The Ridiculous Project: “Dream, Love, Escape”
What is going to happen as we emerge from this period of isolation and disconnect and take those first steps back into community? How will we track what has changed? How can we begin to make sense of the experiences we’ve been through while also finding a way back together? In a moment where we are faced with so many...
Salem Lit Fest
The Salem Literary Festival aims to inspire and promote literacy and a love of books and reading by creating connections through sharing stories. Held over one weekend each fall, the Salem Literary Festival hosts readings, writing workshops, panel discussions, and artistic expression in music, theater, dance, etc. Lit Fest primarily features local and regional authors of recently published work, some...
Keeping History Above Water Salem: Preservation in a Changing Climate
The City of Salem and the Salem Preservation Partners are collaborating with the Newport Restoration Foundation to host a conference in Salem called, Preservation in a Changing Climate.” This annual conference will raise awareness of and discuss adaptation strategies to address climate change impacts on historic buildings, landscapes and neighborhoods. The conference will include an evening lecture on Monday, September...
Trails & Sails
Discover special places in your backyard from Friday Sept. 17 through Sunday Sept. 26! Be guided through unique landscapes on land and sea, explore historic properties, and take in cultural experiences of all kinds. Find what makes Essex County like nowhere else during Trails & Sails! Visit trailsandsails.org for a list of events around the region.
Architectural Treasure Hunt
Celebrate iconic buildings in Salem’s McIntire Historic District by going on an Architectural Treasure Hunt! Use the answer bank to identify features of the following places: Hamilton Hall, Historic New England’s Phillips House, Pickering House and Salem Athenaeum. At each property, you will find a fact sheet challenging you to identify the building’s architectural details. The fact sheets are at...
Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center Speaker Series: Jim McAllister
Jim McAllister, well-known local historian, author, and teacher, on Salem’s “Unsung Heroes.” While they may not be household names, each of the Salem residents whose stories Jim will tell has made important contributions in their chosen fields, whether that be science, art, industry, literature, horticulture, politics, or philanthropy. Join him as he shines a spotlight on a host of deserving...
Salem Athenaeum Tour
Visitors will receive a guided tour of the Salem Athenaeum building along with a brief history of the institution (established 1760). Select books from the library’s Historical Collection will be on display. Special Instructions: The building is not handicapped accessible. The tour involves stairs. Tours will start on the hour. Reservations: https://www.salemathenaeum.net
Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center Speaker Series: Richard Hoffman and Kathi Aguero
Our city’s literary landscape has been transformed by the arrival of nationally prominent writers Richard Hoffman, winner of the 2018 Massachusetts Book Award, and Kathi Aguero, whose new book of poems, World Happiness Index, is due out shortly. Come welcome this dynamic couple to Salem and enjoy their poetry. https://www.facebook.com/events/493554711883930 *** All events will take place live in the Levesque...
Salem Zombie Walk
The Salem Zombie Walk is once again rising up to take Halloweentown’s streets! This is a Family, Fun, and FREE event for all ages. Meet at Salem Common at 11 am. Walk begins at 12 pm.
Artoberfest: Art, Music, & Beer
This year, along with our annual Artoberfest Exhibition we will offer a free, day-long event featuring live music, performance art, food, and beer. This outdoor event will be held on the Salem Maritime Historic Site lawn next to Salem Arts Association. Bring a blanket, get comfy and enjoy a day of live entertainment. Learn more here.
Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center Speaker Series: Gwen Rosemond
Gwen Rosemond, professor, writer, storyteller, performer, human rights advocate. Salem’s African-American community has a history that’s as fascinating as it is long-standing. Our newest city parks are named for Charlotte Forten and for the Remond family. Hear Gwen recount their stories—and other facets of Salem’s often-overlooked history. https://www.facebook.com/events/122798643367800 *** All events will take place live in the Levesque Community Life...
Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center Speaker Series: Lucas J. Miller
We are pleased to introduce Lucas J. Miller, Salem’s newly appointed Chief of Police, who, in the light of the national discussion on policing and violence, will discuss our department’s use of force policy. According to Miller, a Massachusetts native who served for thirty years on the New York police force, “We need not be afraid of scrutiny.” Come find...