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Salem's So Sweet Festival

Salem Massachusetts' retailers have some sweet surprises in store during the Salem's So Sweet Weekend Festival

Don't miss historic downtown Salem's sweetest event of the year. Salem Main Streets, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Destination Salem, and local retailers, restaurants, and businesses invite you to attend the 17th annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival. A decadent tradition of delectable chocolate, sparkling ice sculptures, and Valentine’s Day shopping…don’t miss Salem’s sweetest event of the year!

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Friday, February 10 - Sunday, February 12, 2023
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Salem's So Sweet at The Gables

Come to the House of Seven Gables to celebrate Salem's So Sweet and Valentine's Day! Massachusetts

House of Seven Gables celebrates Salem's So Sweet and Valentine's Day with a day of festive events including Ice Sculpture Viewing, a scavenger hunt, Family Valentine Crafts and more! This wonderful, fun family event is co-sponsored by The House of the Seven Gables and the City of Salem’s Park, Recreation and Community Services Department. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Our Valentine event will include:

When: 
Saturday, February 11, 2023 1-3pm

Lunar New Year Festival at PEM

Families can celebrate the Lunar New Year at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts!

Join PEM as they celebrate the Lunar New Year | The Year of the Rabbit!  Lunar New Year is celebrated in many Asian countries, including China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea, Singapore and Malaysia. While some traditions are shared across countries, others are unique to one region, community or national cultural identity. Our programming this year focuses on Chinese cultural traditions.

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Saturday, January 28, 2023 10am-4pm
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MLK Day at PEM

Paebody Essex Museum Martin Luther King Day in Salem Massachusetts. Luis Martin, Harvest of Perpetuity, 2016. © Luis Martin/The Art Engineer, 2016.

Join us as we honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the intersection of creativity and community. Celebrate this monumental day by centering Dr. King’s values of equality, freedom and civic inclusion. Through performances, workshops and art making, PEM invites visitors to reflect on the progress we have made in our communities – and the work that remains as we strive for a more just society.

Storytelling and Art Making
10:30 am–11:30 pm| PEM Pals
Garden Atrium, Gallery 115

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Monday, January 16, 2023 10am-5pm
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Launch! Salem

Celebrate New Years Eve at Salem Massachusetts' Town Hall with your family!

Come ring in the New Year with us!  Salem Main Streets and the City of Salem are teaming up to throw LAUNCH!, our family-friendly New Year’s Eve party, on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 4:30 pm to 6 pm on Charlotte Forten Park (289 Derby Street). There will be an early countdown just before 6 pm.

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New Year's Eve 4:30-6pm
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Greet Santa at the Hawthorne Hotel

Salem Main Streets, SalemMainStreets.org, Visit Salem MA for the holidays

Join Salem Main Streets and the City of Salem as we celebrate two of our most beloved annual traditions – Santa’s Arrival and the lighting of Salem’s Holiday Tree – all in one evening. Santa Claus will arrive at the top of the Hawthorne Hotel (18 Washington Square W) promptly at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26, with assistance from the Salem Fire Department, of course. Organizers recommend arriving to the Salem Common by 5:45 p.m. to catch the arrival. Bring the whole family out for carols, festivities, and fun!

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Friday, November 25,2022 6-7pm

Holiday Tree Lighting

Come to the Holiday Tree Lighting in Salem to kick off the holiday season!

Join Salem Main Streets and the City of Salem as we combine two of our most beloved annual traditions – Greet Santa at the Hawthorne Hotel and the lighting of Salem’s Holiday Tree – into one evening. Santa Claus will arrive at the top of the Hawthorne Hotel (18 Washington Square W) promptly at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 29, 2019, with assistance from the Salem Fire Department, of course. Bring the whole family out for carols, festivities, and fun!

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Friday, November 25, 2022 6:30pm
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Wild Turkey 5 Mile Road Race

Run like a turkey through downtown Salem MA on Thanksgiving Day! Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem.

Join the fun for the annual Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run in downtown Salem Massachusetts Thanksgiving morning and raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem! This is the largest race on the North Shore, with 2,000 anticipated participants.The race starts this year at the stature of Roger Conant across from Salem Common. Chip timing done by Racewire.

