The Annual Salem Witches’ Magic Circle

Join Christian Day, Brian Cain, Sandra Mariah Wright, and Leanne Marrama with drumming by the Dragon Ritual Drummers as Witches from around the globe gather for the sacred and magical ritual of Halloween! This event is free and open to all who wish to attend with an open heart and a love for their dead. There is also no limit on the number of participants.

On that most mysterious night when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest, the Salem Witches gather on Salem Common—as was done on hilltops of old, for a ceremony to honor our loved ones who have crossed over into the spirit world. This time was known to the ancient Celts as Samhain, or Summer’s end for, as nature began to die, so too it was believed, that the spirits of the dead roam the lands seeking old friends among the living. This is a time to renew connections, mourn those you miss, and to celebrate all that these cherished souls brought to your life. Death is not the end, but merely a doorway to another world.

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Mayor’s Night Out

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, through the shops at Witch City Mall and beyond. Trick-or-Treat Bags will be provided. Costumes are encouraged. Check for participating businesses.

Layers of Paint, Layers of History

Christine Thomson is a local conservator whose specialty is paint analysis. This scientific technique is used in historic buildings to help with restoration work and to share better historical information with staff and visitors alike. Ms. Thomson will talk about the importance and techniques of paint analysis and share her 2016 research findings from The House of the Seven Gables. In 2018, The Gables celebrates its 350th anniversary and this talk is complementary to the exhibit These Walls Do Talk, which opens on April 6.

This talk is being held as part of the Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails and Sails weekends. Check out their page for a week of fabulous events around Greater Boston.

This talk is free and open to the public. Please click here to register.

17th Annual Phillips House Car Meet

Join Historic New England and the North Shore Old Car Club for the Annual Car Meet, where vintage and antique vehicles are displayed on historic Chestnut Street. See the Phillips family’s collection of carriages, two Pierce-Arrows, and a Model A Ford. Rain or shine.

Free. Please call 978-744-0440 for more information.

Salem Willows Firemen’s Muster

An antique hand-pumped fire engine muster where crews pump their machines to see who can play the longest stream of water. This is the oldest organized sport in the United States. Spectators are invited to try out pumping the machines!


Event is presented as part of Salem Heritage Days.

Summer Block Party: More Burgers, Bands & Beers

Saturday, July 21
6–10 pm | FREE
Entire museum is open

The BEST block party of 2017 is back and better than ever! Join us for an outdoor party featuring live music by The Doped Up Dollies, Big D and the Kids Table, and Bim Skala Bim Music.

Cool off with a drink in our beer garden or a scoop from Melt Ice Cream, after grabbing a bite from A&B Burgers. Make sure you swing by the vendor fair with the Creative Collective MA! The fair will take place from 3–10 pm, featuring local handcrafted wares set up along Essex Street as well as music from DJ Noel Snow!

Salem Fairy Door Trail

The Salem Fairy Door Trail is a fairy scavenger hunt through downtown Salem. The Fairy Doors will be hidden in businesses around the city and they will be on the map which will show all the door locations. Pick up a fairy map at locations in town or at Once you complete the Trail, head over to the Fairy Fest at Artemisia Botanicals from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (weather permitting) for Fairy Door Making, face painting, hair tinseling and more.

Enduring Hawthorne: A Marathon Reading of “The Scarlet Letter”

Starting at 9:00 AM on Saturday, July 7th, and running until about 7:00 PM that evening, Salem Maritime National Historic Site will be hosting “Enduring Hawthorne: A Marathon Reading of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.” With the help of many, many volunteers we will read The Scarlet Letter from beginning to end. Join us from the beginning or stop by to listen as the novel progresses. Watch for special “Hawthorne’s Custom House” tour and the opportunity to make your own scarlet letter to publicly state your personal sins.

Salem Celebrates the Fourth

Celebrate Independence Day with live music and family programming at Salem Maritime National Historic Site and a fireworks extravaganza!

Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. with a musical act performing on the main stage.  Opening ceremonies begin at 7:15 p.m, and are followed by a two-hour ‘POPS’ concert by the Hillyer Festival Orchestra, a forty-piece ensemble with vocal soloists performing opera to Broadway favorites.  At 9:15 p.m. a magnificent fireworks display is launched from Derby Wharf accompanied by live music from the orchestra.

For more information, log onto or contact Salem City Hall at 978-619-5676.


Preschoolers in the Park

All summer the National Park Service will be gathering on Mondays for adventure and learning at Salem Maritime! Join us for crafts and stories as we explore and discover what makes our National Parks so special! *see dates below

Programs are from 10-11 am and free of charge. No reservations required!

Meet at our park store Waite and Pierce, 193 Derby St, Salem. For more information call the Salem Visitor Center at (978) 740-1650.

Preschoolers in the Park at Salem Maritime
June 18th – Exploring National Parks
July 2nd – Learning about Lighthouses
July 16th – Goods Around the World!
July 30th – (no program)
August 13th – Oceans & Sea Critters
August 27th – Life at Sea
September 17th – Pirates Ahoy!

Build a Bee – Public Art Project

We are fortunate to have Penny Benson making a giant bee with on Artists Row. Thanks to the City of Salem, the Salem Public Art, this is a free and fabulous art-making activity. This will be family-friendly, and will happen for 4 weeks on Thursdays. Pop by after the Salem Farmers’ Market and create with us!

Retired Salem News Reporter to discuss “Frederick Douglass: The Lynn Years (1841 1848)”

Tom Dalton will discuss his recent book on Douglass and sign copies of his book on Tuesday, June 26 at 7 PM in the Essex room of the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem. Admission is free.

The book based largely on letters and newspaper articles from the 1840s, follows Douglass from his arrival in Lynn as an unknown 23 year old fugitive slave to his departure more than six years later as one of the best known abolitionists and orators in the country and abroad. Douglass was born in 1818 is generally regarded as the most prominent African-American of the 19th century. After escaping from slavery in Maryland he lived in New Bedford, Lynn Rochester New Hampshire and Washington DC. He also of course visited Salem on occasion.The book commemorates the 200th anniversary of Douglass’s  birth.

The author, Tom Dalton,  is no stranger to long time readers of the Lynn Itdm and the Salem News. He was a newspaper man for many years and he knew everyone. His writing style and sense of humor made him a “must read” for subscribers. Tom also won or shared more than a dozen writing awards during his career. He has also served as a board member of the Lynn Historical Society. Tom is donating all proceeds from the book to the Lynn Douglass 200 Committee.

The book signing and talk is one of a series of events planned by the Lynn Douglass 200 committee which also is sponsoring a July 3 reading of a famous Douglass speech at High Rock tower in Lynn, A gospel concert and a tour of abolitionist graves in Pine Grove  Cemetery.

For a schedule of events go to LynnDouglass200 on Facebook