Salem, Massachusetts Announces Full Slate of Festivals and Events for 2022

Salem, Massachusetts has prepared a full year of festivities for 2022 that offer opportunities for residents and visitors to embrace the best of every season. From a celebration of ancestral connections to nights of laughter to food festivals – including a chocolate fountain – Salem is always open for entertainment.

Below is the schedule of events: 

Salem Comedy & Spirits Festival

Thursday, January 13 through Saturday, January 15

Lift your spirits and laugh the cold away with this three-day celebration of comedy in historic Salem. Featuring top local and national performing comedians, locally crafted spirits and beer, and related special events at a variety of renowned Salem venues.



20th Annual Salem’s So Sweet

Thursday, February 10 through Sunday, February 13

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Salem hosts its sweetest event of the year. Salem’s So Sweet is a decadent tradition of delectable chocolate, sparkling ice sculptures, and Valentine’s Day shopping. Don’t miss the ice sculpture illumination!


Salem Restaurant Week

March – Dates to be confirmed

Salem Restaurant Week is the perfect time to dine out at excellent eateries. Featuring a wide variety of delicious foods, including steak, seafood, Italian classics, contemporary cuisine, American favorites, and exotic ethnic treats. Restaurants will offer multiple choices for appetizers, entrees, and desserts.


Salem Massachusetts Film Fest

Salem Film Fest

Thursday, March 24 through Sunday, April 3

The largest all-documentary film festival in Massachusetts returns to Salem for its 15th season. For 10 days, attendees can view more than 30 films from around the world and engage with visiting filmmakers. Salem Film Fest also showcases a variety of local musicians and bands.



Salem Women’s History Day

Sunday, March 27

As women’s history month is celebrated worldwide, this is the time to honor the work of remarkable women in Salem’s history. The House of the Seven Gables, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, History Alive!, Salem Witch Museum, the Witch House, and the Phillips House Museum will host programs that share 400 years of stories.



Salem Ancestry Days

Friday, April 29 through Monday, May 2

Residents and visitors are invited to celebrate their ancestral and immigrant connections to Salem. The weekend will feature lectures, tours, research opportunities, and information on the people who connect us all to Salem.



Salem Arts Festival

Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5

The Salem Arts Festival celebrates the arts in all its forms: painting, photography, sculpture, installation, dance, music, writing, film, new media, performance, theater, poetry, culinary, visual art, and more. The 2022 festival will consist of a gallery of juried artists’ work in Old Town Hall, performances in an outdoor stage venue, indoor performances, a street fair, and opportunities for the community to actively participate in the arts. Individuals are welcome to contribute at multiple venues and events.


Salem Farmers’ Market

Thursdays, June 19 through October 13

The Salem Farmers’ Market is a tradition that dates back to 1634. At its peak around 1930 more than 40 vendors sold goods  and an estimated 10,000 people visited the market on a single Saturday. In the early 1970s, the market ended, and the Salem Redevelopment Authority redesigned the square into what we now know as Derby Square. The Market features local farms every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.



North Shore Pride Weekend

Thursday, June 23 through Sunday, June 26

A full weekend to celebrate Pride with local businesses, faith groups, and community organizations at the fifth annual North Shore Pride Parade and Festival. All are welcome to attend any activity during the four-day-long event celebrating unity in the community which includes the North Shore Pride Parade and Festival, North Shore Pride Afterparty, North Shore Pride Drag Brunch, and North Shore Pride Interfaith service.



Salem Massachusetts 4th of July

Salem Celebrates the 4th!

Monday, July 4

Bring your beach blankets and folding chairs to enjoy the 42- piece Hillyer Festival Orchestra on Derby Wharf at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site for a grand celebration of our nation’s Independence Day. Featuring a Pops concert, a Kid Space play area, and fireworks launched over Salem Harbor, this is a quintessential celebration of the 4th of July.



Salem Heritage Days

Monday, August 1st through Sunday, August 7th

Celebrate the past and the present during the annual Salem Heritage Days. Featuring food, fun, and activities for all ages, highlights include the Essex Street Fair, the Ice Cream Bowl, and the Car Show on Chestnut Street. 


Salem Massachusetts Food Truck FestivalSalem Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25

Food Truck Festivals of America returns to Salem with the ultimate food truck experience for a two-day festival that will feature some of the area’s most popular food trucks. The vendors will be dishing out fan favorites as well as dozens of regional and national craft breweries.



Salem Massachusetts Haunted Happenings

Salem Haunted Happenings

Saturday, October 1 through Tuesday, October 31

An internationally renowned celebration of Halloween and fall in New England, more than a half-million visitors come to Salem Haunted Happenings each year. What started as a Saturday in 1982 has grown to become the largest celebration of Halloween in the world. Events include the Grand Parade, Howl-o-Ween Pet Parade, Family Film Nights on Salem Common, costume balls, ghost tours, haunted houses, live music, and chilling theatrical presentations.


Salem Holiday Happenings

Friday, November 25 through Sunday, January 1, 2023

Celebrate, shop, and dine in Salem during the holiday season. Festival highlights include Historic Salem, Inc.’s annual Christmas in Salem Historic House Tour and Santa’s arrival atop the Hawthorne Hotel. And don’t miss the annual Launch! on New Year’s Eve, featuring an early family-friendly event.



These events are just a sampling of the programming that takes place in Salem each year. In addition to these annual events and incredible exhibitions, programming at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem State University, the House of the Seven Gables, Historic New England’s Phillips House, and the many restaurants and bars guarantee a different experience for every visit. Visit Salem.org or reach out to Destination Salem any time to find more information on everything happening in Salem, Massachusetts.

Please note that as of 12/23, masks are required in all indoor locations for all ages 2 and up regardless of vaccination status except for when eating or drinking. Starting 1/15, all individuals ages 12 and over shall be required to present proof of at least one dose of vaccination to enter indoor entertainment venues,  food service establishments where food is consumed on-site, and indoor gyms and fitness settings. For more information on Salem’s mask order, see salem.com/masks and click here for more on COVID-19 preparedness in Salem. 





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