The Dog Days of Summer North of Boston

The Dog Days of Summer North of Boston

July 11, 2023

The dog days of summer are well underway and we’re beating the heat with days at Crane Beach, Singing Beach, and Salisbury Beach–but the list of our beloved beaches goes on! Did you know that the dog days of summer specifically refer to July 3 to August 11, a period of particularly hot and humid weather? And we’ve been feeling that. Luckily the gorgeous north shore offers ample opportunities to splish, splash, and keep cool. Plus our local businesses have really turned up the heat on their event calendars and offerings this season, it’s hard to keep up with all of the great reasons to get out and explore our gorgeous region. Here’s what we’re excited about for the rest of this month!


July 11–23: The Sound of Music, North Shore Music Theatre
Revisit the world’s most beloved musical this summer! THE SOUND OF MUSIC tells the tale of a young nun who is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing relationship with the children, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain. The hills of North Shore Music Theatre come alive once more!


July 11: Food Truck Tuesday, Maritime Gloucester
Back by popular demand, “Food Truck Tuesdays” return!  Maritime Gloucester has another incredible group of vendors for July – they can’t wait to see you! Bring your appetite Tuesdays at 4 pm to 23 Harbor Loop. Picnic tables are out for food truck goers to enjoy their delectable bites alongside views of the sea and Gloucester Harbor! The Maritime Museum and Sea Pocket Aquarium will also be open until 7 pm. July 11 features The Lobster Roll and Uncle Joeys Cannoli, July 18 features Northeast Smokehouse, and July 25 features North Shore Beefie Boys.

July 11: North Shore Concert Band, Salem Willows Park
The North Shore Concert Band will perform its annual Summer Series of free outdoor concerts at the Robert Hayes Bandshell at Salem Willows Park beginning Tuesday, July 11th, and continuing every Tuesday through August 15th, from 7 to 9 pm. Enjoy an evening of entertainment overlooking beautiful Salem Harbor!

July 12: Pop Up Market with Pure Pastry, Appleton Farm Store
Join Appleton Farms for a pop-up market at their Farm Store featuring Kim Gregory’s Pure Pastry. Pure Pastry’s mission is to bake simple, practical, and inspiring pastry, and it all looks incredible! Look out for additional micro pop-up markets from Appleton Farms, where they partner with select local vendors to showcase their goods. From specialty foods, to handmade items to everything in between, there is sure to be something that you will love!

July 13–30: Rite of Passage, Windhover Center for the Performing Arts
“Rite of Passage” a new semi-autobiographical play by 25-year-old playwright Izzy Salant, debuts as a fully- staged professional production at The Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, from July 13 through 30. Salant, a graduate of UMass, Amherst and the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive, brings his family’s story to life with an amazing sensitivity grounded in love and faith.

July 13: Apple Cider Donut Burger Fundraiser, Cider Hill Farm
Amesbury Boosters will be grilling their famous sweet n’ savory burgers on the farm! Cheese, bacon, pickled onions, apple jalapeño BBQ sauce between Cider Hill’s award-winning cider donut. Proceeds will be donated to Amesbury High School Sports Boosters. More info coming soon!

July 13: Harbor Loop Concert Series, Gloucester
Every Thursday night at Harbor Loop near the Fitz Hugh Lane House in Gloucester enjoy free live music as part of the Harbor Loop Summer Concert Series, in partnership with Discover Gloucester, and in collaboration with the City of Gloucester. Thursday, July 13 marks the first concert of the series, which brings Kicked off the Bus and The Deep Blue Band to the stage. Opening acts perform 6-7 pm and headliners play from 7:30-9:30 pm. Food will be provided by Nana’s Fried Dough & 5 Star Phresh-Phood. Concert series runs weekly through August 31.

