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The Nutcracker performed by the Methuen Ballet is a perrenial favorite!
Long a traditional favorite, Methuen Ballet Ensemble brings the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker" to Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The company is thrilled to announce that world renowned ballet dancer and choreographer Sabi Varga will be joining this year's production. It is not to be missed! In addition to dancing in the production, Mr. Varga will be tapping into his creative and artistic talents as guest choreographer for select scenes!
Location: Firehouse Center for the Arts
Join Mass Audubon naturalists on a hike around Averill's Island at IRWS.
There's a walk in the woods... and then there's a walk in the woods with a naturalist. Bring your friends for a pre-Thanksgiving guided walk to discover the world of nature as plants and animals prepare for winter. Sanctuary naturalists will lead small groups as they venture out to Averill's Island, to find some of the sanctuary’s oldest trees. We will stop along the way to hear stories of those who lived on the land before us and learn more about the fascinating cultural history of the sanctuary. Look for animal signs as we hike through the woodlands and marshes, taking in the beauty of the muted colors of late autumn. Walks are approximately 2 hours and 3 miles in length.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Find One-of-a-Kind gifts at Wenham Museum's Sleigh Bell Artisan Fair!
Each November, the Wenham Museum hosts this festive fair of hand-crafted artisan goods. This is a fine occasion to bring the whole family to the museum for a day of fun. Exhibits will be open with special programming and activities for the kids and shopping for the adults.
Location: Wenham Museum
Come join the fun at the Regent Theater for local favorite Karen K and the Jitterbugs' Thanksgiving Show!
Join us for what will no doubt be a very special morning at the beautiful Regent Theatre where you will Bug Out! at the Annual Thanks and Giving Show with Karen K and her Jitterbugs: Hop (the over-excited grasshopper);Bumble (the bee who doesn’t sting); Stinky (loves to play in dirt, refuses to take a bath); and Slug Bug (need a LOT of naps). 
Location: Regent Theater
STEAM comes to the Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport!
Join the Joppa Flats STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Team, where you will work together with other creative and curious students for a weekly engineering challenge! Under the guidance of Teacher-Naturalist and art educator Jan Morris, this program will challenge your problem-solving skills, increase your awareness of design elements in nautre, and unleash your inner scientist! Possible project themes include erosion control, beaver dam construction, and wind turbines.
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
Join the Trustees on a night hike with your Family at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts
On this Friday before Thanksgiving, in the dark of the new moon, we’ll walk with tea lights (no open flames!) to illuminate our passage through the trails and along the rolling hills at the Crane Estate. While we walk, we’ll talk about the first Thanksgiving, and how giving thanks can make us appreciate all the good and wonder in our lives. You’ll be amazed at how fortunate you are when you stop taking things for granted! Come with an attitude of gratitude! Pre-registration is suggested.
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Gabes Run - The day after Thanksgiving race to benefit local high school students
Join the Pacione family for the 10th and final race in honor of their son and brother Gabe. tthis race, held the day after Thanksgivigng is a chip timed 5k, as well and a 1 mile fun run for all.  Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd by age group, Top 25 Men + Women Runners, and Most Creative Dress. Fun Run Ribbons.
Location: Patton Park
The NMYO Intermezzo Orchestra is just one of the orchestras performing at their annual Thanksgiving Benefit Concert
Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras will perform a Thanksgiving concert to benefit the Ipswich Community Food Pantry. Come enjoy great music presented by some of the most talented youngsters on the North Shore and help the food pantry when it is needed the most - the week of Thanksgiving! Donations will be collected to benefit the Thanksgiving Basket Project of a local food pantry.
Location: First Church of Ipswich
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 14th 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 on the Salem Common and finishes at the Boys & Girls Club. Chip timing done by Racewire.
Location: Salem Common
Stock up for the season on new and consigned clothing and gear for skiing, skating, hockey, snowboarding and horseback riding!
Stock up for the season on new & consigned clothing & gear for skiing, skating, hockey, and snowboarding! Don't forget the boots; as well as bikes, blades & boards. Earn money for your previously used equipment - get great deals for the upcoming season, for children and adults! E-mail skiskateboardandride@gmail.com for more information or to pre-register as a consignor. Registration available at drop-off also. Donations are welcome & are tax deductible. Consignors EARN 70% of sales. $10 consignor fee.
Location: Cutler Elementary School

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MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating

Outdoor Ice Skating Fun at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Lace up your skates and enjoy the beauty of the New England outdoors this winter season! From mid-November 2017 through February 2018, one of the most popular ice skating experiences in New England can be found at MarketStreet Lynnfield. The MarketStreet Rink offers public skating 7 days a week...

