Welcoming the Tall Ship Eagle to Salem

Coast Guard Eagle Tall Ship U.S. Coast Guard Northeast‎Coast Guard Barque EAGLE visits Salem, Massachusetts

The United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle is sailing toward Salem!  She will arrive mid-morning on Friday, July 29 and she will be in port a Salem Wharf, 10 Blaney Street, until August 1.

Both Schooner Fame and Essex Heritage’s Naumkeag Are planning cruises to welcome the Eagle to Salem on Friday morning.

  • Schooner Fame will be sailing out to meet EAGLE on Friday morning at 7:30 am, returning around 10:00. Cost for this special sail is $20 pp. Call 978-729-7600 if interested.
  • The Naumkeag will depart its dock at Salem Wharf on Friday at 7:15 AM to greet the arrival of the tall ship EAGLE and escort her from Bakers Island into Salem  Harbor. Space for this one-of-a-kind experience is limited to 18 passengers. Purchase tickets here.

Not ready to take to the seas to welcome Eagle?  She will be open for public tours on July 29, 30, and 31.  Click here for information, and follow the visit on Facebook.

EAGLE, also known as “America’s Tall Ship” is the largest tall ship flying the Stars and Stripes and the only square-rigger in U.S. government service. The ship was built in 1936 in Germany, and commissioned as Horst Wessel, one of three sail training ships operated by the pre-World War II German navy. At the close of World War II, Horst Wessel was taken as a war reparation by the United States, recommissioned as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle and sailed to New London, Connecticut. Eagle provides an unparalleled at-sea leadership and professional development experience for future officers of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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.

Salem Food Truck Festival

The Salem Food Truck Festival is a two-day event being hosted in the Salem Common in historic downtown Salem, MA. The event will feature 40 food trucks, live music, and family fun. Save the date and save your appetites for one of the area’s biggest food truck events!

Salem Spice Festival Returns to Pioneer Village September 10 & 11

Salem MA Salem Spice Festival Gingerbread Salem MA Spice Festival. Photo credit: Creative Salem

Come celebrate nearly four centuries of Salem’s history with spices, herbs and tea in America’s first living history museum, Pioneer Village: Salem 1630. There will be exhibits, recipes, crafts, talks, demonstrations, music, food, storytelling and activities for children.

Admission is free but a suggested donation of $5.00 to Pioneer Village will happily be accepted. Salem Trolley is providing shuttle service to Pioneer Village for $5.00 round trip on Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th. For more information on the festival and for specific times and locations to catch the Salem Trolley please visit salemspicefest.com.

2016 Vendor List
Artemisia Botanicals, Atlantic Saltworks, Bambolina, Black Cat Tours, Comida, Copper Treez, Coven’s Cottage, Derby Square Tours, Desert Rose, Ed and Sons Popcorn Wagon, Green Witch School of Herbalism, Hervor Soaps, IFarm, Kristin Jay, K’s Kitchen, Mama Kyries Magickal Curiosities, Monarch Gardner, Perceptive Charm, Red Biddy Skincare, Remember Salem, Salem Canvas, Salem Food Tours, Salem Spice, Salem Trolley, Starbucks, Wynott’s Wands, Ye Olde Pepper Candy Company, and more.

Pioneer Village: Salem 1630 was built in 1930 to mark the tercentennial of Massachusetts, Pioneer Village is America’s first living history museum. The village sits on three acres of land and contains various examples of colonial architecture: dugouts, wigwams, thatched roof cottages, and the Governor’s Faire House. Culinary and medicinal gardens and a blacksmith shop further interpret early 17th-century colonial life. Nestled between the woods and the ocean, Pioneer Village is a five minute drive from downtown in Salem’s Forest River Park at 98 West Avenue, Salem.

Salem Spice Festival
Saturday, September 10, 10am – 4pm
Sunday, September 11, 10am – 4pm
Pioneer Village: Salem in 1630, 98 West Avenue, Salem, MA
Admission: Free, with a suggested donation of $5

Salem MA Spice Festival 2016

Haunted Biz Baz Street Fair

Come visit the Haunted Biz Baz Fair to see over 70 vendors, listen to some live music, and enjoy historic Salem. Vendor sales include jewlery, handmade crafts, art, food, and much more! The Haunted Biz Baz Fair will be held along the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall and you can shop on Saturday, October 7, from 10am-8pm, and Sunday, October 8, from 10am-6pm. This event brings thousands of visitors, so you do not want to miss out!

Derby Street Carnival

Take a twirl on a midway ride or try your hand at a game. There is no admission charged to enter the carnival however tickets must be purchased for rides. Single tickets are $1.50 each, or a sheet of 20 is available for $25.

Opens at 12:00 pm on weekends and 3:00 pm during the week. Closing times vary, contact Fiesta Shows for details.

