Salem Heritage Days Includes 13 Days of Fun Family Events

August 1-13 with special events, performances, discounts, and more.

Salem’s Heritage Days festival will run August 1 through August 13, with up thirteen days of non-stop fun and special events. New events this year include public performances in Derby Square, a Wizard of Oz lecture and movie at the Salem Witch Museum, and an old-time musical movie night outdoors at the Willows Shell featuring My Fair Lady. Also new this year, the Salem YMCA is joining forces with the Salem Education Foundation to enhance Kids Night on Common with many new crafts and special live performances. Gables Fest is a new addition to the calendar, as the House of the 7 Gables celebrates its 350th anniversary through a special day of stories, song and dance.

“I want to thank all of the organizations and individuals involved in putting together the events that comprise our annual Heritage Days celebration,” said Mayor Driscoll. “Salem is extremely fortunate to have so many dedicated groups to ensure the continuance of this special and unique festival every August.”

The week begins with some very special events just for our seniors, and the first weekend of Heritage Days is highlighted by the 30th Annual Maritime Festival offering maritime exhibitors and demonstrators, free harbor cruises, a magic show and ten different music, dance and entertainment acts scheduled throughout the weekend. The Salem Common will be hopping Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday with Pizza Night, the Ice Cream tasting followed by a movie, National Night Out, and Kids Night.

The Salem Police Department has been hard at working organizing National Night Out, this nationwide initiative designed to promote positive police-community relationships. This year promises to be bigger and better than ever. Event highlights include all types of public safety vehicles on display, a K-9 demonstration, and Salem Police/Fire vs. Boys & Girls Club basketball game. There will be over 60 tables and tents setup by different organizations, social service agencies and local businesses offering information and free give-a-ways, along with free raffle opportunities to win bicycles and gift cards.  Kids’ activities include inflatables, games, and arts & crafts. There will also be free pizzas, drinks, and snacks donated by Salem businesses. 

Don’t worry, all your favorites are packed into the schedule: Tour-A-Truck, the 10th Annual Salem Community Concert Band; the Essex Street Fair, Senior events, and the Annual Phillips House Antique Car Meet to name a few.

The schedule is packed with forty events over 13 days and highlights all the free opportunities for Salem residents to visit many of our downtown museums and attractions and receive discounts on the Salem Ferry and tours to Bakers Island Light Station. Pick a day or two during the week and plan a stay-cation, be a tourist and visit the Ropes Mansion or take a Cry Innocent walking tour or be part of the Salem Wax Museum’s 25 anniversary with its 25-cent admission for Salem residents or ride the Salem Trolley and visit the Witch House for free. There’s over a dozen options just for Salem residents. Find the full schedule below!