July 14–August 25: Long Hill’s Summer Concert Series, Beverly
Join The Trustees this summer for Long Hill’s Summer Concert Series! Taking place on Fridays throughout July and August, these evening concerts are enjoyable for folks of all ages. Concerts will take place on the croquet lawn behind the main house. Seating will not be provided; feel free to bring picnic blankets or lawn chairs. Light snacks and beverages will be available for purchase at the concessions table and Notch Brewing will be on-site with a selection of beer too! July 14 features the music of Los Sugar Kings and July 28 brings the Headlands.*1ntkua4*_ga*MTAzMTIwMTM3Mi4xNjgyMzUyNDkx*_ga_KN02F5C4BK*MTY4NDY4NDIyOS4xNC4wLjE2ODQ2ODQyMjkuNjAuMC4w

July 14: Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars, The Cabot
One of the most iconic performances in the history of modern music, David Bowie’s retirement of his Ziggy Stardust alter ego in front of 5,000 fans at London’s Hammersmith Odeon was captured on film by award-winning director D.A. Pennebaker on July 3, 1973. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of this event, the original, uncut version of the film has been restored in 4K and with a 5.1 theatrical mix and will feature never-before-seen performances with legendary guitar player Jeff Beck.

July 15, 16, 22, and 23: Blueberry & Flower Festival, Cider Hill Farm
Calling all blueberry and flower lovers! Enjoy live music, hard cider, family-friendly activities, hayrides, blueberry goods, cut-your-own bouquets, and PYO blueberries at Cider Hill Farm. They’re celebrating all things blueberry and flowers! The multi-weekend event features free live music, hard cider bars, family-friendly activities, hayrides, food truck, blueberry treats, pop-ups & cut-your-own flowers, and PYO blueberries!

July 15: 283rd Negro Election Day Celebration, Salem
Head on down to Salem Willows Park for the 283rd Negro Election Day State Holiday Festival hosted by Salem United, Inc! Entry to the festival is free. Event includes a parade which begins at 12:00 pm at Shetland Park, as well as live music, face painting, BBQ, and more. Come out and support the Inaugural holiday year and learn the history of the first black voting system in our country!

July 19: Whim Dinner Featuring Sogno, Smolak Farms
Whim is a unique “pop-up” dining experience held on Wednesday evenings in July to August at Smolak Farms. Join some of New England’s finest Chefs as they cook you a multi-course dinner in the Smolak Farms Pine Grove. As a Farm-to-Table experience, the produce used in these dinners is fresh from Smolak Farms so guests get to experience their incredible seasonal fruits and vegetables. The Guest Chefs will create their menus on a “Whim” based on the freshest produce available from Smolak Farms. Smolak Farms donates a percentage of ticket sale proceeds to each participating restaurant’s charity of choice.

July 20: Donny Osmond, The Cabot
Throughout his illustrious career, Donny has earned 33 gold records; selling over 100 million albums becoming a worldwide music legend. He has made history by celebrating almost 6 decades in show business with releasing his 61st album, One Night Only: a live album accompanied by a DVD of his sold out UK tour in January, 2017. Donny’s latest album Start Again which debuted in the fall of 2021, marks a milestone 65th album for the performer. Come listen to the sounds of his remarkable career!


July 21: Annual Buffet Beach Blast, Blue Ocean Music Hall
Fire up the grills, crank the tunes, pour the margaritas, and decorate the car, it’s the Annual Buffett Beach Blast! Changes In Latitudes is the country’s premier tribute to the Mayor of Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett.  This nationally acclaimed band travels the country with beach balls and leis flying, dancing conga lines, and “Trop Rock” fun for all. It’s the ultimate beach party with an amazingly authentic reproduction of the Jimmy Buffett concert experience.


