The Salem Maritime Festival

Salem Maritime Festival 2016!

Save The Date! The 29th annual Salem Maritime Festival is coming August 4-6, 2017

The 2016 Salem Maritime Festival was a big success and we are looking forward to the 2017 festival.
Hosted by Salem Maritime National Historic Site in cooperation with the Essex National Heritage Commission the 28th annual Festival celebrated the Centennial Anniversary of the National Park Service and featured live music, historical reenactors, harbor cruises, demonstrations, interactive programs, arts, crafts, and more! This year's festival is expected to be even more spaectacular. Stay tuned for details. A listing of last year's event can be found here.

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

Schooner Fame
Schooner Fame is one of the vessels offering harbor cruises during the Maritime Festival.

Courtesy of Schooner Fame

Harbor Cruises

One of the most popular features of the Salem Maritime Festival is the free 90-minute boat rides around Salem Harbor. During the 2016 Salem Maritime Festival, the following vessels participated in freee harbor cruises:

- Schooner Adventure, built in 1926 and located at Maritime Gloucester
- 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

In addition to the harbor cruises, Coast to Coast Paddle guided participants in paddleboarding and kayaking adventures in Salem Harbor!

Ye Mariners All
Ye Mariners All will perform traditional maritime songs at the festival

NPS photo

Live Music

We would like to thank the following performers who joined us for the 2016 Salem Maritime Festival:
-Squeezebox Stompers
-Wolf Music
-Ye Mariners All
-Warszawiaki Orchestra
Campbell Music
-New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus
-Salem Philharmonic Orchestra
-Ron Reid Music
-Marina Evans

We would also like to thank MCs Merill Kohlhofer and Tony Toledo.
Salem Trayn'd Band performs maneuvers on Derby Wharf
Salem Trayn'd Band performs maneuvers on Derby Wharf

NPS Photo

This year's Maritime Festival included a variety of family-friendly events, exhibitors and demonstrators:
  • Antique and Classic Boat Festival
  • Coastal Studies for Girls
  • Essex Shipbuilding Museum
  • Geoffrey Blake Silversmith
  • Historic New England/The Phillips House
  • Horse & Wagon Rides by Dave Heisler
  • House of the Seven Gables
  • Joe's Fresh Fish Prints
  • The Lady of Salem Figureheads
  • Lowell National Historical Park
  • Marine Modelers Club of New England
  • Mary Ellen Smiley Basketry
  • Mondello Dory Building
  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
  • Norumbega Canoe Club
  • National Parks Service on the Air
  • Ould Colony Artisans
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • Rainforest Reptile Show
  • Ron Raiselis - Cooper
  • Robert Brophy Decoys
  • Salem Trayn'd Band
  • Salem Sound Coastwatch
  • Sally & Denny Hammel (Spinner/Weaver)
  • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
  • Sea Side Kites
  • USS Constitution/US Navy
Rowing the Jolly Boat

NPS photo

Visiting & Participating Vessels for the 2016 Salem Maritime Festival

Lobster Boats
Schooner Adventure
Schooner Ardelle
Sea Shuttle's Endeavour
Schooner Fame
, Full-scale replica of a War of 1812 Privateer
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.

NPS photo

Children's Activities

Children's activities took place on the historic wharves, where families could find an entire children's tent of fun crafts to do. Kids got 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!


Last updated: February 11, 2017

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Salem, MA 01970


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