SUMMER ON THE WATERFRONT: Concerts, ethnic festivals highlight weekends on the Bristol Borough waterfront

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Bristol Borough >> Music and ethnic festivals return to the Bristol Borough waterfront this summer with plenty of fun, food, music and cultural sharing.

Anchoring the event schedule is the 45th Annual Bristol Lions Club’s Summer Concert Series from June 11 to September 3 at the Lions Park Gazebo located direcelty behind the King George II Inn on the banks is the Delaware. Bring chairs and blankets for the free 10 concert outdoor series.

The music begins Sunday, June 11 with doo-wop by Gary and Joanna from 6 to 8 p.m. followed on Sunday, June 18 with Point Blank (music from the 50s and more) from 6 to 8 p.m.

The town’s Irish eyes will be smiling when the first of four ethnic festivals celebrate the town’s diverse population.

The 21st Annual Celtic Heritage Festival takes place Sunday, June 25 from 1 to 8 p.m. on the waterfront. It is sponsored by the Celtic Heritage Foundation.

The concert series continues on Sunday, July 2 with the Gina Lorne Band (country, rock and current), Sunday, July 9 with The Cats (music from the 50s to the present) and Sunday, July 16 with the Men of Harmony. All concerts are held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gazebo.

The town’s 46th Puerto Rican Festival will transform the riverbank into an island paradise on Saturday, July 22 from 12 to 8 p.m. There will be ethnic food, entertainment and more. The event is presented by the Puerto Rican Cultural Association. The rain date is Sunday, July 23.

The concerts continue Sunday, July 30 with Skin n’ Tonik (rock and country), August 6 with Smoked Ice (oldies to current and Motown) and August 13 with Finster (rock, country, 60s and current). All concerts are from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gazebo.

The 23rd Annual African-American Festival takes place on Saturday, August 19 from 12 to 8 p.m. The festival celebrating the town’s African-American community is presented by the Bucks County African-Americans for Future Education. The rain date is August 20.

Closing out the concert series will be Skinny Mamie (rock and blues) on August 27 and Oldies with Gary and Joanna on September 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The summer-long series will come to a grand conclusion with two special celebrations:

- The 34th Annual Italian Festival takes place on Saturday, September 9 (rain date, September 10) from 12 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the Bristol Borough Lions Club, the festival features the Singing DJ, food and children’s rides.

- Doo-wop In The Park will be held on Saturday, September 16 beginning at 5 p.m. in the Mill Street Parking Lot. Admission is free. The concert, which typically draws thousands and features headliners from the doo-wop era, is presented annually by the Bristol Borough Council. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 17.