Free Glass Blowing Demonstration

Salem State University welcomes four extraordinary glass artists to campus as part of the Rosenberg Institute for Passionate and Emerging Artists. The four artists-in-residence for the 2018 Rosenberg Institute include Jack Gramman (Columbus, OH), Jason Marstall (Tuscon, AZ), Kristi Totoritis (Chesapeake, VA) and Marcel Hoogstad Hay (Australia).

This unique residency is designed to give the selected artists the opportunity to work without economic constraint and without distraction. Each artist has the opportunity to explore an idea or a series of ideas in the medium of glass, working in teams with their fellow residents.

Free public glass-blowing demonstrations are held on June 18, June 25, July 2 and July 9 at 6 pm. Glassblowing is unique sort of spectator sport. The artist’s creative vision literally takes shape before the viewer’s eyes as this challenging material is molded into its final form.

All demos take place at Salem State’s Glassworks Studio, Enterprise Center, 121 Loring Ave. Admission is free but seating is limited. Additional info is available at: 978-542-6365 or

Notch’s 2nd Annual Father’s Day Party with Scotty Dog

Hurray for Dads! Once again this Father’s Day Notch will be joined by our friends over the bridge at The Scotty Dog for an old fashioned cookout! Nothing fancy, just liters of beer and the best dogs in the North Shore. Each dad will also get a gift – a Notch branded stainless water bottle – because sometimes pops needs water.

“My Dad Fixed the Lighthouse”

Join Essex Heritage for a Special Father’s Day outing to Baker’s Island Light Station with Marty Nally, author of the children’s book, “My Dad Fixed the Lighthouse”. We will be running both a morning and afternoon special trip to the island aboard our landing craft Naumkeag, which will include a harbor and Lighthouse tour, a reading of “My Dad Fixed the Lighthouse”, a book signing and a special Q&A session with Marty himself onsite by the$ Bakers Island Light, which he restored in 1996 and in 2015!

Tickets ($35 for adults, $25 for kids) are available online in advance.

Playstation Trivia & Sony E3 Press Conference

Visit Bit Bar for Playstation Trivia, focusing on the PS1! Then hold on to your seats for the Sony 2018 E3 press conference at 9 pm! Wowzer that’s some sweet Sony nerd synergy. Bit Bar is 21+ after 8 pm.

Notch Brewing’s 2nd Annual Polish Festival

Visit Notch Brewing for liters of Polish Piwo (Polish Lager and Grodziskie Smoked Wheat) that will be brewed exclusively for this event. Those beers will help wash down pierogi, kielbasa and sauerkraut from our friends at Jaju Pierogi, and the musical stylings of the Al Janik’s Plastyczny Ser Orkestra will fulfill all your Polka dancing requirements. Also, we’ll be serving gravity cask of the Polish Lager in one liter ceramic mugs (kamień dzbanek)!

Salem has a long history of Polish immigration (including brewer/founder Chris’ great grandparents) that permeated all aspects of Notch’s neighborhood. Help us celebrate our city and the immigrants that shaped it! Fun, festivities, and dancing the polka – what’s not to love? There is no cover charge, but please plan on getting here early, as last year this was a very popular event!

Party on McKeown Plaza (POMP)

Last year, the Party on McKeown Plaza welcomed more than 400 alumni and friends to celebrate under the stars. Join us this year and enjoy reunion tents, lawn games, food trucks, beer, wine, and live entertainment by multi-award winning New England band Felix Brown Band. Families and the public are welcome.



Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival

The Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival’s mission is to inspire attendees to explore by bicycling. Whether across the globe or a few towns away, there’s nothing that recharges and expands horizons like bicycle travel. The Festival will increase awareness and appreciation for bicycle travel by showcasing independent films that depict the adventure, humor, and growth inherent in two-wheeled journeys. We seek films that portray a broad range of experiences – destinations ranging from small African villages to a campground 30 miles from home; solo travel or a family reunion on bicycles; an organized tour from inn to inn or a shoestring jaunt with tent and sleeping bag. Ours is the ONLY film festival in the USA that focuses specifically on bicycle travel.

Tickets are $15 when purchased online or $20 at the door.

Salem Farmers’ Market

The Salem Farmers Market gives residents and tourists alike the opportunity to buy farm-fresh produce, seafood, baked goods, meat, and a variety of other goods. At the heart of the market are seven major farms complemented by an array of specialty foods, bakery products, spices, and non-food vendors, along with many other surprises and additions throughout the season. Every week the market offers live music and representation from different community groups and initiatives.

The market is made possible through the leadership of Salem Main Streets and the Farmers’ Market Committee, as well as the generous contributions of numerous volunteers.  This year’s market will continue to take EBT through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  In compliance with the City of Salem’s plastic bag ordinance, attendees are encouraged to bring their own bags – or buy a tote bag at the market.

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Dog Daze Happy & Yappy Hour

The only thing we love as much as a patio full of puppies, is a hot dog and cold refreshing beer.

Bring your best canine pal and wind down on the Gulu-Gulu patio every Monday. We’ll have dollar hot dogs and corndogs, treats for the pups and of course the best selection of craft beers in town.

“Game On!” at Salem Arts Association

In conjunction with the Salem Arts Festival, Salem Arts Association presents “Game On!” an exhibition exploring the meaning of “Play”, one of the themes of the Festival, and also in celebration of the 130th Anniversary of Salem’s own Parker Brothers Toy and Game Company.