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Kids Con New England 2023

Kids Con New England Concord NH cosplay comic superhero princess Star Wars convention

Kids Con New England is the first and only comic book convention just for kids in New England! Kids Con New England® is New England’s first and largest kids-focused comic con & children’s book event! Inspiring art education, literacy and creativity through family-friendly comics, children’s books, art, creative workshops, gaming, and fun activities! Meet amazing family-friendly comic book creators, children’s book authors, artists, learn the comic arts, jedi training, superhero training, gaming tournaments, pirate camp, robotic demos, princess sing-along and storytime, kids sketch-off, puppet show, family costume contest and more!

When: 
Saturday, May 13, 2023 10am-5pm

Halooween Day at Van Otterloo YMCA

Van Otterloo YMCA in Marblehead Ma wiil host a day of fn Halloween Events for the whole family!

Spend a spooky day at the YMCA on Thursday, October 27th for an all day Halloween celebration! Dance it up in Glow Party, make a Lava Lamp sensory lamp, jump around the Haunted Bounce House and more! Check out all of our offerings for the day above… and don’t forget to WEAR YOUR COSTUME!

When: 
Thursday, October 27, 2022 All Day

Essex Clam Fest 2022

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 38th Annual Essex ClamFest is back! Although the highlight of the day is the Chowder Tasting Competition - come taste Cape Ann’s finest chowders- there is a great variety of activities, including arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment and plenty of food vendors on-site! There is no fee to enter the Festival. There is a $10 fee to Taste the Chowders. Rain date: Sunday, October 23rd. For more info call 978-283-1601. Sponsored by the Essex Division of the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

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Saturday, October 22, 2022 11am - 4pm
Chowder Tasting Noon-2pm

Trunk or Treat at Ipswich YMCA

Ipswich Massachusetts YMCA wiil host a Halloween trunk or treat in their parking lot.

FREE FAMILY EVENT! Join in on the fun and decorate your trunk, wear a costume, and hand out candy or prizes. Winner of the best trunk will receive a special prize. Safety and sanitation guidelines will be enforced for this outside event! Be sure you register all members of your family by selecting the amount attending in the drop down menu when registering!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022 5-6:30pm
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Landmark 5k Road Race

Landmark School's annual 5K Road Race is a family fun event that helps support the mission of Landmark School.

Landmark School's 5K Road Race is part of their Homecoming & Fall Festival. It is one of the largest events of the academic year, bringing together students, parents, alumni, faculty, friends, and members of the broader North Shore community. This event is also part of the Landmark Cares fundraiser, which helps students who have dyslexia reach their full potential.Come run, walk, or stroller this scenic course during the beautiful New England fall season.

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Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:30am-Noon
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Saugus Iron Works Tours

Free Ranger guided tours at Saugus Iron Works as part of Trails and Sails

Join the staff at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site for a tour of the industrial site which will include operating water wheels and discussions on the iron making process. Stay for a second presentation, a demonstration of blacksmithing techniques. Part of Trails & Sails 2022

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Saturdays & Sundays, September 18-25, 2022 Times vary

Trails & Sails 2022

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 from September 17-26, 2021 for the annual celebration of TRAILS & SAILS. Discover special places in your backyard and be guided through unique landscapes on land and sea, explore historic properties, and take in cultural experiences of all kinds. Find what makes Essex County like nowhere else during Trails & Sails! It’s all FREE and it’s all located within the 34 cities and towns of Essex County.

When: 
Daily, September 16-25, 2022

Heritage Day in Gloucester

Maritime Gloucester hosts a day of free exciting demonstrations and interactive fun for all ages in Gloucester Massachusetts.

Maritime Gloucester is hosting their annual Heritage Day in honor of the Gloucester Schooner Festival 2022. 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, September 3, 2022 10am-4pm

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Marblehead Christmas Walk

The Marblehead Christmas Walk is several days of local Holiday events in Marblehead Massachusetts
The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce invites you to Marblehead to enjoy several days of holiday festivities, family events and activities!  Come for one or all days with highlights that include Santa's arrival by lobster boat,Festive shopping, Tree Lightings, a holiday parade, Artisan Markets,...
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Deck The Halls: Hammond Castle

A holiday themed tour of Hammond Castle in Gloucester Massachusetts
Enjoy the spirit of the holidays with Christmas Trees in nearly every room, numerous wreaths and candlelight throughout. Immerse yourself in a lost era of quiet luxury and holiday grandeur unlike any other on the North Shore.
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, and Thursday 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, Brian...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Arts & 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....
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Festival of Trees By the Sea (Sundays) in Salisbury

