The Salem Maritime Festival

Salem Maritime Festival 2016!

Help us celebrate the 28th annual Salem Maritime Festival at Salem Maritime National Historic Site!

The 2016 Salem Maritime Festival will be hosted on the weekend of August 5th, 6th and 7th!
Join us for three days of music, demonstrations, exhibits, and children's activities, which will be available throughout the park and on Derby Wharf. Festivities will begin Friday evening and will extend through Sunday afternoon! The Salem Maritime Festival is hosted by Salem Maritime National Historic Site in cooperation with the Essex National Heritage Commission.

Event Contact Information
Kathy Homan, Park Ranger - (978) 740-1652

Having fun at Salem Maritime Festival!
Having Fun at the Festival

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This year's Maritime Festival included a variety of family-friendly events, including:

Live Music
Free 90-minute Harbor Cruises
Numerous Kids Activities including the Junior Ranger Program
Boat Tours & Demonstrations
Opportunities to Cruise, Sail, Paddle, Row Salem Harbor
Traditional Craft Demonstrations

Participating Exhibitors and Demonstrators for 2016 (so far):

  • R.P Raiseles Cooperage
  • Salem Sound Coastwatch
  • Historic New England
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • Sea Side Kites
  • Bob Brophy Decoys
  • Old Newbury Crafters
  • Rainforest Reptile Show
  • Ould Colony Artisans
  • Joe's Fresh Fish Prints
  • The Lady of Salem
  • Salem Trayn'd Band
Schooner Fame
Schooner Fame is one of the vessels offering harbor cruises during the Maritime Festival.

Courtesy of Schooner Fame

Harbor Cruises

Probably the most popular feature of the Salem Maritime Festival are the free, 90-minute boat rides around Salem Harbor. This year's participants were:

- Schooner Fame, a full-scale replica of a War of 1812 Privateer
- Ardelle, a Gloucester Schooner
- Sea Shuttle's Endeavour, come aboard and learn about the marine science of Salem Sound!
- Schooner Adventure, built in 1926 and located at Maritime Gloucester!
- Coast to Coast Paddle, get involved with paddleboarding and kayaking in Salem Harbor!

Rowing the Jolly Boat

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Visiting & Participating Vessels

Lobster Boats
Schooner Fame
, Full-scale replica of a War of 1812 Privateer
Schooner Ardelle
Schooner Adventure
Sea Shuttle's Endeavour
Sloop Friendship
United States Coast Guard Patrol Boat

Make your own kites and fly them at the Maritime Festival
Kite-making and flying are perennial favorites at the Maritime Festival.

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Children's Activities

Children's activities take place on the historic wharves, where families can find an entire children's tent of fun crafts to do. Kids can get involved with the Rumblings of War, and other Ranger created programs, as well as earn Junior Ranger badges by participating in scavenger hunts and other fun activities!

the Furniture institute of Massachusetts demonstrates cabinetmaking
The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts demonstrates the art of cabinet-making.

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Demonstrators and Exhibitors

Traditional crafts like spinning, coopering, traditional small craft building, and model shipbuilding will be exhibited in working demonstrations and hands-on activities.


Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

160 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970


(978) 740-1650

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