The Salem Maritime Festival

Visitors operating remote control tug boats in pool
Remote control tug boats

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Thank you for coming to the Salem Maritime Festival in 2017! Check back as information becomes available for our 30th annual Salem Maritime Festival, coming in August 2018!

Hosted by Salem Maritime National Historic Site in cooperation with the Essex National Heritage Commission and Eastern National, the Salem Maritime Festival features live music, historical reenactors, harbor cruises, demonstrations, interactive programs, arts, crafts, and more!

Event Contact Information
Salem Visitor Center (978) 740-1650

Schooner Adventure under sail
Schooner Adventure will be dockside at the festival

Courtesy of Schooner Adventure

Harbor Cruises
One of the most popular features of the Salem Maritime Festival is the free 90-minute boat rides around Salem Harbor. The following vessels participated in offering free harbor cruises in 2017:

- Schooner Ardelle, an authentic Cape Ann Vessel from Gloucester
- Sea Shuttle's Endeavour, learn about marine science of Salem Sound
- Schooner Fame, a full-scale replica of a War of 1812 Privateer

New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus performing
New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus will perform at the festival

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Live Music
Some of the performers from this past year's festival included:
  • Ye Mariners All
  • Sharks Come Crusin
  • Warszawiaki Orchestra
  • 3 Sheets to the Wind
  • Marina Evans
  • Jackson Gilman
  • New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus
  • West End Ramblers
18th century re-enanctor playing fiddle
18th Century re-enactors

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Demonstrations, Exhibits, Activities
This year's Maritime Festival included a variety of family-friendly events, exhibitors and demonstrators:
  • 17th and 19th Century Re-enactors
  • Arts and Crafts with Salem Maritime Rangers and Volunteers
  • Astro Lunar Lab with the Peabody Essex Museum
  • Basketry and Guitar Making
  • Boat Building Demonstrations with the Norembega Canoe Club
  • Caricature Artist
  • Historic Exhibits by the House of Seven Gables and The Witch House
  • Horse & Wagon Rides by Dave Heisler
  • Kayaking
  • Lady of Salem Figureheads
  • Live Animal Encounters with Stone Zoo and Rainforest Reptiles
  • Marine Modelers Club of New England
  • Marlin Spike Artist-knot tying
  • Ould Colony Artisans
  • Salem Sound Coastwatch
  • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site-17th century cooking
  • Sea Side Kites
  • Trade Goods from Around the World
  • USS Constitution Model Spiwright Guild
  • Weaving and Spinning
  • ...and more!

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

160 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970


(978) 740-1650

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