Activities

Trails & Sails 2019

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 over the weekends of September 20-22 and September 27-29, 2019 for the annual celebration of TRAILS & SAILS. Participants can hike, bike, paddle, stroll or sail through the region and Essex National Heritage Area will provide a passport to fun and adventure. It’s all FREE and it’s all located within the 34 cities and towns of Essex County.

When: 
September 20-22, 2019
September 27-29, 2019

Heritage Day at Maritime Gloucester

On Heritage Day, admission is free at Maritime Gloucester!

Maritime Gloucester is hosting their annual Heritage Day in honor of the Gloucester Schooner Festival 2019. Step aboard a schooner, learn about traditional shipbuilding and fitting out, watch America’s oldest marine railway in action, or explore the unique biology that makes our oceans so amazing. You can find it all at Maritime Heritage Day! Maritime Gloucester will be hosting a variety of local community organizations with an exciting array of demonstrations and interactive options for all ages.

When: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019 10am-4pm

Festival-by-the-Sea

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. Visitors can take in the sights of Masconomo Park while surveying the art and handcrafted items from some of the finest talent assembled. Celebrating locally grown art, music and food in downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea, this all day event will highlight not only the idyllic beauty of Cape Ann but also the incredible talent for which the area has become synonymous.

When: 
Saturday, August 3, 2019 10am-6pm

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

Marblehead Festival of Arts

There's plenty to see and do for kids at the Marblehead Art Festival!

Now in its 52nd year, the Marblehead Festival of Arts has had a rich history in producing an annual summer arts Festival over the July 4th holiday week. This premier Festival hosts art exhibits in Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Photography, Crafts, Plein aire Painting, Senior Art, Student Art and Youth Art. There's also a lot of great events and activities geared toward keeping kids and families engaged and entertained!

When: 
July 4-7, 2019

Strawberry Festival at Russell Orchards

The Strawberry Festival at Russel Orchards features lots of fun and live music! Photo: ©Bill O'Connor

Join Russell Orchards for their annual strawberry fest as they celebrate the "first fruit". Favorite outdoor activities include: strawberry picking, hayrides, pony rides, shortcakes (with real whipped cream!), face painting, tie dye, cooking demo, wine tasting, and loads of other farm fresh goodies!

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Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23, 2019 11am-4pm
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Let's Go Outside!

Head to Parker River Wildlife Refuge for a full day of FREE family fun that's focused on outdoor activity!

Join park staff from the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge for a full day of FREE family fun that's focused on outdoor activity! Try a range of fun, healthy outdoor activities including surf fishing on the refuge beach, kayaking in a refuge pond, archery target shooting, and photographing live birds of prey, Complete a birding scavenger hunt. Learn about monarch butterflies! See tide pool critters up close and personal! Lots of nature-based craft activities for younger (and older!) kids.

When: 
Saturday, June 15, 2019 10am – 3pm

Family Day at Marini Farm

Family Day at Marini Farm in Ipswich Massachusetts

Come to Marini Farm’s Family Day Festival. Enjoy a day at the farm and celebrate Family. This great family fun event includes FREE Pony Rides (11am-3pm), Antique Tractors, Inflatables, Rope Maze, Giant Slide, Pirate Ship, Dump Truck, Jumping Pillow, Cow Train, Hayrides, Duck Races, Games, Raffles & more. Hours of fun for the whole family.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019 10am-5pm
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Luxury condos at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester Massachusetts

Spirit of Place Outdoor Exhibit

Red Owl sculpture by Andreas von Huene part of the Spirit in Place Exhibit at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts
The Trustees and New England Sculptors Association are partnering to present a 6-month outdoor sculpture exhibition at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate located at 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich. The “Spirit of Place" exhibition includes 32 pieces created by New England's finest sculptors and placed in...

Saugus Iron Works Tours

Free Ranger guided tours at Saugus Iron Works!
U. S. National Park Rangers host free tours at the Saugus Iron Works. Learn about the production of iron on this site in the mid-1600s, an endeavor that was integral to the growth of the early colony. Hear about the archeological dig and reconstruction of the site in the 1940s to 1950s. Upon...

Todd Farm Market

Come to Todd Farm on Sunday - A classic New England Fleas Market in Rowley Massachusetts!
From early Spring to late Fall, Todd Farm is a great Sunday destination for families!  Head to the farm and explore the outdoor award-winning Market featuring up to 240 vendors from all over New England and New York!
5:00 am to 3:00 pm

Newburyport Farmers' Market

Newburyport Farmers find organic locally grown produce, meat, dairy Newburyport
The Newburyport Farmers Summer Market celebrates local fresh produce every Sunday morning rain or shine!  Start your Sunday browsing fresh North Shore local produce, meats, cheeses, and seafood in an open air market atmosphere! Food and beverage vendors offer fresh hot coffee, breakfast treats and...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Magnolia Farmers Market

Come enjoy the Magnolia Farmers Market on Lexington Ave every Sunday!
The Magnolia Community Farmer’s Market will reopen in June of 2019 with a new line up of vendors, followers, entertainment and community purpose.
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

AJH: Newborn Care Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Parent Support Group Newborn Care Class
The Newborn Care class will cover practical baby care topics that will help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for your newborn. Classes are on Sundays from 9:30am-12:00am in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital.
9:30 am to 12:00 pm

