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Cape Ann Makers Markdet held at Ocean Alliance headquarters on Rocky Neck in Gloucester Massachusetts.
Cape Ann Makers Market, 2021 Summer Market is a great way to see what local makers and artisans have to offer! The market will have indoor and outdoor spots for makers looking to offer their goods to the community. Our goal is to promote shopping alternatives to support our Cape Ann makers, local environment, and local economy.
Location: Ocean Alliance
Ward Reservation Pride Outside Hike Series hosted by the Trustees of Reservations
Come and explore Ward Reservation with The Trustees and McVAGLY (Merrimack Valley Alliance of GLBT Youth) on this evening hike. Ward Reservation boasts 12 miles of trails and the highest point in Essex County where we’ll catch the sunset upon the conclusion of our hike. Among the highlights of the walk will be the quaking bog, scenic vistas and historic apple orchards. We will enjoy the beauty of June in New England, learn some basic plant identification, and also enjoy an activity provided by our friends at ReVision Energy.
Location: Stevens-Coolidge Place
The Stevens to Stevens trail head in North Andover.
Hike one of North Andover’s lesser-known trails and learn a little tree identification along the way! Come check out the Stevens to Stevens Trail, a scenic trail connecting the Old Center Common to Weir Hill to Osgood Hill. We'll meet at the North Andover Merchant Association Fall Festival on the Common, across the street from the trail entrance on Mass Ave.
Location: Stevens-Coolidge Place
Befriend the Barnyard is a great chance to get close to our Appleton Farms stars in a relaxed and educational setting.
You’ve seen the cow herds in the fields—now, get ready to meet the animals in the barnyard! Befriend the Barnyard is a great chance to get close to our farm stars in a relaxed and educational setting. Our friendly barnyard staff will help you and your family approach and pet the livestock animals. Come with your questions and curiosity!
Location: Appleton Farms
In lieu of the Traditional July 4th parade in Manchester by the Sea, 2021 will host a house decorating contest!
There will be no traditional 4th of July Parade in Manchester by the Sea for 2021.  Instead we will be asking families to enter their houses into a house decorating contest.  Just as we have done with floats, we will have an online form to fill out.  Households are asked to decorate their house or yard, however they would like to decorate their own address.  Please only residents of that household should participate in the decorating.  Houses that can be seen from the street may enter.
Location: Downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea
Enjoy a sunset sail with dad aboard the Schooner Thomas Lannon on Fathers Day!
Join us for a Father's Day Sunset Sail! Sit back with a beverage and enjoy the sunset, or help the crew raise the sails as we head out through Gloucester's scenic working waterfront.
Location: Schooner Thomas E. Lannon
Flint Public Library holds a yarn crafting Flint Public Library holds a yarn crafting take and make kits for teens and tweens! for teens and tweens!
Looking for a craft to keep you busy? No prob-llama! Stop by The Flint to take one of our Woven Llama craft kits! Tweens & teens are welcome to enjoy making their own woven llama craft with our take and make kits available via lobby pick-up beginning Tuesday, June 15 while supplies last.
Location: Flint Public Library
Hike Appleton Farms with your family under the Full Moon!
Celebrate the full moon with a special evening hike guided by lunar light, led by Appleton staff. Be sure to wear weather appropriate clothing and boots or shoes that are appropriate for hiking in potentially wet and muddy spots or over uneven terrain. All hikes are weather permitting.
Location: Appleton Farms
Celebrate the strawberry harvest at Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury Massachusetts!
It's strawberry season and that means we are celebrating the magical, classical combo of sliced farm strawberries, homemade sweet biscuits and fluffy whipped cream. Pure joy! Find the shortcakes made to order next to the Hard Cider Bar on the main lawn. $5 each. Additional snacks and drinks available.
Location: Cider Hill Farm
NEER North is thrilled to be a part of the Animal Rescue day at the beautiful Tattersall Farm Grounds in Haverhill, MA
Trustees of Tattersall Farm are hosting a free guinea pig petting zoo and Animal Adoption Day at the Farm, 542 North Broadway, on Sunday, June 13, from noon to 3 p.m. Sheep, bunny, minihorse, and dog rescue leagues will be included. This event will help area rescue leagues to find loving homes for their various animals. Stop by and see these adorable animals!
Location: Tattersall Farm


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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

Farmstead Story Hour

Kids can meet the barnyard animals and hear a story at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts.
Barnyard stories really come to life when you get to see the main characters in real life! Bring the kids down to Appleton Farms for our farm fresh version of story time. Explore the farmstead, visit our learning garden, see our cows and rabbits, and find a spot to play under a shady tree in our...
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Ipswich Downtown Tuesdays

Ipswich Downtown Tuesdays includes great dining live music, dancing & extended shopping hours for shopping Downtown Ipswich Tuesday evenings!
Ipswich Downtown Tuesdays includes great dininglive music, dancing on the Riverwalk  & extended shopping hours for shopping Downtown Ipswich Tuesday evenings!  Each week will feature live entertainment on the Riverwalk, making for a fun evening out for the whole family!
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, August 7


Manchester Festival by the Sea celebrates art on Cape Ann and the local bounty of Artistry.
The Festival by the Sea is an annual event hosted by the Manchester Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, this all-day extravaganza taps into the long-line of local talent with musical and artistic performers alike. Festival by the Sea is a celebration of the things that are synonymous with...
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

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

AJH: Childbirth Education Class Options

Support group for moms at Anna Jaques Hospital. Best Hospital for Families
Congratulations: you are pregnant!  Anna Jaques Hospital Birth Center class is for mothers and partners during the last trimester of pregnancy to learn skills needed for the childbirth experience such as breathing methods, relaxation techniques, and comfort measures.
10:00 am to 8:31 pm

Teen Naturalist Training at Joppa Flats

Join Mass Audubon for a volunteer training opportunity for teens at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport Massachusetts!
Are you a young person who loves being outdoors, cares about the environment, and wants to share your knowledge with others? Take your first step toward becoming a Teen Naturalist volunteerr with these trainings. You'll work with our staff and other youth exploring local habitats, collecting...
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Public Skate & Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Waterfront Concert: Foreigners Journey

Foreigner Journey performs free at Waterfront Park during Newbuyrport Yankee Homecoming!
The Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert Series is proud to present the Foreigners Journey – An incredible show of the sights and sounds of Foreigner and Journey. Bringing together the incredible sounds of two of rocks greatest arena bands of the 80’s – Foreigner & Journey. Experience the rock...
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Yankee Homecoming Fireworks

Yankee Homecoming will once again hold its traditional grand finale fireworks.
Display performed and partially sponsored by Atlas. Co-sponsored by various local merchants, banks and the citizens of Newburyport. Bring your blanket or chair, sit and relax, listen to the concert and get ready for the oohs and aahhhs. A spectacular fireworks display is being planned for your...
9:15 pm

Sunday, August 8

Annual National Sand Sculpting Festival

The Annual Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival is a fun family event that inspires the inner artist in all of us! The festival is a greatly anticipated annual summer event in the Greater Boston area with approximately 900,000 attendees. Master sand sculptors from around the world compete...
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