11 Things to Do North of Boston This August
August is the last full month of summer, so make it count. We suggest fireworks, lobster, live music, some time on the water, lots of time outside, and of course, lots of ice cream.
1. Ice Cream Bowl, Salem | August 3
For only $6 (or $4 for kids), sample all the ice cream from some of your favorite local vendors, including Cherry Farm Creamery, Holy Cow Ice Cream, Maria’s Sweet Something, and more. Classic scoops and innovative flavors will both be on offer, and the proceeds will benefit Salem Main Streets, so indulge for a good cause.
2. Lobsterfest, Lynch Park, Beverly | August 3
Beverly’s annual Homecoming Fest kicks off in the city’s beautiful Lynch Park with steamed lobster, lobster rolls, chowder, and more. Local musicians will perform live, kids will compete in a costume contest, and businesses, nonprofits, and elected officials will set the table to share what they do. More information is available on the Beverly Homecoming website.
3. Outdoor Screening coda, Cape Ann Museum Green, Gloucester | August 5
If You Don’t Manage to See the Academy Award Winner, Filmed Locally codaNow’s your chance to enjoy the beloved movie, while keeping an eye out for our familiar local landmarks (yes, there’s a bar fight happening at Gloucester’s Pratties). Enjoy a free screening of the acclaimed film on the lawn at the Cape Ann Museum, started by a Q&A session with director Sean Heder, a frequent summer visitor to Gloucester. Reserve on the spot at the Cape Ann Museum website.
4. Festival by the Sea, Manchester | August 6
Celebrating arts, music, and food, Festival by the Sea features craft vendors, live music and local food, all in one of the North Shore’s most picturesque towns. Further information is available on the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce website.
5. Morning Meditation, Stevens-Coolidge, North Andover | August 8
Gather in the gorgeous gardens of the Stevens-Coolidge Estate to clear your mind with a guided meditation, completing the experience with a floral-infused water mindfulness practice. Beginners are most welcome. Learn more and register on the Trustees website.
6. Sip and Roll, Soul Without Kitchen, Beverly or Marblehead. Aug 10 or 17
Sip some wine while receiving expert instruction in the art of making authentic, delicious Vietnamese spring rolls. Soall’s owners Sa Nguyen and Mia Lunt will provide all the material and practical lessons. To make sure everyone gets personalized support, the class will be kept short, so register on Eventbrite soon.
7. Lights Night, Rockport | August 13
It’s called Illumination Night, but it’s a family-friendly affair all day long. Beginning at 11 a.m. in downtown Harvey Park, there will be storytelling and face painting events, as well as a chance to paint your own paper lantern. Live music begins at 2 p.m. and ends the day at 9 p.m. with a fireworks display. As you drive into town, watch residents of colorful paper lanterns keep an eye on their homes and businesses. More details are available on Facebook.
8. Farm Dinner: Mandarwa, Appleton Farms, Ipswich | Aug 18
Appleton Farms welcomes Mary Lynn, chef and owner of Newburyport’s Mandrava, into its kitchen to prepare a hyperlocal feast. Lynn’s menu will highlight the best of summer’s produce, if mostly from the farms at Appleton Farms. Guests will dine family-style at long wooden tables under tents on the farm. For tickets, visit the Trustee’s website.
9. Diversity Matters Festival, Red Rock Park, Lynn | Aug 20
This free celebration of international arts, food and culture will include music, dance and circus performances; food from a wide range of cultures; arts and crafts vendors; A magician, and much more. Celebrate the region’s rich diversity in a beautiful seaside environment. Festival runs from 1 pm to 7 pm
10. Vineyard Hill Trail Run, Vineyard Hill Reservation, Hamilton | Aug 20
Runners won’t want to miss this annual fundraising run through the beautiful woodlands and fields of Hamilton’s Vineyard Hill Reservation. 5K and 10K options are available, and your race fee supports the Essex County Greenbelt Association’s land conservation work. More information and registration is available at ecga.org/events.
11. Schooner Thomas E. Trivia Night at Lennon, Gloucester | August 25
Smash your knowledge of fun facts for a truly unique trivia opportunity. Schooner Thomas E. Lennon will be hosting a combination sail and nautical trivia contest. Travelers can try their hand at sailing, or simply sit back, relax and show off their seafaring knowledge. The winning team receives a $100 gift certificate for future Cooner Adventures. More information is available on the scholar’s Facebook page.