Category: Massachusetts

Fun Family Activities in Massachusetts. Annual Events, Festivals, Fairs, Parades and more.

Newburyport’s Great Pumpkin Lighting & Stroll 2016

Newburyport’s Great Pumpkin Lighting & Stroll 2016

Name: Newburyport’s Great Pumpkin Lighting & Stroll 2016
Date: October 15, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Event Description:

This annual family-friendly event will take place on Saturday, October 15th, from 5-8 PM in Market Square. Families are encouraged and invited to bring their own jack-o-lantern. Don’t want to deal with the mess at home? Pumpkin carving takes place in Market Square from 3-5PM. Bring your own pumpkin and create your masterpiece! Tools provided. Pumpkin carving sponsored by Partridge in a Bear Tree and Newburyport Macaroni Kid. Inn Street will have activities for the kids from 5pm-7pm including crafts from Newburyport Macaroni Kid and Street Theater by Theater in the Open.

Activities in Market Square start at 5PM. Pumpkins will be lit and placed on the stage in Market Square for all to enjoy! Each family will receive a votive candle that will be lit all at once at dusk.

After the lighting, attendees are encouraged to stroll the downtown and Tannery to “ooh and ahh” at all the pumpkins designed by local businesses! At the end of the evening families are asked to take their pumpkins home for safe keeping.

This event is brought to you by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and our retail members!

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2015 Sea Festival of Trees Blue Ocean Music Hall Nov. 20th – Dec 6th

2015 Sea Festival of Trees Blue Ocean Music Hall Nov. 20th – Dec 6th

2015 Sea Festival of Trees

It’s almost time for the Third Annual Sea Festival of Trees, which will be open to the public from Friday, November 20th through Sunday, December 6. Get ready for a giant maze of sparkling holiday trees, stage and ice skating performances, visits with Santa, our Giant Gingerbread House display, Gift and Sweet shop, and Festival Café. It’s a 15-day holiday wonderland by the sea, located at the Blue Ocean Event Center on Salisbury Beach. Presented by The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank. All the trees are generously donated by local individuals, businesses, and organizations and are beautifully decorated for your enjoyment. All the trees will be raffled off to lucky winners, and the festival proceeds support Anna Jaques Hospital and the Salisbury Beach Partnership.

Vist for all details, schedules and information.
Held at Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury, MA

Fall Harvest Fest & Scarecrow Competition this weekend

Fall Harvest Fest & Scarecrow Competition this weekend

Date: October 11, 2015 – October 12, 2015

Event Description:

Fall Harvest Festival
October 11 & 12, 2015

Come to downtown Newburyport on Columbus Day weekend for our annual Fall Harvest Festival! Enjoy great food, live music, and family fun while celebrating autumn’s arrival. Explore downtown shops as well as craft vendor booths from artisans all over New England!

Bring the kids in the morning for children’s entertainment in Market Square. There will be music by Jeannie Mack Kids’ Music on Sunday, and a puppet show by Lindsay & Her Puppet Pals on Monday.

The 97 NORTH band plays on Sunday afternoon, a great sampling of classic rock & roll music from the ’60s & ’70s. On Monday afternoon, the Back in Time band plays favorite tunes from the 50s & 60s.

14th Annual Scarecrow Contest
One of the most fun parts of the Newburyport Fall Harvest Festival is the fun, interesting scarecrows decorating all the lamp posts downtown. This year will be the 14th annual scarecrow contest! This contest is free, fun, & open to the public! Entries by individuals, families, teams, schools, churches, clubs, organizations, and businesses are all welcome. The goal of this contest is to create a gallery of fun, inventive scarecrows throughout Market Square. Get creative!

Fore more information visit scarecrow Application (open to the public)

Savor Newburyport Sept. 17th to Sept. 26th

Savor Newburyport Sept. 17th to Sept. 26th

Savor Newburyport, brought to you by The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Refinery 43, and Taste of The Seacoast, a 10-day celebration highlighting Newburyport’s exceptional food, drink, shopping, and cultural experiences. From September 17th through the 26th Newburyport will host various events throughout the city; including innovative dining experiences with unique restaurant and shop pairings.