 Experience the joy and excitement of Salisbury’s most popular holiday tradition with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits and more,
The Annual Sea Festival of Trees is open Weekends (Friday-Sunday) Saturday, Nov. 19- Sunday, Dec. 4 and Thursday, December 1.. Experience the joy and excitement of the Seacoast’s most popular holiday tradition with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits and more! Enter to win a...
11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Festival of Trees By the Sea in Salisbury

 Experience the joy and excitement of Salisbury’s most popular holiday tradition with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits and more,
The Annual Sea Festival of Trees is open Weekends (Friday-Sunday) Saturday, Nov. 19- Sunday, Dec. 4 and Thursday, December 1.. Experience the joy and excitement of the Seacoast’s most popular holiday tradition with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits and more! Enter to win a...
11:00 am to 8:00 pm

Wreath Making Workshop

Annual Wreath Making Workshop at the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum
Join us at the Essex Historical Society & Shipbuilding Museum as Susie Talbot guides the group through decorating a 20" wreath. Susie is an extraordinarily talented individual who not only designed, but takes care of our front gardens. Amongst her many talents is decorating Holiday greens.
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Lighting of the Memory Tree

The Lighting of the Memory Tree is a solemn occasion to remember loved ones.
Gather around the tree in front of Essex Town Hall to honor loved ones past and place your memorial ornament. This is always a meaningful and peaceful way to begin the holiday season.
6:30 pm

Sunday, January 1

New Years Day

12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Friday, December 2

Marblehead Christmas Walk

The Marblehead Christmas Walk is several days of local Holiday events in Marblehead Massachusetts
The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce invites you to Marblehead to enjoy several days of holiday festivities, family events and activities!  Come for one or all days with highlights that include Santa's arrival by lobster boat,Festive shopping, Tree Lightings, a holiday parade, Artisan Markets,...
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Christmas at Castle Hill

The Trustees' Castle Hill Christmas by the Sea is a weekend of festivities hosted by the Trustees of Reservations at Castle Hill in Ipswich Massachusetts
Visiting Castle Hill at Christmas is a time-honored tradition. Don’t miss this year’s elegant Roaring-Twenties-themed decorations–pearls, feathers, ocean liner memorabilia, and more. Each room in our 1920s mansion is uniquely decorated for the holidays. Timed entry will limit the number of guests...
10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Deck The Halls: Hammond Castle

A holiday themed tour of Hammond Castle in Gloucester Massachusetts
Enjoy the spirit of the holidays with Christmas Trees in nearly every room, numerous wreaths and candlelight throughout. Immerse yourself in a lost era of quiet luxury and holiday grandeur unlike any other on the North Shore.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Festival of Trees By the Sea in Salisbury

 Experience the joy and excitement of Salisbury’s most popular holiday tradition with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits and more,
The Annual Sea Festival of Trees is open Weekends (Friday-Sunday) Saturday, Nov. 19- Sunday, Dec. 4 and Thursday, December 1.. Experience the joy and excitement of the Seacoast’s most popular holiday tradition with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits and more! Enter to win a...
11:00 am to 8:00 pm

Hamilton-Wenham Farmers' Market

Hamilton-Wenham Community House hosts a Popup farmers market on the front lawn!
The Hamilton-Wenham Farmers’ Market is a food and flower market presented by The Community House. Vendor offerings must be grown, raised, or produced within 100 miles of Hamilton.
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Santa Comes to Essex

After Santa arrives in Essex, kids will have a chance discuss their wish list with him in person!
Kids of all ages are welcome to come down to Essex Town Landing for a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus!
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Tree Lighting in Marblehead

Marblehead's tree lighting is always a festive occasion to kick off the holidays
The Tree Lighting will take place at the new National Grand Bank Parking Lot on Pleasant Street in Downtown Marblehead this year!  Enjoy the festive atmosphere and live music as the town lights the yearly Christmas tree! Festivities begin at 5:30pm with the tree lighting at 7pm.
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Hamilton-Wenham Carol Sing & Tree Lighting

Hamilton-Wenham Community Sing and tree lighting
The Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham invites children to bring their own flashlight or glowsticks for the tree and gazebo lighting and a Christmas Carol Sing for all ages! Carol Sing is coming back! Plus a special arrival of Santa, and a tree lighting! We have an amazing festive evening...
6:30 pm

Saturday, December 3

Winter Wonderland Pancake Breakfast

Come have breakfast with Santa at the Essex Elementary School in Essex Massachusetts!
Come on up to Essex Elementary School and ring in the cold winter with a hot pancake breakfast! Suggested contribution is $10 per individual or $25 for a family and all proceeds go to Essex Elementary fifth grade students’ end-of-year activities and the student activities fund.
8:00 am to 11:00 am
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