Blackwood/March Auction
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
(Severe weather date:
Thursday, January 4th)
FREE Preview 3 - 5 pm
Auction Begins at 5 pm
The Essex Room
125 Main Street
(Route 133)
Blackwood/March Auction - Join renowned auctioneer, Michael March at an auction of fine art, antique furniture and accessories. Well worth attending!

ARTWORKS: Fitz H. Lane Gloucester lithograph, 19 works from the estate of Carl W. Peters, 2 C. Movalli, 4 John Nesta, Antonio Cirino, Mildred Jones, Charles Jones, Otis Cook, Vern Broe, A. N. Davis, M. Mercci, Continental oils, Bruce Turner, R. Kent, Reynolds Beal, Morris H. Pancoast, Harrison Cady, C. Pont, etc.

ORIENTAL RUGS: Tribal and formal scatter and room size rugs.

ACCESSORIES: Tiffany, A. Stone and other Sterling hollowware, a collection of gold and gem jewelry, a collection of marine antiques, Grenfell, Chinese porcelain, early photos, 1691 map of America, etc. FURNITURE: blanket boxes, dining table, etc.

A catalog of the items to be sold is online at For consignment information please call Michael March at 978-768-6943 or email

Jazz Brunch
The 1st and 3rd Sunday
of Every Month
Brunch starts at 10 am
Jazz begins at 11 am
C.K. Pearl Restaurant
112 Main Street
Jazz Brunch at C.K. Pearl - Relax and enjoy Sunday brunch - a modern, eclectic and delicious take on classic New England fare - with live music on the banks of the Essex River.
Shea's Cribbage Tournament
Every Tuesday
6:30 pm
Shea's Riverside Restaurant
122 Main Street
(Route 133)
Shea's Cribbage Tournament - Every Tuesday! Sign in by 6:30pm, no entry fee, winner takes home a $50 Shea’s Gift Card!
Weekly Knitting Club
Fridays, January 12, 2018
through February 16, 2018
3:30 - 4:30 pm
T.O.H.P. Burnham
Public Library

245 Western Avenue
(Route 22)
Weekly Knitting Club - Come learn or join your friends for a knitting afternoon. All knitting materials and yarn supplied. Ages 8 and up are welcome. FREE!

Questions, call the library at 978-768-7410.

Mike Francis - Solo Acoustic
Monday, January 15, 2018
7:30 - 11 pm
C.K. Pearl Restaurant
112 Main Street
(Route 133)
Mike Francis - Solo Acoustic - Join C.K. Pearl and ECI Entertainment on Martin Luther King Day (January 15) for a beautiful night of music featuring Soul Rebel Project's very own, Mike Francis, great food and cocktails. Mike will be playing a mix of covers and originals, ranging from rock and soul to reggae and pop – a little bit for everyone!
Winter Hike and Snoeshoe
Thursday, January 18, 2018
9:30 - 11:30 am
Donovan Reservation
/Sagamore Hill Conservation Area 473 Sagamore Street
Hamilton, MA
Winter Hike and Snowshoe - Hike the expansive natural wonderland of the Donovan Reservation and Sagamore Hill Conservation Area with Greenbelt and Y Connections. The hike and snowshoe offers extraordinary views to the mouth of the Essex River, Cape Ann and Atlantic Ocean. The walk will be at a brisk pace (4mph) with some hills. FREE!

Click here for more hike information and directions >

2018 Film and Lecture Series:
Tomorrow - Documentary Film
Thursday, January 25, 2018
2 pm and a second
showing at 4 pm
Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
Tomorrow - Documentary Film- Tomorrow is a hugely positive, affirming and inspirational film, exploring creative solutions in the field of food, energy, transport, economics and education. It visits permaculture farms, urban agriculture projects, community-owned renewable projects, local currencies, creative schools, ambitious recycling projects. Tomorrow is not just a film, it is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet. FREE!

