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August 17, 2022

Kilted Colin got the crowd involved at the Main Street Block Party last Saturday

Chamber Events

Business After Hours at Lobsta Land on the Deck

NEW DATE: Thursday, August 18 | 5 - 7 PM

Members: Free | Non-members: $10

The Greater Cape Ann Chamber and Lobsta Land invite you to a fun evening of networking outside on Lobsta Land's beautiful back deck, featuring live music and amazing views of the marsh. Appetizers and cash bar.

Space is limited, so please register today if you plan to attend. 

North Shore Adventures & Outdoor Center Ribbon Cutting

Friday, August 19 | 10 AM

9 Tuna Wharf, Rockport

Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating North Shore Adventures on Bearskin Neck in Rockport. Under new ownership, North Shore Adventures strives to expose visitors and locals to the thrill and excitement of exploring our region through the power of adventure! Come by their shop on Tuna Wharf in Rockport to meet the new owners, Jen & Clay Kern as we welcome them as a keystone businesses of the greater Cape Ann business community!

41st Annual Waterfront Festival

Saturday, August 20 | 9 AM - 6 PM

Sunday, August 21 | 9 AM - 5 PM

Stage Fort Park, Gloucester

The historic Stage Fort Park along Gloucester Harbor will blossom into color, flavor and music for the 41st Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival. Over 175 Artists/crafters, food, live music- fun for the entire family! Admission is free, handicap accessible, held rain or shine and friendly pets are welcome on leash. Note: There is a fee to Park at beach parking.

The Gloucester Waterfront Festival is presented in partnership with the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

New Member Reception

Wednesday, August 24 | 5 - 7 PM

The Tent at Maritime Gloucester

Are you a new member of the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce? Join us for an evening of networking and information on ways to ensure you are maximizing your GCACC membership. We'll gather under the tent at Maritime Gloucester to network and enjoy food and drinks before a short presentation on the Chamber and the benefits available to our members. Also open to "not so new members" who would like a refresher on member benefits. 

Please Register if You Plan to Attend

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Save the Date

Blackburn Brewfest

Saturday, September 17 | 1 to 5 PM

Stage Fort Park, Gloucester

Join the Next Gen Young Professionals Group for the Blackburn Brewfest in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Chamber. There will 27+ breweries providing tastings of their craft beers, live music from Over the Bridge, your favorite food trucks, and games. Tickets are now on sale at

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Olivia at for more information.

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Member & Community Events

Please Check the Full Community Calendar for All Member Event Listings

Cornfield Dance: Free Pop-Up Performance at Millbrook Meadow

Thursday, August 18 | 3 - 4 PM


This is a FREE community performance! Windhover presents Cornfield Dance at Millbrook Meadow, a site-responsive dance performance in four-acre Millbrook Meadow, a park in downtown Rockport on Beach Street across from Front Beach. Six dancers from New York-based Cornfield Dance will perform material from Spaced Out, a lively and athletic dance incorporating six red folding chairs and exploring social distancing, and Small Stages, a series of dances confined to spaces no larger than a six-foot square. Learn More

Gloucester Culture Splash Happenings 

Thursday August 18

This week’s highlighted cultural organization in Harbortown is Maritime Gloucester! Located at 23 Harbor Loop, Maritime Gloucester is open until 7:00pm each Thursday. They are right next door to the Harbormaster dock where you can catch the water shuttle to travel between Harbortown and Rocky Neck. Visit the museum for an immersive learning experience focused on maritime history and Gloucester’s marine life. For Culture Splash,Maritime Gloucester will also be hosting Leslie Davison of Mosaic Gloucester for a mosaics demonstration!

See more Culture Splash Happenings for this week on the Discover Gloucester website.

This week’s highlighted cultural organization in Rocky Neck is Ocean Alliance! Join them Thursday, August 18 for a Cape Ann Makers Market featuring works from over 20 local artists and makers.

This Thursday Ocean Alliance will also have on display “Once Upon a Whale Song,” which is an immersive art and sound installation by Northwest artist Perri Lynch Howard that reimagines the world’s oceans, not as the watery backdrop of our human lives, but as precious habitat for whales, in the medium through which they communicate— sound. This exhibition invites you to become a great listener.

Candlelight & Spiritualism Tours

Thursday, August 18 at Hammond Castle

Candlelight Tours run at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. Spiritualism Tours begin at 9pm.

Candlelight Tours: Guides will escort visitors through the museum's many rooms, placing an emphasis on the Hammonds themselves and the time that they spent in their castle home. Visit and immerse yourself in the lost era of quiet luxury and candlelight.

Spiritualism Tours: Delve into the history of the American Spiritualism Movement and the culture that formed around it, as well as the contributions of both Hammonds. Guides will discuss cultural phenomena such as spirit photography and séances as well as the more scientific aspects of the movement such as Hammond’s research in ESP. 

Cape Ann Makers Market

Thursday, August 18 | 4 - 8 PM

Ocean Alliance, 32 Horton Street, Rocky Neck, Gloucester

Cape Ann Makers Market's (CAMM) the last Summer Maker Market for 2022, will be held at Ocean Alliance, located at the iconic former Tarr and Wonson Paint Manufactory on Rocky Neck, on August 18, 4 to 8 p.m. The market event will feature more than 20 Artisans, Crafters & Makers from Cape Ann.

