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.

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

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.

When: 
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!

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

Schooner Festival Fireworks

The Gloucester Schooner Festival will light up Gloucester Harbor with Fireworks!

Following the Gloucester Schooner Festival's Parade of lights in Gloucester Harbor, A fireworks display will light up the sky over Gloucester Harbor to celebrate a great day of maritime history and tradition.  Good vantage points for viewing fireworks include Gloucester's Boulevard, Stage Fort Park, Pavilion Beach and the Park at Fort Point.

When: 
Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 9:15pm
Location: 
Gloucester Harbor

Ipswich Farmers Market

The Ipswich Farmers Market is every Friday 4-7pm on the South Village Green

Farm fresh vegetables, fruit, honey, maple syrup, eggs, herbs, flowers, local artisans and featured community initiatives as well as lively entertainment weekly! The Ipswich Farmers Market vision is “To support a vibrant local food-based economy and help nurture a more sustainable community.” The 2014 season runs from June 20-October 17.

When: 
Fridays, June 20 - October 17, 2014 4-7 p.m. rain or shine

Gloucester Schooner Festival 2014

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!

When: 
Labor Day Weekend, August 29-September 31, 2014
When: 
Rain Date: Monday September 1, 2014
Location: 
Downtown Gloucester
Location: 
Gloucester Harbor

Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Fridays

Free family events all summer north of Boston, Northshore, Cape Ann

The Highland Street Foundation invites Massachusetts residents and tourists to visit designated cultural attractions every Friday this summer with free admission. You do not need to register or obtain a ticket. Just show up and enjoy!

When: 
Each Friday through August 29, 2014

Crane Estate Picnic Concert - Orville Giddings Band

Orville Giddings brings boogie blues music to Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in

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."

When: 
Thursday, August 28, 2014 7:00-9:00 pm

Cape Ann Farmers' Market

The Cape Ann Farmers Market is one of many North Shore Farmers' Markets

At the Cape Ann Farmers' Market you'll find plenty of farm-fresh produce, meat & local seafood, as well as lots of fun stuff for the entire family. There are activities like finger painting for the kids and cooking demonstrations for “Top Chef” wanna-bes, and melt-in-your-mouth local gelato. 

When: 
Thursdays June 12 through October 9, 2014 3pm - 6:30pm
Location: 
Stage Fort Park

Doggie Maze Daze at Marini Farm

Marini Farm hosts Doggie Maze Days as a fundraiser for the Ipswich Humane Societ

The Ipswich Humane Group is teaming up with Marini Farm in Ipswich to host a Doggy Maze Daze Fundraiser to support the Ipswich animal shelter. One weekend only Marini Farm will open the corn maze for pet owners and their four legged friends! Guests can bring their canine companions and get lost in the maze!

When: 
Saturday, September 6, 2014 10am-6pm
When: 
Sunday, September 7, 2014 10am-6pm
Location: 
Marini Farm
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