Watch the Film Trailer >

Women of Essex -
Stories to Share

FREE Exhibit
Open Mondays - Thursdays
7:30 am - 3:30 pm
Essex Town Hall
30 Martin Street
(Route 22)

Women of Essex - Stories to Share -
Discover the interesting lives of women who lived in Essex!

This exhibit – the first of its kind in Essex – expands our understanding of the women of Essex and the ways they have influenced our town and reflected the larger story of women’s history. The exhibit includes:

• Women whose ingenuity got the first meeting house built
• A young woman’s 19th century journal
• One of the first woman auctioneers in the country
• A professional female baseball player
• A Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy
...and more!

The project is financed by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, with matching support from Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum and private donations.

Historic Essex Walking Tour
Open year-round
Self-guided tour of 16 historic
sites along Main Street with
short side trips extending
onto Martin Street
and Eastern Avenue
Historic Essex Walking Tour - Take a walk through time, connecting past and present day Essex and experience over 300 years of history through photos and stories on our self-guided tour. The walk spans the one-mile Essex River Cultural District on Main Street with short side trips extending onto Martin Street and Eastern Avenue. A brochure - with a map inside to guide you - is available at most signs along the tour.

The 16 interpretive signs mark historic sites dating as far back as the 17th century - including the Old Burying Ground and the First Congregational Church, which houses an original Paul Revere bell, cast in 1797. Journey forward in time to the Victorian Era and view our unique Shingle Style Essex Town Hall and T.O.H.P. Burnham Library as well as other century old structures. Learn how over 300 years of shipbuilding in Essex produced close to 4,000 wooden vessels. Gain insight into the history of clamming and the antique and railroad industries, and the importance of the Essex River and Great Marsh.

Tour goers who have a smart phone or tablet can view additional history related to each site by scanning the QR (quick-response) code on each sign for additional stories, historic photos, video and audio clips. So grab your smart phone or tablet and head to Essex to walk the tour!

The tour is handicapped accessible.
For more information, email

Cape Ann Winter Birding
Boat Trip
Saturday, March 10, 2018
8 am - 1 pm
Cape Ann

Leaving from
7 Seas Whale Watch
7 Seas Wharf

Cape Ann Winter Birding Boat Trip - Join the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce as they visit one of New England’s most productive marine habitats: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. This a special opportunity for bird lovers of all skill levels to join expert guides migratory seabirds only during this time of year.

Space is limited - sign up today by calling Kerry at 978-768-1601.

Birdwatchers from New England and beyond flock to Cape Ann to participate in the Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend each year. Although we are not doing the full weekend in 2018, weather permitting, we are hosting the Winter Birding Boat Trip, aboard the Privateer IV, with 7 Seas Whale Watch. Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 8:00am - 1:00pm. Afterwards, we will reserve a room at the Gloucester House restaurant for you to sit and discuss your findings from the trip. You may order off of the regular menu. Lunch is not included in the price of the trip.

Cape Ann is known worldwide for its exciting concentrations of Winter Seabirds, and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is planning a morning at sea which will delight all levels of Birders. Expert Guides will help you identify the winter birds you will see. In doing the boat trip in March, we hope to see some of the early Spring migrant birds, such as Fulmars, and we hope to see some whales too- Right and Humpback in particular!

On this trip we will be visiting one of New England’s most productive marine habitats: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Stellwagen Bank is probably best known for its large concentrations of whales (Humpback and Finback especially) which attract tens-of-thousands of eager whale watchers each Spring through Fall. But the activity continues all year long! Even in Winter many species of marine wildlife can be seen, and while this trip will focus primarily on the birds of Stellwagen Bank, the possibility certainly exists that we may sight non-avian marine wildlife as well… including whales just returning from the Caribbean!

