Essex

Santa Comes to Essex

After Santa arrives in Essex, kids will have a chance discuss their wish list with him in person!

Santa arrives on the Essex River by boat and walks up to the shipyard with a cast of toyland characters. Children can sit on Santa's lap and review their holiday "wish list", while adults enjoy wonderful hot clam chowder from Woodman's.  Carols by 'Sound Waves' provide great entertainment for the evening!  Hot chocolate and Munchkins provided by Dunkin Donuts!

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Friday, December 6, 2019 6-8 pm

Essex Clam Fest 2019

Enjoy food, live music and all kinds of family fun at the Essex Clam Fest! Photo: An order of steamed clams from Woodman's of Essex

The Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Essex ClamFest in Memorial Park in Essex. The highlight of the day will be the Clam Chowder Tasting, a competition that pits area restaurants against one another to determine who serves the best clam chowder on Cape Ann. Local restaurants are expected to serve up their favorite chowder recipes starting at noon and ending about 2 pm. Judges of the chowder will be announced in advance. The public will also have the opportunity to sample and vote on their favorite chowder.

When: 
Saturday, October 26, 2019 11am - 4pm
Chowder Tasting Noon-2pm

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.

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

Not a Fright in Sight with Jeannie Mack

Not a Fright in Sight with Jeannie Mack at the TOHP Library in Essex Massachusetts

TOHP Burnham Public Library hosts a fun and not-so-scary Halloween! Jeannie Mack performs the perfect combination of songs, rhymes and hand plays about pumpkins, trick-or-treating, jack-o-lanterns, tickly spiders, and silly witches to delight 2 – 6 year-olds. And what would a Halloween program be without a scary story? Jeannie’s use of a pop-up book about some friendly ghosts provides just the right touch to round out the fun.

When: 
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 10-11am

Essex Police Department's Annual Car Show

Essex MA Annual Car Show hosted by the Essex Police Department

Come to the 6th Annual Classic Car Show in Essex. Find Antiques, Classics, Muscle, Special Interest, Trucks and Motorcycles.  The show is centrally located in Essex MA with antique and specialty shops and restaurants within walking distance. Don’t miss this very special opportunity to enjoy Essex.Sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.

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Sunday, September 29, 2019 1 - 4pm
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Barktoberfest

Sweet Paws Rescue Barktoberfest helps raise funds for this unique shelterless pet matching organization

An interactive, fun festival for the entire family and for a great cause! Friendly dogs are welcome (must be leashed)! Come to Essex, throw a blanket down, listen to some tunes and hang out with us for the day! You can enjoy music by a favorite local band, Way To The River, shop the new fall SPR merchandise, participate in our cornhole tournament, play some lawn games just for fun or even just relax and have something to eat and drink amongst good company!

When: 
Saturday October 12, 2019 12am-4pm

Happy as a Clam 5k& Kid Fun Run

The Happy as a Clam Road Race invites children and families to race in Essex

The 12th Annual Happy as a Clam race - now powered by Great Marsh Brew Co, an excluisve Flagship Sponsor - is Friday, September 13, 2019!  This event is open to anyone who wants to support a community school and all the wonderful enrichment programs the students enjoy throughout the year.  The 5K route meanders through the beautiful back roads of Essex.  The Kids Fun Dashes are always a hit, with even the littlest ones smiling from start to finish.  Come out, lace up, and pound the pavement for the students of EES.  It's sure to be another fun race this year!

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Friday, September 13, 2019 5pm

Essex Bicentennial Parade

Essex Massachusetts will celebrate its with a parade through downtown including Aleppo clowns, 15 floats and 7 bands!

2019 marks the Bicentennial of the founding of Essex and they're celebrating with a Parade downtown! The parade will step off from the corner of Southern Ave and Main St, follow Main St. to turn left onto Western Avenue, turn left onto Winthrop St., then turn right onto Martin St. The parade will end at the intersection of Martin St. and Western Avenue.

