Cape Ann FallLife – September is Just the Beginning!

Cape Ann Fall Life

If you’ve been thinking that Labor Day marks the end of the season on Cape Ann, think again. There’s still so much more to enjoy here in late summer and throughout the fall.

You’ll find beautiful autumn colors along the beaches, riverfronts and marshes. With spacious beaches and summer-warmed waters, September is a great time for swimmers, surfers and paddleboarders all month long. You can enjoy the crisp fall air out on the ocean or along the Essex River. There’s time to explore your favorite shops and museums. And you’ll be able to get that perfect table at your special restaurant.

Fall also marks the arrival of signature regional events, including Trails and Sails, “two weekends of walks and water” (September 21-23 and September 28-30), the 5th Annual Festival in Shipyard in Essex (September 22); the Gran Prix of Gloucester (October 13-14), Rockport’s HarvestFest (October 13) and the Essex ClamFest (October 20) . Autumn’s harvest can be enjoyed throughout the season at the region’s farmers markets and farm stands.

And if you prefer to head indoors during the fall, you can catch a stage production or a musical performance, or visit our museums, artist studios and galleries.

Fall is the perfect time to take in the arts and culture of Cape Ann. Once you experience the combination of our autumn colors, crisp fall air and the famous “Cape Ann light” against the backdrop of our stunning waterfront, you’ll understand why so many artists make this their home. And in the fall, their work is on display unlike any other time throughout the year.

In October, there’s the nationally-renown Cape Ann Plein Air outdoor painting competition (October 7-15). There are also these fall art and cultural events:
– YIELD: depiction & revelations, a juried exhibition featuring 40 contemporary and traditional works of art at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center (through October 14)
– Cape Ann Artisan’s Fall Open Studio Tour (October 6-8)
– the annual Annisquam Arts and Crafts Show (October 6-7)

Also note that the Cape Ann Museum has a replica of Virginia Lee Burton’s “Little House” arriving from an exhibition in Japan, with public opening day celebrations set for November 3. You’ll find more info here.

Whether you’re looking for culture or cuisine, whether you enjoy activities on the shore or on the water, whether you’re seeking a festival or a quiet night out, Cape Ann in the fall has it all, and it all begins as summer ends.

Come see for yourself. Come experience Cape Ann FallLife.

Essex ClamFest

Essex ClamFest

Rockport HarvestFest

Rockport HarvestFest

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