This a special opportunity for bird lovers of all skill levels to join expert guides on a tour of one of New England’s most productive marine habitats at a time when most other passenger vessels have closed down for the year. The possibilities of what we might see on this winter boat trip are endless, but in the five years we have been running this trip we have seen:

Black-legged Kittiwakes, Iceland gulls, Glaucous gulls, Razorbills, Dovekies, Common murres, Thick-billed murres, Atlantic puffins, Common eiders, King eiders, Long-tailed ducks, all three scoter species, Greater scaup, Northern gannets, Buffleheads,

Common loons, Red-throated loons, Horned grebes, Red-necked grebes, and even a Snowy owl just to name a few! (I’m still hoping for that Great Skua!)

The cost for this wonderful excursion is $75 per person.

Click here for more info >

Annual Pie Fest Fundraiser
March (Date TBA), 2018
1 - 5 pm
T.O.H.P. Burnham
Public Library

30 Martin Street
(Route 22)
Annual Pie Fest Fundraiser - Join us for one of our favorite traditions. This year it's on PI DAY! Buy a slice of pie for $3 and help support future library programming.

Hosted by The Friends of the Library.
Sign up at the Circulation Desk to donate a pie!

Questions, call the library at 978-768-7410.

Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Open Weekends in April 2018
10 - 5 pm

Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center
66 Main Street
(Route 133)

Essex Shipbuilding Museum Tours - Tour resume on weekends in April. Come take a guided tour to learn how our small New England village built close to 4,000 wooden vessels and became a major producer of the American Fishing Schooner.

- Relive history through full scale displays and dioramas

- Use traditional shipbuilding tools to make a trunnel

- Learn how schooneres evolved

- Watch a shipbuilding video

- Stand before a schooner built over 80 years ago

For more information, call 978-768-7514.

Mother's Day River Cruises
Saturday and Sunday
May 12 and 13, 2018
10:30 am
Coffee and Muffin Cruise

plus 1 - 2:30 Cruise
Essex River Cruises and Charters
35 Dodge Street

Mother's Day River Cruises - Join us as we start off the 2018 season. Sunday morning's cruise is a Coffee and Muffin cruise. Treat Mom and yourself to a wonderful cruise on the Essex River!

Please call to confirm afternoon cruise. For tickets and more information, call 978-768-6981.

Plant Something!
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Don't Just Stand There...Plant Something! - Essex residents and businesses are encouraged to take part in the state-wide initiative, Plant Something. See for more about the fun and benefits of gardening.
Essex River Race
Saturday, May (Date TBA), 2018
Check-in begins 7 am
First Heat Starts 10 am

Finish Line Facilities Open
11:30 am

Launch at
Riversbend Restaurant
35 Dodge Street Street
Essex River Race is a 5.5+ mile open water event from the Essex River at Route 133 in Essex, out behind the barrier beaches of Ipswich and back. Participants row or paddle small boats through one of the most scenic tidal areas in New England. The Essex River Race is open to all seaworthy human-powered rowing and paddle boats. Serious racers are allowed and encouraged, within the guidelines of safety and sportsmanship, to push one another to their limits. Casually oriented participants are equally welcome, and may cover the course in a more relaxed fashion. No rain date. There is always an event. Awards will be given!

Race is capped at 180 boats. No walk-ins on race day. For more information visit

See photos of past Essex River Races on our facebook page!

Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 28, 2018
9 am, in front of Town Hall
Memorial Park
24 Martin Street
Downtown Essex
Essex Memorial Day Parade - Don’t miss the small town charm of a Memorial Day Parade in Essex. The parade begins at 9 am and progresses to the Town Cemetery for a military rifle salute to our country’s war veterans and then up Main Street to the Causeway Bridge. Town officials lead the parade followed by members of the school band and various athletic organizations. Norman Rockwell couldn’t have painted a better picture than our parade coming down Main Street.
Essex Bay Sailing Club
Summer Sailing Program
June - August 2018
Essex River
at Conomo Point
Essex Bay Sailing Club's Summer Sailing Program - The Essex Bay Sailing Club, a non-profit club founded in 2000, reaches out to teach sailing to youngsters in the area surrounding Essex Bay. The goal of the club is to develop sailors who enjoy a strong knowledge of sailing while also learning to appreciate, and protect the beautiful resources of the Essex River. The Club offers beginner to advanced level sailing lessons for children aged 8 and up in Escape Captivas and International 420s. Children may enroll in 4 or 8 week sessions on a first come, first served basis.

