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Explore Choate Island with your family and experience the beauty of Essex Bay!
Spend a day with us in celebration of Choate Island – the crown jewel of the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Here deer and foxes roam through fields that once housed herds of sheep, and osprey fly over breathtaking views of Essex Bay. The island was first home to indigenous farmers and fishers, then to generations of the Choate family, and was later a retreat for Cornelius and Mine Crane, who loved the place so much they decided to be buried at the summit. Your day may take you on any adventure you choose, including hiking through miles of walking trails, observing wild landscapes with a fall treat in hand, hearing first-hand accounts of island life and history, and taking self-guided explorations of the historical Proctor Barn and Choate House.
Location: Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Families are invited to join us for a celebration of all things arboreal, on a guided hike through the Castle hill grounds in Ipswich Massachusetts
Take a deep breath and thank the trees! Families are invited to join us for a celebration of all things arboreal, on a guided hike through the Castle hill grounds, woodland trails, and pine grove, while learning all about both the natural and non-native/introduced trees living here. Participants will use all five senses to meet a tree; learn to ID trees via their leaves, bark, and seeds; discover unique adaptations for survival; and gain an expanded appreciation for all the benefits and ecosystem services that trees provide.
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
CraneExplorer events are designed to appeal to families with children ages 5-12 at the Crane Estate in Ipswich MA
While enjoying beautiful views of Fox Creek, Cedar Point, Steep Hill Beach, and the Grane Allee, families will discover coastal habitats and historic structures on this ~2-hour hike through the trails, grounds, and gardens of Castle Hill. Participants will learn about and make observations in salt marsh, dune, and beach coastal habitats, and tour the outdoor historic and cultural spaces at Castle Hill such as the gardens, Casino, and Grande Allee. CraneExplorer guides will lead participants in engaging all 5 senses to make observations in nature, and share stories that encourage families to travel back in time and imagine life as a Crane.
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Appleton Farm's Farm Days Fall Festival will have lots of fun, food and live music in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Come celebrate and support Appleton Farms at our annual Farm Days Fall Festival! Bring your friends, family, neighbors and everyone you know for some good old fashion fun on the farm. This event is perfect for all ages. Your ticket and attendance support Appleton Farms continued effort to provide quality food, programs and space for our community.
Location: Appleton Farms
Rowley Farmers Market - a seasonal open-air market every Sunday July-September on Rowley Common
The Rowley Farmers Market is an open air market held on Sundays on the Rowley Town Common.  There's always a great selection of fresh local produce, food stuffs and locally hand-made goods. Come pick up some great locally grown food, freshly baked bread by Faith Anne's Unique bread, specialty teas and herbals by Dawn's Herbal, locally made yarn from Spin a Yarn Farms, locally made maple syrup and honey from local bee keepers.
Location: Rowley Town Common
Adults celebrate Halloween at Witches Night Out in Newburyport!
Hosted by Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and downtown merchants. On Friday night, October 22nd, the streets of Newburyport and Tannery Marketplace will be filled with witches, ghosts, vampires, and other Halloween characters for Witches' Night Out!
Location: the streets of Newburyport, Tannery Marketplace
Come to the Stevens-Coolidge Place for a fun night along the Pumpkin Trail in North Andover Massachusetts!
Join The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens-Coolidge Place for a Pumpkin Trail for a magical treat! Children and their caregivers are invited to visit Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens for a Nocturnal Trail magical treat!
Location: Stevens-Coolidge Place
Join the Trustees & Bianca of Within Wild Light in a mindful journey up Holt Hill under the light of the full moon at Ward Reservation in Andover!
Join the Trustees & Bianca of Within Wild Light in a mindful journey up Holt Hill under the light of the full moon. Together, we will gather for a meditative hike up the trail as night falls, and circle for a gentle guided meditation beneath the moon & stars. Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and unique tastes of evening in the magic of Ward Reservation. May this practice nourish your being and settle your mind as you return for a peaceful slumber at the end of the night.
Location: Ward Reservation
Manchester by the Sea celebrates their 375th Anniversary with a town-wide parade. The traditional July 4th Parade Route will be followed.
Location: Downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea
Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awarness GNOCA will host the annual 5k Run/Walk  in Honor of Jackie Poor & Paula Holm
GNOCA's 5K Run/Walk in Honor of Jackie Poor & Paula Holm is a 5k Run or Family Friendly Stroll through Scenic Newburyport starting & ending at Michael's Harborside. Tee Shirts will be given to the First 100 Registrants. All participating runners will be assigned numbers and timed. Great Prizes for Age Category Winners!
Location: the streets of Newburyport

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Manchester 375th Scavenger Hunt