The 10-day celebration will kick off with an Opening Savory Gala on Newburyport’s picturesque waterfront from 6-9pm on Thursday, September 17th. Guests will have the opportunity to sample award-winning food and drinks from over 30 local restaurants and chefs throughout Greater Newburyport.

Throughout the 10-day festival patrons will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to attend special events hosted by local restaurants, shops and small businesses. From Friday, September 18th to Sunday, September 20th there will be Savory Sales.

Savor Newburyport allows local shops, restaurants and chefs to share their passion for food, drink and culture. The city, who is known for its award-winning food, drinks and shops, couldn’t be more thrilled to showcase their city through Savor Newburyport.

Enter our Instagram contest to win two tickets to our kick-off gala on September 17th!

Visit for impressive special by area restaurants, sure to entice you to venture out and sample their fine fare.

YWCA Free Event: Joppa Alive

YWCA Free Event: Joppa Alive

Name: YWCA Free Event: Joppa Alive
Date: August 13, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Website: Click Here

Event Description:
Learn about and touch lives indigenous creatures from the Gulf of Maine with the folks from the Massachusetts Audubon Education Center at Joppa Flats. This is the fourth of five family-style FREE events in the YWCA’s 3rd Annual Summer Fun Series, underwritten by Caswell Mechanical. There is no charge for admission but space is limited so reservations are recommended by calling (978) 465-9922, ext. 22.

YWCA Children’s Center –
13 1/2 Pond Street,
Newburyport, MA

Date/Time Information:
Thursday, August 13 at 11am

Contact Information:
Lynne Hendricks (978) 465-9922, ext. 22
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Waterfront Movie Series Newburyport, MA August 5th – August 19th, 2015

Waterfront Movie Series Newburyport, MA August 5th – August 19th, 2015

Waterfront Movie Series
Date: August 5 – August 12th 2015
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Event Description:
Join us for the 2015 Waterfront Movie Series!

What could be better than watching a movie OUTSIDE on Waterfront Park on a warm summer night? Grab a blanket and your family & friends and join us!

August 5: “Goonies” (30 Year Anniversary)
August 12: Viewers’ Choice **
August 19: “Cinderella”
August 26: Rain Date

** Viewers’ Choice Options:
-How to Train Your Dragon
-Wreck it Ralph
-Big Hero 6

**To Vote for Viewer’s Choice go to Chase & Lunt’s Facebook page:

Movies start at dusk (right around 8PM), but get there early to claim a spot on the lawn and enjoy some family favorite tunes on the guitar by Matt Jackson while you wait for the show to start.

Movies will be shown on a 40-foot inflatable screen with an HD Blue Ray Projector and BOSE professional sound system. You don’t want to miss this!

If you’d like your company to be a Sponsor for this fun event, aormond for more information.

Tide Pool Discoveries, Free – Parker River Wildlife Refuge

Tide Pool Discoveries, Free – Parker River Wildlife Refuge

Tide Pool Discoveries
Friday, July 10th @12:30 pm; Monday, July 20th @9:00 am; and Monday, July 27th @2:00 pm

For generations children have enjoyed exploring tide pools and discovering the fascinating plants
and animals that live in this realm between the tides. A refuge ranger will guide this hands-on
program. Appropriate for children age 5–10. Each session is limited to 15 children. Each session is approximately 2 hours long, allowing time for travel to and from the tide pool location. Meet the ranger at the visitor contact station at parking lot 1.Parent/guardian must remain with his/her child for the entire duration of this program. Preregistration is required for this program.

Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series begins Saturday July 11th

Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series begins Saturday July 11th

Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series features opera, jazz, country, and much more

Whether you’re sitting under the stars on a moonlit evening, or lounging on a blanket on a Sunday afternoon, the Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series provides the perfect setting for your entertainment pleasure.

Celebrating its 24th season, the MAC performance schedule offers something for everyone, including Opera Night with the Hillyer Festival Orchestra, the classical Aeterna Trio, internationally acclaimed singer/saxophonist Grace Kelly, Boston’s First Lady of Jazz Rebecca Parris, foot-stompin’ country with Don Campbell, jazz singer Donna Byrne, The Mystix, The Paul Broadnax & Friends, and much more.

Boston’s First Lady of Jazz Rebecca Parris will open the on Saturday, July 11, at 7 p.m., followed by Aeterna Trio on Sunday, July 12, at 2 p.m.