For more information and to register, go to

Art in the Barn
Friday, June (Date TBA), 2018
12 - 4 pm
Opening Reception
6 - 8:30 pm

Saturday and Sunday
June (Dates TBA), 2018
10 - 5 pm

Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)

29th Annual Art in the Barn Exhibit and Sale - For three days every June, the barns at the Cox Reservation are transformed with color and form as paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, monoprints, ceramics and pottery, jewelry and sculpture in wood and iron adorn the walls, window sills, tables, stairs and every nook and cranny of our rustic barns. Come see the diverse work of over 150 talented artists from throughout the region, inspired by the natural landscapes and light that have drawn artists to Cape Ann and Essex County for decades. You are welcome you to come find that special piece of artwork that completes your living space, seek out a special gift for a family member or friend, or simply come to browse. Last year approximately 3,500 visitors viewed the show.

FREE admission.

Opening Reception on Friday night features live music, food and beer by Ipswich Ale Beer .

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Shelley at For more information call 978-768-7241.

Father's Day River Cruises
Sunday, June 17, 2018
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
1:30 - 3 pm
Essex River Cruises and Charters
35 Dodge Street
Father's Day River Cruises - Acknowledge dad with a special two-hour cruise along the protected Essex River and enjoy views of Crane Beach, Hog Island and all of Essex Bay. We will provide complimentary coffee, tea, juice, and an assortment of pastries, bagels and muffins from Henry’s of North Beverly. Enjoy lunch in town after the tour! We’ll suggest a restaurant that suits your taste.

Sunday, June 18th / Departs 10:30am – Returns 12:30pm

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Not a morning person? Enjoy our afternoon Father’s Day trip with coffee and cookies on board. Dine in Essex before the boat ride and have dessert with us.

Sunday, June 18th / Departs 1pm – Returns 2:30pm

For tickets and more information, call 978-768-6981.

Essex River Day

Kick-off Sunset Cruise
Friday, June (Date TBA), 2018
5:30 pm

Saturday, June (Date TBA), 2018
(Rain Date
Sunday, June (Date TBA), 2018)

Live Music
4 - 9:30 pm

Softball Game, Relay Races,
and Cookout

Begins at 5:30 pm

8:30 pm

Memorial Park
24 Martin Street
Downtown Essex

Essex River Day - Experience the beauty of the Essex River. That simple thought of encouraging everyone to get out on the river, has grown into a full day of events. Gather with neighbors and friends for an afternoon and evening cookout with live music, a pickup softball game for all ages, a cookout, beverage vendors and a bonfire to start the summer season.

See photos of past year's Essex River Day on our facebook page!

KICK -OFF CRUISE: Friday at 5:30 pm enjoy a FREE Essex River Cruises & Charters sunset cruise along the river. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Call Essex River Cruises & Charters at 978-768-6981 to reserve your spot.

Essex Police Department
5th Annual Car Show
September (Date TBA), 2018
September (Date TBA), 2018
1 - 4 pm
Essex Municipal Parking Lot
near Essex Police and
Fire Station and Town Hall
24 Martin Street (Route 22)

- People's Choice Awards for Best Car and Best Motorcycle

- Live Music

- Food and beverages served by the Essex Lions Club

FREE ADMISSION! No cost to enter your vehicle.

Sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.

Please contact Chief Peter Silva or Officer James Romeos for more information at 978-768-6628. Click here to see photos of last year's show on Facebook >

Mums the Word Festival
Mums for sale beginning the
third week of September 2018

Everyone is welcome to
purchase $5 mums from
Main Street Antiques
44 Main Street

Mums the Word Festival - This fall, the town comes alive with thousands of potted and planted mums adorning the roadways and doorsteps of the shops and homes in Essex. The Essex Merchants Group, the Essex Enhancement Committee, the Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, as well as local businesses, citizens, and organizations all pitch in to make this impressive, colorful fall event happen. There are mums everywhere throughout the fall, and the town is ablaze with color!

