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Rockport Maker's Festival

Come celebrate the maker spirit in downtown Rockport Massachusetts!

Shop for the perfect handmade gifts in a seaside Christmas village! Join us for a town-wide festival and holiday market, with maker-themed events in the shops, festive food, holiday music and attractions—even horse drawn carriage rides! Plan your visit today!

A Town-wide Festival!

When: 
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Sunday, December 16, 2018

Hamilton Pumpkin Fest

Hamilton Massachusetts celebrates Halloween with a Pumpkin Fest!

Pumpkin Fest is a family-friendly afternoon full of fun activities that includes pumpkin carving, activities and games, arts and crafts, a DJ and costume dance party, bouncy house and face painting from 12:30-3 p.m. All activities are open to all and free. The children's costume parade starts at 3:15 p.m. and the pumpkin illumination is at about 5 p.m. at Weaver Pond in Patton Park.

When: 
Saturday October 27, 2018

Sugar Skull Painting at NPL

Kids in Grades 6-12 are invited to NPL to paint their own sugar skull paintings in Newburyport!

Grades 6-12: Learn how to paint a sugar skull in celebration of El Dia de los Muertos with step-by-step instructions! You will leave with a beautiful completed painting! Meets in the  Program Room. Please contact Emely, Teen Services Librarian, with questions at 978-465-4428 ext.242 or nplteenlibrarian@gmail.com.

When: 
Monday, October 22, 2018 3:30-4:30pm

Essex Clam Fest 2018

Enjoy food, live music and all kinds of family fun at the Essex Clam Fest! Photo: An order of steamed clams from Woodman's of Essex

The Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the 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.

When: 
Saturday, October 20, 2018 11am - 4pm
Chowder Tasting Noon-2pm

Rockport Harvest Fest

Food, music, art and fun come together for a great family time in Rockport MA!

The annual Rockport Harvestfest celebration features the best regional bounty of the season — all in an unbeatable setting. New England food producers gather under a giant tent on one of Rockport’s historic working wharves to celebrate the best of local food with fresh lobster, chowder, pastries, grass-fed beef, wood-fired pizza, small-batch jams, locally-grown produce and more. Local craft beers and wine produced in Massachusetts are on hand, along with Rockport’s own Twin Lights, with soda crafted from the 120-year-old company’s original recipes.

When: 
Saturday, October 13, 2018 10am-5pm

STEAM TEAM at Joppa

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! We'll study how scientists and engineers have designed prosthetic legs for elephants, prosthetic beaks for eagles, and the prosthetic tail for "Winter" the Dolphin from Dolphin Tales. In collaboration with other creative and curious students, we'll work on problem-solving skills, increase your awareness of design elements in nature, and unleash your inner scientist!

When: 
Thursdays, September 13 - October 18, 2018 4:30-5:30PM

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Luxury condos at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester Massachusetts

Spirit of Place Outdoor Exhibit

Red Owl sculpture by Andreas von Huene part of the Spirit in Place Exhibit at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts
The Trustees and New England Sculptors Association are partnering to present a 6-month outdoor sculpture exhibition at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate located at 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich. The “Spirit of Place" exhibition includes 32 pieces created by New England's finest sculptors and placed in...

Saugus Iron Works Tours

Free Ranger guided tours at Saugus Iron Works!
U. S. National Park Rangers host free tours at the Saugus Iron Works. Learn about the production of iron on this site in the mid-1600s, an endeavor that was integral to the growth of the early colony. Hear about the archeological dig and reconstruction of the site in the 1940s to 1950s. Upon...

Your Pup Could Be MarketStreets First Official Mascot!

Your pup could be MarketStreet Lynnfield first official mascot! Enter to win.
Your pup could be the MarketStreet Lynnfield first official mascot! This is the contest you’ve been waiting for! The winner will be celebrated with a topiary-twin of their adorable pooch, to be displayed for a year at MarketStreet Lynnfield! Here’s how to enter. It's SUPER EASY!

Plum Island Jet Rally

The Plum Island RC Jet Rally is hosted by Plum Island Airport RC Club in Newburyport Massachusetts!
Plum Island Airport RC Club's Jet Rally is a 5 day event of RC fun! Come for 5 full days of non stop RC Jet action at the Plum Island Airport. There will be pilots from all over the East Coast and Canada showing off their impressive aircraft and piloting skills.

