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2018 Marblehead Gingerbread Festival

The Marblehead Gingerbread Festival is part of the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce's Christmas Walk, and the proceeds will go to benefit the Marblehead Family Fund and the Marblehead Historical Society.

Come see over 100 locally and professionally made gingerbread creations on display at the historic Jeremiah Lee Mansion in Marblehead, MA during this year's Marblehead Christmas Walk. Community members, businesses, and families are building and donating dozens of gingerbread houses, boats and local buildings that will be on display and available for raffle throughout the weekend. Days and times vary so check the times!

When: 
Thursday, November 29, 2018 5-6:30 pm (Opening Reception)
Friday, November 30, 2018 4-6 pm
Saturday, December 1, 2018 10am-4 pm
Sunday, December 2, 2018 noon-2 pm (Winners drawn at 2 pm)
Entry Drop Off: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 10am-Noon & 3-6pm

Newburyport's Fall Harvest Festival

The Newburyport Harvest Festival is a tradition filled with family fun!

Come to downtown Newburyport on Sunday & Monday of Columbus Day weekend for our annual Fall Harvest Festival! Enjoy great food, live music, and family fun while celebrating autumn's arrival. Explore downtown shops as well as craft vendor booths from artisans all over New England! Bring the kids in the morning for children's entertainment in Market Square the annual Scarecrow Contest.

When: 
Sunday & Monday, October 7 & 8, 2018 10 am - 5 pm

Fall Colors Paddle for Families

Come see fall foliage from a different perspective on the Fall Foliage Paddle.

Mid-October is an excellent time to take in the spectacular and stunning colors provided by the Ipswich River. The riverside silver maples will be showing off their yellow-gold, while the cattails and other marsh grasses will provide beautiful greens and browns, all set against the winding blues and blacks of the river. Have your family join us for a few hours as we explore this pristine habitat via a gentle paddle in canoes. With a little luck we might encounter a beaver, otter, or muskrat as well!

When: 
Saturday, October 6, 2018 1-3pm

Bartlet Mall Day

Bartlet Mall Day is a fun family afternoon with live music hayrides and more in Newburyport Massachusetts

Learn about the history of the Barlet Mall, including information on Victorian era landscape architect Charles Eliot, the significance of the George Washington statue, the oldest functioning courthouse in the nation, how rope was made at the Mall, and a World War I memorial to a native son. Newburyport Preservation Trust, Historic New England, the Old Museum of Newbury, and others will be on hand to share their knowledge.

When: 
Saturday, October 6, 2018 11am-2pm
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Topsfield Fair

Topsfield Fair is one of the longest running annual fairs in the United States

The Topsfield Fair is a perennial favorite for us.  We're not the biggest fans of the midway, although it is always worth a walkthrough and a ride or two.  We love fruits and vegetables, and are always on the lookout for the winning 'biggest pumpkin'.  Another favorite is checking out the pigs and other farm animals, as well as the interesting variety of guinea pigs and rabbits.

When: 
Friday, September 28, 2018 1-11pm
September 29 - October 8, 2018 10am - 11pm

Topsfield Fair - Opening Day

Topsfield Fair opens the gates at 1pm Friday! Topsfield Fair is one of the longe

The Topsfield Fair is a perennial favorite for us.  We're not the biggest fans of the midway, although it is always worth a walkthrough and a ride or two.  We love fruits and vegetables, and are always on the lookout for the winning 'biggest pumpkin'.  Another favorite is checking out the pigs and other farm animals, as well as the interesting variety of guinea pigs and rabbits.

When: 
September 28, 2018 1-11pm
September 29-October 8, 2018 10am-10pm

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. We are excited to offer fellow food lovers the regions top food trucks, live music and family fun! With a range from grilled cheese to whoopie pies, there is sure to be something for everyone! Save the dates and save your appetite for the area's biggest food truck event!

When: 
Saturday, September 29, 2018 11am-6pm
Sunday, September 30, 2018 11am-6pm
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Friday Farm Dinners at Appleton Farms

Families enjoy dinner on at Appletons Farms with ingredients fresh from the farm!