Businesses and residents are welcome to purchase these beautiful, locally grown mums. Decorate your store front, porch and yard. Everyone is invited. Please let us know that you, your business or organization will be participating and how many plants you will be purchasing. Mums are $5 per 8" pot.

If you are an individual, a business or an organization and would like to adopt a site or make a donation to the Mums Fund you can send your check payable to "Essex Merchants Group" to:

Bob Coviello
c/o Main Street Antiques
44 Main Street
Essex, MA 01929

For more information, contact Bob Coviello 978-768-7039 or email.

Tour de Greenbelt
September (Date TBA), 2018
Race-day Registration
7:30 am - 8:45 am

Start time 9 am

Cox Reservation and
throughout Essex County
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
Tour de Greenbelt - Join us for a 25-mile/50-mile cycling event through the North Shore, past more than 50 properties conserved by Greenbelt, Essex County's Land Trust. Enjoy spectacular scenery, on-route support, and finish-line festivities including a BBQ and live music after the ride. We welcome individuals, families and teams to ride, cheer and volunteer. Please visit our website for more information, including registration, route maps and cue sheets, sponsorship information and volunteer opportunities.
Trails & Sails:
Two Weekends of Walks & Water
September 21 - 23, 2018
and September 28 - 30, 2018

Throughout Essex County
Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks & Water - Get ready to experience the sights and sounds of the Essex National Heritage Area during TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks & Water.

Explore Essex County’s cultural, historic, and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events! Enjoy a variety of walks, guided hikes, sails, historical tours, and other adventures that will connect you to the spectacular places, faces, history and heritage that define the Essex National Heritage Area’s 34 cities and towns just North of Boston.

An Essex River Basin Kayak Tour and the Historic Essex Walking Tour take place in Essex! See the full listing of 150+ events at

3rd Annual Cape Ann Plein Air

Sunday, October 7, 2018
- Monday, October 15, 2018
Artists create work
throughout Cape Ann

Quick Draw
Sunday, October 14, 2018
(Time and Place TBA)


3rd Annual Cape Ann Plein Air - An invitation to paint En Plein Air where it all first began! 40 juried artists have been selected to participate in CAPA's Annual Painting Competition and Festival from across the country. Local artists are invited to participate as well.

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Highlights of CAPA's Essex events include:

FREE Cape Ann Plein Air Painting Demonstrations throughout the week

Quick Draw Event and Wet Paint Art Sale

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To learn more about the week-long Cape Ann Plein Air event click here.

36th Annual Essex ClamFest
Saturday, October 20, 2018
11 am - 4 pm
Chowder Tasting Noon - 2 pm
Memorial Park
24 Martin Street
Downtown Essex

Rain Date:
Sunday, October 21, 2018

36th Annual Essex ClamFest - The Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Essex ClamFest in Memorial Park in Essex. The highlight of the day will be the Clam Chowder Tasting, a competition that pits area restaurants against one another to determine who serves the best clam chowder on Cape Ann. Local restaurants are expected to serve up their favorite chowder recipes starting at noon and ending about 2 pm.

Judges of the chowder will be announced in advance. The public will also have the opportunity to sample and vote on their favorite chowder.

In addition to the Chowder competition, you'll find an interesting variety of activities including an arts and crafts area and vendors providing food and fun. Join us for entertainment throughout the afternoon; the Lions Club food pavilion; organization, church, and non-profit tables. The crafts area will be open to the public starting at 11 am. For more information contact Kerry McKenna at Sorry, no dogs or skateboards allowed.

