All Ages

Topsfield Fair

Topsfield Fair is one of the longest running annual fairs in the United States

The Topsfield Fair is a perennial favorite for us.  We're not the biggest fans of the midway, although it is always worth a walkthrough and a ride or two.  We love fruits and vegetables, and are always on the lookout for the winning 'biggest pumpkin'.  Another favorite is checking out the pigs and other farm animals, as well as the interesting variety of guinea pigs and rabbits.

October 4, 2013, 1 - 11pm
October 5-14, 2013, 10am - 11pm
Topsfield Fairgrounds

Marini Farm Corn Maze

The 2014 Marini Farm Corn Maze "Spookly Brings a World of Smiles" tells the tale

The 2014 Marini Farm Corn Maze "Spookly Brings a World of Smiles" tells the tale of Spookly the square pumpkin - a tale with a strong anti-bullying message! Take the challenge of finding your way throughthe maze with your frinde ans and enjoy lots of fun activities afterwards! There are hayrides, a jumping pillow, giant inflatables, a funky pumpkin trace, a corn house, an apple cannon, a mini maze for the little ones, a rope maze and more!

Every Day beginning Sept. 6 -November 1, 2014 10-6
Marini Farm

Trails & Sails 2014

Explore the North Shore with over 150 Free Events in Essex National Heritage Are

Essex National Heritage Area sites will offer over 150 free family fun events over the weekends of September 19-21 and September 26-28, 2014 for the 13th annual celebration of TRAILS & SAILS. Participants can hike, bike, paddle, stroll or sail through the region and Essex National Heritage Area will provide a passport to FREE fun and adventure.

September 19-21, 2014
September 26-28, 2014

Historic Ice House Tours - Sundays

Tour Cape Pond Ice and chill wioth the coolest guys in town!

Chill with the coolest guys in town! Enjoy a cool visit to Cape Pond Ice Company, icing Gloucester's fleet since 1848. We were featured in Sebastian Junger's account of The Perfect Storm. Tours highlight the history of the ice industry, with vintage film of natural ice harvests. See first hand 300-pound block ice being made (up to 350 tons per day), fishing vessels taking on ice and ice sculptures being carved in our historic icehouse on Gloucester's working waterfront.

Fridays, September 19 & 26, 2014 2-3pm
Saturdays, September 20 & 27, 2014 11am-Noon or 1-2pm
Sundays, September 21 & 28, 2014 11am-Noon
Cape Pond Ice

American Music and Harvest Festival - Sunday

The American Music & Harvest Festival ius a fun benefit music festival for NEF!

Enjoy two days of music, baseball, and farm activities featuring four centuries of American music. Featuring Soule Monde, Entrain, Driftwood, and many more, this festival celebrates everything from traditional to bluegrass, funk, folk, and beyond.  This fundraiser event will help support programs for local education funds, schools and educational foundations.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 11am-8pm
Sunday, September 28, 2014 11am-5pm

Swampscott Farmer's Market

The Swampscott Farmers Market happens every Sunday through October.

Rain or shine, the Swampscott Farmers’ Market features a wide variety of produce, meats, fish, breads, flowers and crafts from farmers, food producers, and artisans from around Massachusetts and nearby New England states. Anchoring the market, Swampscott will have Clark Farm providing a large variety of produce, as well as John Crow Farms bringing produce, meats and poultry. Other vendors include Maitland Mountain Farms (known for their pickles and flowers), Fille de Ferme (producer of homemade jams and jellies), Cherry Street Fish Market, Big Sky Breads, and more.

Sundays, June - October 10am-1pm

The 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 delicious food. Live music every week!

Sundays, May - November 2014 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tannery Marketplace

Digging for History at the Homestead

Digging for History at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers MA

Come get dirty at Rebecca Nurse Homestead and become an archaeologist for the day! The Rebecca Nurse Homestead was at the center of a summer archaeology program, run by the University of Southern Maine and Phillips Andover Academy, teaching students of all ages how to become archaeologists. Now it’s your turn.

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 11am-4pm
Sunday, September 28, 2014, 11am-4pm

Hospital Point Lighthouse Open House

Take a tour of this historic Beverly landmark thats usually closed to the public

One of Beverly's most familiar landmarks, this lighthouse commands a spectacular view of Salem Sound, and 3 other lighthouses. An enduring monument to Beverly's nautical heritage, it is one of 5 Massachusetts lighthouses that still retains its original Fresnel lens.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 Noon - 4 pm

Climb Up City Hall Tower

Climb up the tower of Gloucester's City Hall as part of Trails and Sails!

Get your blood flowing as you climb up the clock and bell tower of Gloucester's magnificent City Hall to the belfry level, accompanied by members of the City Hall Restoration Commission. At the belfry level you will look down on Gloucester's civic center and, weather depending, beyond to Thacher Island's twin lighthouses, to Ipswich Bay and Magnolia.

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 1-3pm
Sunday, September 28, 2014, 1-2:30pm
Gloucester City Hall
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