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August 10, 2022

Don't Miss the Next Main Street Block Party This Saturday from 6 to 10 PM

Chamber Events

Main Street Block Party

Saturday, August 13 | 6 - 10 PM 

Get ready for Block Party # 2 in just 10 days. Once again, crowd favorite Cape Ann Dance will be performing. In addition, there will be a "Scottish flair" with both Kilted Colin and Stiles School of Scottish Dance performing. Food trucks include the Abbie D's, Crepe du Jour, Pie Sons Pizza and Nana's Fried Dough. The kids will also enjoy Face Painting by Miss Wendy, Captain Jack, Picasso's Balloonatik, YMCA Kids Town, Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team, and Corn Bowl from Cape Ann Lanes. It will be a great time for the whole family.

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Business After Hours at Lobsta Land

Wednesday, August 17 | 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 the back deck of the restaurant while enjoying amazing views of the marsh. Light appetizers and drinks will be available for purchase.

Space is limited, so please register in advance if you plan to attend. (Rain date: Thursday, August 18)

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 Sponsored by Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

Please Register if You Plan to Attend

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. 

New Member Special Advertising Special

Shop Local on Tax Free Weekend 

The Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday is this Saturday & Sunday, August 13 & 14.

This is a great weekend to Shop Local and take advantage of tax free sales on personal items up to $2,500. 

Member & Community Events

Please Check the Full Community Calendar for All Member Event Listings

Rockport Chamber Music Festival - August Annex

Shalin Liu Performance Center

Friday, August 12: Debussy & Mahler | 7:30 PM

Friday, August 12: Cabaret: Bach to Baker | 9:45 PM

Saturday, August 13: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet | 5 PM

Sunday, August 14: David Deveau & Andres Cardenes | 5 PM

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Mary Poppins - Annisquam Village Players

August 9 - 14 | 7:30 PM

Annisquam Village Hall

This is one of the world’s most loved stories with such songs as A Spoonful of Sugar, Chim Chim Cheree, Step in Time, Feed the Birds, I Love to Laugh, and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. The AVP will use aspects of the 3 stories in its summer musical, with many special effects for which the AVP has become famous. Don’t be surprised to see both people and objects floating around the stage. Buy Tickets Now

Gloucester Culture Splash Happenings 

Thursday August 11

This week’s highlighted cultural organization in Harbortown is Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation. Meetinghouse is celebrating with tours of the 1806 Meetinghouse interior, explaining its evolution, importance to American history and origins as the home of the First Universalist Church in America. Additionally, they’ll host a concert by Rockport vocalist Satch Kerans with a small ensemble, singing original ballads and a concert/demonstration of the 1893 Hutchings/Fisk pipe organ by Cape Ann organist Andy Soll. Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation will also offer a preview show of urban-landscape paintings by Pia Juhl Nadel from Lanesville and light refreshments for visitors!

This week’s highlighted cultural organization in Rocky Neck is Ocean AllianceThis Thursday for Culture Splash, they will display an art installation titled “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.

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

Castle Hill Picnic Concerts

 7 - 10 PM | Gates Open at 5 PM

Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

Aug 10: (WED) Entrain (World Music)

Aug 11: Studio Two (Beatles Tribute Band)

Aug 18: Soul City (Soul/Motown)

Courtyard Concerts

Thursday, August 11 |  5:30 - 7 PM

Cape Ann Museum Courtyard

Poison Peach String Quartet is on a quest to find where the sun goes at night. Through a wide variety of musical genres, they take their listeners with them as they journey through far-flung emotional landscapes in search of the intangible. The quartet is made up of Chris Baum (violin), Nathan Cohen (violin), Lauren Nelson (viola), and Ben Swartz (cello). 

Cape Ann Makers Market - Moonrise Market at Emerson Inn

August 11 | 6 - 9 PM

Cathedral Ave, Rockport

The market event will feature over a dozen Cape Ann Artisans, Crafters & Makers offering nature and coastal inspired handmade art and crafts, including jewelry, metalsmithing, painting, photography, fiber arts, candles, hand harvested artisanal sea salts, natural body care and much more.

