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Learn about ducks and their migration patters at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary!
Come enjoy an early evening excursion at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield! During the autumn months, thousands of migratory waterfowl fly directly over the sanctuary as they travel from their summer breeding grounds in the north to their winter homes in the south. Each night, hundreds of ducks drop into Bunker Meadows to rest and refuel for their journey. We will hike down to Bunker Meadows and climb the observation tower to observe the magnificent spectacle of ducks coming in to roost. Learn to identify different species, use counters to keep track of numbers, hear the sounds of ducks settling in for the night, and listen for the call of a great horned owl across the marsh. This is an evening not to be missed.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Adults celebrate Halloween at Witches Night Out in Newburyport!
Hosted by Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and downtown merchants. On Friday night, October 19th, the streets of Newburyport and Tannery Marketplace will be filled with witches, ghosts, vampires, and other Halloween characters for Witches' Night Out!
Location: the streets of Newburyport, Tannery Marketplace
North shore Cancer Runs starts a nd ends at Cove Community Center in Beverly MA
The North Shore Cancer RUN will feature a 5K and 10K road race starting at the Cove Community Center in Beverly, MA. Both routes are along the scenic Beverly coast and are “out and back” courses. The cost to participate is $30 prior to the race, $40 on race day.
Location: Cove Community Center
Come to the Hastings House for an haunted harvest fest in Beverly Farms!
Please join us for one of our most popular events. $5 dollars a person. This is a great time to renew your membership and you will get in FREE! The Haunted Harvest will include:
Location: Hastings House
Run like a turkey through downtown Salem MA on Thanksgiving Day! Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem.
Join the fun for the annual Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run in downtown Salem Massachusetts Thanksgiving morning and raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem! This is the largest race on the North Shore, with 2,000 anticipated participants.The race starts this year on Essex street near the Peabody Essex Museum and runs down Derby Street thru Winter Island around the Salem Willows. Chip timing done by Racewire.
Location: Peabody Essex Museum
The Christmas Walk parade spotlights local businesses and organizations!
The Christmas Walk Parade takes place after Santa Arrives in Marblehead. The parade begins at 11:45am at the State Street Landing  and will run along Washington Street, Atlantic Avenue and Pleasant Street.
Location: Downtown Marblehead
Van Otterloo YMCA in Marblehead Ma wiil host the a trunk or treat in their lower parking lot.
Candy, games, costumes and fun! Come join us for our second annual Trunk or Treat Halloween. The festival is free and open to the entire community! Decorate your trunk in your favorite Fall/Halloween theme. Dress up in costume, hand out treats to Children who trick or treat to each vehicle. Contact Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA to register a vehicle display.
Location: Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA
Join a pumpkin decorating workshop in Marblehead at the Jeremiah Lee Mansion!
The annual Pumpkin Decorating Workshop is back.  Bring your child to create their own pumpkin goblin or ghoul.  This popular program sells out every year. This workshop is held upstairs at the Museum Galleries 170 Washington Street with the backdrop of the J.O.J. Frost Folk Art Gallery. Hosted by the Marblehead Family Fund and the The Marblehead Museum & Historical Society
Location: The Marblehead Museum & Historical Society
Come to the Jeremiah Lee Mansion in Marblehead for the annual pumpkin illuminati
The Annual Marblehead Museum Pumpkin Illumination in collaboration with the Marblehead Family Fund will take place in the Jeremiah Lee Mansion Gardens. All carved, painted and decorated pumpkins welcome. Judging by town “celebrity” judges for categories with prizes. All the town goblins and ghouls will want to stop by to take a peek at these wild creations during the town-wide Trick or Treat. Live music by Karen K and the Jitterbugs
Location: Jeremiah Lee Mansion
Trick or Treating and Halloween Fun at Marini Farm in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Families will find Halloween fun at Marini Farm in Ipswich! By popular demand we are hosting another kids Halloween event for Hallween! We welcome everyone to join in on the fun and dress up.
Location: Marini Farm

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Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Minsky Arm, created by Marvin Minsky on display at the MIT Museum!
Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Explore the ideas that shaped AI and the birth of robotics, fields that are synonymous with research at MIT.
Where: MIT Museum

Crescent Farm Corn Maze

Crescent Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
Imagine the biggest puzzle you’ve ever seen. Now imagine a day in the sunshine with your friends or family. Now add an adventure that takes teamwork and memory skills. All these things and more can be found at Crescent Farms Corn Maze. Crescent Farm Corn Maze trails cut into 9 acres of corn. Inside...

Kimball Farm Corn Maze

Kimball Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
At the Kimball Farm Corn Maze all are welcome to come and enjoy the challenge of finding your way through the winding corn field maze. Our originally desIgned CORN MAZE  for 2018 is full of Crazy angles and is sure to be a fun challenge. Have no fear, there will be clues along the way.  Be daring...

