Walking Tour: Hawthorne in Salem

Join Nathaniel Hawthorne himself on a short walk in his native town of Salem, Massachusetts. Hawthorne, portrayed by literary historian Rob Velella, will stop at several of his "haunts" about town (including a place he called "Castle Dismal"). FREE, but recommended donation of $5 per person. Meet outside The House of the Seven Gables — look for the distinguished author wearing his top hat.

Derby Square summer Creative Series – Molly Pinto Madigan

The Derby Square Summer Series, hosted by Creative Salem and Front Street Coffeehouse presents Molly Pinto Madigan. Hailed for her angelic voice and haunting compositions, Molly Pinto Madigan won first place in WUMB's Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and was named "Artist of the Year" at Salem State University, her alma mater. Since her debut as the lead singer for the teen bluegrass band Jaded Mandolin, Madigan has submerged herself in the dark, luscious world of ballads, drawn to their magic, and her original songs echo with the whisperings of the American and European traditional music.

This event is sponsored by Cabot Wealth Management

Salem CultureFest 2015

A3D is proud to announce the 9th Annual Salem CultureFest 2015!! One of the primary goals of the Salem CultureFest is to bring to the surface the many cultures and diversity found in and around Salem. This event will feature live bands who showcase many cultures and styles, as well as other performers who will entertain you while you enjoy exploring the unique arts, crafts, and wares of our areas finest artists and crafters.

Derby Square summer Creative Series – Johnny Virginia

The Derby Square Summer Series, hosted by Creative Salem and Front Street Coffeehouse presents Johnny Virginia. Originally from Richmond, Johnny Virginia now plays regularly in the Boston and New York metro areas. Energetic, soulful, and passionate, Johnny satisfies audiences with an eclectic mix of popular covers and authentic originals.

Join us for lunch Fridays and Saturdays in Derby Square 12-2pm through September.

This event is sponsored by Cabot Wealth Management

Qwill and the Soul Review Project Live Music Cruise with Mahi Mahi Cruises

You haven't heard live music until you've heard it on the water.  What could be better than relaxing on the water to the sound of 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-

Singer/songwriter and producer Jesse Ciarmataro, aka Qwill, leads his group The Soul Review Project, mixing ambient textures, with electronic inspired grooves to create an avant-garde approach to the future of soul music.

The Ward Eights live on Salem Common

Funk, soul, rock, jazz and nearly everything else you can think of.

This concert is sponsored by the Salem Cultural Council and the Salem Common Neighborhood Association.

Salem Willows Seafood Festival

Indulge yourself at the Salem Willows Seafood Festival! The North Shore's top restaurants will be serving-up their famous seafood specialties. Lobster galore, fried clams and all the New England Favorites! Nonstop entertainment, Culinary Chef Demonstrations, local crafts and merchants, KiddieLand, Beverage Court and Fireworks!

Parking & Trolley Service

We want you to ENJOY the festival, so save yourself the aggravation of driving to the Willows to find NO Parking! The best way to get to the festival is to park at one of the satellite lots with shuttle service provided by Salem Trolleys for $5 round-trip or $3 one-way with children under 10 free. Take Salem Trolleys from one of the following locations.

•    National Park Visitors Center, Essex Street, Salem, MA
•    Salem Ferry Landing, 10 Blaney St, Salem, MA
•    Shetland Properties, 29 Congress St, Salem, MA *Saturday and Sunday only.


Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race Photo Safari with Leighton O’Connor

Sailing Photo Safari with international known regatta photographer Leighton O'Connor ( http://www.leightonoconnor.com ). Photograph the 36th Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race off of Marblehead (http://

www.marbleheadtohalifax.com) . This amazing photo safari is $245 and include 3 hours on the water, instruction, lunch, nonalcoholic beverages and a critique by Leighton of your work at the end of the day. Class size is limited to 15 photographers but you can bring a guest for an additional $50.  There will be opportunities to and from the start to photograph some old lighthouses and a pretty charming coastline. Depart from the Salem Willows pier. 

Get more information and purchase tickets online at: http://www.leightonsafaris.com or call Leighton at 978-921-0887. 

Tickets sold out for early for last year's sailing safaris.

Salem’s Independence Day Celebration

For fourteen years residents and visitors have gathered on Derby Wharf at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site to celebrate Independence Day.

Festivities begin at 4:00 p.m. with the opening of Kids' Space, an area filled with free face painting, games, and crafts for little ones. Food tents on site also open at 4:00 p.m. with hot dogs, French fries, fried dough, kettle corn, and other fair favorites.

At 5:00 p.m. LUX will entertain the crowd on main stage.  LUX is a quartet comprised of two saxophones, an 8 string guitar, and a drummer. Blending instrumental and vocal tunes, their style can be classified as Funky, Jazzy, and Soulful with side trips into the Country and Rock spheres. 

Opening ceremonies begin at 7:15 p.m when Mayor Driscoll and other local dignitaries will lead a parade down the wharf accompanied by the Salem Veterans Honor Guard and Salem Boy Scout troops. The National Anthem will be sung by the YMCA of the North Shore Glee Club Select. 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 launched from Derby Wharf.

Part of the allure of this celebration is its setting.  The first National Historic Site in the National Park System, Salem Maritime National Historic Site consists of nine acres of waterfront land and houses a dozen historic structures, including; the Custom House, where famed author Nathaniel Hawthorne worked; and, Derby Wharf, which was used by America's first millionaire Elias Hasket Derby, who made his fortune from this port of call.  Looking out at historic Salem harbor with hundreds of boats moored and the replica of a 1700's sailing vessel, the Friendship, serving as a backdrop, Independence Day is truly felt as you are surrounded by the history that helped us to become an independent nation.

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

Salem 5th Annual Spokes N Stripes Parade!

Deck out your bike, scooter, tricycle, wagon, stroller, or doll carriage in red, white, and blue and ride around historic Salem Common – a great and patriotic way to kick off the July 4th weekend. Treats at Salem Common Playground following the parade!