Join Appleton Farms for a dinner on the farm! Each Friday Appleton Farms and Chive Events invites you to join us for dinner. Relax under the setting sun and enjoy a truly unique farm to table experience. From fresh vegetables and fruits, to local pasture raised meats and sustainable seafood, Chive Events will prepare each meal using the best ingredients available from our own and other local farms. Menus may include slow roasted pork with rhubarb jam, seasonal fresh salads and homemade strawberry short cakes. Watch the season change with each meal and bring the whole family to enjoy the weekly harvests. A casual dinner set overlooking the Great Pasture will remind you to slow down and breathe in the summer's air. Enjoy a cold beverage from our friends at Ipswich Ale while you play old-fashioned lawn games and listen to live music.

When: 
Fridays, September 21 & 28, 2018 5:30-8:30pm
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Appleton Farms Food Swap

Come to Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts to swap your own homemade creations with other creative locals!

Back by popular demand. Do you make a scrumptious blueberry muffin? Maybe you brew your own beer? Have some chickens at home that grow some eggs? Maybe you make sweet, delicious honey? Bring them all to the Food Swap! For this event Appleton Farms provides a space for people to bring their own homemade creations (a dish, beer, baked goods, crops, artisan crafts, etc.) and showcase them in a silent auction type of swap.

When: 
Thursday, September 20, 2018 6:30-8pm
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Haunted Happenings Carnival

Enjoy the sideshow atmosphere of the The Haunted Happenings Carnival in Salem

2018 update: Due to lack of space to hold the carnival, there will be no carnival this year... Come try your skill at games on the arcade, ride the Ferris wheel and enjoy unique fair-style food  in a fun carnival atmosphere of the annual Haunted Happenings Carnival! There's fun for the whole family. Rides are a Fiesta Shows Production!  This year's Carnival is located on Derby Street.

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No Carnival in 2018
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The Y Theatre Company presents Elf Jr

YMCA Theater Comapnay presents Elf Jr. at Manchester Essex Regional Middle School
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.

Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Minsky Arm, created by Marvin Minsky on display at the MIT Museum!
Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Explore the ideas that shaped AI and the birth of robotics, fields that are synonymous with research at MIT.
Where: MIT Museum

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent Opening Weekend

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield is pleased to announce the return of one of the North Shore’s most beloved winter traditions, The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Lahey Health.  This special seasonal destination kicks off its sixth year. This year, the MarketStreet Rink will newly feature a Warming Tent,...

Ski, Skate & Board Consignment Event

Stock up for the season on new and consigned clothing and gear for skiing, skating, hockey, snowboarding and horseback riding!
Stock up for the season on new & consigned clothing & gear for skiing, skating, hockey, and snowboarding! Don't forget the boots; as well as bikes, blades & boards. Earn money for your previously used equipment - get great deals for the upcoming season, for children and adults!

Old Tyme Country Fair

Old Tyme Country Fair at First Congregational Church in Rowley Massachusetts
Get into the Christmas spirit at the First Congregational Church of Rowley’s Olde Tyme Country Fair on Saturday, November 18th!
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Holiday Fairs at Essex Churches

Shop three of the best church fairs in New England, in the same neighborhood on the same day!
Holiday Fairs at Essex Churches - The warmth of an old country church fair enlivens the town on a cold, winter’s day when all three of Essex’s downtown churches hold their annual Holiday Fair. All three churches are within walking distance with free on street parking. Gift bargains are served up...
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Marblehead Farmers' Market

Improve your nutritional intake at the Marblehead Farmer's Market!
The Marblehead Farmer's Market boasts 15+ local farms, and booths with an educational spin nutrition, vendors and farms selling homemade prepared goods and craft vendors that are switched up in a rotation basis week to week. Additionally there are entertainers and exhibits by environmentally...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School Open House