North Andover Farmers' Market

North Andover Farmers Market every Sunday Through October 7, 2018.
The North Andover Farmers' Market brings local produce and foods to the heart of North Andover every Sunday!  The market will take place in the center of town at the intersection of First Street and Main Street.
10:00 am to 2:00 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

Swampscott Farmer's Market

The Swampscott Farmers Market happens every Sunday through October.
Rain or shine, the Swampscott Farmers’ Market features a wide variety of produce, meats, fish, breads, flowers and crafts from farmers, food producers, and artisans from around Massachusetts and nearby New England states. Anchoring the market, Swampscott will have Clark Farm providing a large...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Swan Boat Rides in Boston Public Garden

Swan Boat Boston North Shore Parent, North Shore Parents Summer Activities Guide
The Public Garden may be one of the most ideal picnicking locations in Boston. Well-groomed and overflowing with tulips, cherry-trees, with willows cascading over the duck pond, the Boston Public Garden is a great place to relax during Boston's most beautiful season.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Stevens-Coolidge Place Cutting Garden

Pick Your Own Bouquet at the Trustees of Reservations Stevens-Coolidge Place
In addition to pick-your-own favorites like zinnias, cosmos and rudbeckia, visitors will find new varieties to add pop and flair to their bouquets. The garden is fun for all ages and there is always something new to learn! Please note there is a fee to cut flowers and picking is only available at...
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cat's Meow Sundays

Kids will have a blast exploring the Trustees of Reservations Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Mrs. Crane’s cat has gone missing and there’s a party tonight! Only you can help the household staff find the cat AND get ready for the party at the same time!
10:30 am to 11:15 am

Vintage BaseBall at Spencer-Peirce Little Farm

Come see how baseball used to be played at Spencer Pierce Little Farm. Photo: Matthew Muise Photography
It’s Base Ball, 1861 style at Spencer Peirce Little Farm! These fun, historically accurate games feature underhand pitching and no gloves are allowed. A ball bounced once and caught is an out! Snacks, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase. Come and see for yourself how this game was...
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Saint Anthony's Feast - Boston

Saint Anthony's Feast in North End Boston MA
Each year the people of the North End of Boston invite you to celebrate with them as they honor their patrons Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy with colorful parades, religious services, strolling singers, live entertainment and of course an abundance of great Italian and American food. The feast first...
12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Milking Time at Appleton Farms

Come see the Appleton Farms milking cow herd in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Join us Every Sunday at 4PM to see our Jersey heard being milked. See the cows bring brought in from pasture, get a look at the milking up close and ask our dairy farmer a few questions! Perfect for kids and adults alike. While you are here take a peek in the cheese kitchen viewing room, visit with...
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Monday, August 26

Spirit of Place Outdoor Exhibit

Red Owl sculpture by Andreas von Huene part of the Spirit in Place Exhibit at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts
The Trustees and New England Sculptors Association are partnering to present a 6-month outdoor sculpture exhibition at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate located at 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich. The “Spirit of Place" exhibition includes 32 pieces created by New England's finest sculptors and placed in...

Wee Farmers at Appleton Farms

Wee Farmers at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts. Photo: ©2011 Bill O'Connor
Wee Farmers is designed for our 3-5 year old friends who want to explore the farm, meet our animals, and get a taste of what Farm Camp is like at Appleton!
9:00 am to 10:30 am

Swan Boat Rides in Boston Public Garden

Swan Boat Boston North Shore Parent, North Shore Parents Summer Activities Guide
The Public Garden may be one of the most ideal picnicking locations in Boston. Well-groomed and overflowing with tulips, cherry-trees, with willows cascading over the duck pond, the Boston Public Garden is a great place to relax during Boston's most beautiful season.
10:00 am to 4:00 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

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

Bubbles & Books at the Castle

Kids will enjoy a story time and lots of bubble fun at the for Hammond Castle in Gloucester Massachsuetts
Join us each Monday morning in July for story time, followed by a bubble party on our back lawn! Feel free to bring a blanket for your little one to cuddle with while we enjoy some classic prince and princess stories and explore lesser known favorites too. Great for kids 12 and under!
10:00 am to 11:00 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

AJH: Breastfeeding Class - Haverhill

Breastfeeding technique and support class at Anna Jaques Hospital. Best Hospital for Families
Breastfeeding Classes are taught by Anna Jaques Hospital Lactation Consultants for mothers and their support person(s) to gain the knowledge and tools to help you successfully breast your baby.
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Beverly Farmers' Market

Get fresh local produce at the Beverly Farmers Market in downtown Beverly Massac
This is a great farmers' market connected to a large grassy park in downtown Beverly.  There is always music and a lot of shade.  The market offers fresh local produce as well as cheese, meat, eggs, bread, dog treats, jewelry, and books.  The kids have a blast playing tag, meeting new friends, and...
Where: Odell Park
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Star Party with the NSAAC

Join the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club in a Star party at iFarm in Boxford!
This year’s Summer Reading events about space continues with the Family & Friends Star & Planet Gazing Party hosted by the Manchester Public Library and The North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club.
7:00 pm to 9:45 pm
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