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.
The Friends of the Newbury Town Library’s annual Harvest Festival is a fun day out with your family which supports the NTL! Raffle tickets are on sale now through Harvest Fest on Oct. 23rd at the Library – see below for the full list. Winners will be announced during Harvest Fest (don’t worry, you don’t need to be present to win). Here’s what’s happening this year:
Come to Ipswich MA for a night of lights, illumination and light inspired artistry! There will be live entertainment, bonfires and luminaries along the ipswich River, Interactive dance, art shows lasers and more!
Historic Beverly is hosting a FREE community-wide FALL FESTIVAL at Hale Farm on Sunday, October 10, 2021 from 12-4pm. There will be a beer garden, food, and live music as well as kids' crafts, giant games and activities for children and families, a book sale, and vendor booths from Beverly-centered businesses and nonprofit organizations.
We're teaming up with local favorites including:
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.
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.
Visit Lowell’s Boat Shop for a guided tour during Trails & Sails 2021! Founded in 1793, Lowell’s Boat Shop is the oldest continuously operating wooden boat shop in the United States. Now a National Historic Landmark, Lowell’s continues to build wooden boats in the traditional method, with a mission of passing that knowledge on to the next generation through the Apprentice Program. Located on the banks of the Merrimack River in Amesbury, Lowell’s Boat Shop welcomes guests to take a step back in time and learn about the unique history and craft of wooden boat building.
Head to North Andover to the Annual Fall Festival sponsored by the North Andover Merchants Association held on the grounds of the North Andover Common - Old Center. This event is a combination of a merchant market and a fun filled day of activities for kids.
As part of COASTSWEEP 2021, volunteers are encouraged to come to Forest River Park to help in the statewide effort to keep our coastline clean along the shore of Salem Massachusetts. Trash collected will be measured and analyzed, and the data will be sent to Washington DC to aid the government in creating legislation to minimize trash in our oceans!
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