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Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2022 8am
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Harborlight Montessori School - Infant to Grade 8 - Beverly MA

Winter DROP IN Preschool Farm Explorers

Farm Explorers is a great way for preschoolers to explore Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Winter is in the air and the animals of the farm and woods have prepared themselves for winter. Can we find their signs, like homes, tracks, and caches of food? What happens in winter around the farm? We invite little farmers to experience life at the farm in winter. Through farm “chores,” age-...
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Duckie Soap Making for Teens

Teens and Tweens will make duckie soaps in at TOHP Library in Essex Massachusetts.
Teens! Grades 6-12, don't miss this unique opportunity to make your very own  soap creation encasing an adorable rubber duckie-perfect to celebrate the January birthday of the original Rubber Duckie!
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Young Gloucester Scientists Club

Ocean Alliance of Gloucester Massachusetts deveveloped the Snot Bot drone
Join the Young Gloucester Scientists Club at OCEAN ALLIANCE  to learn all about Whales, Drones, and all you can learn by collecting Whale Snot - Stay tuned for more details!! This program is intended for Students in 4th through 8th grade and Registration is required for each student attending. 
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Friday 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 Fridays and Saturdays
Every day is full of a list of barnyard chores we need to get down to make sure our farmyard friends are happy and healthy! Let’s get to work.
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Comic Workshop with Author/Illustrator Jonathan Todd

Join Boston-based author/illustrator Jonathan Todd for a four-week comic making workshop in Manchsester Massachusetts
Ages 11-16: Be the star of your own comic!
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Ipswich Folk Dance

Come join the community tradition of the folk dance at Ipswich Town Hall!
Dance is a New England folk tradition, and Ipswich Recreation invites you to join the fun!Join old and new friends in folk dances, including squares, contras, and circle dances. Egrets-Only, a band and caller of local Ipswich parents, will provide the fiddle tunes and instruction.
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 28

Superbowl of Birding 2023

The Superbowl of Birding 2023 is a unique competition conducted in Rockingham County, NH, and Essex County, MA. During a 12-hour period, teams of birders of all ages and abilities seek out the greatest number of avian species and amass the most points based on the rarity of the birds recorded....
5:00 am to 5:00 pm

Lunar New Year Festival at PEM

Families can celebrate the Lunar New Year at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts!
Join PEM as they celebrate the Lunar New Year | The Year of the Rabbit!  Lunar New Year is celebrated in many Asian countries, including China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea, Singapore and Malaysia. While some traditions are shared across countries, others are unique to one region, community or national...
Where: PEM
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 10am 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

Signs of Winter Wildlife at Rough Meadows

Kids will learn about winter animals of the North Shore by studying their tracks and other signs they leave behind in Rowley Massachusetts
The Essex County Greenbelt Association invites families to join North Shore Nature Programs is for outdoor fun for children of all ages.
10:00 am to 11:30 pm

All About Owls

Kids are invited to come learn about owls at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newbury Massachusetts
Kids are invited to the Parker River Wildlife Refuge to learn about owls found on the refuge over winter & dissect an owl pellet! For kids ages 12 and up. Registration required, limited spots available.
10:00 am

Befriend the Barnyard

Befriend the Barnyard is a great chance to get close to our Appleton Farms stars in a relaxed and educational setting.
Come discover our special barnyard animals! Our Angora rabbits Violet and Vanilla, Nubian goats Merlin, Maeve, Morgana, and Mordred, and our friendly flock of heritage chickens will take center stage as we learn about what makes them so unique. Befriend the Barnyard is a hands-on barnyard...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Farmhouse Café at Appleton Farms

Farmhouse Café at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts
During your day of exploring the farm & hiking and skiing the trails, join us at the farmhouse for Appleton signature baked goods, farm vegetable soup, gourmet hot chocolate, tea and snacks. Our menu will change seasonally, and all items will be available to purchase a la carte.
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday Art Adventures at Essex Library

TOHP Library hosts a fun art & music program for the whole family in Essex Massachusetts
The TOHP Burnham Public Library in Essex invites kids to join Ms. Julie for a fun art & music program for the whole family! Designed for children ages 0-8 and their adult. Registration is requested but not required. Register through Early Childhood Partners at: www.earlychildhoodpartners.com. 
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Saturday Family Farm Chores at Appleton Farms

Join The Trustees of Reservations at Appleton Farms for our special, hands-on Family Farm Chores program held on Fridays & Saturdays
Every day is full of a list of barnyard chores we need to get down to make sure our farmyard friends are happy and healthy! Let’s get to work.
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Wingmasters Presents "The World of Owls"

Come learn all about owls from Wingmasters at Wenham Museum in Massachusetts
Wenham Museum hosts a fun presentation by Wingmasters in Wenham Massachusetts. Come see live owls up close in this indoor presentation that will introduce you to different owls and other birds of prey in our region. The presentations start at 10:30am or 2pm and includes admission to the museum....
10:30 am to 3:00 pm
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