Rockport, Massachusetts 01966

Tidepool Explorers at Halibut Point

The Tidepools at Halibut Point State Park are some of the best in New England!

Halibut Point State Park invites families to join them on a tide pool adventure! Halibut Point contains some of the best tide pools in New England. Join the Interpreter for a trip down to the rocky shore for some inter-tidal exploration. Learn about these interesting creatures living in a unique transitional environment. Meet at the Visitors Center in the park. For all ages. Rain or shine, pouring rain cancels.

Tuesdays, July 7 & 21, 2015 10-11am

Reading the Granite Landscape

Find out the story behind the granite at Halibut Point State Park in Rockport!

Halibut Point State Park is also a granite quarry with a history that goes back billions of years! A rock is not a thing but a drama, it can teach us about the great unifying science and the unique geology of Cape Ann. Rocks can tell us a lot about how the landscape was formed and the geology of Cape Ann tells us great stories, all visible at Halibut Point. Meet at the Visitors Center in the park. For all ages. Rain or shine, pouring rain cancels.

Sundays through July 2015 10-11am

Dragonflies in the Park

Kids will explore and learn about the dragonflies at Halibut Point State Park.

Explore the world of odonata, one of the oldest life forms on Earth. This is a great kids’ program and most appropriate for families. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Mondays Through July 2015 9-10am

Halibut Point Quarry Tour

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focu

Enjoy a guided tour of Halibut Point State Park around the Babson Farm Quarry, unearthing the granite industry era followed by a traditional hand-tool stone splitting demonstration.  Halibut Point itself is made of sheets of 440 million year-old granite that now cascades from rocky headlands to the abundant tidal pools below. The panorama encompasses views from Crane Beach in Ipswich to Mount Agamenticus in Maine and the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire. This glorious natural landscape is breathtaking and inspiring.

Saturdays through June 2015 10-11am

Independence Day Celebration in Rockport

Independence Day Celebration in Rockport includes a parade and bonfire!

Rockport traditionally celebrates Independence Day in style and this Fourth of July won't be any different. Scheduled festivities include the Firemen's Parade, a Legion Band concert, and Rockport's version of a finale - a towering bonfire at Back Beach.

Saturday, July 4, 2015 6pm
Downtown Rockport

Rockport Farmers' Market

The Rockport Farmers' Market runs every Saturday in Harvey Park in Downtown Rock

The Rockport Farmers' Market is a small market that runs each Saturday through the Summer (June - early October). Sponsored by Rockport Festivals, the market is limited in size due to the size of the Harvey Park - a quaint setting in the heart of downtown found on the corner of Mount Pleasant Street and Broadway, across from the entrance to T-Wharf.

Saturdays June 20-October 4, 2015 9am-1pm

What's Hiding in Your Back Yard?

Learn about amphibians and reptiles of the North Shore at Halibut Point State Pa

Halibut Point State Park invites families to a FREE nature program.  Join naturalist Richard Wolniewicz and his amphibians of Essex County! Featuring Salamanders, frogs, snakes and more, this discussion will take place outside the park's Visitor Center. Meet at the Halibut Point State Park Visitor Center. $2.00 parking fee. Sponsored by the Friends of Halibut Point State Park.

Saturday, June 6, 2015 11am-12:30pm

Rockport Memorial Day Parade

In Rockport, the Memorial Day parade will start at 10 a.m. from Legion Hall, proceed down Beach Street to Main Street and then to School Street, Pleasant Street and into Beech Grove Cemetery. Memorial services will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars lot in the cemetery.

Monday, May 25, 2015 10am
Downtown Rockport

Motif #1 Day 5k and Kids Fun Run

The Motif #1 5k and kids fun run takes place on Motif #1 Day in Rockport, Massac

This 5k Road Race and Kid's Fun Run is a great way to kick off Motif #1 Day! The 5k road race and 1 mile fun run that starts at [node: 5277] in beautiful downtown Rockport. Run the race and then spend the day with your family at Motif #1 Day enjoying the fun, food and entertainment of the day-log festival.

Saturday, May 16, 2015 7:30-11am

A Petting Zoo of Musical Instruments

A youngster tries out the violin at Rockport MA Shalin Liu Performance Center

Experience an “Instrument Petting Zoo” and get a chance to learn first-hand about a variety of instruments sponsored by Rockport Music! The Instrument Petting Zoo is an opportunity for curious kids & adults to see, hear, and touch the instruments seen on the stage at the Shalin Liu Performance Center and instruments they may play in beginning band or orchestra.  This event is part of Motif #1 Day.

Saturday, May 16, 2015 10am - Noon
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