Chowder tasting admission: $5

Fall Foliage
Cider and Donut Cruises

Saturday and Sunday
October (Dates TBA), 2018
1 - 3 pm
Essex River Cruises and Charters
35 Dodge Street
Fall Foliage Cider and Donut Cruises - View some of the New England's most spectacular fall foliage by boat (rain or shine)! Cruise up close to Choate Island to get a view of the areas magnificent dark spruce forest. See the leaves and native marsh grasses change into brilliant hues of yellow and orange. Enjoy complimentary hot cider and donuts from Russell Orchard of Ipswich.

Share the opportunity to escape to the unspoiled natural beauty of the Essex River onboard the Essex River Queen. Surrounded by fine restaurants, antique shops, working museums and cultural attractions, you'll cruise through spectacular views of scenic salt marshes rich with unique wildlife. Cruise with us to learn about the history and lore of the Essex area. Our boats allow you to fully enjoy the unspoiled charm of the area rain or shine, all season long.

Please call to confirm. For tickets and more information, call 978-768-6981.

Ales Over ALS:
A Crafter's Delight
October (Date TBA), 2018
3 - 8 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center
66 Main Street
(Route 133)
Ales Over ALS: A Crafter's Delight - Celebrated in scenic Essex, where they take pride in all things locally crafted from farm, sea, and brew kettle, this fundraiser will benefit Compassionate Care ALS, in support of people living with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease). The afternoon will be highlighted by a competition of hand-crafted beers from amateur home brewers judged by special guests as well as by fundraiser attendees. Food will be provided by Woodman's of Essex and by other local supporters.

On-line tickets are on sale until noon, the day before the event. Advance ticket purchase highly encouraged. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Powerful Pink for a Purpose
October (Date TBA), 2018
11 am - 4 pm
Sea Meadow Gift
and Garden Shop

7 Main Street
Powerful Pink for a Purpose - Breast Cancer Fundraiser - Join Sea Meadow and celebrate women's health, support those in treatment, encourage family and friends, and honor survivors. Come make a difference in the fight against breast cancer! All proceeds benefit our Boston division Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, breast cancer research.

- Shopping specials
- Refreshments
- Drawings for local prizes and gift cards
- Health Information
- Mini massages

Sea Meadow loved the spirit and atmosphere from past years' event, and they are really looking forward to the event this year!

7th Annual Locally Made
Holiday Open House
Sea Meadow Gift
and Garden Shop

Saturday, November 17, 2018
9 am - 4 pm
7 Main Street
(Route 133)
7th Annual Locally Made Holiday Open House - Stop by and Sea Meadow will get you in the holiday spirit! Get a head start on your holiday shopping, enjoy seasonal treats, meet with friends, maybe win a prize and find weekend specials. It's always a good time!
Holiday Fairs at
Essex Churches
Saturday, November 17, 2018
9 am - 2 pm
Main Street (Route 133)

Holiday Fairs at Essex Churches - The warmth of an old country church fair enlivens the town on a fall day when all three of Essex’s downtown churches hold their annual Holiday Fairs. All three churches are within walking distance with FREE on-street parking. Gift bargains are served up along with homemade food and hot beverages. A dollar goes a long way at this event!

Participating Churches:
The First Universalist Church
, 59 Main Street
St. John the Baptist Parish
, 52 Main Street
The First Congregational Church
, 39 Main Street

Essex Firemen's
Spaghetti Supper
Saturday, November 17, 2018
5 - 7 pm
Essex Fire Station
24 Martin Street (Route 22)
28th Annual Essex Firemen's Spaghetti Supper - The town’s volunteer firefighters put out quite a spread of all-you-can-eat homemade spaghetti and meatballs accompanied by salad, beverage and dessert. A great night to enjoy a home-cooked meal with neighbors and friends.

Everyone welcome! Donations accepted at the door.

Turkey Trot Road Race
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Race begins at 1 pm

Registration 10:30 am to Noon
Upstairs at
121 Main Street
(Route 133)

41st Annual Turkey Trot Road Race - This challenging 5K course is a US Track and Field sanctioned event, as well as, an 5K “Fun Walk” over the same course, both ending at Woodman's of Essex with complimentary chowder for all participants. Free Race T-shirt for first 150 paid registrations!

