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Reid's Ride is a true North Shore event where participants travel at their own pace along the town and country roads of Essex County
This is the 17th year of Reid's Ride 28-Mile Bike Ride.  Because of social-distancing and other restriction imposed by COVID last year and continuing to this year, we have had to run this and last year's Reid's Ride as Virtual Events.  Hopefully in 2022 we'll resume our traditional event as a group bike ride from Lynnfield High School to our finish line activities at Stage Fort Park Gloucester for music, refreshments, awards, raffles and booths.
Location: Lynnfield High School, Stage Fort Park
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 local, productive farmland that is cultivated by our vendors.
Location: Harbor Loop Gloucester
The Persied Meteor Shower promises a great show if the skies are clear!
The Perseid meteor show is an annual astronomy event that happens on Earth between mid- July and late August.  In 2021, the Perseids will be peaking on August 12th, with the best viewing being August 11-13!  Many meteors will be visible in the night sky as Earth passes through the debris trail left by the passage of comet Sift-Tuttle.  This years showers should have up to 15-20 meteors per hour and the best time to view them is the dark hours before dawn. The Perseids this year will have to compete with light from the full moon, which tends to wash out the short-lived streaks of light the meteors create. In years when there’s no moonlight, NASA says, the Perseids typically produce more than 60 shooting stars per hour.
Salem Heritage Festival Annual Phillips House Car Meet Salem Massachusetts
Join Historic New England and the North Shore Old Car Club for the Annual Car Meet, where vintage and antique vehicles are displayed on historic Chestnut Street. See the Phillips family’s collection of carriages, two Pierce-Arrows, and a Model A Ford.
Location: Phillips House
Families are invited to the Beverly Harbor Fest for an afternoon of family fun at lynch park iun Beverly Massachusetts
After a hiatus due the pandemic, Harbor Fest is BACK!  Due to the exciting development at the Pier, we're moving venues to Lynch Park in Beverly. There will be activities by Coast to Coast Paddle, YMCA, Salem Sound Coastwatch and More, music by Music Street, & lots of food options including Joe's on a Roll, Flourish and Amazing Pizza! This is a celebration of Beverly's beautiful waterfront that we can all enjoy! ~ Sponsored by the Beverly Harbor Management Authority ~
Location: Glover Wharf
Tour the Spring Gardens at the Trustees of Reservations Long Hill Gardens in Beverly, Massachusetts!
The Trustees of Reservations invite you to tour the gardens at Long Hill Gardens in Beverly, Massachusetts! Join our expert guides for a tour around Long Hill’s stunning Sedgwick Gardens and learn more about the special plants it’s most known for. In addition to learning about what plants are in bloom as well as the rare and unique species in our collection, you’ll hear how the gardens were developed by the fascinating Sedgwick family.
Location: Long Hill and Sedgwick Gardens
Massive Fall and Winter Children's Consignment Event. Children's Drop and Shop
Don't miss the Children's Drop and Shop Fall and Winter consignment sales event at Danvers Indoor Sports, for name brand children’s clothing, toys, gear and furniture. Shop for the best bargains on new & gently used Fall and Winter children's clothing, brand name toys and gear, furniture, maternity and boutique items. Everything and anything for kids ages 0 - 16, fall winter and best brands available.The consignment sale is an organized, store-like environment where individuals sell and purchase gently used baby and kids' clothing, toys, and baby gear.
Location: Danvers Indoor Sports
Blueberry & Flower Festival at Cider Hill farm in Amesbury Massachusetts
Come to Cider hill Farm for our Blueberry and Flower Festival and get your seasonal fill of this wonderful superfood! There will be Blueberry Picking, Hayrides,  Live Music, Cotton Candy Cart, Food for our farm food truck, The PitchFORK, and a Fresh Pressed Lemonade Cart where you can try our Blueberry Mint Lemonade, Strawberry Basil or keep it simple with a classic lemonade.
Location: Cider Hill Farm
North Shore Free Concerts for North Shore Families at Patton Park in Hamilton Massachusetts
Come enjoy community and music each Sunday in Patton Park! Dust off your lawn chairs and bring your picnic down to the park on Sunday evenings. We have a fantastic line up of bands this summer ---presented by Institution for Savings Bank and sponsored by The Community House, Town of Hamilton, HW Cultural Council, and the Town of Wenham. Special thanks to the Friends of the Wenham COA and the Wenham Village Improvement Society. We appreciate all the support!
Location: Patton Park
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 enjoyment. Come early and enjoy the evening!
Location: Cashman Park

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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

Wednesday, July 28

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

Thursday, July 29

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

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

Castle Hill Picnic Concert - Beantown Swing

Beantown Swing brings Big Band music to the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts
Part of the Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, this is a great way to get together and have fun with the whole family in an exclusive setting. Beantown Swing invites you to dance and party with the 18-piece orchestra for an outdoor concert on the steps of...
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Friday, July 30

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

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