Essex North Shore Technical High School hosts an open house for prospective incoming students from the North Shore.
Essex North Shore Technical High School will be having an open house on November 17th from 9a – noon.  The high school is located on 565 Maple Street, Hathorne (Danvers), MA. Prospective students and families are invited to attend. Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School admits...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Brookwood School Admissions Open House

Located on Boston's North Shore on the Beverly/Manchester line just minutes from Route 128, Brookwood is a coeducational private independent day school for grades Pre-K through Eight.
Brookwood School invites you to attend its upcoming admissions open house during which families can tour the school, meet faculty, attend an information program with Head of School Laura Caron and hear from Grade 8 students. Stay tuned for registration information and program! Saturday, November 17...
9:00 am to 12:00 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

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

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, at the MFA - Boston

Muesum of Fine Arts Boston
Get ready for an adventure with your favorite bear. The beloved teddy bear at the center of Winnie-the-Pooh, first published in 1926 and translated into more than 50 languages, is one of the most famous children’s book characters of all time. This exhibition traces the history and universal appeal...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

AJH: Birthing with Hypnosis

Anna Jaques Hospital Birthing with Hypnosis
Relax, clear your mind, and experience the positive effects of self-hypnosis during pregnancy and birthing. Class focuses on easy and natural relaxation techniques. If your birth plan does not embrace a firm decision for an epidural, this is a great option for you and your partner. Recommended to...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Cape Ann Thanksgiving Harvest Market

The Cape Ann Farmers Market hosts a Thanksgiving market at the UU Church on Middle Street in Gloucester, Massachusetts!
At the Cape Ann Farmers' Market Thanksgiving Market, you can stock up for Thanksgiving with your favorite local farmers, bakers, and more! Grab a locally made gift for your host, a treat for yourself, and all the best locally grown veggies, cheeses, fish, bread, and more to share with your friends...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

AJH: Childbirth Education Classes

Childbirth Education Classes at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Haverhill  MA
Congratulations: you are pregnant! This 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. Topics covered include: Anatomy Labor & delivery...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Community Giving Tree Donation Drop Off - Newburyport

Community Giving Tree's mission is to help low-income families in northeastern M
Time to clean out and drop off your gently-used donations to Essex County children in need. On the third Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Community Giving Tree van is accepting donations at Cushing Park/Kent Playground in Newburyport.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Book Nook at MPL

Book Nook with Miss Melanie at Manchester Public Library
Book Nook is a weekly story time program for all children and families. Online registration is requested, but not required.  Come to all, or come to some.
10:30 am to 11:00 am

Essex Turkey Scavenger Hunt

Come to Essex Town Hall to take part in a town-wide scavenger hunt where the prize is turkey!
Join friends and nieghbors in a hunt for turkeys throughout Essex and a chance to win a free Thanksgiving Turkey. Meet at Town Hall for the clues and work with your family or a group of friends to find all the hidden turkeys and get a chance to win a FREE Thanksgiving Turkey.
1:00 pm

Buoy Priming Party at Art Haven

Help Cape Ann Art Haven prepare for their Annual Buoy painting workshops and auction fundraiser!
Come help Cape Ann Art Haven prep buoys for their buoy painting workshops and their annual auction fundraiser! Help prime paint buoys with a fresh coat of  white!
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Salem Winter Farmers Market

The Salem Farmers' Market goes indoors for the Winter months of Nov & Dec
Salem Main Streets is pleased to announce the return of the Salem Winter Market!!  A seasonal extension of the Salem Farmers’ Market, this year’s Salem Winter Market will take place inside the Witch City Mall (formerly Museum Place Mall) located a 1 church street in Salem.
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Youth Outdoor Survival: Fire Challenge

Youth Survival Fire Challenge at Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
In this outdoor survival skills program, we will venture out onto the Ipswich River. Learn the In this outdoor survival skills program, older children will learn the basics of the ancient outdoor skill of fire-building. Participants will learn important safety steps, collect their own firewood, try...
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

