ArtWeek in Salem, Massachusetts

Share your creative side in Salem, Massachusetts during this year’s ArtWeek events! ArtWeek is an award-winning state-wide festival that encompasses hundreds of events all related to art and individual creative experiences. This year’s festival runs April 26-May 5, and there are plenty of ways to get involved right here in Salem and in the North of Boston region:

Friday, April 26

The annual Salem Arts Festival Fashion Show kicks off Art Week in Salem featuring the latest designs and styles from local boutiques, festive makeup and jewelry, and more! This event serves as a fundraiser for the Salem Arts Festival in June and it’s a great way to get out and support our local arts scene while taking in some creative looks on the runway. Tickets are on sale now!

If you’re taking the rush hour MBTA Commuter Rail train through Salem (and some of the other stops on the Newburyport/Rockport line) transpARTation lets you ride through waves of art or hop off the train and enjoy live music and take part in some interactive artmaking right on the platform.

transpARTation is one piece of an initiative created by the Downtown Lynn Cultural District, Swampscott’s ReachArts, and Salem’s Public Art Commission—be sure to check ArtWeekMA.org for the details on the other commuter rail stops! Learn more here.

Saturday, April 27

Artist Valerie Jaros of StoneSpirations will be visiting the Peabody Essex Museum for a drop-in mandala stones workshop. Visit the museum between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm and create your own mandala stone to take home with you, (included with your museum admission). Learn more here.

Join Essex Heritage at the Salem Regional Visitor Center for a free crafting event and learn more about your own backyard. Kids and families are invited to create and decorate their own cardboard binoculars or spyglasses, and you can get a hard start on your backyard explorations by playing “I Spy” right at the Visitor Center. This event is free, but pre-registration is strongly suggested. Learn more and register here.

Sunday, April 28

Grab your phone and head to The House of the Seven Gables for a special ArtWeek Instameet! Explore the Gables and its rooms that are normally untouched by visitors as you find the most Insta-worthy shots for your feed. Space is limited to 10 participants. Learn more and register here.

ArtWeek at Museums North of Boston

Find more ArtWeek events at participating art and history museums in the North of Boston region. See the new exhibit on Samuel Chamberlain at the Marblehead Museum, take a floral-themed tour of the Cape Ann Museum, or explore the history behind the Old Manse in Concord. Learn more here.

For More Art in Salem…

See the 85 large-scale murals that make up the Punto Urban Art Museum. Located in the Point Neighborhood, this open-air museum features the works of 40 world-renowned artists. Learn more here.

Check out the rotating schedule of exhibitions and artist meet ups at Salem Arts Association. This all-volunteer nonprofit organization runs galleries and a shop that features work by local artists from across the North Shore. Learn more here.