Rebecca Parris is always a favorite of MAC audiences. Jazz World’s Frank Bouchard writes, “She is that rare bird: The true jazz singer with the soul of an entertainer.”

Aeterna Trio is an exciting new ensemble featuring Ben Birkbeck on piano, Devon Colella on cello, and Andy Happel on violin. With Aeterna Trio forces collide in a genre-bending hail as these exceptional musicians spontaneously riff on a classical theme, rock favorite, or their own contemporary compositions.

New this season is Amanda Carr, a multi-styled vocalist/pianist with fresh interpretations of the Great American Songbook. Nat Hentoff of The Wall Street Journal hailed her as “…a true jazz singer in a time of wannabes.”

Paul Broadnax & Friends will close the season on Sunday, Aug. 23. There are no performances during Yankee Homecoming July 26, Aug. 1, and Aug. 2.

Saturday concerts begin at 7 p.m. and include: Rebecca Parris on July 11, Opera Night with Dirk Hillyer Festival Orchestra on July 18, Grace Kelly on July 25, The Mystix on Aug. 8, The Don Campbell Band on Aug. 15, and vocalist/pianist Amanda Carr on Aug. 22.

Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2 p.m. and include: Aeterna Trio on July 12, Beyond the Pale: Celtic Traditional and Contemporary Rock with Sean Buckley on July 19, The Hal McIntyre Big Band on Aug. 9, Donna Byrne on Aug. 16, and Paul Broadnax & Friends on Aug. 23.

Maudslay Arts Center is located at 95 Curzon Mill Road, Maudslay State Park, Newburyport MA 01950. The concerts are held rain or shine, moving inside to the MAC Concert Barn when weather dictates. Concert goers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, which can be casual or as elaborate as a gourmet meal with tablecloth and flowers and whatever suits the patron’s fancy.

Delicious desserts such as seasonal cobblers, brownies, and Hodgie’s ice cream, cold beverages and coffee may be purchased during intermission, all served by dedicated MAC volunteers, who continue to make this non-profit series happen.

Saturday performances start at 7 p.m., with gates opening at 6 p.m. Patio seating (tables and chairs) is $25, while lawn seating (bring your own chairs or blankets) is $20. Children 12 and under are free.

Sunday performances start at 2 p.m. with gates opening at 1 p.m. General admission is $15, $12 for seniors, with open seating on the patio and lawn. Tables and chairs are provided. Children 12 and under are free.

To purchase tickets online (major credit cards accepted), or for further information about the performers, visit the MAC website at Tickets also may be purchased at the gate or by calling to reserve at (978) 499-0050. Gift certificates also are available.

The series is supported with generous donations and grants from The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, the staff of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and dedicated MAC volunteers and patrons.

The Saturday evening performances are entirely underwritten by The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank.

Join us for a FREE country music festival at Salisbury Beach! Saturday, June 27th

Join us for a FREE country music festival at Salisbury Beach! Saturday, June 27th

Join us for a FREE country music festival at Salisbury Beach! Enjoy activities for kids , an outdoor marketplace, food trucks, and a great line up of country bands! Shows begin at 3:00 PM. Visit for more information.


Singer/songwriter and RCA Nashville recording artist Josh Dorr is currently on radio tour. Josh had 41 first week ads for his current single “Save your Breath,” which was released Dec 15th.

Live performance video, CLICK HERE





12th Annual Chocolate Tour Newburyport, MA May 16th, 2015

12th Annual Chocolate Tour Newburyport, MA May 16th, 2015

Name: 12th Annual Chocolate Tour
Date: May 16, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

Event Description:

The 12th Annual Newburyport Chocolate Tour is Saturday May 16, 2015 from 1-5pm; starting on Pleasant Street at the Unitarian Church with 20 participating shops. Come join us for a fun day!

The Chocolate Tour will benefit the following charities:

  • Greater Elder Care Pet Fund
  • Local Council on Aging Prescriptions
  • Park Circle Kids Camp
  • MSPCA at Nevins Farm

Downtown Newburyport

Date/Time Information:
Saturday, May 16
1 – pm

Purchase in advance
at the Brass Lyon
Market Square
Newburyport Olive Oli Company
The Tannery