Proceeds benefit Essex Lion’s Club projects and charities. For entry or sponsorship information please email or visit

Small Business Saturday
November 24, 2018

and support local
Essex Businesses

Small Business Saturday - Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is another day, one dedicated to the businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country. It’s Small Business Saturday. Shop Small and let’s make this the biggest day of the year for small businesses in Essex and Cape Ann.

To learn more, visit

Get Kissed on
Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 24, 2018
9 am - 4 pm
Sea Meadow Gift
and Garden Shop

7 Main Street
Get Kissed on Small Business Saturday - At Sea Meadow Gift and Garden Shop, everyone who makes a purchase during Small Business Saturday can choose a chocolate kiss to reveal a sweet deal on that purchase. You could receive up to 45% off! Each kiss has sweet savings, but some are sweeter than others! Shop local and test your luck!
Annual Toy and Clothing Drive
Action Inc., Project Uplift
Tuesday, November 27 through
Friday, December 14, 2018

Collection boxes located at
businesses throughout Essex
(see list >)

Annual Toy and ClothingDrive - Collecting new, unused toys and clothing for children on Cape Ann (ages 0-14 years). Gift cards are always a big hit and can be purchased at your local grocery store or pharmacy! You can also contribute securely online through Network for Good. Help make the holiday season brighter and less stressful for our Cape Ann neighbors and friends.

Collection boxes in Essex:

Carpenter and MacNeille, 106 Western Avenue
C.K. Pearl, 112 Main Street
Essex Elementary School
, 12 Story Street
Essex Police and Fire Departments, 30 Martin Street
Essex Town Hall, 30 Martin Street
The Farm Bar and Grille, 233 Western Avenue (receive $5 off your purchase)
First Ipswich Bank, 65 Eastern Avenue
Highwave Hair Design, 65 Eastern Avenue
Lil' Sprouts, 1 Scot's Way
Sea Meadow Gift and Garden Shop, 7 Main Street
T.O.H.P. Burnham Library, 245 Western Avenue
Woodman's Restaurant, 121 Main Street (receive a FREE Cup of Chowder)

To learn more, visit

Essex Holiday Festival
Thursday - Saturday
November 29 -
December 1, 2018

Tree Lighting
Thursday, November 29th
Essex Fire Station
24 Martin Street

6:30 pm

Carolers at Essex Restaurants
Friday and Saturday,
November 30th -December 1st
5:30 - 9 pm

Santa Arrives by Boat
Friday, November 30th
Town Landing
6 pm

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 1st
Essex Elementary School
8 - 11 am

Holiday Shopping Open Houses
Saturday, December 1st

Essex Holiday Festival - The end of November and first weekend of December is set aside in anticipation of this very special time of year…the giving and sharing of holiday spirit in Essex. We start Thursday evening with a solemn special ceremony, the lighting of our Memory Tree, in front of the Fire Station, where we honor our lost loved ones. The town’s bell choir performs in the background.

Friday and Saturday evenings, carolers from Big Smile Entertainment in Victorian dress will visit Essex restaurants from 5:30 - 9 pm and Santa arrives on the Essex River by boat and walks up to the shipyard with a cast of toyland characters.

- Children can sit on Santa's lap and review their holiday "wish list"
- Woodman's Clam Chowder
- Hot Chocolate
- Munchkins from Dunkin' Donuts
- Carols by Sound Waves

WEATHER CONTINGENCY: Friday evening events will be held at Essex Elementary School in case of inclement weather.

Saturday morning have breakfast with Santa at the Essex Elementary School. Enjoy a pancake breakfast and take a photo with Santa! Cost $5 per person or $25 per family. Come join in all the fun!

Shop locally and enjoy Essex's Holiday Open Houses. Many participating businesses will be offering refreshments, discounts and sales, or complimentary gift wrapping. Eat, Shop and Be Merry in Essex!