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 A Celebration of Salem’s Heritage in “Ships, Sawdust, Sailors & Song” August 3-4, 2012

The 24th annual Maritime Festival will host an exciting array of free family fun festivities, including live music, free harbor cruises, traditional craft demonstrations, story-telling, dancing, theatre and much more!  The Festival is organized and hosted by Salem Maritime National Historic Site. While at the festival stop by the Salem Farmers’ Market booth for some delicious fresh local fruits and vegetables.

Tonight enjoy a free Sunset Concert at Historic Derby Wharf from 6:30 – 9 featuring the highly acclaimed jazz, funk and blues ensemble – The Boston Horns!

On Saturday, free rides on the Schooner Fame and & Finback starting at 9:30 a.m. Get the details at


Saturday, August 4th, 10am-5pm

Live Music and Storytelling
Free 90-minute Harbor Cruises
Friendship of Salem Ship Tours and Junior Ranger Program
Boat Tours & Demonstrations
Opportunities to Cruise, Sail, Paddle, Row Salem Harbor
Traditional Craft Demonstrations
Seaside Kite-flying
Children’s Face Painting
Tide Pool Exhibit
Muck Walk, featuring “Life at Low Tide”
Hayrides around Historic Salem
Outdoor Theatre and Scottish Country Dancers

On Saturday, August 4th, live music continues 11:00am-5:00pm with back-to-back concerts:

11:00am Annie and the Natural Wonder Band [ ]
Featuring interactive song and dance focusing on marine life

12:30pm The Squid Jiggers [ ]
A salty, high-energy folk duo hailing from Maine

1:30pm Debra Cowan []
A provocative woman vocalist and her “Women and the Sea” program

2:30pm Salem ChanteySing [ ]
An impromptu selection of traditional sea chanteys

3:30pm Squeezebox Stompers [ ]
A spicy blend of Lousiana roots music: Cajun, Zydeco and New Orleans R&B

 Look for the Salem Farmers’ Market Table!

Historic Derby Wharf and Central Wharf will be abuzz with activities.  For more information, or a full schedule visit: or call 978-740-1650.


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