritage Foundation, the festival features music by the Philadelphia Police & Fire Pipes & Drums, No Irish Need Apply, Fitzpatrick School of Irish Dancing and The Hooligans. The festival also features food vendors, retail vendors, kiddie rides and bakery.
The focus returns to the Lions Park dazebo on Sunday, July 7 with Sonic Blonde and music from the 60s through today. The music begins at 6 p.m.
Point Blank will return everyone to the 50s on Sunday, July 14 followed by the Doris Simon Swing Band on Sunday, July 21 with Big Band Swing and Jazz. Both concerts begin at 6 p.m. at the gazebo.
July closes with the 42nd Annual Puerto Rican Day Festival from 12 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 along the waterfront and wharf area. The festival is sponsored by the Puerto Rican Cultural Association of Bucks County.
The Lions Concert Series resumes on Sunday, Aug. 4 with the RdM Project and music from the 50s to the present. The concert begins at 6 p.m. at the gazebo.
The third annual Bridging the Delaware Festival of Lights returns to the waterfront in Bristol and Burlington, N.J., on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 4 to 10 p.m. The event features a decorated boat parade at 7 p.m. and fireworks over Burlington Island at 9 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 11.
The ethnic celebrations continue on Sunday, Aug. 18 with the 19th annual Afro-American Festival sponsored by the Afro-American Association of Bristol Borough. The festival takes place from 12 to 8 p.m. at the wharf and along the waterfront.
The concerts at the gazebo conclude with karaoke by Just Jays on Sunday, Aug. 25 and the Philadelphia Banjo Society with a traditional banjo show and sing-along music on Sunday, Sept. 1. Both concerts begin at 6 p.m.
The fun continues with the 30th Annual Italian Festival on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 12 to 8 p.m. featuring the music of Jim Prinerano. The event is sponsored by the Bristol Lions Club. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 15.
Capping off the summer of fun will be Doo Wop in the Park on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 5 to 11 p.m. This year’s lineup, presented by the Bristol Borough Council, includes The Tymes, the Duprees and the Coasters. The free concert takes place in the Mill Street Parking Lot.
And don’t miss Historic Bristol Day on Saturday, Oct. 19. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at locations throughout town. It is sponsored by the Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation.
The Bristol Lions Gazebo is the place to be on Sunday evenings.