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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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Friday, Nov 23
Santa’s Arrival & 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 of…

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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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Sunday, Feb 24
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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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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Sunday, Mar 17
Salem Restaurant Week

Salem Chamber’s Spring Restaurant Week is Salem’s largest restaurant promotion of the year! Restaurant Week gives customers a chance to reconnect with their favorite restaurant…

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Sunday, Mar 24
Salem Women’s History Day

Celebrate Salem Women’s History Day with special events and programming from local museums and historic sites, including: Essex Heritage History Alive The House of the…

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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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April 2019

Sunday, Apr 28
Walk for HAWC
10:30 am

Step up for survivors, and join Healing Abuse Working for Change for the Walk for HAWC on Sunday, April 28 at the Salem Common. This…

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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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Saturday, Jun 22
North Shore Pride Parade
12:00 pm

Celebrate Pride on the North Shore at this annual event! NEW PARADE ROUTE: The 2019 North Shore Pride Parade will kick-off at Shetland Park and…

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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

Thursday, Jul 4
Salem Celebrates the Fourth

Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. when Kids’ Space opens, an area filled with free face painting, games, and crafts for little ones. Also at 5:00…

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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

Thursday, Aug 1
Salem Heritage Days

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…

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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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