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Saturday, August 10, 2019 10am
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Larcom Theater, Larcom Theatre - Beverly MA

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge
Let curiosity be your guide, and discover life from a dog's point of view in Dogs! A Science Tail, the Museum's newest exhibition. Experience the extraordinary way dogs see, smell, and hear the world. Admission is included with an Exhibit Halls ticket.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton
Did you ever want to open an Etch-a-Sketch® to see how it works? Wonder what makes Elmo® dance? Want to see what triggers the buzzer in Operation®? Explore the inside world of toys and the pulleys, cams, gears, circuits, and linkages that make them work at the Discovery Museum in Acton.
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Parent & Child Drop in Thrusdays Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA. Parent and Child classes offer parents, grandparents, and caregivers the opportunity to learn about child development, Waldorf education and parenting the young child all within a home-like environment at our beautiful location on...
9:30 am to 11:00 am

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 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, Thursday, and Saturday 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...
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

Minecraft Club at Newbury Library

Kids can learn Minecraft skill from others at the Newbury Town Library!
“Can you teleport me?” “How do I fly?” “I need a sword!” “What are you building?” These exclamations are the sounds of a room full of kids playing Minecraftedu.
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Saturday, February 29

Cultural Festival at Harborlight Montessori

Chinese Folk Art Workshop will perform during the cultural fiestival at Harborlight Montessori School in Beverly Massachusetts! Photo: Bill O'Connor
This fantastic annual event is not to be missed.  Grab your passport, take a trip through our halls to visit a variety of countries and learn about their cultures through art, music, activities, food and more.  This year you can look forward to touring Peru, Sweden, India, China, Japan, Italy,...
9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Learn to Skate and Play

Youth Hockey, Cape Ann Youth Hockey, Gloucester Rink Learn to Skate
Boys and girls from the ages 3-16 can learn to skate and develop hockey skills in Cape Ann Youth Hockey's various programs. Cape Ann Learn-to-Skate program is held at Gloucester's Talbot Rink and provides crates for the kids learning to skate for the first time. Kids will be amazed at how quickly...
9:00 am

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge
Let curiosity be your guide, and discover life from a dog's point of view in Dogs! A Science Tail, the Museum's newest exhibition. Experience the extraordinary way dogs see, smell, and hear the world. Admission is included with an Exhibit Halls ticket.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton
Did you ever want to open an Etch-a-Sketch® to see how it works? Wonder what makes Elmo® dance? Want to see what triggers the buzzer in Operation®? Explore the inside world of toys and the pulleys, cams, gears, circuits, and linkages that make them work at the Discovery Museum in Acton.
9:00 am to 4:30 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, Thursday, and Saturday 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...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Sugar Shack Saturdays

Visit Appleton Farms' sugaring operation and experience a New England tradition
As we welcome the sugaring season there is no better place to be than the sugar shack. The smell of maple syrup in the air, and the smiles of all your family and friends close by. We love this season and want to share it with you! Join us for our Sugar Shack Saturdays to see how we collect and turn...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Poetry Out Loud Semi-Finals Newburyport

Poetry Outloud Champions 2019. Join the 2020 competition at Newburyport City Hall!
Poetry Ou Loud holds a semi-final competition for students in Newburyport and the surrounding area! Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest that celebrates the power of the spoken word and a mastery of public speaking skills while cultivating self-confidence and an appreciation of students...
10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Ice Castles - New Hampshire

Ice Castles - New Hampshire Family Fun
New Hampshire’s Ice Castles have been one of the top destinations to spend time in during the winter months. The castles are designed in a way that allows for people to play, explore, and have fun. The experience is built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice...
10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Free Family STEM Program

CFCE of the North Shore and Salem Sound Coastwatch host STEM programs for local families.
CFCE of the North Shore and Salem Sound Coastwatch host STEM programs for local families. Join CFCE for a series of STEM programs for kids ages 4 and up! CFCE of the North Shore is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education...
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
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