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 and dance, harbor cruises, interactive programs, arts, crafts, and more!

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

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

Artist Image of Derby Light with Music Schedule
2018 Performance Schedule

Design and Artwork by Cailee Mitchell, Montserrat College of Art

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

Saturday, August 4:
10am-4pm Smile Ink-Photo Booth
12pm-3pm Rogues' Armada-Roving Pirates

EMCEE: Socrates Trinidad
10am-11am Saung Budaya Dance-Indonesian Dance
11:45am-12:30pm Cultura Latina Dance Company
1pm-2pm Designer of the Impossible-Evan Northrup Magic Show
2pm-3pm Josean Jacobo & Tumbao-Drum Workshop
4:30pm-6:15pm Ricardo Monzon Orchestra-Salsa/Merengue
6:30pm-7:15pm Marcus Santos Grooversity-Percussion
7:30pm-8:45pm Josean Jacobo & Tumbao-Afro-Jazz

Sunday, August 5:
EMCEE: Mr. Acevedo
11am-11:45am Marina Evans-Folk Music and Song
12pm-12:45pm CALAMUS-New Age Music
1pm-1:45pm Squeeze Box Stompers-Cajun & Zydeco
2pm-2:45pm Warszawiaki Orchestra-Polish Music
3pm-4pm Three Sheets to the Wind led by Pete Souza-Chanteys and Sea Music
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 festival are the free harbor cruises (passengers chosen through a lottery system). All vessels depart and return to Central Wharf, except When and If, which returns to it's dock on Blaney Street. This year, the free harbor cruises will take place on both Saturday and Sunday!

Ardelle 11:30am and 1:15pm Saturday
Endeavour 12:00pm and 1:45pm Saturday
Fame 11:30am and 1:15pm Sunday
When and If 4:00pm Saturday and 3:45 Sunday
Roseway (No harbor cruises, dockside visitation only)

Sunday, August 5 ONLY! New this year is a Small Boat Show that will highlight about a dozen distinctive small vessels incluidng:

Cape Dory Sailing Dinghy
Banks Dory
Mystic Seaport Whaleboat
Skin Boat/Rigs
Dion Swampscott Dory
Peapod and 30' Sail
Adirondak Guide Boat
Gloucestor Dory
Hereschof Gardner Dory
...and more!
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
Bill Feeney - Scrimshaw Demo (Sat 10-2 Only)
Bow Seat - Ocean Awareness Programs (Sat Only)
Cailee Mitchell - Montserrat College of Art - Poster Signing (Sat 10-12 Only)
Chuck Walker - Powder Horn and Knife Making
Dave Heisler - Wagon Rides
Dennis and Sally Hamel - Spinning and Weaving
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
Linda Lane - Bobbin Lace Maker
Lowell National Historical Park - Weaving and Make-and-Take Coaster
Marine Modelers Club 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 Park Service Volunteers of Friendship of Salem - Trade Goods, Custom House Scale, Rope Making, & Jolly Boat Rowing
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
New England Lace Group - Lace Making
Norumbega Canoe - Builds Canoe
Ould Colony Artisans - Sign Making
ParkEd Team of Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works - Fish Prints and Boat 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 (Sat Only/Rain Date Sun)
Salem Arts Association - Plein Air Painting
Salem Marine Society - Ship Cabin Tours at the Hawthorne Hotel (Sat and Sun 1-3PM)
Salem Recycles - Why Recycle?
Salem Sound Coastwatch - Low Tide Muck Walk (Saturday at 12PM and Sunday at 1PM)
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
Sheila Billings - Salem Artist - Figure Head Painting (Sun Only)
Sonal Pitale - Henna Art of the Mid-East
USS Constitution - Crew Battle Demonstrations
YMCA - Program Presentation (Sat Only)
Zoo New England (Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo) - Live Animal Encounters (Sat Only)

Last updated: July 18, 2018

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