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Columbus Day Weekend Events

October 11, 2013

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue,
In 2013, on Columbus weekend, we look for stuff to do…

Okay, so maybe the meter is a bit off, but for many, Columbus Day weekend provides us with 3-4 days free days to do as we please.  So, other than the numerous sales at car dealerships and department stores, what is there to do this weekend?  Here is just a taste of what’s going on in the North of Boston (for a full schedule of area events, visit https://northofboston.org/events/month/).

fhf_eventspageFall Harvest Festival
Newburyport, MA
October 13-14

Held Sunday & Monday of Columbus Day weekend, enjoy great live music, art, fine crafts, food from Newburyport’s best restaurants! There’s something for the whole family, from Linsdsay & Her Puppet Pals Puppetry and Storytelling at Market Square (Sunday, 10:30-11am) to live music from the Squeezebox Stompers (Sunday) and 97 North (Monday) (1-4pm, Market Square).  http://business.newburyportchamber.org/Events/details/fall-harvest-festival-5834


Lannon in SunCeltic Music Sail 
Schooner Thomas E. Lannon
63 R. Rogers Street
Gloucester, MA
Saturday, October 12 (2:30-5:00pm)

Join Celtic singer Michael O’Leary & Friends for a sailing ‘seisiun’ of traditional songs ‘n tunes aboard the schooner Thomas E. Lannon as she takes an early autumn sail around beautiful Gloucester harbor on Saturday, October 12, 2:30-5pm. The musicians include harper/singer Moira Kelly, fiddlers Ramona Connelly and Kate Hanlon, and singers Susan Goyette Young, Chris Leghorn and Austin O’Keefe. For more info and tix: http://schooner.org/ or 978.281.6634.

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(Photo by Brian Giamberardino)

(Photo by Brian Giamberardino)

Topsfield Fair
207 Boston Street
Topsfield, MA
Now through Monday, October 14

A tradition for nearly 200 years, the Topsfield Fair is an Essex County staple.  The oldest fair in America, the Topsfield Fair is 10 days of fun for the whole family.  From the record-breaking giant pumpkin contest and sand sculpture exhibit to the mouth-watering food, countless rides, and concerts by Bobby Vinton, Cher Llyod, Tate Stevens, and many more, this year’s fair is not to miss!  http://www.topsfieldfair.org/index.php


32nd Annual Salem Haunted Happenings
Now through Thursday, October 31

A frighteningly festive celebration of Halloween and autumn in New England, Haunted Happenings has fun and activities for all ages including the Haunted Biz Baz Street Fair, Family Film Nights on Salem Common, farmers’ markets, costume balls, ghost tours, haunted houses, live music, and chilling theatrical presentations.  Visit Salem this October for a spook-tacular time…if you dare.  For a full schedule of Haunted Happenings events, visit http://hauntedhappenings.com/calendar