Todd Farm Market

Come to Todd Farm on Sunday - A classic New England Fleas Market in Rowley Massachusetts!
From early Spring to late Fall, Todd Farm is a great Sunday destination for families!  Head to the farm and explore the outdoor award-winning Market featuring up to 240 vendors from all over New England and New York!
5:00 am to 3:00 pm

Boston Public Market - Boston

Boston Public Market - Boston
The Boston Public Market is an indoor, year-round marketplace featuring 40 New England artisans and food producers housed under one roof offering fresh foods, prepared meals, crafts, and specialty items. Residents and visitors alike can find seasonal, locally sourced food from Massachusetts and New...
8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Birds, Breakfast & Binoculars

Come to Maudslay State Park in Newburyport for breakfast and birding!
Morning is a busy time for the birds so bring a beverage or breakfast snack, your binoculars and sit at a picnic table to watch their morning activity in the field.  The park interpreter will explain birding behavior and other basics, then take you on a short walk to see them nesting. 
8:30 am to 9:30 am

Rockport Fathers Day 5k

Run, walk or stroller the North Shore YMCA's Fathers Day 5k race in Rockport Massachusetts
Calling all Super Dads! Bring the whole family along for Rockport father’s day 5k/10k road race. The Rockport Father’s Day 5K is hands down the most spectacular race course in New England! Run, walk or stroll(er) this beautiful course as it winds its way along the rocky coast of Rockport. Same...
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Magnolia Farmers Market

Come enjoy the Magnolia Farmers Market on Lexington Ave every Sunday!
The Magnolia Community Farmer’s Market will reopen in June of 2019 with a new line up of vendors, followers, entertainment and community purpose.
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Newburyport Farmers' Market

Newburyport Farmers find organic locally grown produce, meat, 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

Freedom Run 5K & 1M Walk

The Freedom Run 5k benefits Stepping Stones for Stella
Join the fun in the 4th annual 5K Freedom Run & 1 mile Walk to raise money for Stepping Stones for Stella. 100% of the event proceeds are allocated to the production and shipment of Buggies to families across the country. This 5K flat/fast course will start and finish at the Temple Emanu-EL in...
9:00 am

AJH: Newborn Care Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Parent Support Group Newborn Care Class
The Newborn Care class will cover practical baby care topics that will help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for your newborn. Classes are on Sundays from 9:30am-12:00am in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital.
9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Swan Boat Rides in Boston Public Garden

Swan Boat Boston North Shore Parent, North Shore Parents Summer Activities Guide
The Public Garden may be one of the most ideal picnicking locations in Boston. Well-groomed and overflowing with tulips, cherry-trees, with willows cascading over the duck pond, the Boston Public Garden is a great place to relax during Boston's most beautiful season.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Family Day at Marini Farm

Family Day at Marini Farm in Ipswich Massachusetts
Come to Marini Farm’s Family Day Festival. Enjoy a day at the farm and celebrate Family. This great family fun event includes FREE Pony Rides (11am-3pm), Antique Tractors, Inflatables, Rope Maze, Giant Slide, Pirate Ship, Dump Truck, Jumping Pillow, Cow Train, Hayrides, Duck Races, Games, Raffles...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

North Andover Farmers' Market

North Andover Farmers Market every Sunday Through October 7, 2018.
The North Andover Farmers' Market brings local produce and foods to the heart of North Andover every Sunday!  The market will take place in the center of town at the intersection of First Street and Main Street.
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

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...
10:00 am to 1:00 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

Endicott Park Family Fishing Festival, Danvers

Endicott Park Family Fishing Festival, Danvers
Celebrate the arrival of warm weather by attending MassWildlife Endicott Park Family Fishing Festival, Danvers. There events are for adults, kids, and families who want to learn how to fish in a non-competitive environment.
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Fathers Day on Beauport Princess!

