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Circus Smirkus proudly presents “On the Road Again” – their 2022 performance in Newbury Massachusetts
Hop on the bus for a coast-to-coast circus adventure with On the Road Again! Circus Smirkus’s 35th anniversary production is a rollicking cross-country tour along the highways and byways of the good ol’ USA. This unforgettable journey will include stops at sensational sights, bizarre roadside attractions, and the most famous landmarks on the map! Enjoy life in the fast lane as we hit the road with our high-flying aerialists, whimsical wirewalkers, astonishing acrobats and courageous contortionists – with Smirkus at the wheel, what could possibly go wrong?
Location: Spencer Peirce Little Farm
Albino Milk Snake being held by a child at Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Booth
Come to Sawyer Free Library's presentation of 'Snakes of New England and the World'. Rick Roth and the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team bring the always exciting and popular program Snakes of the World to our outdoor amphitheater! Join Rick and his team as they introduce many snakes, large and small, and some local! You will have the opportunity to hold and handle the snakes if you choose, or just admire them as we learn about these amazing creatures!
Location: Sawyer Free Library
Cape Ann Museum Make and Take Fabric Postcards Gloucester Massachusetts
The Sisters In Stitches Joined By The Cloth will be hosting a Make & Take workshop where attendees can create their own fabric postcards at the Janet & William Ellery James Center at the Cape Ann Museum Green on Sunday, July 24. This hands-on event is presented in conjunction with In Her Mind’s Eye: Doris Elizabeth Prouty, an exhibition of quilts designed and sewn by Gloucester resident and self-taught African American quilter, Doris Elizabeth Prouty. Free and open to the public, seats limited and registration required.
Location: Cape Ann Museum
Kids are invited to run in the YuKan Triple Threat Run in Rockport this Summer!
The Yukan Run Triple Threat Race Series is a half marathon, 5K and 1 mile race.  There's something for everyone in the race series - serious runners, kids, enthusiasts and even walkers are invited to race!  Proceeds from the races go to local charities like The Open Door.  Sign up for one or all three races, it will be a great morning filled with healthy fun!
Location: Rockport High School
Take a twilight walk at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport Massachusetts!
Maudslay State Park invites you to a twilight hike! Join the park interpreter for an evening walk to view and experience the changes in nature during twilight. A different route each week, so make it a weekly event!
Location: Maudslay State Park
The Salem Farmer's Market bring the goodness of local farm to downtown Salem!
The Salem Farmers' Market brings fresh local produce and other foods from North Shore farms and other local resources to downtown Salem every Thursday at  Bentley Academy Charter School! Due to COVID-19, the market has needed to make some adjustments please read their new COVID-19 guidelines and make note of their new location!
Location: Derby Square
Salisbury Farmers Market is a great source of local produce.
Salisbury Farmer's Market: Savor produce at the peak of freshness and meet the people who grow your food. Enjoy & support our local farmers market! Shake your Farmer's hand, tap your feet to the music, taste our local market creations, and make old friends.
Location: Salisbury Town Common
Ipswich Downtown Tuesdays includes great dining live music, dancing & extended shopping hours for shopping Downtown Ipswich Massachusetts Tuesday evenings!
Ipswich Downtown Tuesdays includes great dining, live music, dancing at the Take-Out Terrace Stage 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!
Location: Ipswich Riverwalk , Downtown Ipswich
Ipswich Vehicle Day Touch a Truck and Hotdog cookout.
Vehicle Day and Hot Dog Picnic will be on July 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. Police cars, fire trucks, construction vehicles and much more, in the parking lot of the Ascension Memorial Church. The Hot Dog Picnic is on the front lawn of the library. The Boston Bruins have teamed up with libraries across the Commonwealth to encourage kids and teens to keep reading over the summer. Bruins mascot Blades will visit Vehicle Day.
Location: Ascension Memorial Church, Ipswich Public Library
Come to Topsfield Massachusetts Common for a homegrown market on the 3rd Tuesday of each Summer month.
Come to the Topsfield Town Common, the 3rd Thursday of the month from June through September, for the HomeGrown Market. Support local vendors and businesses, enjoy live music, food trucks and more! Co-sponsored by the Topsfield Recreation Department and the Topsfield Council on Aging.
Location: Topsfield Town Common


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Babson Farm Quarry Self-guided Walking Tour at Halibut Point

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
Take a self guided tour at one of Massachusetts most beautiful locations!
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Butterfly Detectives at Stevens-Coolidge Estate

Kids will learn about monarch butterflies at the Trustees of Reservations' Stevens-Coolidge Estate in North Andover!
To encourage outdoor play and exploration of the great outdoors, this nature-based toddler playgroup will combine themed guided play with opportunities for free time for children and their caregivers to peek under rocks, inspect tree bark for hiding bugs and explore the gardens.
9:30 am to 10:30 am