Marini Farm Arabian Nights Corn Maze

The 2018 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts is Arabian Nights themed!
The 2018 Marini Farm Corn Maze is Arabian Nights themed this year! This is not your typical corn maze; it is both educational and interactive. There are over 18 stations strategically placed throughout the maze with answers to a game sheet that you will be given before entering.We don't give you...

Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School

Visit the Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School in Hamilton MA
The ninth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than 50 works by established and emerging New England artists,  all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School from September 1 to November 4, 2018. Other artists  from afar including New York,California and and New...

Middleton Pumpkin Festival

Middleton Pumpkin Festival in Middleton Massachusetts - a full day of dun for the whole family!
Come to the Middleton Pumpkin Festival for a full day of  fun for the whole family! There will be live entertainment including a magic show and dance performances, a costume parade, hayrides, martial arts, a bake sale, a book sale, demonstrations by local organizations and great food!

Saugus Iron Works Tours

Free Ranger guided tours at Saugus Iron Works!
U. S. National Park Rangers host free tours at the Saugus Iron Works. Learn about the production of iron on this site in the mid-1600s, an endeavor that was integral to the growth of the early colony. Hear about the archeological dig and reconstruction of the site in the 1940s to 1950s. Upon...

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Danvers MassachusettsDanvers Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, a tribute to freind and local race car legend Bentley Warren! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all,...
8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Viking Skating Club

Viking Skating Club announces its 2018-2019 skating season which begins with our first session on Saturday, October 13, 2018, with registration beginning at 8:00 a.m.   Group lessons are held at Salem State University’s Rockett Arena on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  
8:30 am to 10:30 am

Shore Country Day School's Annual Rummage Sale

The Annnual Shore Country Day School Rummage Sale in Beverly Massachusetts
It's time once again for the annual Shore Country Day School Rummage Sale. Saturday, October 20th, 2018 from 9am to 1pm, shoppers will discover a treasure trove of home décor, garden accessories, adult, teen and children's books, outerwear, and clothing for men and women and children age 12 and up...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Haverhill Farmers' Market

Haverhill Farmers Market, North Shore Farmers Market, Cape Ann Farmers Marke
The Haverhill Farmers Market mission is to provide access to farm-fresh products and promote local agriculture, as well as serve as a social gathering place to encourage a vibrant and connected community. This family-friendly market also includes food demonstrations, local music and children’s...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Marblehead Farmers' Market

Improve your nutritional intake at the Marblehead Farmer's Market!
The Marblehead Farmer's Market boasts 15+ local farms, and booths with an educational spin nutrition, vendors and farms selling homemade prepared goods and craft vendors that are switched up in a rotation basis week to week. Additionally there are entertainers and exhibits by environmentally...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Trick or Treating Hayrides at Marini Farm

Trick or Treating by hayride at Marini Farm in Ipswich is Safe and Fun!
Take a Hayride through our fields of wonder at Marini Farm in Ipswich. On every stop you will come across scenes of characters waiting to hand out Tricks and Treats. The hayrides will take place during the daylight hours.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

AJH: Childbirth Education Classes

Childbirth Education Classes at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Haverhill  MA
Congratulations: you are pregnant! This class is for mothers and partners during the last trimester of pregnancy to learn skills needed for the childbirth experience such as breathing methods, relaxation techniques, and comfort measures. Topics covered include: Anatomy Labor & delivery...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Touch a Truck Newburyport

Kids (and adults) can get up close and personal with all kinds of trucks in NBPT
Newburyport Youth Services will host a 'Touch-a-Truck' Event at Cashman Park in Newburyport!  Come down and enjoy this fun event alongside the Merrimac River, in beautiful Newburyport, MA.
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

October Barnyard Story Hour

Kids can meet the barnyard animals and hear a story at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts.
Barnyard stories really come to life when you get to meet the main characters up close and personal! Bring the kids down to Appleton Farms for our farm fresh version of 'story time'. Explore the barnyard and meet our barnyard friends including Molly the sheep and Timothy the goat. Explore the...
10:00 am to 11:00 am

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, at the MFA - Boston

Muesum of Fine Arts Boston
Get ready for an adventure with your favorite bear. The beloved teddy bear at the center of Winnie-the-Pooh, first published in 1926 and translated into more than 50 languages, is one of the most famous children’s book characters of all time. This exhibition traces the history and universal appeal...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

AJH: Birthing with Hypnosis

Anna Jaques Hospital Birthing with Hypnosis
Relax, clear your mind, and experience the positive effects of self-hypnosis during pregnancy and birthing. Class focuses on easy and natural relaxation techniques. If your birth plan does not embrace a firm decision for an epidural, this is a great option for you and your partner. Recommended to...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Community Giving Tree Donation Drop Off - Newburyport