“Hocus Pocus” Filming Locations in Salem, MA

hocus-pocusIt might be difficult to believe that Hocus Pocus, the famed cult classic starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy debuted 25 years ago, on July 16, 1993. You are probably familiar with the film’s story, which focuses on the Sanderson Sisters, who are executed as witches after casting a spell on young Thackery Binx, dooming him to roam the streets of Salem as an immortal black cat. 300 years later, a teenager named Max finds himself in the home of the Sanderson Sisters, where his lighting of the infamous black flame candle brings the trio back to life on Halloween night. Max, along with his sister Dani, and crush Allison, and Binx the cat, of course, must then work together to put an end to the Sanderson Sisters once and for all.

Pioneer Village / Salem Village

Hocus Pocus Film Locations

310 West Ave | PioneerVillageSalem.org
The opening scenes of the film, featuring Binx as a human prior to his cursing as a cat, were filmed in Pioneer Village, a living history museum located at Salem’s Forest River Park. Pioneer Village was built in 1930, and is America’s first living history museum. Tours of the village are offered seasonally June through September, and today the park is home to different events and festivals throughout the year.

Phillips Elementary School on Salem Common / Max & Allison’s School

The Phillips Elementary School building conveniently ended its run as a functioning school in 1992, making it the perfect location for a movie filming in Salem that required some exterior high school footage. While the building is not open to the public today the exterior can still be viewed from the Common.

The Ropes Mansion / Allison’s House

Hocus Pocus Film Locations

318 Essex Street | PEM.org
One of the most memorable scenes in the film was when Max attends the Halloween party at Allison’s house, the exterior of which was actually filmed using one of the most prominent 18th-century homes in Salem. The Mansion is owned by the Peabody Essex Museum, and the gardens located in the rear of the property are free to visit and open to the public.

Old Town Hall / Halloween Party

 

Hocus Pocus Film Locations

Photo: Nevic Stavner

161 Essex Street | Salem.com
The other classic party scene in the film was actually filmed just a few blocks away at Old Town Hall in Derby Square. Famous in the film for Bette Midler’s rendition of “Put a Spell on You,” the building today is open to the public, and hosts the Salem Museum and performances of Cry Innocent.

Salem Common

Many of the outdoor scenes in the movie were filmed at Salem Common, where ironically enough the film is shown each year during Haunted Happenings. View the events calendar at HauntedHappenings.org to check dates for this year’s Haunted Movie Series.

4 Ocean Avenue / Max’s House

This house on the end of Ocean Avenue was home to Max and his sister Dani in the film. While Hocus Pocus fans may view the exterior of the home from the street, please be advised that this site is PRIVATE PROPERTY and should be treated with respect.

Old Burial Hill / Cemetery

Orne Street, Marblehead, MA | OldBurialHill.org
The day-time cemetery scenes showing Max interacting with his new, not-so-welcoming classmates actually were not filmed in Salem at all. This footage was shot in nearby Marblehead at Old Burial Hill, one of the oldest graveyards in New England.

Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery

217 Essex Street | NightmareGallery.com
While this museum was not featured in the filming for Hocus Pocus, it is home to an impressive figure of Winifred Sanderson, portrayed in the film by Bette Midler. Count Orlok’s is located at 217 Street and is open as a museum and haunted house throughout the summer and October.

Do have a good time visiting some of the locations from this classic film, but please don’t “run amok!”


SCNA Kids Carnival

Visit Salem Common for rides, face-painting, and family-friendly fun at the SCNA Kids Carnival!

There is no admission fee to enter the carnival. Tickets for rides are $3/ticket or $15 for an unlimited daily wristband. Each ride costs 1 ticket.

Mayor’s Night Out

Salem residents, with identification, are admitted free to participating attractions and museums.  Please look for the “Mayor’s Night Out” sign on the door of participating businesses. There will be free parking in the Museum Place Mall garage after 4:00pm.

Kids come trick-or-treating with Mayor Driscoll.  Meet us at the East India Fountain at 5:30pm. We will trick-or-treat up and down the pedestrian mall, through the shops at Museum Place Mall and beyond.  Trick-or-Treat Bags will be provided.  Costumes are encouraged.

Check www.salem.com for participating businesses.

3rd Annual Howl-o-ween Pet Parade

Salem is going to the dogs, and we couldn’t be happier about it! Salem Main Streets is very pleased to host the third annual Howl-o-ween Pet Parade, to be held on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 pm on Derby Square.

The event will include an area with information about local rescues and pet-focused downtown businesses, and most importantly, a parade and costume contest with prizes. Pets of all species are welcome, but should be well-behaved and comfortable at a busy event where there are likely to be many dogs.

This is a free event, though attendees wishing to participate in the parade will be asked to register at the event to make note of their pet’s name for judging and verify that they are up to date on all required vaccinations. Spectators are encouraged to join us on Derby Square, along Artists’ Row, or perhaps even “tail”-gaiting on the Lobster Shanty’s dog-friendly patio. This event is rain or shine.

