Salem Maritime Festival this weekend

The Lewis H. Story on Derby Beach

The 2015 Salem Maritime Festival will be held this Saturday, August 1st from 10am - 4pm on the historic wharves at Salem Maritime National Historic Site. In its 27th year, the Salem Maritime Festival offers an exciting array of free family fun, including live music, free harbor cruises, craft demonstrations, costumed reenactors and much more! Kids will enjoy a variety of fun activities including radio-controlled boats, a "Muck Walk" and touch tanks with their favorite marine critters.

A flotilla of visiting vessels including a U.S. Coast Guard 47' Motor Life Boat, the Schooner Fame, the Schooner Ardelle and the motorized vessel Endeavor will all be participating in the festival. A fleet of kayaks from Salem Kayak will provide attendees with the opportunity to paddle and row Salem Harbor. Friendship of Salem, Salem's own replica of a 1797 merchant vessel, will be open to the public and will offer a National Park Service Junior Ranger Program for children.

Free 90-minute harbor cruises aboard Fame, Ardelle and Endeavor will be offered throughout the afternoon by lottery. The cruises are scheduled for 12:00, 12:15, 12:30, 1:45, 2:00, 2:15pm.

The Salem Trayned Band drills on Derby Wharf

Exhibitors and demonstrators at this year’s event include:

  • Salem Kayaks
  • Norumbega Canoe Club
  • USS Constitution & US Navy
  • Marlinspike Sailor of Marblehead
  • Musician Larry Young
  • R.P Raiseles Cooperage
  • Essex Shipbuilding Museum
  • Marine Modelers Club of New England
  • Salem Sound Coastwatch
  • Historic New England
  • Cat Cove Marine Labs
  • Division of Marine Fisheries
  • U.S. Coast Guard & U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • House of the Seven Gables
  • Witch House / Corwin House
  • Salem Beautification Committee
  • Salem Zouaves
  • Shipwrecks of New England
  • And more...

Learn more about this year's festival by visiting:

USS Constitution Master Gun Crew

Where: Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 160 Derby St, Salem MA
When: Saturday, August 1st from 10am - 4pm
Cost: Free

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