North Shore & Cape Ann Events

Manchester by-the-Sea Memorial Day Parade

Contact: 7326821864
Festivals | Outdoor Activities

The Annual Manchester’s Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 30th at 9:30 a.m. The parade route will begin at the Army and Navy Club, 1090 Main Street, turns east on East Center Street and then turns west at Munro Park, and will conclude at the Center Memorial Park for a Memorial Day Program to honor our Veterans. Marchers should assemble at 8:45 a.m.

Cape Ann Artisans Tour

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Contact: 978-546-6186
Art & Exhibitions

This self-guided tour takes you to artist studios all around Cape Ann. Participating artists work in a wide variety of media, from paints to mosaics, jewelry, sculpture, and more.

Rockport Chamber Music Festival

All-day event
Contact: (978) 546-7391
Concerts | Music & Concerts | Outdoor Activities

The celebrated Rockport Chamber Music Festival is hosted annually at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA.

Saint Peter’s Fiesta

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Visit Gloucester during this 5-day festival that honors St. Peter, the patron saint of fishermen. It’s back in 2022!

Rockport Farmer’s Market

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Contact: 978-546-6186
Outdoor Activities | Shopping

Visit the Rockport Farmer’s Summer Market featuring local produce and other homemade goodies, live music, and more every Saturday from June to October.

Fishtown Horribles Parade & Fireworks


Gloucester’s ‘Fishtown Horribles Parade’ is an old-time Gloucester tradition in which participants dress up in costumes to celebrate Independence Day. The parade also includes bands, floats, politicians, businesses and fire engines. Note that in Gloucester, the July 4th celebrations traditionally take place on July 3rd.

Bluefin Blowout Fishing Tournament

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Contact: Cape Ann Marina

Come see the best of the giant tuna fishermen on the east coast compete in the annual Bluefin Blowout. Presented by Lyon-Waugh Auto Group and hosted by Cape Ann’s Marina Resort, this two-day fishing tournament takes place in Gloucester’s historic fishing port and has been showcased on National Geographic’s hit show “Wicked Tuna.”