Gloucester Schooner Festival with Sea Shuttle

Come see the Tall Ships sailing head to head on the high seas!  Departing Salem Wharf at 11:30 AM, Sunday, September 3rd.

Tickets ($50) may be purchased at Soft drinks, snacks, and libations are available for purchase.


Punto Urban Art Museum Tour

Tours will start on the hour, beginning at the North Shore Community Development Coalition offices at 96 Lafayette Street.

Our vision is to create a world class urban arts district in Salem’s Point Neighborhood, one that embraces its rich immigrant and architectural history and present a dynamic opportunity for the neighborhood’s future. The Punto Urban Art Museum has two primary goals: to create a beautiful, uplifting environment for Point residents, particularly for children to grow up in, and to break down the invisible divide between the Point and the rest of Salem by inviting visitors into the Point to experience world-class art first-hand.

Please join us for an informative walking tour around the Point Neighborhood to learn more about the Punto Urban Art Museum and the individual murals! This tour will take place on Peabody Street and Ward Street and will be roughly one hour long, so wear your walking shoes!

Special Instructions:
Please meet us outside our offices on Lafayette Street!
Reservation Information: RSVP to Abbie Allenson at

Sail on the Schooner Fame

Come for a sail on FAME, a full-scale replica of one of the first American privateers to get to sea during the War of 1812. FAME was also arguably the first privateer to send in a captured vessel. She seized some 21 prizes in the waters off Maine, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick before being lost in the Bay of Fundy in 1814. Launched in June, 2003 from the H. A. Burnham Boatyard in Essex, MA, our new FAME takes the paying public for cruises on Salem Sound, where pirates, privateers, East Indiamen and men of war have been making history for 400 years. FAME sails up to three times daily from Memorial Day through September and then weekends only through Halloween from Pickering Wharf Marina in downtown Salem.

Special Instructions:
LIMITED AVAILABILITY. The ticket booth will open at 10:30 AM and we will distribute tickets to first 30 people present in line: first come, first served, one ticket per person, no saving places, no reservations, no exceptions. This trip fills up every year.

12th Annual Witch City 5K

Are you ready for the 12th annual Witch City 5K? October 14th at 9:00 am. Start at Salem Willows and run through historic Salem. It’s the best time of year to be in our favorite Halloween Capital of the world! Get your costume, bring the family and have some fun!

Registration information available at

Sea Creatures Great & Small with Sea Shuttle

Sea Shuttle, located on Salem Wharf, has joined Salem’s lineup of fun and fantastic October Wicked Wednesday activities. Every Wednesday in October, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sea Shuttle’s diving naturalists will present a family-oriented, 2-hour live animal program.

At 3 p.m. we will be tied up at the dock. There you can meet mini-monsters lurking in our onboard, 250-gallon floating aquarium and touch tank.

At 4 p.m. we’ll cruise out to Salem Sound to haul up a lobster trap full of creepy crustaceans. Learn about the Cape Ann Sea Monster and other legendary monsters from the deep.

Admission: Adults $15, children 11 and under $10, infants and strollers are free. To reserve your space visit, e-mail, or call 888-400-0601.

Salem Zombie Walk 2017

Come walk with the dead during the 2017 Salem Zombie Walk. Departs from Collins Cove Park/East Collins Street.

Face painting and zombie kickball at 3:30 pm, walk begins at 4:30 pm.

Ride Around Salem Haunted Happenings with Zagster’s “Wicked Bikes”

Salem’s bike share program is getting a wicked twist during this year’s month-long Haunted Happenings Festival! Zagster and the City of Salem are working to expand the program with additional stations and bikes, which will include four “Wicked Bikes” that have been designed exclusively for October in Salem.

The Wicked Bikes include design features like a cauldron in place of the typical basket, a broomstick at the rear rack, wood grain graphics, spooky spokes, and motion-activated lights set to work while the wheels are turning. Visit downtown Salem during the Annual Haunted Happenings Grand Parade this Thursday, October 5 to see the bikes make their first appearance.

Riders who use the bikes during October have the opportunity to receive an additional $3 in ride credits by taking photos with them and using #wickedbikes. Double credits go to riders who are in costume! Each rider using the hashtag will also be entered into a drawing to win prizes like a bike accessory package from Salem Cycle (valued at more than $50), and $50 restaurant gift certificates to Kokeshi or Bambolina. The photo that has the most likes by the end of the month will also receive a Zagster t-shirt and candy-filled water bottle.

The temporary stations available during October will be located at the intersection of North and Orne Streets in North Salem, at the Salem State University School of Social Work Building at 287 Lafayette Street, and downtown by the Hawthorne Hotel and Visitor Center.

Start trick-or-treating early! Visit the Salem Ferry terminal on Blaney Street between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on October 21 and 28, to trick-or-treat with Zagster representatives and learn more about Salem’s newest bike share program.

Zagster launched in Salem in May 2017, and since then the program has added stations to Salem State University’s Central Campus, Congress Street, and the Salem Willows. So far about 750 members have taken over 1,300 rides which have helped to replace hundreds of car rides from Salem’s roads.

The Salem Zagster Bike Share is funded by the City of Salem and sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Salem State University.

For contest rules and more information about the Wicked Bikes, visit

Halloween Costume Kayak Trip

Join Salem Kayak for a water tour of Salem Harbor in costume! Come prepared to paddle from Sandy Point in Beverly, MA over to the Willows and Historic Derby Wharf in costume! Any costume must incorporate a PFD (life vest) and should only be from the waist up. Portions of costumes below the waist may be added each time we land but must be removed before getting on the water again.

$75, see website for tickets and information.

Wicked Frosty Four

Celebrate the New Year and run a four-mile course through Salem during the Wicked Frosty Four!

The race kicks off near the cemetery on Charter Street.

Registration information and packet pick-up details are available online.

Meters for Liters! Notch Brewing Runs

Earn Notch swag when you complete 10 runs during Meters for Liters!

Wednesdays: 5k
Sundays: 5k/10k – You choose!

This is not a race, just a chance to get out and earn some cold beer. When we get back to the brewery, there will be plenty of beer and free pretzels for runners!

No sign up is required but you do have the option to “sign in” before the run. Meet at the Tap Room about 15 minutes before the run!

If you use Strava, join the club here:

We also have a Facebook group open to all:

Special Edition: New Year’s Eve Late Night 5K!

What better way to end 2017 than with a nice easy run with friends? Meet at the Notch Tap Room just before 10 pm and run our usual 5k route. Then it’s fresh ale and lager until 2018! This run is intended to be very casual so that it doesn’t interfere with plans for the Frosty Four-mile race the next day. Squeeze in another 3.1 miles before you close the books on 2017!