Community Giving Tree's mission is to help low-income families in northeastern M
Time to clean out and drop off your gently-used donations to Essex County children in need. On the third Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Community Giving Tree van is accepting donations at Cushing Park/Kent Playground in Newburyport.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Andover Bear Company Now Open at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Andover Bear Company Now Open at MaketSteet Lynnfield
Experience quality teddy bears with a timeless aesthetic. Popping up next to Apple Store at MarketStreet Lynnfield for a limited time only.
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Andover Farmers' Market

Find Fresh Local Produce at the Andover Massachusetts Farmers Market
The Andover Farmers' Market, now in its 12th season, offers educational programming and promotes healthy eating, local economies, sustainability, and community spirit by providing fresh, local produce, baked and prepared foods, as well as hand-crafted goods.
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

History Lab at the Seven Gables

The Living History Lab hands-on history program at The House of the Seven Gables
Try your hand at history! The Living History Lab hands-on history program at The House of the Seven Gables allows the young and young-at-heart to learn about history through a unique set of experiments. Living History Labs take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 – 4...
10:30 am to 4:30 pm

1864 Baseball on the Common

Providence Grays v. Brooklyn Atlantics on the Salem Common.
Come see baseball the way it was played during the time of the Civil War. See the Providence Grays take on the Brooklyn Atlantics in an 1864 style vintage base ball game. See how much the game has changed from the time of no gloves, wool uniforms, and heavy wooden bats.
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Salem Open Market

The Salem Open Market runs on weekends during the last 3 weeks of October!
Love Halloween? Witches, goblins and ghouls? Well, there’s no better place to spend a spooky weekend in October than in Salem, MA! And what could possibly make Salem’s October Haunted Happenings even better? How about the Salem Open Market flying in with a hauntingly cool open-air arts market!
11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Ipswich Harvest Market

Ipswich Harvest Market on the Center Green in Ipswich Massachusettts
Come join us for a community marketplace for all things Ipswich, sustainable, handmade, and community grown.
11:00 am to 2:30 pm

SCNA Kids Carnival

Salem Common Neighborhood Association invites families to the Common for an afternoon of fun for the whole family!
There's nothing like October in Salem and the SCNA is thrilled to host two weekends of our annual Kids Carnival on the Common including rides, face painting, and family fun! There is no admission fee to enter the carnival. Tickets for rides are $3/ticket or $15 for an unlimited daily wristband.
11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Essex Clam Fest 2018

Enjoy food, live music and all kinds of family fun at the Essex Clam Fest! Photo: An order of steamed clams from Woodman's of Essex
The Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Essex ClamFest in Memorial Park in Essex. The highlight of the day will be the Clam Chowder Tasting, a competition that pits area restaurants against one another to determine who serves the best clam chowder on Cape Ann...
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Dads & Donuts Storytime at NTL

Dads & Donuts Storytime at Newbury Town Library
Dads & Donuts is a story time designed especially for dads and children ages 3-5, but siblings are always welcome. This weekend storytime is a great opportunity for dads and their little ones to hear some fun stories. Donuts and drinks provided.
11:00 am to 11:45 am

Choate Island Hike

Tour the Choate House on this guided exploration of Choate Island
Choate Island is the jewel in the crown of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and is only accessible by boat. Join us for a rare chance to explore the cultural and natural history of this special treasure. Participants will be led on a modest 1.5 mile trek past these Proctor Barn, White Cottage, and Choate...
11:00 am to 1:30 pm

Notch Traveling Biergarten at Appleton Farms

Come to the Notch Brewery Biergarten at the Trustees of Reservations' Appleton Farms in Ipswich!
Notch Brewing's family-friendly biergarten returns to Appleton Farms, one of the oldest continually running farms in the country. The biergarten will be setting up in the farm's historic stone paddock for two days of autumnal fun finest session beer await you. Grab your friends and family and join...
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Fall Foliage Cider & Donut Cruises

Take a guided tour of the Essex Marshes with Essex River Cruises
Essex River Cruises hosts a narrated sightseeing tour that winds down the beautiful Essex River aboard Essex River Queen, a pontoon boat.
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Maudslay is Haunted

'Maudslay is Haunted' is an annual fundraiser for Theater in the Open at Maudsla
Maudslay is Haunted is a North Shore Kid favorite! We highly recommend this for Halloween fun for all ages because its spooky, and haunting, but not too scary! Theater in the Open host their notorious annual haunting of Maudslay! Join a cast of all ages for a one-hour walk through eerie vignettes...
Where: Maudslay!
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Meet a Dairy Farmer at Appleton Farms

