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The Persied Meteor Shower promises a great show if the skies are clear!
The Perseid meteor show is an annual astronomy event that happens on Earth between mid- July and late August.  In 2017, the Perseids will be peaking on August 12th, with the best viewing being August 11-13!  Many meteors will be visible in the night sky as Earth passes through the debris trail left by the passage of comet Sift-Tuttle.  This years showers should have up to one hundred meteors per hour and the best time to view them is the dark hours before dawn. 
This Beach Creature Cruise aboard the Yankee Clipper is about the estuary
Join Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center on a 'Beach Creature' cruise aboard Newburyport Harbor Tours Inc.'s Yankee Clipper through the Merrimack River Estuary! Teacher Naturalist, Lisa Hutchings will provide her expert pair of eyes to help your family find all the exciting sights and sounds of the marshes and varied habitats of Plum Island as you cruise along the Merrimack River.  This cruise will focus on the food web of the ocean, marine mammal facts and live beach creatures!
Location: Newburyport Harbor Tours
Come enjoy two days of theater fun hosted by Theater in the Open at Maudlsay State Park
TitO will be hosting a Theater in the Open Festival the weekend of August 12-13. We have four distinct offerings for the community. We begin on Saturday morning at 11AM with [node 8247], an interactive hour of creative exploration and performance. At 2PM we’ll once again be staging our spring production, Snow White: A Through the Looking Glass Panto, then on Sunday afternoon, audiences can see A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 1PM followed by Antigone at 5PM. All performances are free and open to the public.
Location: Maudslay State Park
Take advantage of the Massachusetts Tax Holiday 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.
Location: Downtown Salem
Kids will have a exploring the Trustees of Reservations Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!
How do you like to spend your summer vacation?  On this interactive tour for younger visitors and their families, join a member of the Crane’s household staff to explore what made this a relaxing summer home.  Peak into some of their private rooms and discover the family cat’s favorite hiding places!
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
The Gloucester Schooner Festival celebrates maritime, sailing and fishing herita
The Gloucester Schooner Festival is a  wonderful celebration of Gloucester's fishing and maritime history during labor day weekend. This year's festival, hosted by Maritime Gloucester, is Gloucester’s major marine event, with participating vessels coming from ports along the Eastern seaboard and beyond. There will be both large and small vessels—ranging from 19 feet to over 100 feet in length. You will see new boats and old boats, from newly built (Ardelle - launched 2011) to over 100 years old!
Location: Downtown Gloucester, Gloucester Harbor
Rockport Massachusetts lights up the night with a mid-Summer fireworks show!
Following the Rockport Rotary Club Lobsterfest, a fireworks display will light up the sky over Rockport Massachusetts! The Show begins at 9:30pm, and will be lit off from Granite Pier.  The show will last for 20-25 Minutes, and may just include a couple of surprises according to the fireworks committee.
Location: Downtown Rockport
The Annual Witches Cup presents racing for both men and women at all levels.
Imagine the excitement of 100 cyclists racing around the Salem Common at over 30 miles per hour. Join us for the 35th anniversary of The Witches Cup and an afternoon of exciting racing. Then stop by our hospitality tent hosted by Wachusett Brewing Company - also featuring great food from Salem's favorite restaurants.
Location: Salem Common
Soul Rebel Project brings reggae jams to Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Part of the Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, this is a great way to get together and have fun with the whole family in an exclusive setting. You can pack a picnic dinner, bring the kids, and get ready to dance the night away under the stars on the Grand Allée. Explore the landscaped grounds and the family "Eye Spy."
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Join the fun at Waterfront Park in Newburyport as you watch the Disney Pixar Animated 'Finding Dory'!
What could be better than a free movie viewed outside at Waterfront Park on a warm summer night?  Join in the adventures of Marlin, Newmo and Dory as they search for Dory's family!
Location: Waterfront Park