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.

Wild Edibles at Bakers Island Light

Come join naturalist and wild foods enthusiast, Russ Cohen, on a special edible excursion out to Bakers Island Light Station, a historic property owned by Essex Heritage.

This 3.5 hour special trip includes the boat ride aboard Naumkeag and a walking tour of the property with expert, Rushttps://essexheritage.org/wild-edibles-bakers-island-lights Cohen, pointing out special species along the trails including the kind you can snack on! Before departing for the main land, enjoy sumacade (a natural alternative to Kool-Aid) and a wild goodie or two made by Russ himself! The wild edibles tour includes over 3 dozen species of edible wild plants that can be found on Bakers Island.

Tickets ($40) available online in advance.

Miles Over the Moon

The Wicked Running Club of Salem is hosting the eighth annual Miles Over the Moon four-mile road race, Salem’s only nighttime race. Starts and finishes at the Bentley Academy Charter School with proceeds supporting the Wicked Youth Running Club which provides financial support for local high school track programs and the family-friendly Wicked Kidz race (scheduled for July 21).

The race course, new for 2018, will follow a seaside and sunset route through historic Salem. Runners will find some challenging local hills, beautiful architecture, and harbor views as they meander through the streets. The first 300 registered runners will get a technical race shirt and there are some other surprises in store, too. The cost is $27.00 before July 11. Race day registration is available for $30.00.

After the race, runners and their friends and family are invited to join the Wicked Running Club for a party at Brothers Taverna at 9:00 pm. Here, awards will be offered to top runners as well as a presentation for the Wicked Frosty Four Scholarship winners at 9:30 p.m.

For full details and a link to register, please visit wickedrunningclub.com.

Paddle for Plummer

The 5th Annual Paddle for Plummer expects about 400 participants and spectators enjoying music, food, waterfront spinning, SUP yoga, and, of course, paddling on our beautiful waterfront property at Plummer Youth Promise in Salem, MA! Locally and internationally known sponsors and vendors will be there doing demos and supporting Plummer Youth Promise.

Beginners and experienced paddlers welcome! Even if you’ve never been on a board before, sign up for the Fun Paddle and join us the night before (on July 6th) for lessons!

All funds raised support Plummer Youth Promise.

Learn more about Paddle for Plummer here.

Fireworks Cruise with Mahi Cruises

Departs from Pickering Wharf at 8:00 PM. Sit back and watch the fireworks explode through the night sky. Dance the night away while we play jams throughout the cruise. Enjoy the company of your group and make new friends. Returns to Salem after fireworks.

After celebrating a night of fireworks with Mahi Cruises, we’re sure you’ll be back next year for more! Book your spot today before they are all gone – this special cruise will sell out quickly!

Tickets ($30) available online.

Schooner Fame July 4th Fireworks Sail

Each July 4, FAME celebrates the nation’s birthday (and the taking of her first prizes off New Brunswick in 1812) with an extended two-and-a-half hour cruise followed by a front-row seat for Salem’s fireworks display! The fireworks are set off on Derby Wharf, just 100 yards from FAME’s dock, so we have an unbeatable view. This cruise sells out every year, so plan ahead. No discounts are available for this trip. Cruise departs at 6:15 (allow extra time for parking!) and the fireworks generally end around 9:45.

Tickets ($95) available online.

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 www.salem.com or contact Salem City Hall at 978-619-5676.


Fireworks Cruise with Mahi Cruises

Depart from Pickering Wharf at 8:00 or 7:45 (varies by vessel), and cruise over to Singing Beach, and will witness the magic of a July 4th eve showing of fire in the sky!

After celebrating a night of fireworks with Mahi Cruises, we’re sure you’ll be back next year for more! Book your spot today before they are all gone – this special cruise will sell out quickly!

Fireworks begin at 9:15pm, and the boat returns to Salem after fireworks.

Tickets ($30) available online.

Maritime History Family Adventure Paddle

Back by popular demand! The National Park Service at Salem Maritime is teaming up with Coast to Coast Paddle to offer low cost kayak and standup paddleboard experiences for families.

Adults enjoy a maritime history tour in Salem Sound with a National Park Service Ranger and a Coast to Coast Paddle Guide while kids have fun on the water with a Standup Paddleboard lesson.

$15.00 per person
Registration and information available by phone at 978-969-0151 or email info@coasttocoastpaddle.com

Departs from the Coast to Coast Paddle Rental Kiosk located at Salem Willows, 167 Fort Ave.

Mahi Cruises Summer Music Series Featuring HDRnB

What could be better than being on the water and listening to live music?

With a full bar stocked with your favorite tropical cocktails and cold beers, and a hot grill featuring summertime classics like burgers, dogs and kebabs, we’ve got you covered.

Summer Music Series events are 21+.

HDRnB is an original R&B/soul/groove band founded by in late 2010, featuring Henley Douglas Jr. (sax), Douglas Gimbel (vocals), John Iltis (drums), Eric Reardon (guitar), Squantch (trombone), David Walker (bass). Henley Douglas Jr.’s early career includes stints with the Big Dig Saxophone Quartet and Skin, a Boston-based funk-rock outfit that would open for acts like the Neville Brothers and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He founded the Heavy Metal Horns, a band that reached international acclaim in the 90s, and for 10 years, fronted the Boston Horns, a funk/jazz band also featuring HMH alum Garret Savluk.

Tickets ($22) available online.