Santa’s Arrival & Holiday Tree Lighting

A beloved annual tradition, Santa Claus will arrive at the top of the Hawthorne Hotel at 18 Washington Square – with assistance from the Salem Fire Department, of course! Santa’s arrival will be followed by a procession down the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall for the annual lighting of Salem’s Holiday Tree at Lappin Park (next to the Bewitched Statue at the intersection of Essex Street and Washington Street).

Salem Haunted Happenings for Kids & Families

Finding kid-friendly activities during Salem Haunted Happenings doesn’t need to be a nightmare—with carnivals, harbor cruises, story-times, and of course trick or treating, there are plenty of fun things to do with kids this October!

Wicked Wednesdays
New for 2017, Salem Haunted Happenings includes Wicked Wednesdays that will be chock full of programming for kids. Bring the family for mid-week entertainment, musicians, family-friendly walking tours, and interactive events geared for the 12 and under crowd. Each Wednesday is different and offers new and unique opportunities to enjoy kid-friendly activities downtown this month.

 

Carnivals
For classic midway rides and games, bring the whole family down to the Derby Street Carnival! With family rides, kiddie rides, and thrill rides, and midway games of skill and luck, the carnival has something for everyone. This carnival takes place throughout the month of October at 289 Derby Street. See our event calendar for the full listing of dates. There is no admission fee to visit the carnival, however tickets must be purchased for rides. Single tickets are $1.50 each, and 20 tickets may be purchased for $25. Rides generally take between 3 and 5 tickets.

The SCNA Kids Carnival, which takes place select dates in October on Salem Common, is a special carnival just for kids and families! Sponsored by the Salem Common Neighborhood Association, this event features family and kiddie rides, along with photo ops, Halloween treats, special children’s activities and more! Tickets for this carnival are $3 each, or $15 total for a wristband worth unlimited rides. For the full listing of carnival dates, see our event calendar.

 

Witches & Wizards
Weekends in October, Artemisia Botanicals and the Witches Education League host Ask a Witch & Make a Wand. For a $1 donation to a local charity, guests of all ages can craft their own wands and ask questions to practicing witches to learn more about modern witchcraft in Salem.

Sundays in October, the Gallows Hill Museum/Theatre is visited by Professor Wunder, a friendly wizard who brings his school of magic to children and families visiting Salem. Professor Wunder’s School of Magic is a live, interactive stage show that allows kids to experience the magic of Salem without the scares. Tickets for the show are $10 for guests ages 5 and up, and free for children under 5, and the museum suggests purchasing them in advance on the Gallows Hill website.

Each Saturday, Magic 106.7 hosts a family movie night at 6:00 pm on the Common with films like CasperParaNorman, and Hocus Pocus. To make the most out of this family-friendly classic movie experience, be sure to arrive early as other entertainment will be available on the Common starting at 2:00 pm.

 

On the Water
If you’re looking to take to the water with the kids, be sure to check out Mahi Mahi’s Haunted Happenings Harbor Cruise. This cruise is filled to the brim with family-friendly fun including story-telling, Halloween party music, complimentary tarot card readings, photo ops, and a full bar for the adults and face-painting for the kids. Tickets are $25 for adults and $19 for kids ages 3-12. Tickets may be purchased in advance on Mahi Mahi’s website.

Sea Shuttle also offers a seasonal water tour on select days this October. This experience includes a tour of the Salem Sound coastal areas aboard the 45′ catamaran Endeavor. Snacks and beverages may be purchased aboard, and tickets ($25 for adults, and $18 for kids) may be purchased in advanced through Sea Shuttle’s website. Visit Sea Shuttle during Wicked Wednesdays, and learn about ocean life during the interactive Sea Creatures Great and Small events.

 

For the Whole Family
Looking for the ultimate Halloween dinner experience? Check out Haunted Dinner Theater’s latest production, “Be Witched!” This interactive crime-solving dinner show features audience participation, family-friendly entertainment, and more all based on the classic TV sitcom. An all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet covers the dinner portion of the show, which takes place at alternating locations (Finz Seafood and Grill, and the Hawthorne Hotel). For the complete schedule of dates and to purchase tickets ($59.95 for adults, and $39.95 for kids ages 8-12) visit the Haunted Dinner Theater’s website.

For spookier family-fun, get your tickets for the Salem Haunted Magic Show‘s latest performance, HYSTERIA: Phobias! Suitable for kids ages seven and up, this event features inconceivable magic,
bizarre demonstrations of mind reading, wild comedy, and interactive audience participation! Tickets are $20-42 and may be purchased online in advance.

 

Trick-or-Treating
The shops on Pickering Wharf will host “Trick or Treat on the Wharf” on October 22 between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. This annual event allows kids and families to get some trick or treating in during their visit to Salem while visiting the merchants on the waterfront.

On Halloween the Phillips House Museum will host Tricks, Treats, and Treasures! This event not only includes trick or treating and other interactive activities, but kids can also meet pirates and take part in sea shanties! This free event takes place from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

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