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September 2018

Friday, Sep 21
Salem’s Black Heritage Audio Tour

Salem’s Black Heritage is incredibly rich. As slaves or free men and women, as merchants, mariners, abolitionists, and activists, people of color and their advocates…

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Friday, Sep 21
Trails & Sails

Enjoy a variety of guided walks, paddles, historical tours and other adventures for all ages, skill levels and interests, that will connect you to the…

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October 2018

Friday, Oct 5
Mayor’s Night Out
5:30 pm

Kids come trick-or-treating with Mayor Driscoll. Meet us at the East India Fountain at 5:30 pm. We will trick-or-treat up and down the pedestrian mall,…

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November 2018

Thursday, Nov 22
15th Annual Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run
8:00 am

The 15th Annual Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run will be held on Thanksgiving morning November 22, starting at 8:00 am. Please join us as the…

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Saturday, Nov 24
Small Business Saturday
10:00 am

The Salem Chamber and Salem Main Streets organize a holiday shopping event for the downtown Salem area on Small Business Saturday, November 24 from 10…

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Friday, Nov 30
Christmas in Salem – A Very Hawthorne Holiday Preview Candlelight Tour
5:30 pm

Christmas in Salem, thought to be the nation’s longest running holiday house tour, invites visitors to tour historic homes in Salem’s Historic Derby Street Neighborhood….

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December 2018

Saturday, Dec 1
Christmas in Salem – A Very Hawthorne Holiday
10:00 am

Christmas in Salem, thought to be the nation’s longest running holiday house tour, invites visitors to tour historic homes in Salem’s Historic Derby Street Neighborhood…

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January 2019

Tuesday, Jan 1
12th Annual Wicked Frosty Four
10:00 am

Run in the 12th Annual Wicked Frosty Four Miler (Rain, Snow, Nor’easter, Blizzard, or Shine) on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 10:00 am! Course: Very…

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Thursday, Jan 17
Salem Comedy & Spirits Festival
7:00 pm

Lift your spirits and laugh the cold away with this three-day celebration of Comedy and Spirits in historic Salem, MA. Tickets ($25-35) available online.

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February 2019

Friday, Feb 8
Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival

Salem Main Streets, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Destination Salem, and local retailers, restaurants, and businesses invite you to attend the 17th annual Salem’s So…

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Saturday, Feb 9
Salem’s So Sweet Ice Sculptures Around Town

Every year, we install 20+ beautiful ice sculptures that grace downtown Salem starting February 9. Some of the previous sculptures have included a Dragon, a…

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March 2019

Saturday, Mar 9
Black Cat 10 & 20 Miler
8:00 am

The Black Cat 10 and 20 Miler is in its 8th year! The 10 mile event makes for a great winter goal and the 20…

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Friday, Mar 29
Salem Film Fest

The largest all-documentary film festival in Massachusetts returns to Salem for its 12th season. For seven days, attendees have the opportunity to view more than…

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May 2019

Sunday, May 26
Salem Memorial Weekend Events

Sunday, May 26, 2019 10:30- Wreath laying ceremony at the Veterans Section of St. Mary’s cemetery off of North Street. 11:00- (Approximately) following wreath laying…

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June 2019

Saturday, Jun 1
Historic New England’s Open House

Join Historic New England on June 1 for our annual Open House! Most of our historic properties will be open for free to explore on…

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Friday, Jun 7
Salem Arts Festival

The 2019 Salem Arts Festival, running from Friday, June 7th through Sunday, June 9th, will celebrate the arts in all its forms: painting, photography, sculpture,…

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Sunday, Jun 23
North Shore Cancer Walk
8:00 am

On Sunday, June 23, 2019, mothers, fathers, children, grandparents, friends, co-workers, teachers and students will wind their way along the 10K (6.2 mile) WALK route…

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July 2019

Friday, Jul 12
Miles Over the Moon 4 Miler
8:00 pm

Miles Over the Moon is returning for its 9th fabulous year! Please join us for the 9th Annual Miles Over the Moon 4 Miler, a…

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August 2019

Saturday, Aug 3
Salem Maritime Festival – Constructing a Fishing Weir

Visit Pioneer Village and Derby Wharf during the Salem Maritime Festival for constructing a fishing weir.

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Friday, Aug 23
Derby Street Mile
7:00 pm

Join the Salem Park and Recreation in its 15th Annual Derby Street Mile Road Race. This fun, family, community driven event will take place on…

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September 2019

Sunday, Sep 8
Salem Road Race
10:00 am

Run in the 3rd Annual Salem Road Race 10K presented by Notch Brewing! Registration includes a race hoodie & finisher medal plus a post-race block…

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Monday, Sep 23
Salem’s Golden Age
3:00 pm

On this walking tour, we’ll explore the landscapes and architecture created by the wealth of Salem’s storied maritime merchant era. We’ll visit the modern shops…

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November 2019

Monday, Nov 11
Salem Veterans Day Events

The Salem Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at the Salem High School auditorium beginning promptly at 11:00 am. Check this list additional veterans events…

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Friday, Nov 29
Santa’s Arrival and Holiday Tree Lighting
6:00 pm

Join Salem Main Streets and the City of Salem as we combine two of our most beloved annual traditions – Santa’s Arrival and the lighting…

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Saturday, Nov 30
Small Business Saturday

The Salem Chamber and Salem Main Streets are organizing a holiday shopping event for the Salem, MA downtown area on Small Business Saturday, November 30…

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December 2019

Sunday, Dec 1
Salem Restaurant Week

Salem Chamber’s Fall Restaurant Week is one of Salem’s most popular restaurant promotions. Fall Restaurant Week dates are: December 1 thru December 5, 2019. Restaurant…

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Friday, Dec 6
Christmas in Salem
5:30 pm

Few communities have the rich legacy of historic houses that Salem, Massachusetts boasts. These homes, spanning four centuries, help define the character as well as…

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Sunday, Dec 15
Festivus 5K for Autism
10:00 am

Festivus 5K (F5K) for Autism is a yearly Festivus-themed holiday race through historic Salem, MA. The event is sponsored by Friends of Northshore Education Consortium….

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January 2020

Wednesday, Jan 1
13th Annual Wicked Frosty Four
10:00 am

Come join us for the Thirteenth Annual Wicked Frosty Four Miler (Rain, Snow, Nor’easter, Blizzard, or Shine) Race Time: 10 am Day of Registration: Registration…

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Thursday, Jan 16
Salem Comedy & Spirits Festival

Tickets are now on sale for the 2020 Salem Comedy & Spirits Festival. Now in its fifth year, the three-day festival will run Thursday January…

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February 2020

Friday, Feb 7
Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival

You’re invited to attend the 18th annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival! A decadent tradition of delectable chocolate, sparkling ice sculptures, and Valentine’s Day…

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Saturday, Feb 8
Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival

You’re invited to attend the 18th annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival! A decadent tradition of delectable chocolate, sparkling ice sculptures, and Valentine’s Day…

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Sunday, Feb 9
Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival

You’re invited to attend the 18th annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival! A decadent tradition of delectable chocolate, sparkling ice sculptures, and Valentine’s Day…

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Sunday, Feb 23
Leslie’s Retreat
11:15 am

The third annual Leslie’s Retreat community re-enactment commemorates Col. Alexander Leslie’s tense stand-off with local militiamen at the bridge over Salem’s North River on February…

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