The Wanderlust Ball the Annual YMCA of the North Shore Gala

The Wanderlust Ball Proceeds support individuals, children and families across the 25 communities we serve on the North Shore and into Southern New Hampshire.

YMCA of the North Shore Gala Dinner, Live Auction and Dancing to music by Booty Vortex. Proceeds support individuals, children and families across the 25 communities we serve on the North Shore and into Southern New Hampshire. Proceeds support the YMCA's financial assistance program, providing essential Y services and programs to more than 13,000 children, adults and families.

The YMCA online auction is open!  This year’s selection of items is better than ever with new items added daily!

Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight

The Open Door Autumn Breakfast

The Open Door Autumn Breakfast is a fundraiser for that helps families in need on the North Shore

Cruiseport Gloucester and The Open Door invite you to a celebration of community spirit! Join us as kick off the 2019 Thanksgiving Food Drive season with a morning of community celebration. Last year The Open Door programs served more than 7,986 people living in 10 cities and towns in the northeast corner of Essex County. We are committed to providing a Holiday Basket to every home in need this Thanksgiving, but we need your help!

Thursday, October 24, 2019 7:30-9am

Ales over ALS: Homebrew Competition - Essex. Adult Event

ALS Fundraiser, support Ales over Als - Beer crafting, homebrewing competition

Compassionate Care ALS invites you to attend the 8th annual Ales Over ALS: A Crafter’s Delight that will be celebrated in scenic Essex at the Shipbuilding Museum where the town and museum both take full pride in all things locally crafted from farm, sea and brew kettle. All proceeds from this fundraising event will go directly to Compassionate Care ALS (CCALS), in support of people living with ALS.

Saturday, October 26th, 2019 from 3pm to 8pm

Celebrating Survivors - Couture for a Cure Fashion Show & Brunch

Anna Jaques Hospital Celebrating Survivors - Couture for a Cure Fashion Show & Brunch  - Newburyport MA

Join us on Sunday, October 20th for Celebrating Survivors - Couture for a Cure Brunch & Fashion Show at the Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury.

Celebrating Survivors - Couture for a Cure Brunch & Fashion Show will honor people in our community who have been impacted by cancer. Cancer survivors, their families and friends, and cancer caregivers will walk the pink carpet for a fashion show to celebrate their courage, beauty, and strength. 

Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 12-2pm

Voices of Hope A Million Dreams Fundraiser

Voice of Hope Fundraiser at NorthShore Music Theater - Beverly MA

Voices of Hope presents: A MILLION DREAMS. Creating hope for a cancer-free world.

Inspired by The Greatest Showman’s title song, Voices of Hope’s Fall Gala, A Million Dreamswill draw on the stories of dreamers!

This October, we invite you to share a musical celebration of our journey. It began ten years ago when Voices of Hope was founded by a dreamer… a man who envisioned a world without cancer. Now, just a decade later, more than 150 performers have come together to dedicate their time and talents to that same vison. 

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 7PM = Auction at 8PM = Show

NEF Lighthouse Auction

The NEF Auction raises funds to enhance public education in the Newburyport Scho

Join the Newburyport Education Foundation for their Lighthouse Auction to raise funds that will go to enhance the quality of public education in the Newburyport School District. This auction is the biggest fundraiser of the year for NEF, raising over $100,000! This years' auction proceeds will go to the District-Wide STEM Initiative (Phase 2 &3) at the Molin Upper Elementary, Nock Middle School, and Newburyport High School

Saturday, November 9, 2019 6pm

Cape Ann Businesswomen's Fall Luncheon

Actor Lindsay Crouse is the Cape Ann Businesswomen's Luncheon keynote speaker in 2019

This year, the Cape Ann Businesswomen's Luncheon is proud to host  Keynote speaker Lindsay Crouse. Lindsay is an award-winning veteran of stage and screen. Her credentials spans a whole range of venues from broadway, to TV to Hollywood. Some of Lindsay’s best known films include All The President’s Men, Slapshot, House of Games, The Verdict, The Insider, Mr. Brooks, Indian in the Cupboard, Prince of the City, Daniel, and Places in the Heart, for which she received an Academy Award nomination.

Thursday, October 10, 2019 11:30AM-1:00PM

Cape Ann Kids' PMC Bike Ride

Kids are encouraged to ride their bikes to raise money for the Pan Mass Challenge in Manchester

The Pan-Mass Challenge Cape Ann Kids' Ride will be one of many PMC Kids Rides held in neighborhoods throughout New England and beyond. Through the PMC Kids Rides program, nearly 6,000 cyclists between the ages of two and 15 will ride between one and 26 miles in mini-bike-a-thons to raise money for cancer research.

