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Come to Lynch Park for the Beverly Homecoming 5k starting from Lynch Park!
Beverly Yankee Homecoming 5k Road Race (Live if permitted and Virtual). Don't miss this historic Beverly Yankee Homecoming 5K Road Race! The neighbors line the streets to cheer you on along this flat course that stretches through ocean side suburbs and ends with a fast, picturesque finish. It’s Homecoming!
Location: Lynch Park
Kite Day at Cogswell Grant is a wonderful fall afternoon event for North Shore families
Come fly a kite at Cogswell's Grant! Bring your own kite or build one of your own, and watch professional kite flyers from Kites Over New England. Supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Location: Cogswell's Grant
Art in the Barn is a fundraiser for the Essex County Greenbelt Association Essex Mass
Art in the Barn is recognized as one of the North Shore’s premier art events, featuring the most talented artists in the region. An annual event for over 30 years, the show normally takes place at Greenbelt's headquarters, Cox Reservation in Essex, and this year we will bring the fine art paintings, pottery, jewelry, sculpture and photography online. Artists generously donate 50% of their sales to support the land conservation mission of Essex County Greenbelt Association.
Topsfield Fair is one of the longest running annual fairs in the United States
The Topsfield Fair is a perennial favorite for us.  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.
Location: Topsfield Fairgrounds
Topsfield Fair opens the gates at 1pm Friday! Topsfield Fair is one of the longe
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.
Location: Topsfield Fairgrounds
Come cut your own tulips at Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury Massachusetts
Over 50,000 tulips are scheduled to bloom at Cider Hill Farm at the end of April - beginning of May at cider Hill Farm and we you to come pick your own! Pre-sale tickets for cut-your-own tulips are made available as conditions allow so visit the page for the most updated information. All tickets will go live approx. 48 hours in advance. Expect tickets to become available mid-April through early May. Picking will be 7 days a week (weather depending). Early ticket sales are not available.
Location: Cider Hill Farm
Proceeds from the Open Door Empty Bowl dinner benefit community programs.
The Open Door hosts a new twist on an old tradition. Join The Open Door to mark the 20th Anniversary of this beloved community event. Empty Bowl TO GO is by appointment only with a drive-thru experience at The Open Door in Gloucester. 
Location: The Open Door
Enjoy a unique Spring shopping experience at the Cape Ann Makers Market in Gloucester Massachusetts
Cape Ann Makers Market, 2021 Spring Market is a great way to see what local makers and artisans have to offer! Weather permitting this will be an outdoor event, otherwise will be held indoors. Pleases also note, we'll be doing our best to make this a safe holiday shopping experience for all with masks required, hand sanitizer available, number of people in shop at a time may be limited. Great Mother's Day gift ideas are offered by the following vendors:
Fiesta Sunday hosts races, sports events, childrens' games and live music!
The St. Peter's Fiesta, Gloucester's annual salute to its fishermen, religious celebration, and five-day carnival and family fun fest is a  fun, safe tradition for families to enjoy.The festival is sponsored by the Italian-American fishing community of Gloucester, and has all kinds of family oriented activities and events that celebrate the Italian and fishing traditions of the oldest sea port in the United States!
Location: Saint Peter's Square, Pavilion Beach Gloucester, Stacey Boulevard
Wednesday night is the unofficial 1st night of Saint Peter's Fiesta in Glouceste
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Fiesta has been canceled for 2021. The St. Peter's Fiesta, Gloucester's annual salute to its fishermen, religious celebration, and five-day carnival and family fun fest — swings into gear Wednesday, June 26, 2019. The festival is sponsored by the Italian-American fishing community of Gloucester. It's a fun, safe tradition for families to enjoy.
Location: Saint Peter's Square

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North shore Nursery School NOW ENROLLING  FOR FALL 2020

Tinkerhaus Kids' Art on the Rail Trail

Join Tinkerhaus on the Clipper City Rail Trail for artistic fun in Newburyport!
Join Tinkerhaus for free weekly sessions for Kids 3 and up on the Clipper City Rail Trail  between High and Low Street, right by the Toy Train. Wear clothes that can get wet and messy. We will explore a large variety of materials.
9:30 am to 10:30 am

