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 2, 2015 1 - 11pm
October 3-12, 2015 10am - 11pm

Discover Sparhawk School

Sparhawk School Amesbury MA PreK to Grade 12. Come tour during an open house on October 24, 2015

Finding the right educational fit is a defining moment in each family’s life. Join us for our Open House and learn more. No letter, conversation or brochure can say as much as the feeling of peering into a classroom that feels like home. Our campus wide open house will include tours of the Lower Campus (PreK- 7) at 259 Elm St. in Amesbury and the Upper Campus (8-12th grade) at 196 Main St. in Amesbury. Families interested in boarding can visit the Residential Campus via shuttles from our Upper Campus.  Interested families can register for the open house by visiting or by calling 978-388-5343.

Saturday, October 24th, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 12th, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Monday, March 21st, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 14th, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Stevens-Coolidge Place Cutting Garden

Pick Your Own Bouquet at the Trustees of Reservations Stevens-Coolidge Place

The public is invited to cut your own flowers in the cutting garden (only) on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm. In addition to pick-your-own standards like zinnias, dahlias and rudbeckia, visitors will find new varieties to add pop and flair to their bouquets. The garden is fun for all ages and there is always something new to learn!

Fridays & Saturdays, July 17 - September 26, 2015 10am-Noon

Apple Orchards of the North Shore

We've assembled a list of some of our favorite apple orchards north of Boston. Many offer pick-your-own apples and apples that are available for purchase by the pound. In addition to apple picking, many of the orchards offer trail walks, farm stands, baked goods, petting farms, country stores, hay rides and other child-friendly activities.

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 2015 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Beverly Farmers' Market

Get fresh local produce at the Beverly Farmers Market in downtown Beverly Massac

This is a great farmers' market connected to a large grassy park in downtown Beverly.  There is always music and a lot of shade.  The market offers fresh local produce as well as cheese, meat, eggs, bread, muffins, dog treats, massage, jewelry, and books.  The kids have a blast playing tag, meeting new friends, and listening to music.  The park is dog friendly, has plenty of parking and access to the commuter rail. This is a wonderful spot for an impromptu picnic!

Mondays 3-7pm Through October 5, 2015

Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions in Essex

Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions come to Cogswell's Grant in Essex

Historic New England welcomes family favorite Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions for a special engagement at Cogswell's Grant . oin the Methuen Ballet Ensemble as they tell the tale of a beautiful Mermaid who discovers a shipwrecked Prince on her enchanted island. The journey begins when a massive storm hits the sea, wrecking the Prince’s boat onto an abandoned shore. Be dazzled as the Prince discovers the beautiful Mermaid and her magical sea creature friends.

Friday, September 12, 2014 5-6:30pm
Saturday, September 13, 2014 2-3:30pm
Sunday, September 14, 2014 2-3:30pm

Musical Tribute at Shalin Liu

Ghostlight Chorus will perfrom FREE at Rockport's Shalin Liu Performance Center!

Rockport Music honors the memory of late board member John Sparks with a free community concert at the Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center.  The Ghostlight Chorus is an exceptional 16-member chamber choir who performs a varied repertoire of sacred and secular a cappella compositions from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Their performances range from cathedrals to concert halls to the PS1 Benefit at MoMA New York to a live performance with the Rolling Stones.  The Press Herald hailed that “it is simply one of the best vocal ensembles I have heard in a long time.”

Wenesday, August 27, 2014 7pm
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