Saturday, September 28, 2019 9am-Noon

Community Giving Tree Twice Loved Toy Sale

Community Giving Tree's mission is to help low-income families in northeastern Massachusetts

Community Giving Tree is proud to announce the Twice Loved Toy Sale at Topsfield Fairgrounds! Calling all parents, grandparents, early childhood educators, and day care providers! Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to buy fabulous gently used toys at the Topsfield Fairgrounds! Get amazing deals on bikes and ride on toys, Legos, children's books, preschool toys, doll houses, and more! Early evening shopping hours available on Friday, November 1, 5-8pm: Admission donation is $15 or a pack of diapers! All proceeds support Community Giving Tree's mission to help local children.

Friday, November 1, 2019 5-8pm


Sports Camps, Speciality Camps, Day Camps in Danvers MA

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

Self-guided Tours at Hammond Castle Museum

Take a self-guided tour of Hammond Castle in Gloucester as part of Trails and Sails!
Hammond Castle Museum was built in the 1920s by inventor John Hays Hammond, Jr. as a home for his extensive collection of medieval artifacts and his research laboratory. The first 30 walk-in guests on Wednesday, September 22 will receive free admission for a self-guided tour of the Museum and the...
9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Trails and Sails: Historic Grounds Tour

Come to the House of Seven Gables for a Trails & Sails event that focuses on the
House of Seven Gables hosts a Trails & Sails 2021 tour that focuses on the gardens and grounds! Join us for our newly developed historic grounds tour – one of a series of specialized tours currently in the works at The House of the Seven Gables. Take a stroll through the lesser-known history...
10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Pre School Story Hour at Essex Library

Pre School Story Hour on the lawn with Miss April at TOHP Burnham Library in Essex MA.
The TOHP Burnham Public Library in Essex invites kids, ages 3-5, to join April on the lawn for stories, songs, fingerplays and a take-home craft (while supplies last).
10:00 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

Evening Stroll at Maudslay

Enjoy and evening stroll with the park interpreter at Maudlsay State Park in Newburyport
Join the park interpreter for a moderately paced walk to view different areas of the park and experience the changes at Maudslay over the spring, summer and fall.  Rain or shine. For ages 6 and up.  Wear walking shoes, and bug spray is recommended.
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Saturday, September 25

Salem Food Truck Festival

Salem Massachusetts Food Truck Festival Haunted Happenings on the Salem Common
The Salem Food Truck Festival is back! Bigger and Better, this year the festival will feature 45 of the area's top food trucks! Held at the Salem Common in historic downtown Salem, Ma.
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus

Come celebrate Haverhill's River Front at the River Ruckus in Haverhill Massachusetts!
Team Haverhill's River Ruckus is an annual city-wide festival celebrating the natural resources and beauty of the Merrimack River and the economic and cultural revitalization of the City of Haverhill, MA.
12:00 pm to 8:30 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 pm to 7:00 pm

Appleton Farms Guided Tour

Join the Trustees for a guided tour to explore Appleton Farm's beauty and  history firsthand
Rolling grasslands, grazing livestock, agricultural fields, stone walls, and historic farm buildings are part of this 1,000-acre pastoral landscape – a rare glimpse into New England’s agricultural past. A gift of Colonel Francis R. Appleton, Jr., and his wife Joan, Appleton Farms is one of the...
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Blacksmithing Demo at Saugus Iron Works

Join the staff at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site for a blacksmithing demonstration during Sails and Trails
Join the staff at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site National Historic Site for a blacksmithing demonstration.
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Beach Seining Demonstration

Beach seining is a scientific tool used by marine biologists and scientists. Salem Coastwatch
See and learn about the fishes living in Salem Harbor as part of Trails & Sails 2021! At this seining demonstration, Salem Sound Coastwatch staff will drag a large seining net through the water onto the beach. We’ll examine the catch and coastal scientists will talk about marine habitats and...
1:00 pm to 2:30 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

Interpretation Station at Maudslay

Learn about the unique collection of trees at Maudlsay State Park in Newburyport with the park interpreter
Discover a park perk of Maudslay when you stop by the interpretation station.  The park interpreter will provide details highlighting the Terrific Trees in that area. The Station location will be posted on the board in front of park headquarters.
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

A Spiritual Quest Weekend at Hilldale Cemetery

Hilldale Cemetary is on of the North Shore's most active paranormal spots!
Join Essex County Ghost Project on a FREE guided ghost tour of Hilldale Cemetary - one of the Merrimack Valley's most active cemeteries as part of Trails & Sails 2021.  The gates open at 6:30 pm and at 7pm we will start exploring one of New Englands most haunted sites. There have been reports...
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Star Party with the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club

Join the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club in a Star party at Battis Farm
Clear skies allowing, come out under the stars and look through telescopes provided by NSAAC volunteers. See the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter, along with a collection of deep space objects like star clusters and nebula, some over 25,000 light years away. Dusk will limit initial viewing...
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
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