Take dad on a cruise on Gloucester Harbor aboard Beauport Princess!
Take a tour aboard the beautiful Beauport Princess Cruiseline on Gloucester Harbor ith Dad this Father's Day! Create a memory of a lifetime for your Dad by surprising him with tickets to our Father's Day Lunch Cruise. Enjoy Gloucester Harbor while dining on a delicious feast, all while being...
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

MIT Museum's Idea Hub

Families can learn through hands-on science at MIT Museum's Idea Hub in Cambridge Massachusetts
Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D programs, and a variety of other hands-on making and tinkering topics! Drop in each week and try out one of our many activities. Free with Museum admission for kids ages 12 and up.
Where: MIT Museum
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Vintage BaseBall at Spencer-Peirce Little Farm

Come see how baseball used to be played at Spencer Pierce Little Farm. Photo: Matthew Muise Photography
It’s Base Ball, 1861 style at Spencer Peirce Little Farm! These fun, historically accurate games feature underhand pitching and no gloves are allowed. A ball bounced once and caught is an out! Snacks, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase. Come and see for yourself how this game was...
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Peter Pan Panto

Theater in the Open presents a Peter Pan Panto at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport Massachusetts
Join us for the official kickoff of the Theater in the Open 40th Anniversary Season! Edward Speck and Joshua Shack know that we need a spring panto to celebrate the change in seasons at Maudslay State Park. This year, they’ll collaborate to create another completely original panto based on a...
2:00 pm

Father's Day Bluegrass BBQ

Fathers Day Bluegrass BBQ at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts
Bring a picnic blanket and load up the kids for a summer evening on the farm to celebrate the special fathers in your life. Enjoy dinner from a variety of local food trucks and beer from Ipswich Ale and Old Planters Brewery. Live bluegrass from Old Cold Tater!
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Friday, June 21

Dungeons and Dragons Club at NPL

Grades 6-12: Grab your twenty-sided die and join in on the action and adventure as we campaign our way through the world of Dungeons and Dragons. No experience is necessary. Materials will be provided.
3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

Solstice Ipswich Farmers Market

Come celebrate the first day of summer at this one-time Farmers Market on the Ipswich Middle Green!
Come celebrate the first day of summer at this one-time Farmers Market on the Ipswich Middle Green! We'll have local produce, tasty treats, live music from Bottles and Cans, native plants for your garden, local crafts and more!
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Ipswich Farmers Market Pop-up

Ipswich Pop-up Farmers Market
Ipswich Farmer's Market is very excited very excited to announce that we will be attending a single spring Ipswich Farmers' Market on Friday June 21st from 4:00-7:00 pm and we would love for you to be a part of it!
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Family Paddle the Ipswich River

North Shore Nature Programs invites you to a free session of paddling along the Ipswich River!
Join us for a relaxing evening paddle on the Ipswich River. The Ipswich River Watershed Association will lend us canoes for the evening as we explore the lower reaches of the river. We can expect to see a wide variety of birds as well as turtles, fish, and perhaps otters!
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Family Dusk Paddles: Summer Solstice

Take a paddle on the Summer Solstice and explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary!
Explore the Ipswich River on the Summer Soltice! The longest day of the year is almost upon us, and what a fun way to start the summer! Join us for a paddle to observe nature from the river as we look for plants and animals that are equally excited for summer. This special paddle ends with s'mores...
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Summer Solstice Fairy Houses

Come help build a fairy home at the Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary and celebrate the Summer Solstice!
The summer solstice, or longest day of the year, is also known as the most active day of the year for fairies. On this enchanted fairy holiday, it is traditional in some cultures to leave gifts or offerings for the fairies. Join us as we venture into the forest to create fairy houses.
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Harry And The Potters at SFL

Free events for northshore families
Harry and the Potters!
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Astronomy After Hours at the MOS Observatory

Come to the Museum of Science rooftop for free stargazing and astronomy related
Tucked away on the roof of the Museum's parking garage, the Gilliland Observatory is a wonderful resource for our starry-eyed public. On clear nights, you can view stars, planets, the Moon, and other astronomical phenomena. On cloudy nights, tour the inside of the Observatory, and participate in...
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Saturday, June 22

Choate Island Hike

Tour the Choate House on this guided exploration of Choate Island.
Choate Island is the crown jewel of the Crane Wildlife Refuge and is only accessible by boat. Enjoy one stunning view after the next on this rare chance to explore the cultural and natural history of the island. Walk a 1.5 mile network of carriageways and footpaths that lead past The Proctor Barn,...

Saugus Iron Works Tours

Free Ranger guided tours at Saugus Iron Works!
U. S. National Park Rangers host free tours at the Saugus Iron Works. Learn about the production of iron on this site in the mid-1600s, an endeavor that was integral to the growth of the early colony. Hear about the archeological dig and reconstruction of the site in the 1940s to 1950s. Upon...
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