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Santa's Arrival in Rockport and Tree Lighting
December 3, 2016
T-Wharf on Rockport Harbor, and Dock Square, 1 - 5 PM
Rockport

Where else can you see Santa arrive by lobster boat? Santa will arrive at Rockport’s T-Wharf on Rockport Harbor on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 1:00 PM, following a brisk lobster boat ride across Sandy Bay. Then Santa will climb up onto a Rockport Forest Fire truck and proceed along T-Wharf and Mt. Pleasant Street to the Old Firehouse led by Rockport cub scouts. This year Santa will be able to linger a while to visit and have photos taken with the children until the Tree Lighting Ceremony begins. Then Santa will ascend the platform to greet the crowd and kick off the Tree Lighting festivities, before climbing back onto the fire truck to begin his long return journey to the North Pole.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will get underway at 4 PM welcoming Santa and the public at the Tree in Dock Square with carols and a stirring rendition of "Christmas in Rockport".

Singers are invited to join the Dock Square Carolers to welcome in the season. A rehearsal for the carolers will be held at the Rockport Baptist Church at 2:30 PM prior to the ceremony.

The Chairperson of the Board of Selectmen will offer official greetings from the Town and then pull the switch to light this year's Rockport Christmas tree.

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Rockport @ Night 2016
Downtown
Rockport
May 27, 2016 - September 2, 2016
Click for details on Rockport @ Night 2016 Every Friday night, from MAY 27 through SEPTEMBER 2 galleries and shops will open their doors from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. (and then some!) for a “Rockport @ Night” event. more  
Free Guided Walking Tours
Rockport Cultural District
Downtown Rockport
May 28, 2016 - September 5, 2016
Click for details on Free Guided Walking Tours Join a guided tour through the downtown Rockport Cultural District, including Bearskin Neck, Rockport's Main Street Historic District, Mt. Pleasant Street and Dock Square. Tours take place daily throughout the summer. Meet at the Dock Square island near t more  
Arlo Guthrie
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
Rockport
July 30, 2016 - July 31, 2016
Click for details on Arlo Guthrie A genuine member of folk music royalty, Arlo Guthrie continues to plumb the depths of the American musical spirit with his remarkable live performances that feature classic songs from his nearly 50 year career, as well as his trademark wry humor and story more  
Rockport Farmers Market
Harvey Park in between High Street & Broadway
Rockport
July 30, 2016
Click for details on Rockport Farmers Market This event takes place every Saturday between June 25 and October 8. more  
Tom Rush, with Matt Nakoa
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
8 PM
Rockport
August 5, 2016 - August 6, 2016
Click for details on Tom Rush, with Matt Nakoa Tom Rush’s timeless originals, including beloved songs like “No Regrets” and “Galveston Flood,” have become true classics, residing in the heart of the folk canon. His annual appearances in Rockport have become treasured “don’t miss” events. more  
Rockport Farmers Market
Harvey Park in between High Street & Broadway
Rockport
August 6, 2016
Click for details on Rockport Farmers Market This event takes place every Saturday between June 25 and October 8. more  
37th Rockport Acoustic Music Festival
Millbrook Meadow (across from Front Beach)
Noon - 6pm
Free
Rockport
August 7, 2016
Click for details on 37th Rockport Acoustic Music Festival Blues, Rock, Jazz, Folk, World, Fun! Please come with friends and family to our all-volunteer, Free festival, celebrating our 37th year on Sunday, August 7. more  
5th Annual Rockport Jazz Festival
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
Rockport
August 11, 2016 - August 14, 2016
Click for details on 5th Annual Rockport Jazz Festival The 5th Annual Rockport Jazz Festival will feature a broad spectrum of jazz musicians this year ranging from the incredible Terence Blanchard (pictured) to the dynamic post-bop of Ravi Coltrane. more  
Rockport Farmers Market
Harvey Park in between High Street & Broadway
Rockport
August 13, 2016 - October 8, 2016
Click for details on Rockport Farmers Market This event takes place every Saturday between June 25 and October 8. more  
Rockport Fireworks Display
Old Granite Pier
Sandy Bay
dusk
Rockport
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
Rockport
August 13, 2016
Click for details on Rockport Rotary Club Lobsterfest 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.
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Rockport Farmers Market
Harvey Park in between High Street & Broadway
Rockport
August 20, 2016
Click for details on Rockport Farmers Market This event takes place every Saturday between June 25 and October 8. more  
Rockport Farmers Market
Harvey Park in between High Street & Broadway
Rockport
August 27, 2016
Click for details on Rockport Farmers Market This event takes place every Saturday between June 25 and October 8. more  
Rockport @ Night 2016
Downtown
Rockport
September 2, 2016
Click for details on Rockport @ Night 2016 Every Friday night, from MAY 27 through SEPTEMBER 2 galleries and shops will open their doors from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. (and then some!) for a “Rockport @ Night” event. more  
Rockport Farmers Market
Harvey Park in between High Street & Broadway
Rockport
September 3, 2016
Click for details on Rockport Farmers Market This event takes place every Saturday between June 25 and October 8. more  
Rockport Farmers Market
Harvey Park in between High Street & Broadway
Rockport
September 10, 2016
Click for details on Rockport Farmers Market This event takes place every Saturday between June 25 and October 8. more  
Rockport Farmers Market
Harvey Park in between High Street & Broadway
Rockport
September 17, 2016
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Rockport Farmers Market
Harvey Park in between High Street & Broadway
Rockport
September 24, 2016
Click for details on Rockport Farmers Market This event takes place every Saturday between June 25 and October 8. more  
Rockport Farmers Market
Harvey Park in between High Street & Broadway
Rockport
October 1, 2016
Click for details on Rockport Farmers Market This event takes place every Saturday between June 25 and October 8. more  
Annual Cape Ann Artisans Fall Open Studios Tour
Multiple Locations in Gloucester and Rockport
Cape Ann
October 8, 2016 - October 9, 2016
Click for details on Annual Cape Ann Artisans Fall Open Studios Tour Meet the artists and see their newest work in the places where it is created, along the beautiful Cape Ann coastline in Gloucester and Rockport. Celebrating over thirty years of open studio tours on Cape Ann. more  
Rockport Farmers Market
Harvey Park in between High Street & Broadway
Rockport
October 8, 2016
Click for details on Rockport Farmers Market This event takes place every Saturday between June 25 and October 8. more  
Rockport HarvestFest
Downtown Rockport
9 AM - 6 PM
Rockport
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
Rockport
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  
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