Come meet a dairy farmer and members of the Appleton Farms Dairy herd in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Come to Appleton Farms every Sunday at 4PM to see our Jersey heard being milked. See the cows bring brought in from pasture, get a look at the milking up close and ask our dairy farmer a few questions! Perfect for kids and adults alike. While you are here take a peek in the cheese kitchen viewing...
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Ipswich Illumination

Come to Ipswich as points along the Ipswich River are illuminated!
Come to Ipswich MA for a night of lights, illumination and light inspired artistry!  There will be live entertainment, bonfires and luminaries along the ipswich River, Interactive dance, art shows lasers and more!
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Halloween Happenings at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Creatures of the IRWS tell stories and interact with kids on the haunted trail!
At sundown this Halloween weekend, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary will be transformed into a magical forest with creatures that can talk! Take a guided walk along our Halloween trail, home to some interesting creatures that come out just for Halloween. Learn firsthand about the creatures of the...
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Haunted Movies on the Common: “The Goonies”

Come watch a FREE showing of the Goonies on the Salem Common as part of Haunted Happenings!
Grab a blanket and the kids and head over to Salem Common at dusk for an outdoor showing of some favorite family-friendly movies that will get you in the mood for a spooktacular Halloween!  Each weekend Magic 106.7 will sponsor a different movie through October, so come to one or all!
6:00 pm

NEER North Benefit Auction

NEER north's benefit auction raises funds to continue their missiion to help horses in need.
NEER North  will be hosting “The Mane Event,” our biggest fundraiser of the year, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore in Danvers, MA. The funds raised from the auction allow us to provide food, shelter, medicine, and vital veterinary and farrier services for the at-risk horses and...
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Halls of Darkness

Find out what nightmares await inside the walls of Hammond Castle in Gloucestre Massachusetts
Hammond Castle Presents: Halls of Darkness! What nightmares await you on a tour of this darkened castle?  If you dare, come and see for yourself, but beware what lurks in the shadows and hidden corners! Visit the most unique and surreal haunted attraction in Massachusetts, just a few minutes north...
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Wednesday, October 24

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play.
10:15 am to 11:15 am

PEM Pals

PEM has a story time in the museum just for kids under 5! Salem, Massachusetts
Heather Tharpe, also known as the Toddler Whisperer, leads the weekly interactive programs at Peabody Essex Museum PEM Pals with songs, movement, music, art, books and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschool
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Marblehead Pumpkin Decorating Workshops

Join a pumpkin decorating workshop in Marblehead at the Jeremiah Lee Mansion!
The annual Pumpkin Decorating Workshop is back.  Bring your child to create their own pumpkin goblin or ghoul.  This popular program sells out every year. This workshop is held upstairs at the Museum Galleries 170 Washington Street with the backdrop of the J.O.J. Frost Folk Art Gallery. Hosted by...
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

AJH: Mother & Baby Newborns: 0-3 Months

Mother and Baby, Newborn Support Groups aAnna Jaques Hospital
MOTHER & BABY GROUPS Anna Jaques is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and questions that arise after going home. Formerly named Lactation Support Groups, the Mother & Baby Group is facilitated by a...
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Wicked Wednesdays at the Phillips House

Wicked Wednesdays at Historic New England's Phillips House in Salem Massachsuetts part of Haunted Happenings
Join Historic New England for Wicked Wednesdays! Get wicked at Phillips House as part of Haunted Happenings family-friendly events. Ticket includes historic games, fall crafts, and a family- themed tour of the house.
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Stargazing at Mendel Observatory

Come to Mendel Observatory for stargazing sessions every Wednesday night.
The Observatory, with the support of volunteers from the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, hosts public stargazing every Wednesday night (weather permitting) starting at dusk or 7 p.m., whichever is later.  When special astronomical events of interest occur (total lunar eclipses, etc.) the Obse
7:00 pm

Thursday, October 25

Marini Farm Arabian Nights Corn Maze

The 2018 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts is Arabian Nights themed!
The 2018 Marini Farm Corn Maze is Arabian Nights themed this year! This is not your typical corn maze; it is both educational and interactive. There are over 18 stations strategically placed throughout the maze with answers to a game sheet that you will be given before entering.We don't give you...

Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School

Visit the Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School in Hamilton MA
The ninth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than 50 works by established and emerging New England artists,  all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School from September 1 to November 4, 2018. Other artists  from afar including New York,California and and New...

Crescent Farm Corn Maze

Crescent Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
Imagine the biggest puzzle you’ve ever seen. Now imagine a day in the sunshine with your friends or family. Now add an adventure that takes teamwork and memory skills. All these things and more can be found at Crescent Farms Corn Maze. Crescent Farm Corn Maze trails cut into 9 acres of corn. Inside...

Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Minsky Arm, created by Marvin Minsky on display at the MIT Museum!
Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Explore the ideas that shaped AI and the birth of robotics, fields that are synonymous with research at MIT.
Where: MIT Museum