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Harbortown Arts Festival

Harbortown Arts Festival

Gloucester’s Harbortown Cultural District is excited to present a weekend of creative events that celebrate arts and culture in the heart of Downtown Gloucester over Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29.

The highlight of this weekend is the Harbortown Arts Market, an eclectic open-air marketplace to be held at I4C2 (65 Rogers Street) on Saturday, May 28th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Harbortown Cultural District is proud to produce this event in collaboration with Gloucester’s own Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company and Mill Gypsies, an art market producer. This novel market brings the best of New England’s vibrant indie-maker scene to Gloucester’s inner harbor with over 30 designers, artists, and vintage curators from Cape Ann and across Massachusetts to sell their handmade wares and hip vintage finds. In addition to free on-site parking, this market will feature a gourmet BBQ food truck and an Asian-fusion food truck.

This weekend Arts Festival will also include numerous festive events hosted by downtown businesses and cultural organizations, including Music in the Courtyard with Henri Smith at Cape Ann Museum; the installation of monumental banner image of a painting by Laureen Maher on the harbor-side of 189 Main Street, which houses Trident Gallery and Wisdom’s Heart; an origami master class at Law & Water on Pleasant Street; the grand opening of Art @ The IceHouse at Cape Pond Ice; and, many more engaging activities for the whole family. The complete calendar of events is below.

The Harbortown Arts Festival is made possible by funding from the Cultural District Initiative of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Harbortown Arts Market. Free parking. 65 Rogers Street.
10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Sea Glass Jewelry-Making Demonstration. Premier Imprints. 48 Main Street.
10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Art @ The IceHouse OPEN HOUSE, Cape Pond Ice Company. 104 Commercial Street.
11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Music in the Courtyard with Henri Smith, Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street.
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Origami Master Class – “Know When to Fold Them.” Law & Water Gallery. 18A Pleasant Street
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Talk and Talkback with Gloucester Photographer Nubar Alexanian. Trident Gallery, 189 Main Street.



9:00 am – 3:00 pm: Art @ The IceHouse OPEN HOUSE, Cape Pond Ice Company. 104 Commercial Street.
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Retrospective Exhibition of Gloucester Etchings with Lecture and Demonstration. Dogtown Books, 132 Main Street
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Celebrating Harbortown, Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church courtyard, 10 Church Street.

Gran Prix Gloucester

Gran Prix of Gloucester

Gran Prix of Gloucester
Stage Fort Park, Gloucester
Take a dramatic harborfront park at the height of fall foliage season. Set up a twisting grass, dirt and asphalt racecourse with challenging obstacles. Unleash a crowd of world class cyclists to charge through the sharp curves and jump the barriers. Add screaming, cowbell ringing fans incited by dynamic announcers. What do you have? One of the premier bicycle races in the country, right here in Gloucester.

The Gran Prix of Gloucester is two days of international caliber races where competitors from all over the US, Canada & Europe converge to race on the most beautiful race course in North America.

(Image via gpgloucester.com)

Cape Ann Artisans Spring Studio Tour

Cape Ann Artisans Fall Studio Tour

Cape Ann Artisans Fall Studio Tour
Gloucester and Rockport
10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Free, self-guided tour of 19 artisan studios open to the public. Meet the artists and see their newest work in the beautiful places where it is created. Brochures with tour maps are available at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce in Gloucester, the Rockport Visitor Center on Upper Main Street as well as at each artisan’s studio or download brochure at capeannartisans.com.

Trails & Sails Weekend

Trails & Sails

Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks & Water
September 16 – 18 and
September 23 – 25, 2016
Essex County, MA
Hike, bike and sail during the 15th annual Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water! Experience Essex County’s historic, cultural and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events that will connect you to the spectacular places, history and heritage that define the Essex National Heritage Area—the 34 cities and towns of Boston’s legendary North Shore.

(Photo via trailsandsails.org)

Gloucester Schooner Festival

Gloucester Schooner Festival

Gloucester Schooner Festival – September 2 – 4, 216
Gloucester Harbor
The 32nd annual Gloucester Schooner Festival takes place on Labor Day weekend. It’s Gloucester’s major marine event, with participating vessels coming from ports along the Eastern Seaboard. There are both large and small vessels—ranging from 19 feet to over 125 feet in length. The Mayor’s Race is the signature event of the Schooner Festival and takes place on Sunday, with over 20 large schooners expected to compete. The Schooner Festival also offers plenty of shore side events including Maritime Heritage Day on Saturday and the Parade of Sail on Sunday morning along the Boulevard promenade (Stacy Boulevard, Route 127) as the large schooners head out to sea for the Mayor’s Race. gloucesterschoonerfestival.net

(Photo Credit: Arlene Taliadoros)

Gloucester, MA

Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar

Now celebrating its 58th year, the Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar takes place on Main Street in downtown Gloucester. Over 120 vendors, street food, live music and children’s activities. The event features downtown merchants and restaurants as well as artists, crafters and more!

This event is a fun, three-day community event that welcomes locals and visitors to Main Street for shopping, food and entertainment. Join us on Thursday, August 4 through Saturday, August 6