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LGBTQ

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Salem is an exciting place to live or visit for a night out, a unique meal, a festival, a quiet afternoon, a cultural escape, a romantic getaway, a family vacation or a destination wedding. It also happens to be one of the most LGBT-friendly places in the country, with a perfect score in the HRC Equality Index.

Salem’s accommodations include everything from B&Bs to full service hotels, like the TAG-approved Salem Waterfront Hotel & SuitesMuseums and attractions offer something for everyone, with ways to learn about the Salem Witch Trials and Salem’s maritime historywalking, trolley, and harbor tours focusing on local haunts, foodie destinations, and more, and art exhibitions many of which may be found at the TAG-approved Peabody Essex Museum.

Each June Salem hosts the North Shore Pride Parade and Festival which includes additional events like interfaith celebrations, harbor cruises, and more. Check the events calendar or visit NorthShorePride.org to see all that is happening during the festival. Salem has a festival for every month, with the largest being Salem Haunted Happenings each October. View the festivals page for more information, or visit HauntedHappenings.org to learn more about visiting Salem in October.

Whether you’re a bride or groom, an event planner or DJ, or you just like thinking about weddings, Salem is a beautiful, culturally exciting place for your special events. Looking for a way to celebrate? Visit the weddings page to learn more.

For information on obtaining a Marriage License, visit Salem.com. (Please note: Salem City Hall is open 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Wednesday, 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM Thursday, and 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon on Friday.)

Click here to view and print the Salem Wedding Resource Sheet.