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

AJH: Mother & Baby Newborns: 0-6 Weeks

Mother and Baby, Newborn Support Groups aAnna Jaques Hospital
MOTHER & BABY GROUPS Anna Jaques Hospital is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and questions that arise after going home. This new group (for moms, grandmothers, and female caregivers only) is focused...
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Waterfront Movie: Up

Watch Disney's Up under the stars at Waterfront Park in Newburyport
What could be better than a free movie viewed outside at Waterfront Park on a warm summer night? Bring a blanket andd enjoy a Summer Blockbuster under the stars with your family!
8:00 pm

Friday, August 13

Open Air Ecology for Families: The Sandy Beach Habitat

Kids and families are invited to come explore the sandy beach habitat naturalists from the Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport.
No need to face the long lines, parking challenges, and crowds at the beach for this great summertime activity. Join Mass Audubon at Joppa Flats in the riverside yard at Joppa Flats instead! Learn how to identify wild creatures, design small habitats, participate in small group challenges, and more...
12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Open Air Ecology for Families: Insects and Spiders

Kids and families are invited to come explore the world of bugs and spiders with naturalists from the Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport.
No need to face the long lines, parking challenges, and crowds at the beach for this great summertime activity. Join Mass Audubon at Joppa Flats in the riverside yard at Joppa Flats instead! Learn how to identify wild creatures, design small habitats, participate in small group challenges, and more...
12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Saturday, August 14

Kids Sail Free on the Schooner Lannon

Kids ride free on the 10am Saturday Cruise on the Lannon through Summer
Schooner Thomas E. Lannon is a fixture on the Gloucester Harbor vista throughout the day in the warm months, but to really experience the Lannon, you need to come aboard and go for a cruise!  Sail and see lighthouses, castles, scenic beaches, and magnificent waterfront homes.
12:00 am to 11:59 pm

CranePaddle: Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck River

Take a guided kayak paddle adventure on the Castle Neck River with the Trustees of Reservations!
One of the best was to enjoy the natural beauty of the Massachusetts North Shore is kayaking the placid waters of the Great Marsh—the largest continuous stretch of salt marsh in New England, extending from Cape Ann to New Hampshire. The Castle Neck peninsula on the Crane Estate is a vast barrier...
12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Farmhouse Wood-Fired at Appleton Farms

Join the Trustees at Farmhouse Wood-Fired every Thursday through Sunday, throughout the summer and fall. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets for a perfect wood-fired dining experience surrounded by the idyllic beauty of Appleton Farms. The menu will change weekly, featuring local and...
12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Marblehead Farmers' Market

Find fresh local produce and other foods at the Marblehead Farmer's Market!
The Marblehead Farmer's Market boasts 15+ local farms, and booths with an educational spin nutrition, vendors and farms selling homemade prepared goods and craft vendors that are switched up in a rotation basis week to week. Additionally there are entertainers and exhibits by environmentally...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Collins Cove Pickup Basketball

Kids can join the Collins cove Pcikup basketball ever saturday at Collins Cove Park in Slem Massachusetts!
Kids in grades 4-7 are invited to Collins Cove Park in salem for a pickup basketball game every Saturday!
9:00 am

Rockport Farmers' Market

The Rockport Farmers' Market runs every Saturday at Rockport Music in Downtown Rockport!
Produce and locally-grown and made farm products can be purchased on-site from our farmers from 10am-1pm at the Rockport Farmers Market. Just stop by, follow our protocols, and buy fresh food directly from your farmers and food producers! A huge thank you to Rockport Music for their generosity in...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Second Saturdays at Cape Ann Museum

Second Satrudays mean free admission for local Families at Cape Ann Museum!
The Museum is free all day for Cape Ann residents on the second Saturday of every month in 2021! The second Saturday of every month is free for Cape Ann families. Pre-registration and timed tickets are required.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm