Events

Major Events Around Cape Ann

Motif #1 Day Festival - The Motif No.1 Day Festival , typically in the middle of May, celebrates the arts in Rockport. And all of it centers around the fishing shack-artist's studio-tourist attraction that started it all: an old building right on one of Rockport's historic wharves that was painted so often by artists at the turn of the last century that it was given the nickname Motif No.1 by Lester Hornby, a well know artist and instructor of the period. Film, poetry, dance, music, and art-making activities are all a part of the festival, as well as historical presentations and a 5k and Fun Run.

Cape Ann Artisan's Studio Tour - Every June and October, visit our artisans of all mediums.

St. Peter's Fiesta -The last weekend in June, a five day festival celebrating the patron saint of fishermen. Seine boat races, "the Greasy Pole", concerts, carnival, parades and more.

Independence Day - Independence Day festivities on Cape Ann are always a little different. July 3rd is Gloucester's Horribles Parade, Concert and Fireworks. July 4th, head on over to Rockport for the Frieman's Parade and Bonfire.

Blackburn Challenge - A grueling 20 mile race around Cape Ann open to any form of oar or paddle powered seaworthy boats.

Harbor Loop Concerts - Bring your chairs, blankets and picnic dinner to listen to the show from the lawn of the historic Fitz Henry Lane House with views of Gloucester's Inner Harbor.  Thursday nights in July and August.

Stage Fort Park Concerts - Every Sunday in July and August, the bandstand at Stage Fort Park comes alive with music, from Big Band to Classic and Acoustical to Jazz.

Sidewalk Bazaar - The Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar is a celebration of Gloucester Downtown. Artists, Crafters, Food Vendors, Non-Profits, Kids Activities & Entertainers from near and far join Gloucester Merchants and Restaurants on the street for a fun and festive three days. The Sidewalk Bazaar is a Gloucester tradition that shouldn’t be missed, typically the second weekend in August.

Waterfront Festival - Historic Stage Fort Park along Gloucester Harbor will once again blossom into the colorful Gloucester Waterfront Festival the middle weekend in August. A collection of over 175 Juried Artists and Craftsmen from throughout the U.S. will display their unique creations, together with live music and delicious ethnic foods. 

Schooner Festival - Gloucester Schooner Festival celebrates the role the fishing schooner has played in the heritage of Gloucester and the eastern seaboard. Old and new, large and small– a variety of schooners will visit Gloucester Harbor and delight all comers. Boat Parade of Sail, Mayor's Cup Race, Fireworks, Concerts, Lighted Boat Parade, Lobster Bake, Open House at Coast Guard and Maritime Center and more throughout Labor Day Weekend every year.

Downtown Gloucester Block Parties - Main Street closes to traffic and the dancing shoes come out. Concerts, al fresco dining, street performers, kids activities and great shopping make the block parties great fun for all.

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