Due to COVID-19, many events have been cancelled or gone virtual. Please confirm event updates with individual businesses and organizers before visiting. 

Film, food, chocolate, comedy, poetry, Pride, Halloween, spices, and boats–these are just a few festivals you can find here in Salem, MA. We have festivals for all five seasons (we consider October its own). What will be happening when you visit? Visit the Events Calendar or read below to learn more about these special events.

Salem Comedy & Spirits Festival

January 14-16, 2021
Warm up winter with laughter and spirits at the first annual Salem Comedy & Spirits Festival. Top area comedians and delicious locally-made spirits highlight this weekend celebration- Virtual for 2021, see the online schedule for accompanying spirits to pick up curbside. 

Salem’s So Sweet

John Andrews Photography

February 1-14, 2021
Chocolate, ice sculptures, old favorites and new events for 2021 come to Salem for this year's extended Salem's So Sweet event. Downtown businesses will offer promotions, events, tastings, and great shopping throughout the festival. 
SalemMainStreets.org, Salem-Chamber.org, Facebook.com/SalemSoSweet

Salem Restaurant Week

Photo by Jared Charney

2021 Dates TBD
Salem Restaurant Week is the perfect time to dine out at the dozens of excellent eateries. There will be 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 Film Fest

March 19-28, 2021 
Come to Salem, see the world during the largest all-documentary festival in New England. Film screenings and talkbacks with the directors are the highlights of the week-long film fest. This event is virtual for 2021, with streaming available throughout the festival.

Women's History Day

2021 Date TBD
Celebrate 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 four hundred years of stories. 

Salem Ancestry Days

April 30-May 1, 2021
Residents and visitors are invited to celebrate their ancestral and immigrant connections to Salem, Massachusetts during the first annual Salem Ancestry Days celebration, May 1-4, 2020. The weekend will feature lectures, tours, research opportunities, and information on the people who connect us all to Salem. 

Salem Arts Festival

Photo by John Andrews

June 4-6, 2021
For three days each summer, this free festival transforms downtown Salem into an opportunity for the local arts community to showcase their talents. The 2017 festival was attended by more than 5,000 people, featured scores of artists, a juried art show, outdoor performance, interactive art presentations, and artists located in 20 downtown businesses. People of all ages and backgrounds enjoyed viewing art, participating in art making and purchasing art.

Salem Farmers’ Market

June 10-October 14, 2021
Every Thursday, Derby Square turns into a convenient means to purchase locally grown or prepared food products and support local agriculture and producers. With new vendors every year, the Salem Farmers’ Market always has something new to offer.

North Shore Pride Parade

June 26, 2021
Join dozens of local businesses, faith groups, and community organizations for the fourth annual North Shore Pride Parade and Festival. All are welcome to attend this day-long event celebrating unity in the community.

Salem Celebrates the 4th

Photo by Scott Lanes

2021 Event TBD
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

2021 Event TBD
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 Maritime Festival

2021 Event TBD
Celebrate ships, sailors, sawdust and song at this annual free family festival. Hosted by the National Park Service, the festival features live music, historical re-enactors, tall ships, demonstrations, and interactive programs and crafts for families.

Salem Jazz & Soul Festival

2021 Event TBD
The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival recreates and renews the vibrant jazz scene that began at the Salem Willows in the 1920s when Duke Ellington and other musicians from the Big Band era played at the seaside park in Massachusetts. The festival builds on this rich jazz history — adding soul, blues, and funk to the mix – and shining the spotlight on talented musicians from Boston’s North Shore and beyond.

Antique & Classic Boat Festival

2021 Event TBD
A rare chance to see vintage motor yachts and sailboats, board vessels, meet skippers and crews and vote for your favorite boat! A crafts market, artists, old-time band music, children’s activities, the Blessing of the Fleet and more! The vessels will be on display to the public over the weekend at Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina.

Salem Spice Festival

2021 Event TBD
Celebrate Salem’s four centuries of history with herbs, tea and spices. There will be vendors, exhibits,colonial music and song, open hearth cooking, herbal remedies demonstrations, games, storytelling, spiced cider and other autumnal treats! 

Salem Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

September 25-26, 2021
Food Truck Festivals of America is bringing the ultimate food truck experience to Salem for a two-day festival that will feature some of the area's most popular food trucks dishing out fan favorites as well as dozens of regional and national craft breweries.

39th Annual Salem Haunted Happenings

October 1–31, 2021
A festive celebration of Halloween and fall in New England, more than 250,000 people come to Salem Haunted Happenings each year. Events include a Grand Parade, the Haunted Biz Baz Street Fair, Family Film Nights on Salem Common, costume balls, ghost tours, haunted houses, live music, and chilling theatrical presentations.

Celebrate the Holidays in Salem

November 26, 2021-January 1, 2022
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. Don’t miss the third annual Launch! celebration on New Year’s Eve.

We hope to see you there! Post your photos online at @destsalem and using hashtag #SalemMA.