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 3, 2014, 1 - 11pm
When: 
October 4-13, 2014, 10am - 11pm
Location: 
Topsfield Fairgrounds

Pumpkin Carving Contest at Cape Ann Art Haven

Gloucester, Cape Ann Art Haven FREE Pumpkin Carving Party - come create art wit

All ages are welcome for our Fifth Annual Pumpkin Carving contest on Saturday the 25th! There will be some fall snacks, beautiful pumpkins to be carved, and great prizes for the winning pumpkins (both kids and adults).

When: 
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 4 - 8 p.m.
Location: 
Cape Ann Art Haven

Essex Clam Fest 2014

Enjoy food, live music and all kinds of family fun at the Essex Clam Fest!

There's no better place in New England to eat clams than Essex, Massachusetts! Now in its 32nd year, this local festival takes place in Memorial Park in downtown Essex boasts 40 to 50 food, craft, and local product vendors. The Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the 32nd 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. Local restaurants are expected to serve up their favorite chowder recipes starting at noon and ending about 2 pm.

Judges of the chowder will be announced in advance. The public will also have the opportunity to sample and vote on their favorite chowder.

In addition to the Chowder competition, an interesting variety of activities has been planned, including:

  • An arts and crafts area
  • Entertainment throughout the afternoon
  • The Lions Club Food Pavilion
  • An Ipswich Ale Station
  • Organization, church, and non-profit tables
  • Kids Rides and Games
  • A Health Fair

The crafts area and the rides will be open to the public starting at 11:00 am. For more information contact Sue Lufkin at essexmar2@verizon.net.

When: 
Saturday, October 25, 2014 11am - 4pm
Location: 
Memorial Park (Essex)

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, spooky sketches and haunting scenes, all in the autumn grandeur of Maudslay State Park. Discover parts of the park you never knew existed. Bring the whole family for a variety of tricks and treats.

When: 
Saturday & Sunday, October 18 & 19, 2014 2-4pm
When: 
Raindate: Saturday & Sunday, October 25 & 26, 2014 2-4pm

Pumpkin Day at Cogswell's Grant

Pumpkin Day at Cogswell Grant is a wonderful fall afternoon event!

Celebrate the arrival of Fall. Enjoy hay wagon rides through the field in search of the perfect pumpkin, compete in a pumpkin pie-eating contest, do crafts, play games, and try cider pressing! Enjoy hot mulled apple cider and homemade pumpkin pie. The house is open for tours of one of the country's most celebrated collections of American antiques & folk art.

When: 
Saturday, October 18, 2014 11am - 4pm
Location: 
Cogswell's Grant

Harvest Fest Make Your Own Instrument

Engage in Rockport’s annual Harvest Festival activities by making your own instrument—tambourine, maracas, guitar, and more—using fun, everyday items.  All ages are welcome to participate. Sponsored by Rockport Music. FREE

When: 
Saturday, October 18, 2014 10:00am

Rockport Harvest Fest

The Rockport HarvestFest is a family-focused event featuring live music, kids' art activities, a showcase for non-profits and community organizations, live music, and a celebration of local food! New England food producers gather under a giant tent on one of Rockport's historic corking wharves to celebrate the best of local food, fresh seafood, pastries, cider doughnuts, and more!

When: 
Saturday, October 18, 2014 10:00am - 6:00pm
Location: 
Downtown Rockport

Harvest Table with Appleton Cooks

These 'Appleton Cooks' recipes focus on the Fall Harvest at the Trustees of Rese

October is such a special time on the farm and the fields full of vegetables! We’ll celebrate the bounty of the season by preparing a truly special New England menu using the wonderful foods produced right here on the farm. Learn how to cook with pumpkins & winter squash, hearty root veggies, potatoes and more….all part of the autumn harvest that may show up on our evening’s menu! Class includes hands-on cooking, printed recipe booklet, and a casual meal at the end of the evening.

When: 
Friday, October 17, 2014 6-8:30PM
Location: 
Appleton Farms

Jan's Pitch for Breast Cancer & the Arts

Join The Essex Baseball club in a fundraiser games series at Spencer Pierce Farm

It’s Base Ball, 1861 style at Spencer Peirce Little Farm! Join the Essex Base Ball Association for the Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer Fundraiser Game Saturday October 18th beginning at 10am. Members of the vintage base ball community will gather at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, MA for a relaxed day of 3 or 4 1860’s rules games, all for a great cause. They will be raising money for breast cancer research and for inner city middle school art students in Lawrence. Last year over $6,000 was raised and while it will be tough to top that mark this year, they encourage community members to participate!

When: 
Saturday, October 18, 2014 10am-3pm

Trick or Trunk

Head to the Masonic Lodge for a fun day of trick or treating, costumes, Halloween fun, a car show and more! This event is also cobined with a food drive so bring non-perishable items to donate!

When: 
Saturday, October 18, 2014 9am-3pm
When: 
Cookout Noon-1pm
Location: 
Ipswich Masonic Lodge
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