Shop in Downtown Rockport on Friday Nights from 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Look for the hanging lanterns at participating locations. Every Friday! 4:00-8:00 PM & then some! May 27 through September 2, 2016
Participating shops and galleries open their doors at night to welcome you with light refreshments, wine and drink as you enjoy the renowned talents of this artistic community, the unique shops, demos and music! Come celebrate as they illuminate Downtown, and enjoy the ambiance that only ROCKPORT provides.
Rockport Harvestfest, Downtown Rockport
The annual Rockport Harvestfest runs from 10am to 5pm. New England food producers gather under a giant tent on one of Rockport’s historic working wharves to celebrate the best of local food with fresh seafood, pastries, cider doughnuts, chowder, small-batch jams, soups, and much more. A selection of local craft beers & wine, as well as soda from Rockport’s own Twin Lights Soda Company are on hand. Cooking demos, cookbook authors, the Rockport Farmers Market and plenty of live bluegrass, jazz, folk and celtic music are all part of the festival. Rockport’s business and cultural community offers Harvestfest events and in-store specials in conjunction with this quintessential New England harvest celebration.
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: 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)
Rockport Jazz Festival – August 11 – 14, 2016
Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport
A weekend of great jazz in the intimate setting of the seaside Shalin Liu Performance Center.
The 5th Annual Rockport Jazz Festival will feature a broad spectrum of jazz musicians this year ranging from the incredible Terence Blanchard to the dynamic post-bop of Ravi Coltrane. In celebration of the 5th Annual Festival, Rockport Music is expanding beyond the Festival weekend with exciting jazz concerts throughout the summer featuring such artists as Dianne Reeves and the Chick Corea Trio with Christian McBride and Brian Blade (pictured). Visit our Jazz, Folk, World listing for a full summer line-up of such folk legends as Arlo Guthrie, Ani DiFranco, and many more.
For more information, visit rockportmusic.org.
(Photo via rockportmusic.org)
Rockport LobsterFest & Fireworks Display
Old Granite Pier, Sandy Bay, Rockport
(Image Credit: Painting by Ken Knowles Fine Art)
Back Beach at the American Legion Bandstand, 3-7 pm
Rockport Rotarians will host their annual public LobsterFest cookout on scenic Back Beach in Rockport, MA. Lobsterfest will be followed by an evening fireworks display over Sandy Bay from Old Granite Pier at approximately 9:30 pm.
Rockport Rotary’s Lobsterfest is a unique outdoor dining event held each summer at the American Legion Hall and bandstand in Rockport (on Beach Street, opposite Back Beach). Proceeds benefit local community service projects and the club’s scholarship fund.
Lobsterfest tickets will include a hot-boiled lobster, home-made clam chowder, corn-on-the-cob, roll, watermelon, and soda or water. There will also be a cash menu with hot dogs, hamburgers, and beer, wine, and desserts. Live musical entertainment will be provided by Stillhouse Down.
Tickets will be on sale at John Tarr Store, Village Silversmith, from any Rockport Rotarian, and at the Legion Hall on the day of the event.
This event will be held rain or shine and the site is handicapped accessible.
Later the same evening, enjoy the Rockport Fireworks display off Granite Pier.