Brookwood School Admissions Open House Fall 2017

Located on Boston's North Shore on the Beverly/Manchester line just minutes from Route 128, Brookwood is a coeducational private independent day school for grades Pre-K through Eight.
Parents of children entering grades Pre-K through 8 are invited to learn about the exceptional education offered at Brookwood School at the school’s annual Fall Admissions Open House on Tuesday, November 14 at 9 AM and Saturday, November 18 at 1 PM. Dedicated to nurturing excellence, Brookwood is a...
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Old Tyme Country Fair

Old Tyme Country Fair at First Congregational Church in Rowley Massachusetts
Get into the Christmas spirit at the First Congregational Church of Rowley’s Olde Tyme Country Fair on Saturday, November 18th!
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Ski, Skate, Board and Ride Consignment Event

Stock up for the season on new and consigned clothing and gear for skiing, skating, hockey, snowboarding and horseback riding!
Stock up for the season on new & consigned clothing & gear for skiing, skating, hockey, and snowboarding! Don't forget the boots; as well as bikes, blades & boards. Earn money for your previously used equipment - get great deals for the upcoming season, for children and adults!
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Festival of Trees - Saturday & Sunday

Aleppo Shriners Festival of Trees
The Aleppo Shriners will be holding its Festival of Trees on Friday, November 17 Saturday, November 18; and Sunday, November 19 at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road).
9:00 am to 8:00 pm

Waldorf Enchanted Holiday Fair and Curiosities

Waldorf at Moraine Farm Beverly MA Independent School. Pre-K to 8 grade.
On Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 9 AM to 4 PM, The Waldorf School at Moraine Farm invites you to its annual, Waldorf Enchanted Holiday Fair and Curiosities.
9:00 am to 4:00 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

Community Giving Tree Donation Drop Off

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 Saturday,  from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Community Giving Tree van is accepting donations at the Cushing Park and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Community Giving Tree center in Boxford - just down the...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Holiday Fair at First Baptist Church - Beverly

Calendar of Events for NorthShore Families in Beverly MA
The biggest fair in downtown Beverly, First Baptist Church’s day includes wonderful crafters, a bake table and country store, raffle items, a huge Silent Auction, a roomful of white elephants at Grandma’s Attic, both breakfast and a luncheon with chowder, sandwiches, chili and pie, pictures with
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Holiday Fairs at Essex Churches

Shop three of the best church fairs in New England, in the same neighborhood on the same day!
Holiday Fairs at Essex Churches - The warmth of an old country church fair enlivens the town on a cold, winter’s day when all three of Essex’s downtown churches hold their annual Holiday Fair. All three churches are within walking distance with free on street parking. Gift bargains are served up...
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions at PEM - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA. Family friendly arts and culture North of Boston
Journey through nature and activate the senses as you explore mathematical paradoxes, typographical illusions and metaphors in motion in our new digital exhibition, XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions, opening Saturday, October 14, 2017.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Cape Ann Thanksgiving Harvest Market

The Cape Ann Farmers Market hosts a Thanksgiving market at the UU Church on Middle Street in Gloucester, Massachusetts!
At the Cape Ann Farmers' Market Thanksgiving Market, you'll find over 20 vendors and farms. Vendors will be selling fresh produce - squash, greens, brussel sprouts, onions, potatoes, apples, pears, garlic, kale, carrots, cabbage, parsnips, radishes, turnips, oh my! All fresh, all local, just in...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Kindness Rocks Garden at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Kindness Rocks Garden Art Exhibit at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield welcomes the return of the Kindness Rocks Garden, an installation of painted rocks with inspirational messages that is meant to encourage random acts of kindness and spread positivity. Participants are invited to leave their own painted rocks, as well as take any that inspire...
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Pretty Poppy Open at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Shopping at MarketStreet Lynnfield Pretty Poppy. A women's jewelry and accessory store with something for everyone
Pretty Poppy is a women's jewelry and accessory store with something for everyone, whether you are 9 or 90!  We focus on all styles of jewelry, hangbags, scarves, belts, and other accessories - and all at very affordable prices!  We also have fashion forward collections that we update every few...
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

MFA: Mark Rothko: Reflection

Museum of Fine Art Mark Rothko Exhibit
An immersive display of 11 masterpieces by Mark Rothko (1903–70), on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., invites visitors to contemplate the power of art to shape human experience. Opening on September 24, don’t miss “Mark Rothko: Reflection,” an immersive display of 11...
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Car Seat Safety Checkpoint

Come to the Ipswich Fire Department for a car seat safety inspection and Touch a Truck!.
The Ipswich Fire Department, Police Department, and Action Ambulance will be hosting a carseat checkpoint at fire headquarters.
10:00 am to 2:00 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

Sleigh Bell Artisan Fair

Find One-of-a-Kind gifts at Wenham Museum's Sleigh Bell Artisan Fair!
Each November, the Wenham Museum hosts this festive fair of hand-crafted artisan goods. This is a fine occasion to bring the whole family to the museum for a day of fun. Exhibits will be open with special programming and activities for the kids and shopping for the adults.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Dads & Donuts At Sawyer Free

Calling all dads! Bring your kids to Sawyer Free Library for a Saturday morning
This is a great opportunity for dads (uncles, grandfathers, cousins or other father figures) to spend time with their kids! Come to the Sawyer Free with the kids for a storytime filled with songs, stories,snacks and fun!  Great for kids aged 2-6 (siblings are welcome). Moms and siblings welcome to...
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Sing & Dance with the Music Man - Saturday