In addition, the historic Emerson Inn is offering a dinner buffet, bar service and live music to accompany while you shop and wait for the Moon to rise over their spectacular ocean front vista!


Thursdays - Sundays

August 11 - 21 | 7:30 PM

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

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

The Goddesses

Friday, August 12 | 6 - 8:30 PM

Meetinghouse Green

Gloucester’s own Goddesses light up the night with an evening of classic rock ‘n roll at the corner of Middle and Church Streets at 6:00 p.m. Their repertoire spans the roots of rock to its pinnacle and beyond and the Goddesses deliver a non-stop performance that will have you on your feet, singing along, and wanting more. Learn More

Mr. Fox Trio with Special Guest

Friday, August 12 | 7 - 9 PM

Whale's Jaw Café 

Join Whale's Jaw Café for an unforgettable night of Mr. Fox trio with special guest. The trio, from What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? is led by the gender-defying voice of 3rian King, and they deliver their own brand smoky cabaret, neo-soul and acoustic noir, sounding something like Tom Waits and Amy Winehouse performing in a French café. 

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Renaissance Music Days

Saturday & Sunday, August 13 & 14 | 9:30 AM - 4 PM

Hammond Castle Museum

The Penniless Jacks, The Harper & The Minstrel and the L.I.A.R.S. (Ladies of Integrity, Aristocracy, Repute and Society) join Hammond Castle for two full days of medieval, Renaissance and Celtic music. During the special program, the three groups will rotate around the museum and offer multiple 30 minute performances at the Drawbridge, Great Hall, Seaside Lawn and Dining Room. Buy Tickets

Nancy Schon Sculptures - Aesop's Fables

The Fox and the Stork

Saturday, August 13 | 10 - 11 AM

Rockport Art Association & Museum

The educational session includes storytelling and an art activity related to one of the five Aesop’s Fables sculptures by world famous sculptor Nancy Schön that have been gifted to the RAA&M Permanent Collection though the financial generosity of Lorraine Horn. This educational program is offered for free by the generosity of donors Garth and Lindsay Greimann.

Cape Ann Artisans

Open Studio Mini Tour

Saturday, August 13 | 10 AM - 5 PM

Nine artisans from Gloucester and Rockport are participating in the Cape Ann Artisan Open Studio Mini Tour this Saturday. 

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Rockport Illumination

Saturday, August 13 

11 AM -2:30 PM: Art and merchant raffles. Join us in paint your own lantern, face painting, kids activities, and…storytelling! Sponsored by “Institution for Savings”

2 - 8:30 PM: Music in Dock Square

9 PM: Fireworks

Gloucester Blues Festival 

Saturday, August 13 |  11 AM - 9 PM

The Beach at Stage Fort Park

World-class blues reverberates through Stage Fort Park with some of the nation’s finest performers playing on the Gloucester Blues stage. Located right on the waterfront on beautiful Cressey’s beach, the event features a beer garden and outstanding food and craft vendors.

Ipswich Downtown Tuesdays

Tuesday, August 16 | 7:30 -9:30 PM

Ipswich Riverwalk

Surnames was created in 2019 by Liam Anastasia-Murphy. His folk background colors the vocal arrangements and harmonies heard throughout Surnames’ music, but the tone and instrumentation of this new project land it well outside the folk sphere. Listen to some of Surnames music on Sound Cloud.


16th Annual Gloucester Rotary Comedy Night

Thursday, Sept. 1 | 8 PM 

Cruiseport Gloucester

Comedic line up includes Dave Rattigan, Sean Sullivan, Janet McNamara, and Paul D-Angelo. Tickets are $30 and there will be a cash bar. Doors open at 7 PM. Call 978-764-6710 for tickets and more info.

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 16 - Beefie Boys, The Whoo(Pie) Wagon 
  • 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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