July 21: Dunkin’ Disco, Olio, Peabody
Calling all Dunkin’  lovers! Head to Olio in Peabody for the Dunkin’ Disco: A Renaissance of Music, Dance & Coffee! This event will be a silent disco party and step team competition celebrating the Gillette Summer Concert Series, specifically the concert which comes to Gillette Stadium on August 1. Unleash your inner superstar! In addition to popular tracks from the legendary artist, the night will include a ticket giveaway for the show on August 1 at the Gillette Summer Concert Series presented by Dunkin’, samples of Dunkin’ iced beverages and sweet treats, a 360° video booth to capture your favorite memories and special performances by the city’s best university step teams. In order to participate, guests must be 18+ and be Dunkin’ Rewards members. (Not a Rewards member yet? to sign up). Admission is free, reserve a spot here.


July 22: Community Yard Sale & Makers Market, Amesbury Carriage Museum
Join the Amesbury Carriage Museum for their inaugural summer fundraiser for the Amesbury Carriage Museum. Their Community Yard Sale & Makers Market is focusing on Reusing, Recycling, and Repurposing materials to do our part as good citizens, while also raising funds for their programs and operations.

July 22: The Rat Pack & Blackjack: A Night of Music and Vegas-themed Entertainment, Hammond Castle
Join an evening of the sounds of Sinatra and Vegas-themed entertainment on July 22nd at Hammond Castle Museum! Celebrate the golden age of the crooner and Vegas-stylings of the Rat Pack in the Great Hall. Starring: Bobby Kerrigan, Thom Smoker, Tom Edmonds, and Steve Faria. Featuring a live band, a special guest, and favorites from Sinatra, Bobby Darrin, The Four Tops, Elvis, and more! Then move to the after party to their tented lawn where the Club Castle Casino will offer Roulette, Texas Hold’em, Blackjack & Craps tables for your entertainment.


July 28: Final Friday: Graffiti Get Down, Lynn Museum

Join Lynn Museum/Lynn Arts on the last Friday of each month for Final Fridays! Each month features a different theme, music, art-making activities, and late-night fun at Lynn Museum/LynnArts. The July program is a Graffiti Get Down, a mash-up between Art in the Park and Hip-Hop in the Park! Head to Frederick Douglass Park for live performances organized by Lynn Music Foundation, an outdoor graffiti battle, art-making, and creative vendors from 6-9 pm. And for the 21+ folks, we’ll have Bent Water Brewing Co. offering a pop-up beer garden in the Lynn Museum/LynnArts park


July 29: Block Party, Beverly Main Streets
On Saturday, July 29 from 5:30-9:30pm, visit Cabot St in downtown Beverly for Beverly Main Streets’ annual Block Party. This event includes live music from local bands, DJs, refreshing beer, wine, and food from beloved local restaurants, as well as party games for all to enjoy. Come hear music from Jittery Jack, the Squeezebox Stompers, Candlepin Slim and HD R&B, as well as live DJ sets from Jazzy Jas, Soundtracks, and DJ Zach Schoettle. Enjoy dinner/dessert from a mouthwatering selection of restaurants and food trucks hailing from downtown Beverly and beyond, and be sure to check out activities and services from a variety of local businesses. There will also be party games such as giant beer pong and corn hole to keep things lively!

July 29–August 4: Yankee Homecoming, Newburyport

The annual Yankee Homecoming celebration returns to Newburyport this July 29 through August 6 for a week of community events including live music, historic walking tours, outdoor markets, art shows, cornhole tournaments, a golf tournament, a parade, and fireworks.


July 30: Live music at Appleton Farms, Marina Evans
Join Appleton Farms on the last Sundays of each month through September for live music. Local musicians play from 2-4:30 pm during their wood-fired pizza events. Bring your blanket, your appetite, and your dancing shoes!


Photo credits: Hero image courtesy of Beverly Main Streets; North Shore Concert Band courtesy of North Shore Concert Band/Salem Willows; Pop Up Market courtesy of Appleton Farms/Pure Pastry; Apple Cider Donut Burger courtesy of Cider Hill Farm; Long Hill Summer Concert Series courtesy of Long Hill/The Trustees; Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars