30th Annual Salem Maritime Festival

The Salem Maritime Festival is hosted by the National Park Service on the wharves and in the historic buildings of Salem Maritime National Historic Site. This year’s 2–day festival offers an exciting array of activities, demonstrations, and exhibitors including live music and dance, free harbor cruises on both Saturday and Sunday, a magic show, traditional craft demonstrations, re-enactors, live animals, the crew of the USS Constitution, kayaking and paddle boarding, kite-flying, remote-controlled boats, and much more!

New this year is the addition of a small boat show on Sunday only – check out local favorites such as an Amesbury skiff and a Swampscott dory and a Mystic whaleboat. One of the most popular features of the festival is the free 90-minute boat rides around Salem Harbor. This year, visitors can enter lotteries to cruise Salem Harbor on both Saturday and Sunday. There are over 40 exhibitors, demonstrators, activities and over 10 different music, dance, and entertainment acts lined up for the weekend. For a complete list of exhibitors, demonstrators, activities, and performers visit NPS.gov/SaMa.

Salem Heritage Days 2018

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, Tour-A-Truck at the Salem Willows, the Ice Scream Bowl on the Common, and the Car Show on Chestnut Street.

16th Annual Phillips House Car Meet

Salem, MA, 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.

Please call 978-744-0440 for more information.

Essex Street Fair

Fun for all ages this street festival has something for everyone. Crafts, jewelry, paintings, stained glass, and other unique items will be featured along the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall.

5th Annual Bridge & Back 10K Road Race

The races starts at 8:00am on Charter Street and the post party will be held at the Tavern on the Square in Salem. The race crosses over the Salem/Beverly bridge and back! The first 400 runners to register will receive a short sleeve tech shirt from Brooks. Entry Fee: $25. For further information email: dougbollen12@yahoo.com. All proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem. For more info visit www.salemroadraces.com

Salem Willows Firemen’s Muster

This is a free event at the Salem Willows featuring hand pumped fire engines built in the 1800s competing to see which crew can play the longest stream. If you’re brave enough you can try pumping!

An antique hand pumped fire engine muster where crews pump their machines to see who can shoot the longest stream of water. This is the oldest organized sport in the United States.

The first firemen’s muster was held on July 4th, 1849 in Bath, Maine. It was a competition among crews with hand pumped fire engines to see who could shoot the longest stream of water. The tradition has been kept alive into the 21st century; every year on a Saturday close to July 4th, another muster is held in Bath.

On November 20th, 1890, the New England States Veteran Firemen’s League was founded in Boston. Musters were held all over New England, often attracting 50 or 60 entrants.

There are two classes of machine: A and B. The class is determined by the size of the cylinders. Each machine is allowed 15 minutes on the pumping platform to shoot as many streams as their crew can manage.

A suction hose goes into the water tank, which is kept full from a hydrant or a tanker truck. The foreman stands on top and keeps an eye on optimal wind conditions. The pipe crew handles the nozzle and aims the powerful spray down the line of red resin paper that is the playing field.

The judges measure the farthest flung dime sized drop of water to determine who wins each class.

At the end of the day, the foremen of the winning machines are ceremoniously dunked in the water tank.