Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, a landscaped park over I-91 in downtown Hartford that opened to the public in 1999, is the centerpiece of the Riverfront park system. A stage at the river’s edge provides a scenic venue for a rich variety of performances, with seating for 2,500 people on grassy terraces that descend from the plaza to the Riverfront. Excursion boats operate from the downtown docks, which also serve events such as the annual dragon boat festival. The Founders Bridge promenade connects Hartford with East Hartford, restoring pedestrians’ access between the communities and the river.
Enjoy performances at our stage, take a walk, or get in a workout by running the terrace stairs. Come by foot or car—we have a place for everyone!
Parking is available at the Connecticut Science Center/Riverfront garage which offers direct, convenient access. Other Riverfront Plaza parking options include several nearby garages, or on-street parking in Hartford which is free at night and on weekends. You also can park in East Hartford and take the short walk over the Founders Bridge Promenade.
Port-o-let facilities are typically available in the parks May through November (availability based on weather and park activity) and during all Riverfront Recapture events.
Food and beverages are for sale during most Riverfront Recapture events. On non-event days, food can be purchased at one of the many area restaurants within walking distance or a short drive from the Plaza. Information about local restaurants can be found here.
There are many great things to see and do during your visit to Hartford including museums, movies, parks, cultural events, theater, outdoor activities and more. Visit www.hartford.com for more information.
Enjoy live entertainment featuring Caribbean music performed by the Hartt Steel Band. Other festival highlights include food, educational displays, and inspirational speakers. View Details
Celebrate the region’s rich Brazilian culture. Led by the rhythmic beat from Trinity College’s Samba Ensemble, the event features international and local music which integrates people from different countries and generations alongside the inspiring scenery of the Riverfront. View Details
Riverfront Boathouse in Riverside Park
As the only waterfront rental facility in Hartford, the Riverfront Boathouse is a popular event destination. Learn More
Riverfront needs year-round support of our parks, events, and programs. The earlier in the year we receive your donation, the better able we are to plan our events! Learn More