Salem, Massachusetts 01970

Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival

Have a chance to view and tour classic and antique boats in Salem with your fami

The Antique and Classic Boat Festival comes to Salem for their 33rd Anniversary! Families are invited to to the Salem waterfront for a day full of fun! View and tour classic yachts, and hear the history that each vessel holds. Kids will have an experiential learning experience that will solidify what they learn through their ability to see and touch the subject matter and ask questions for themselves.

Saturday, August 22, 2015 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Sunday, August 23, 2015 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Friendship of Salem "Open Ship"

Tour the Friendship of Salem or as part of Salem Heritage Days!

Come aboard the replica tall ship, Friendship of Salem, for a dockside tour! Explore this ship and chat with a National Park Service Ranger.

Thursday August 11, 2015 11am-Noon

Salem's Essex Street Fair

Come join the fun at the Essex Street Fair Salem!

The Essex Street Fair is a two-day event held in downtown Salem and is part of the Slemn Heritage Festivities! This years fair includes a new format with a juried arts & crafts open market throughout the weekend. Crafters, artisans and food vendors from in and around Salem will join local merchants in selling their wares on Essex Street & surroundings. This free event will run the length of Essex Street from the Daniel Low Building to the Hawthorne Hotel.

Saturday, August 8, 2015 10am-6pm
Sunday, August 9, 2015 10am-6pm
Downtown Salem

Salem's Ice Scream Bowl

What could be better on a hot summer night than an Ice Cream tasting!  Come to S

Salem's Ice Scream Bowl is back! It's time to sample some of the best ice cream in the North Shore from some of the many ice cream shops the area has to offer. Salem's Ice Scream Bowl event will be held rain or shine. The event is a chance to taste some classic favorite flavors, as well as try a few new ones, from area's premier ice cream shops. The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets are purchased on site on the day of the event. A spoon and napkin will be supplied with the purchase of a ticket. Proceeds will go towards Salem Main Streets, a non-profit organization with the goal of revitalizing downtown Salem as a vibrant year-round retail, dining, and cultural destination.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 6-7:30 p.m.
Salem Common

PEM: Patrick Dougherty Stickwork

PEM Peabody Essex Museum for Families

Patrick Dougherty bends, weaves and flexes saplings into architectural sculptures that dynamically relate to the landscape and built environment around them. Over the last 30 years, he has created more than 250 works throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Constructed from saplings collected by area volunteers, What the Birds Know provides dramatic counterpoint to the highly finished wood-frame Crowninshield-Bentley House that dates to the early 18th century. This is the first time PEM has commissioned an outdoor sculptural installation.   
Stop by to see What the Birds Know, Dougherty's new Stickwork daily 8 am-6 pm.
Stickwork is made possible in part by supporters of PEM's Present Tense Initiative:
Mr. Alfred D. Chandler III and The Reverend Susan Esco Chandler
Fay Chandler

On view May 14, 2015 to December 31, 2016

Salem Firemen's Muster

Come join the fun at the Salem Willows for the firmen's muster!

An antique hand pumped fire engine muster where crews pump their machines to see who can shoot the longest stream of water. This is the oldest organized sport in the United States. These are hand pumped fire engines built of wood, copper, bronze, steel, and iron with valves made of leather. It's part historic preservation and part competition.  Spectators are invited to try out pumping the machines!

Saturday, August 1, 2015 Noon-3pm
Salem Willows Park

Midsummer Night's Dream at Winter Island

Rebel Shakespeare will perform Midsummer Nights Dream at Winter Island in Salem

The You do not have access to view this node will be performing the Shakespeare classic 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at Winter Island in Salem! This popular Shakespeare comedy is four intertwined tales connected by the main story of a royal wedding, where woodland fairies manipulate the characters until the plot devolves into a maelstrom of hilarity! Pack a picnic and bring the family to this fun and entertaining show! 

Thursday, July 23 - Sunday, July 26, 2015 6pm

Miles Over the Moon Road Race

Join the Wicked Running Club in a mid-summer nights run that raises funds

Wicked Running Club Presents the Fifth Annual Miles Over the Moon Road Race, a Mid-Summer Night Tradition in Salem, Mass. Proceeds Help Fund Salem High School Athletics. Race headquarters are the Knights of Columbus located at 94 Washington Square, by the Salem Common. Race will start on Pleasant Street. This unique twilight 4-mile run is a tremendous event that helps to raise funds for local High School Athletics teams. Very flat and fast, wheel measured 4 miles (with water stops). This year’s proceeds recipient will be Salem High School.

Friday, July 24, 2015 8pm
Salem Common

Salem Willows Seafood Festival

The Salem Willows Seafood Festival is a weekend of fun in Salem MA!

Indulge Yourself at the Salem Willows Seafood Festival! Dozens of restaurants and food vendors serve up their seafood specialties including lobster, chowder, shrimp, clams & all the New England Favorites! Nonstop entertainment with the best regional bands, sample culinary masterpieces at the Wicked Bites Culinary Demonstrations tent, Kiddie Land, Local Arts, Crafts & Merchants. Beverage Courtyard serving beer & wine. Fireworks Saturday night at 9:30pm!

Friday - Sunday, July 10-12, 2015 11am-10pm
Salem Willows Park

PEM Pals

Peabody Essex Museum programs for children and families. PEM Pals story and move

This fun, interactive programs with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers (5 and under) and their caregivers.

Wednesday's from 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
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