From the Forest: Wreath Making Workshop

Come to a wrCome to Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts to make your own Holiday Wreath!
Get into the holiday season by creating your own stunning natural wreath! There is nothing more beautiful that what nature offers us to decorate our homes in fall. Using evergreens, burgundy blueberry twigs, fallen lichen, mosses, a variety of seed pods, unusual cones, deep red rosehips, dried...
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Community Baby Shower

Come to Beverly Library for a Community Baby Shower! Photo: ©2011 Bill O'Connor
New parents (of babies 0-12 months old) and expectant parents are invited join to us for our first Community Baby Shower! Hear about local family resources, participate in an introductory baby story time, create a keepsake for your baby, and meet new families. We hope to see you there!
3:00 pm

The Village Oasis Family-Fun Grand Opening

Family Yoga at The Village Oasis Family-Fun Grand Opening in Beverly MA
Families are invited to try yoga poses, create art, and join in on-the-mat storytelling at the grand opening of The Village Oasis, a new kind of yoga studio for families in Beverly, MA, on Saturday, Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 4-
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Essex Firemen's Spaghetti Supper

Come to the Essex Fire Deaprtment for the annual spaghetti fundraiser!
Annual Essex Firemen's Spaghetti Supper - The town’s volunteer firefighters put out quite a spread of all-you-can-eat homemade spaghetti and meatballs accompanied by salad, beverage and dessert. A great night to enjoy a home-cooked meal with neighbors and friends. Everyone welcome!
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Boston Children's Museum The Wonder Ball

Boston Children's Museum Wonder Ball
Get ready for a wonder-ful night of dinner, dancing, and fundraising featuring special guests Bill and Giuliana Rancic! Join us for Boston Children's Museum 5th Annual fundraising gala, The Wonder Ball! The Wonder Ball raises critical funds benefiting the children of Boston, ensuring no child is...
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Willy Wonka – An Enchanced Movie Experience

Willy Wonka - an enhanced movie experience produced by Creative Collective at the Cabot Theater in Beverly, Massachusetts
Creative Collective and the Cabot are excited to announce the first in a new series of enhanced movie experiences.
Where: The Cabot
7:00 pm

Monday, November 19

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

Children's Chess Club

Kids can learn chess from a master at the Abbot Library in Marblehead!
Learn chess from a master! From learning the movement of each piece to tactics and strategy, this program will give beginners and experienced players a new appreciation and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching on Monday nights from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm and 7:00 pm...
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Tuesday, November 20

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent Opening Weekend

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield is pleased to announce the return of one of the North Shore’s most beloved winter traditions, The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Lahey Health.  This special seasonal destination kicks off its sixth year. This year, the MarketStreet Rink will newly feature a Warming Tent,...

Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Minsky Arm, created by Marvin Minsky on display at the MIT Museum!
Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Explore the ideas that shaped AI and the birth of robotics, fields that are synonymous with research at MIT.
Where: MIT Museum

AJH: Mother & Baby Support Class - Newburyport

Mother & Baby Support Groups at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport MA
Mother & Baby Groups Anna Jaques is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and answer questions that arise after going home. Mother & Baby Groups are facilitated by a Lactation Consultant/Registered...
10:00 am to 11:45 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

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, at the MFA - Boston

Muesum of Fine Arts Boston
Get ready for an adventure with your favorite bear. The beloved teddy bear at the center of Winnie-the-Pooh, first published in 1926 and translated into more than 50 languages, is one of the most famous children’s book characters of all time. This exhibition traces the history and universal appeal...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

HWRHS Harvest Concert & Auction

Join HWRHS Choirs and A Cappella groups for the Annual Harvest Concert & Auction at Hamilton Wenham Regional High School
Join HWRHS Choirs and A Cappella groups for the Annual Harvest Concert & Auction. Harvest, annually held on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, is an opportunity for family, friends and school alumni to come to HWRHS and enjoy a night of beautiful singing and fun.
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Wednesday, November 21

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent Opening Weekend

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield is pleased to announce the return of one of the North Shore’s most beloved winter traditions, The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Lahey Health.  This special seasonal destination kicks off its sixth year. This year, the MarketStreet Rink will newly feature a Warming Tent,...
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