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Seaside Village Open House Weekend+ Rockport's Christmas Stroll Weekend
December 12, 2015 - December 13, 2015
Downtown Rockport and Beyond

Featuring holiday fairs and shows and strolling musicians. Find unique gift ideas and refreshments in the shops and galleries throughout downtown Rockport and in Pigeon Cove.

Saturday's festivities begin with the annual Scandinavian Jul Fest at Spiran Hall, from 9 am to 1 pm. At Noon the Solstice Singers return, strolling through town singing songs of the season until 2 pm, while from 1 pm to 3 pm Quintessential Brass will perform traditional carols, holiday classics, and jazzy Christmas favorites throughout downtown Rockport.

Rockport's Christmas Stroll Weekend also features the 14th annual Art Gallery Stroll on Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13 from Noon to 4 pm.

Gallery Stroll maps will be available at all participating galleries and at the information shed located at Barletta Park; look for the Art Gallery Stroll banners displayed at participating galleries.

On Saturday and Sunday, Cynthia Curtis Pottery presents the 11th annual Holiday Show & Sale, from 10 am to 5 pm at Cynthia's studio located at 80 Pigeon Hill Street in Pigeon Cove. Free admission, refreshments and plenty of parking. All are welcome!

On Saturday there will be a Benefit Raffle at the Art of David Arsenault of "Rockport's Usual Suspects"—for Christmas in Rockport Live Jazz by the Christian Conti Trio 4-6 pm. Seasonal refreshments.

On Sunday at The Art of David Arsenault there will be "Meet the Artist" 3 p.m. David will offer a presentation with Q & A about his inspiration as an artist and recent Cape Ann paintings.

For a detailed schedule of events, copies of the 31st Annual Christmas in Rockport Holiday Calendar and Guide will be available by late November at businesses throughout town and in the Barletta Park information shed.

You may also view the Chamber’s online festivals and events listings for the holiday season and throughout the year online at and

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Past Events

Martyn Joseph with Ian Foster
Old Sloop Coffeehouse
12 School Street
May 7, 2016
Click for details on Martyn Joseph with Ian Foster Martyn Joseph is a performer like no other: Shades of Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right... more  
Members of the Handel and Haydn Society
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
8 PM
May 7, 2016
Click for details on Members of the  Handel and Haydn Society This concert will feature a richly diverse program of Vivaldi and Bach, as well as pieces by Geminiani, Torelli, and Telemann.
Spring Tourism Mixer
Cape Ann's Marina Resort
75 Essex Ave
5-7 PM
May 10, 2016
Meet friends old and new and share your latest news and updates as we get ready for the spring/summer visitor season during this Tourism Mixer. Bring your business cards, brochures, and flyers to share! more  
Choro das 3
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
7 PM
May 12, 2016
Click for details on Choro das 3 A Brazilian group playing traditional choro music, Choro das 3 have made it their mission to revive the choro tradition in Brazil and spread its distinctive sound around the globe. more  
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
3 PM
May 14, 2016
Click for details on BOSTON CHILDREN’S CHORUS The Boston Children’s Chorus unites children ages 7-18 from diverse backgrounds to discover the power of singing and transcend social barriers in a celebration of shared humanity and love of music more  
20th Annual Emergency Services Day
T-Wharf in Downtown Rockport
11 AM - 3 PM
May 15, 2016
Sunday, May 15 is the 20th Annual Emergency Service Day from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Activities will be held at T-Wharf in Downtown Rockport. All are welcome to participate in this free community event. more  
Ottmar Liebert, guitar
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
5 PM
May 15, 2016
Click for details on Ottmar Liebert, guitar One of the most successful instrumentalists working today, guitarist Ottmar Liebert has created a niche for himself, creating a sound that borrows from flamenco, new age, jazz, rock and Pan-Latin music.
Cape Ann Symphony Presents The Three B's: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms
Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium
8 PM
Manchester by the Sea
May 21, 2016
Click for details on Cape Ann Symphony Presents The Three B's: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms What could be better than a live performance of music composed by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms? A trio of world class soloists. Lucia Lin, Owen Young and Robert Levin join the symphony for the Beethoven Triple Concerto during the final concert of this memor more  
Motif No. 1 Day
Throughout Downtown Rockport
9 AM - 5 PM
May 21, 2016
Click for details on Motif No. 1 Day Downtown Rockport will come alive with film, music, art, dance and poetry on Motif No. 1 Day on Saturday, May 21. more  
Motif No. 1 Day 5K Road Race
From Rockport Harbor to Marmion Way and Back
9:00 a.m. start
May 21, 2016
Start your Motif No. 1 Day celebration in Rockport with a brisk seaside 5k run that starts in downtown Rockport at Harvey Park and ends at T-Wharf on Rockport Harbor. Then spend the rest of a beautiful spring day at Rockport's annual Motif No. 1 Day. more  
10 AM - 4 PM
May 21, 2016
Early Admittance at 9:30 with a donation of a jar of peanut butter for the Food Pantry. All Proceeds Benefit Outreach Programs. more  
Independence Day Celebrations
Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport
Cape Ann, Massachusetts
July 3, 2016 - July 4, 2016
Click for details on Independence Day Celebrations Cape Ann Celebrates Independence Day with Free Concerts, Fireworks, Parades, Bonfires, and more. more  
Rockport Fireworks Display
Old Granite Pier
Sandy Bay
16 Wharf Road
August 13, 2016
Click for details on Rockport Fireworks Display As dusk descends on Rockport, settle in at Back Beach and the American Legion Bandstand to watch the fourth annual summertime fireworks display over Sandy Bay. more  
Rockport Rotary Club Lobsterfest
Back Beach at the American Legion Bandstand
3-7 pm
August 13, 2016
Rockport Rotarians will host their annual public LobsterFest cookout on scenic Back Beach in Rockport, MA. This year's Lobsterfest will be followed by an evening fireworks display over Sandy Bay from Old Granite Pier.
Rockport HarvestFest
Downtown Rockport
9 AM - 6 PM
October 15, 2016
The annual Rockport HarvestFest celebration features the best of the season in a quintessential coastal New England setting, offering live music, great food, and plenty of activities for families. more  
Santa's Arrival in Rockport and Tree Lighting
T-Wharf on Rockport Harbor
and Dock Square
1 - 5 PM
December 3, 2016
Click for details on Santa's Arrival in Rockport and Tree Lighting Santa arrives in Rockport Harbor on a lobster boat, followed by a parade from T-Wharf to Dock Square for the town Tree Lighting festivities. more  
The Quarterdeck Inn By The Sea, Rockport
Pleasant Street Inn, Rockport, MA
The Stunning Seaside Shalin Liu Performance Center
Inns of Rockport

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