The Manchester Essex Conservation Trust Scavenger is a healthy challenge for the entire family!
—During the month of September explore conservation lands, learn a bit about Manchester’s history, and have some fun! Accept the challenge to visit multiple locations at surrounding conservation areas, learn some history and celebrate the 375th Anniversary of the founding of Manchester by the Sea!...
7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Sculpture at Maudslay

Artists will install their sculptures at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport for public viewing!
Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the 22nd Annual Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay Exhibit September 12 through October 2 featuring 50 site specific sculptures by local artists addressing this year’s theme, ‘Reach’ within the magnificence of Maudslay State Park in Newburyport. Look for the large...
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, "The Music Maze"! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all, visiting the barnyard animals.
9:00 am to 5:59 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician, Brian...
10:00 am to 10:45 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

Cape Ann Farmers' Market

Cape Ann Farmers Market will be held at Harbor Loop in Gloucester Massachsuetts for the 2021 Season!
CAFM is an award winning not for profit market that has become part of the fabric of Cape Ann’s foodscape. CAFM supports small local farmers, fisherman, and food producers which in turn helps to strengthen the local economy. Buying local produce at CAFM helps support and conserve over 500 acres of...
3:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Harbor Loop Summer Concert Series at Stage Fort Park

The Harbor Loop Summer Concert Series is back with live music and a new venue location!  The weekly Thursday night concerts will be held at Stage Fort Park’s Antonio Gentile Bandstand from 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm.  Check out the 2021 program line-up:
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

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Sculpture at Maudslay

Artists will install their sculptures at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport for public viewing!
Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the 22nd Annual Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay Exhibit September 12 through October 2 featuring 50 site specific sculptures by local artists addressing this year’s theme, ‘Reach’ within the magnificence of Maudslay State Park in Newburyport. Look for the large...
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Manchester 375th Scavenger Hunt

The Manchester Essex Conservation Trust Scavenger is a healthy challenge for the entire family!
—During the month of September explore conservation lands, learn a bit about Manchester’s history, and have some fun! Accept the challenge to visit multiple locations at surrounding conservation areas, learn some history and celebrate the 375th Anniversary of the founding of Manchester by the Sea!...
7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, "The Music Maze"! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all, visiting the barnyard animals.
9:00 am to 5:59 pm

Trails & Sails 2021

Explore the North Shore with over 150 Free Events in Essex National Heritage Area's Trails & Sails celebration.
Essex National Heritage Area sites will offer over 150 free family fun events from September 17-26, 2021 for the annual celebration of TRAILS & SAILS. Discover special places in your backyard and be guided through unique landscapes on land and sea, explore historic properties, and take in...
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Crescent Farm Corn Maze

Crescent Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
Imagine the biggest puzzle you’ve ever seen. Now imagine a day in the sunshine with your friends or family. Now add an adventure that takes teamwork and memory skills. All these things and more can be found at Crescent Farms Corn Maze. Crescent Farm Corn Maze trails cut into 9 acres of corn. Inside...
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Marini Farm Corn Maze

The 2020 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Come to Marini Farm for a fun journey through our corn maze! The Maze Park, corn maze, farm stand, bakery and other attractions provide a great destination for kids birthday parties, school trips, corporate team building, scout outings, and family activities. Marini Farm is located in beautiful...
10:00 am to 10:00 pm

The Story Behind the Dory

Learn about Lowell's Boat Shop on this guided Trails and Sails Tour
Visit Lowell’s Boat Shop  for a guided tour during Trails & Sails 2021! Founded in 1793, Lowell’s Boat Shop is the oldest continuously operating wooden boat shop in the United States. Now a National Historic Landmark, Lowell’s continues to build wooden boats in the traditional method, with a...
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saugus Iron Works Tours

Free Ranger guided tours at Saugus Iron Works as part of Trails and Sails
Join the staff at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site for a tour of the industrial site which will include operating water wheels and discussions on the iron making process. Stay for a second presentation, a demonstration of blacksmithing techniques.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Historic Dogtown: A Walk Back in Time

Hike the trails of Dogtown in Gloucester with Cape Ann Museum
Dogtown is all of these things and more. But first, it is a place where proud people once lived and worked, at the center of Gloucester, for nearly 150 years – until it became “Dogtown” and died out. This tour will take you down the main roads of this early settlement, to meet some of the people,...
Where: Dogtown
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Historic Dogtown: A Walk Back in Time

Hike the trails of Dogtown in Gloucester with Cape Ann Museum
Dogtown is all of these things and more. But first, it is a place where proud people once lived and worked, at the center of Gloucester, for nearly 150 years – until it became “Dogtown” and died out. This tour will take you down the main roads of this early settlement, to meet some of the people,...
Where: Dogtown
10:00 am to 12:00 pm