The Salem Maritime Festival

Festival tents and ship masts along wharf
Festival scene

NPS Photo

The 30th annual Salem Maritime Festival is August 4-5, 2018!

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

Dates and Times:
Saturday, August 4 from 10:00 AM to 8:45 PM
Sunday, August 5 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Event Contact Information:
Salem Visitor Center (978) 740-1650
Email Jeff Folger,Community Outreach & Visitor Engagement

Schooner Roseway under sail
Schooner Roseway

Courtesy of World Ocean School and Roseway

Ships, Schooners, Dorys, and Boats!
One of the most popular features of the Salem Maritime Festival are the harbor cruises as well as visiting vessels to look at and climb aboard while dockside. 2018 vessels include:


When and If

New this year - Sunday only - is a small boat show that will highlight distinctive small vessels such as the Mystic Whaleboat!

Stay tuned as we add more visitng vessels!

Drummers of Grooversity playing a show

Photo Courtesy of Grooversity

Live Music and Entertainment
2018 features a wide variety of music, dance, and entertainment including:

Designer of the Impossible - Magic Show
Grooversity - Percussion
Josean Jacobo & Tumbao - Afro-Jazz
Marina Evans - Folk Music and Song
Ricardo Monzon Orchestra - Salsa/Merengue
Rogues' Armada - Pirates
Saung Budaya Dance - Indonesian Dance
Smile Ink - Photo Booth
Squeeze Box Stompers - Cajun & Zydeco
Warszawiaki Orchestra - Polish Music
Children watch tortoise at festival
Exotic tortoise at the Festival

NPS Photo

Demonstrations, Exhibits, Activities
This year's Maritime Festival includes over 40 exhibitors with a variety of demonstrations, including:

Artemisina Botanicals - Soap Making
Chris Ortega - Free Haircuts (Sunday Only)
Chuck Walker - Powder Horn and Knife Making
Dave Heisler - Wagon Rides
Dennis and Sally Hamel - Spinning and Weaving
Franklin Park Zoo - Live Animal Encounters
Friendship of Salem NPS Volunteers - Trade Goods, Custom House Scale, Rope Making
Geraldine Brancato - Spinning Wheel Demo
Grace Neale - Candlemaking
Greg Morin - 18th Century Ship Doctor/Surgeon
Harbormaster - Boating Safety
Historic Derby Street Association - Information
Historic New England - Sailor Valentines (Sat Only)
House of the Seven Gables - Penmanship and Historic Writing with Quill & Ink
Jennifer Roy - Irish Indentured Servant
Lady of Salem Committee - Salem's Painted Figure Heads (Saturday Only)
Larry Leonard - Tin Maker
Linda Corcoran - Chair Canning
Lowell National Historical Park - Weaving and Make-and-Take Coaster
Marine Model Boats of New England - Remote Control Tug Boats
Marline Spike Knots - Knot Tying
Mary Ellen Smiley - Basketry and Guitar-Making
Miquel Cruz - Painting a 16' Mural On-Site
National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) American Amateur Radio League (AARL) - HF Radio
New Bedford Whaling Museum - Demonstrate Whaling Skills
New England Aquarium - Tide Pool (Saturday Only)
New England Lace Group - Lace Making
Norumbega Canoe - Builds Canoe
Ould Colony Artisans - Sign Making
Peabody Essex Museum - Wild Designs Inspired by Nature
Richard Wright - Blacksmith, Tool Making
Rock, Paddle, Surf - Kayaking and Paddle Boarding
R. P. Raiselis Cooperage - Wooden Barrel Making (Saturday Only/Rain Date of Sunday)
Salem Arts Association - Plein Air Painting
Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works ParkEd Team - Fish Prints and Boat Making
Salem Recycles - Why Recycle?
Salem Sound Coastwatch - Low Tide Muck Walk
Salem Trayned Band - Militia Demonstration
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site - Caribbean Cooking in the 18th Century
Sea Side Kites - Make and Fly Kites for All Ages
Sonal Pitale - Henna Art of the Mid-East
USS Constitution - Crew Battle Demonstrations
YMCA - Program Presentation (Saturday Only)
...and stay tuned for more!

Last updated: June 19, 2018

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Salem, MA 01970


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