North Shore & Cape Ann Events

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.

Gloucester Waterfront Festival

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Festivals | Outdoor Activities

The annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival will take place on Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22, 2022. The event will feature over 175 artisans, crafters, food vendors, and live music. Bring the family for a day of food, live music and fun.

Gloucester Schooner Festival

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Contact: Gloucester, MA
Festivals | Outdoor Activities

Well known to the world as Gloucester’s major maritime and sailing event, the annual Gloucester Schooner Festival is organized by the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee and Maritime Gloucester. Taking place in the harbor and nearby waters of America’s oldest seaport, the Gloucester Schooner Festival honors the major role the fishing schooner has played in the heritage of Gloucester and the eastern seaboard. Old and new, large and small– a variety of schooners will visit Gloucester Harbor and delight all comers.

Cape Ann Plein Air Festival

All-day event
Contact: Gloucester, MA
Art & Exhibitions | Festivals | Outdoor Activities

For nearly two centuries, Cape Ann has been a destination for painters who prefer to paint out-of-doors, or “en plein air.”  To honor this time-honored tradition, the Cape Ann Plein Air organization hosts a week-long plein-air painting celebration and competition every October. Organized by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, seARTS, and Cape Ann’s leading arts and culture organizations, the communities will see up to 40 of the finest artists in the nation compete for prizes and awards.

Essex ClamFest & Clam Chowder Competition

Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Festivals | Food & Dining Events | Outdoor Activities

The Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce sponsors the annual Essex ClamFest, held at Memorial Park in Essex. The highlight of the day is 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.