Tuesdays are for Families at Salisbury Beach

Come to Salisbury Beach for FREE seaside, family friendly activities Tuesdays through the Summer.
Come to Salisbury Beach every Tuesday, July through August for FREE seaside, family friendly activities! Starting July 5th, every Tuesday in July and August there will be free family friendly programing at the Salisbury Beach Center.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Gloucester Gratis Days at Hammond Castle

Bring your kids to the Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester Massachusetts during April Vacation
In keeping with John Hays Hammond, Jr's original vision for his seaside castle-home to serve as a museum offering the Gloucester community access to ancient works of architectural art, Hammond Castle Museum will offer Gloucester residents free, self-guided tours each Tuesday throughout the regular...
10:00 am to 4:00 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

Manchester by the Sea Summer Concert Series

Summer Concerts happen at Masconomo Park in Manchester by the Sea every Tuesday through the Summer!
Come to Manchester Tuesday nights all summer for the annual Music in Masconomo Summer Concert Series. Each week from 6:00 - 8:00 pm a variety of Oldies, Swing, Rhythm & Blues & Classic Rock music will fill the air! Bring your family and friends, blankets and chairs, and dinner to enjoy a...
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Ipswich Downtown Tuesdays

Ipswich Downtown Tuesdays includes great dining live music, dancing & extended shopping hours for shopping Downtown Ipswich Massachusetts Tuesday evenings!
Ipswich Downtown Tuesdays includes great dining, live music, dancing at the Take-Out Terrace Stage 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...
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, August 20

Gloucester Waterfront Festival

Come to Stage Fort Park in Gloucester for the 36th Annual Waterfront Festival.
Historic Stage Fort Park along Gloucester Harbor will once again blossom into the colorful 41st Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival. A collection of over 175 Juried Artists and Craftsmen from throughout the U.S. will display their unique creations, live music, plus delicious ethnic foods. A...
9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Rockport Farmers' Market

The Rockport Farmers' Market runs every Saturday at Rockport Music in Downtown Rockport!
Produce and locally-grown and made farm products can be purchased on-site from our farmers from 9am-12pm at the Rockport Farmers Market. Just stop by, follow our protocols, and buy fresh food directly from your farmers and food producers! A huge thank you to Rockport Music for their generosity in...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Salisbury Beach Cleanup

Come volunteer for a community cleanup at Salisbury Beach Massachusetts
Make a positive impact on your community! Salisbury Beach Betterment Association will be leading the cleanup effort. Gloves & trash bags will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged  to help from 9-11AM. Meet at GroundSwell Surf Cafe, located at 25 Broadway. Come help keep our beach clean and...
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Andover Farmers' Market

Find Fresh Local Produce at the Andover Massachusetts Farmers Market North of Boston
The Andover Farmers Market is a vibrant hub connecting local farmers, artisans and the community through the joy of local food. Whether you come for carrots or conversation, it is a place to nourish the body, mind and spirit.
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Halibut Point Quarry Tour

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
Enjoy a guided tour of Halibut Point State Park around the Babson Farm Quarry, unearthing the granite industry era followed by a traditional hand-tool stone splitting demonstration.  One hundred years ago, the Rockport Granite Company quarried granite stone here. Learn about the buildings, bridges...
10:00 am to 10:59 am

Salem Flea

The Salem Flea is a market that happens every third Saturday at Derby Square in Salem Massachusetts!
The City of Salem in collaboration with RM & Company invites artisans/vendors to showcase and sell their work the third Saturday from May-September, 10-5pm, in historic downtown Salem at Derby Square on Front Street. This area of the city was originally built as a market place and continues to...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Family Farm Chores at Appleton Farms

Join Thbe Trustees of Reservations at Appleton Farms for our special, hands-on Family Farm Chores program held on Saturdays and Sundays.
Ready to try your hand at being a farmhand? Join us for our unique Family Farm Chores program held on Saturdays and Sundays! Get on your muck boots: your whole family will get to be farmers together! After learning all about our dairy herd, you can help care for baby chicks, feed our bunnies, visit...
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Kids Sail Free on the Schooner Lannon

Kids ride free on the 10:30am Saturday Cruise on the Lannon through Summer
Schooner Thomas E. Lannon is a fixture on the Gloucester Harbor vista throughout the day in the warm months, but to really experience the Lannon, you need to come aboard and go for a cruise!  Sail and see lighthouses, castles, scenic beaches, and magnificent waterfront homes.
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Science Saturdays with Marisa

Science Saturdays at the Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester Massachusetts!
Sawyer Free Library invites kids to Spend Saturday morning at the Library with Miss Marisa!  We explore fun facts and science topics every other week through sensory play, stories, music and movement.
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Long Hill Garden Tours

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...
11:00 am to 12:00 pm