Shea's Fundraiser

Thursday, August 18 | 4 - 9 PM

Shea's Restaurant & Bar, Essex

Shea’s has been selected to receive a Biz-M-Power grant through the State of Massachusetts. This grant provides a dollar-to-dollar match of funds that they raise before Labor Day. They are hoping to raise enough funds to build a greenhouse at Shea’s so that they can offer more farm-to-table specials. There will be appetizers, a pasta and salad station, cash bar, raffle items and live music from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. A $25.00 cover donation will go straight to their fundraising campaign. Learn more here.

Courtyard Concerts 

Rainbow Splash with Caroline Harvey

Thursday, August 18 | 5:30 - 7 PM

Cape Ann Museum Courtyard

After a successful first year in 2021, the CAM Teen Council presents their second Rainbow Splash Open Mic with Caroline Harvey. LGBTQ+ performers, poets, musicians, and storytellers from across Cape Ann will share their work to celebrate LGBTQIA+ stories from across Cape Ann. 

Reggae Night featuring Dis-N-Dat

Thursday, August 18 | 6 - 9 PM

Misslewood at Endicott College

Come enjoy a beautiful, tropical night with Dis-N-Dat—New England's hottest reggae band featuring 'Sista Dee' and 4-time Grammy® nominated Black Uhuru drummer 'Rangotan.’ Bring your friends and listen to the best. Delicious food will be available for purchase from food trucks. Cash bar will include a selection of beer, wine, and a signature cocktail. Buy tickets now.


Thursdays - Sundays

August 11 - 21 | 7:30 PM

Presented by Lanes Coven Theatre Co. at Windhover Performing Arts Center

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Left: Michael & Max McNamara, local Gloucester father-son-duo, rehearsing 

Castle Hill Picnic Concerts

 7 - 10 PM | Gates Open at 5 PM

Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

Aug 18: Soul City (Soul/Motown)

Aug 24 (WED): Soul Rebel Project (Reggae)

Aug 25: The Great Escape (Journey & 80s Rock Cover Band)

Sept 1: Orville Giddings Band (Boogie Blues)

Rockport Celtic Festival

Shalin Liu Performance Center

Opening Night

Friday, August 19 : Nordic Nights | 7:30 PM

Friday, August 19: Festival Club | 9:30 PM

Saturday, August 20: Salon Session, Brian O'Donovan | 11 AM

Saturday, August 20: A Global Celebration of Strings | 7:30 PM

Saturday, August 20: Festival Club | 9:30 PM

Sunday, August 21: Words & Music -  The Celtic Spirit | 12 PM

Sunday, August 21: A Symphony of the Sea | 5 PM

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Gloucester Rotary Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, August 20 | 7 - 11 AM

Stage Fort Park

Dig into a fresh stack of blueberry pancakes at this year’s Gloucester Rotary Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser. This community-friendly tradition brings people together for a good cause and offers a hearty al fresco breakfast with stunning views from the bandstand. Finish up a plate of pancakes and head down the hill to the Gloucester Waterfront Festival. Learn more.

Cornfield Dance: The Wasp in the Window and Other Dances

Saturday & Sunday, August 20 & 21 | 3 PM

Windhover Center for the Performing Arts

New York-based Cornfield Dance returns to Windhover Center for the Performing Arts to present the world premiere of artistic director Ellen Cornfield’s newest work, The Wasp in the Window. The Wasp in the Window is a meditation on the dark and the light sides of life that coexist with surprising regularity, and was inspired by Cornfield Dance’s Windhover residency in 2021. Learn more.

Ipswich Downtown Tuesdays

Tuesday, August 23 | 7:30 -9:30 PM

Ipswich Riverwalk

Get ready for some rocking blues on The Riverwalk courtesy of The Deep Blue Band. These talented local artists have come together to bring the blues of Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Chicago to local stages. 

Canned Food Drive to benefit

Luminaries & Love Display

Monday, August 29

6:30 - 8:30 PM

Stacey Boulevard, Gloucester

Canned Goods Food Drive with a Purpose (going on now). Collected canned goods will be used to weigh down the 800+ Luminary bags at the Luminaries & Love Display (Gloucester Overdose Vigil) and then will be donated to The Open Door. In it's 12th year, the Luminaries & Love display is designed to be a healing night of remembrance and support.

Canned Goods Drive Flyer

Luminaries & Love Flyer

Cape Ann Ongoing Events 


  • Appleton Farms: Check out all events, from Farmhouse Culinary Workshops to Fire Pit Picnics to Hikes for Beer!
  • Cape Ann Museum: Cape Ann Museum offers numerous events from courtyard concerts, to CAMTalks to walking tours.
  • Discover Gloucester Culture Splash: Every Thursday evening through August 25, a different cultural organization will be spotlighted on Rocky Neck and in Harbortown.
  • Hammond Castle: Gloucester Gratis Days every Tuesday. Self-guided tours daily.
  • Maritime Gloucester Food Truck Tuesdays: Aug 23 - Meat & Sweet
  • Music at the Beach: Every Monday night at 6:30 PM at the Rockport Legion Bandstand
  • Rockport Exchange: Farmer's Market every Saturday through October 15th from 9 AM to Noon in Harvey Park
  • Rockport Legion Band: 2022 summer concert series every Sunday night at 7 PM at the Rockport Legion Bandstand
  • Schooner Adventure: Weekend public sailings with free sails for children

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