Top Choice Cultural in Salem

Haunted Happenings Halloween

Everyone in Salem celebrates Halloween, not just the witches. And they celebrate for much of the month of October with special exhibits, parades, concerts, pumpkin carvings, costume parties and trick-or-treating. It…
Top Choice Music in Rockport

Rockport Chamber Music Festival

This festival hosts concerts by internationally acclaimed performers. Concerts take place at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, a gorgeous hall overlooking the ocean. Most concerts sell out, so it's advisable to ord…
Cultural in Lexington

Patriots' Day

The Patriots' Day celebration in Lexington starts early – really early. On the third Monday in April, as dawn breaks, local history buffs are assembled on the village green, some decked out in 'redcoats,' while othe…
Cultural in Plymouth

America's Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration

The weekend before Thanksgiving, historic Plymouth comes to life as pilgrims, pioneers and patriots parade the streets of 'America's Hometown.' The event features a celebratory parade, a food festival, a concert ser…
Literature in New Bedford

Moby-Dick Marathon

On or around the anniversary of Melville's embarkation from New Bedford harbor, literature buffs participate in a marathon, nonstop reading of the novel Moby-Dick. The event takes place at Seamen's Bethel, though ma…
Literature in Lowell

Lowell Celebrates Kerouac

A local nonprofit organization hosts four days of events dedicated to Beat writer Jack Kerouac, featuring tours of many places in his novels, as well as panel discussions, readings, music and poetry. Literature buff…
Music in Lowell

Lowell Folk Festival

Three days of food, music (on six stages!), art, parades and other festivities honoring the diverse multicultural community that is Lowell.
Religious in Gloucester

St Peter's Festival

Honoring the patron saint of fisherfolk, this carnival at St Peter's Sq takes place over five days in late June. Besides rides and music, the main event is the procession through the streets of a statue of St Peter.…
Fireworks in Newburyport

Yankee Homecoming

This week-long celebration was founded to draw folks back to their roots to see where history happened. It's a week of art fairs, sidewalk sales, waterside concerts and food feasts, plus a road race, a parade and fi…