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Salem, Massachusetts, Announces 2023 Festival Schedule

by Debra Bokur

Mar 21, 2023

Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate Event © Creative Salem


The town of Salem, Massachusetts, may get a lot of attention come October and Halloween, but this year-round destination offers a full schedule of festivals perfect for any season.

“Salem offers rich and diverse programming throughout the year,” said Kate Fox, executive director, Destination Salem. “Whether you want to research genealogy, celebrate the arts, dive into a documentary film, or chill out at the Ice Cream Bowl, there is something for all ages and interests.”

You’ll have to decide “witch” festivals fit your schedule, of course, but here’s a quick sampling to consider (a full schedule can be found here):

Salem Arts Festival

© John Andrews

Salem Arts Festival (June 2–4)

It’s all there: painting, sculpture, photography, dance, film, writing, theater and more. Enjoy staged, outdoor performances; a street fair; indoor performances; and a gallery of juried artists’ works.

Salem Farmers’ Market (Through Oct. 12)

With roots dating all the way back to 1634, this popular marketplace showcases local farm products. The market is held in Derby Square every Thursday, 3–7 p.m.

North Shore Pride Parade and Festival (June 24)

This annual festival is in its fifth year and celebrates Pride with a parade and plenty of community unity, featuring local businesses, faith groups and area organizations.

Salem Heritage Days (Aug. 7–13)

It’s fun, food, outdoor movies, live music and activities, including National Night Out and Ice Cream Bowl.

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Salem Film Festival © Salem, Massachusetts

Salem Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival (Sept. 23–24)

Come hungry and treat yourself to an afternoon of sampling from the area’s most-loved food trucks, plus both regional and national breweries.

Salem Haunted Happenings (Oct. 1–31)

That’s right — it’s Halloween in Salem, the location of the brutal 1692 witch trials. Now ranked as the world’s largest Halloween celebration, events include parades, Family Film Nights on Salem Common, ghost tours, costume balls, haunted houses, dark and scary theater productions and plenty of live music.


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