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March 2020

Friday, Mar 20
Salem Film Fest

The largest all-documentary film festival in Massachusetts returns to Salem for its 13th season. For seven days, attendees have the opportunity to view more than…

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April 2020

Friday, Apr 3
Daughters of Darkness Festival

If you’ve ever felt like the weird kid, have an obsession with cemeteries and a macabre interest in mourning rituals… If you’ve ever wanted to…

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May 2020

Saturday, May 2
The Life & Death of John Proctor, 1692
2:00 pm

Join us for a fascinating lecture given by Peabody Historical Society curator Kelly Daniell. In 1692, John Proctor was 60 years old, was a successful…

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Saturday, May 2
Salem Diaries: Personal Perspectives on the Past
3:00 pm

The Reverend William Bentley’s diary of his life in Federal-era Salem is a justly famous source, but it is just one of many diaries kept…

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Thursday, May 7
Family Reunion Mixer
7:00 pm

Can you trace your ancestry to Essex Country, 1692? Stop by our after-dinner mixer for conversation, drinks and desert! Historian Marilynne Roach will be present…

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June 2020

Friday, Jun 5
Salem Arts Festival

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,…

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August 2020

Saturday, Aug 1
Salem Maritime Festival
10:00 am

Hosted by Salem Maritime National Historic Site in cooperation with Essex Heritage and Eastern National, the Salem Maritime Festival features live music and dance, harbor…

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Saturday, Aug 29
Antique & Classic Boat Festival
11:00 am

You don’t get to see boats like this every day!  See a wonderful variety of rare vintage motor yachts and sailboats from 1900-1960s.  Meet skippers…

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September 2020

Friday, Sep 11
Salem Literary Festival

Now presented by the Salem Athenaeum, the Salem Literary Festival was founded by Beth Simpson in 2008 as an extension of the events she created for the…

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Saturday, Sep 12
Salem Spice Festival
12:00 pm

Come celebrate Salem’s four hundred year history of spices, herbs and tea. Vendors, music and seventeenth century recipes! Free admission, donations encouraged!

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Saturday, Sep 26
Salem Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
11:00 am

Food Truck Festivals of America is coming to Salem Common for this year’s Salem Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival! Featuring some of the area’s…

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