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton Visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday and Thursday 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, Brian...
10:30 am to 11:15 am

Karen K and The Jitterbugs Thanksgiving Show

Come join the fun at the Regent Theater for local favorite Karen K and the Jitterbugs' Thanksgiving Show!
Join us for what will no doubt be a very special morning at the beautiful Regent Theatre where you will Bug Out! at the Annual Thanks and Giving Show with Karen K and her Jitterbugs: Hop (the over-excited grasshopper);Bumble (the bee who doesn’t sting); Stinky (loves to play in dirt, refuses to...
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Salem Winter Farmers Market

The Salem Farmers' Market goes indoors for the Winter months of Nov & Dec
Salem Main Streets is pleased to announce the return of the Salem Winter Market!!  A seasonal extension of the Salem Farmers’ Market, this year’s Salem Winter Market will take place inside the Witch City Mall (formerly Museum Place Mall) located a 1 church street in Salem.
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Public Skate & Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Essex Firemen's Spaghetti Supper

Come to the Essex Fire Deaprtment for the annual spaghetti fundraiser!
27th Annual Essex Firemen's Spaghetti Supper - The town’s volunteer firefighters put out quite a spread of all-you-can-eat homemade spaghetti and meatballs accompanied by salad, beverage and dessert. A great night to enjoy a home-cooked meal with neighbors and friends.
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

North Shore YMCA's Dare to Dream Ball

North Shore YMCA Dare to Dream Gala
Don't miss this year's #1 event on the North Shore!  Join the North Shore YMCA for an incredible evening of fun, dinner, a live auction, and dancing, as you learn about the Y's impact in your community. Help us raise funds for individuals, children and families across the 25 communities we serve on...
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

IMS presents Peter Pan, Jr.

Ipswich Middle School presents Peter Pan, Jr at Ipswich Performing Arts Center in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Ipswich Middle School performs Peter Pan, Jr. Join the fun as Peter Pan and his lost boys, a band of Brave Girls and a ship full of Pirates retell this modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn't grow up...
7:00 pm

Sunday, November 19

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating

Outdoor Ice Skating Fun at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Lace up your skates and enjoy the beauty of the New England outdoors this winter season! From mid-November 2017 through February 2018, one of the most popular ice skating experiences in New England can be found at MarketStreet Lynnfield. The MarketStreet Rink offers public skating 7 days a week...

Newburyport Farmers' Market

Newburyport Farmers find organic locally grown produce, mea, dairy Newburyport
The Newburyport Farmers Summer Market celebrates local fresh produce every Sunday morning rain or shine!  Start your Sunday browsing fresh North Shore local produce, meats, cheeses, and seafood in an open air market atmosphere! Food and beverage vendors offer fresh hot coffee, breakfast treats and...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Ski, Skate, Board and Ride Consignment Event

Stock up for the season on new and consigned clothing and gear for skiing, skating, hockey, snowboarding and horseback riding!
Stock up for the season on new & consigned clothing & gear for skiing, skating, hockey, and snowboarding! Don't forget the boots; as well as bikes, blades & boards. Earn money for your previously used equipment - get great deals for the upcoming season, for children and adults!
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Festival of Trees - Saturday & Sunday

Aleppo Shriners Festival of Trees
The Aleppo Shriners will be holding its Festival of Trees on Friday, November 17 Saturday, November 18; and Sunday, November 19 at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road).
9:00 am to 8:00 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

Kindness Rocks Garden at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Kindness Rocks Garden Art Exhibit at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield welcomes the return of the Kindness Rocks Garden, an installation of painted rocks with inspirational messages that is meant to encourage random acts of kindness and spread positivity. Participants are invited to leave their own painted rocks, as well as take any that inspire...
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

MFA: Mark Rothko: Reflection

Museum of Fine Art Mark Rothko Exhibit
An immersive display of 11 masterpieces by Mark Rothko (1903–70), on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., invites visitors to contemplate the power of art to shape human experience. Opening on September 24, don’t miss “Mark Rothko: Reflection,” an immersive display of 11...
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions at PEM - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA. Family friendly arts and culture North of Boston
Journey through nature and activate the senses as you explore mathematical paradoxes, typographical illusions and metaphors in motion in our new digital exhibition, XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions, opening Saturday, October 14, 2017.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Pretty Poppy Open at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Shopping at MarketStreet Lynnfield Pretty Poppy. A women's jewelry and accessory store with something for everyone
Pretty Poppy is a women's jewelry and accessory store with something for everyone, whether you are 9 or 90!  We focus on all styles of jewelry, hangbags, scarves, belts, and other accessories - and all at very affordable prices!  We also have fashion forward collections that we update every few...
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Big Woods Hike

Join Mass Audubon naturalists on a hike around Averill's Island at IRWS.
There's a walk in the woods... and then there's a walk in the woods with a naturalist. Bring your friends for a pre-Thanksgiving guided walk to discover the world of nature as plants and animals prepare for winter. Sanctuary naturalists will lead small groups as they venture out to Averill's Island...
11:30 am to 3:30 pm