Fairs & Festivals celebrate music, food, and the seasons in North of Boston

Year round fairs and festivals bring the Cape Ann, just north of Boston, and Merrimack’s Valley’s legendary history and characters to life. Enjoy celebrations and great things to do from Patriots’ Day in mid-April when that shot was heard round the world, to folk fests and events celebrating favorite sons and daughters like writer Jack Kerouac. Ethnic events highlight the peoples and cultures of the Merrimack Valley while fall and winter fests illuminate the harvest and the holidays. Year-round music, art, and food festivals are great fun for families and kids .

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Festivals celebrate Merrimack’s legendary history and characters

Greater Merrimack Valley is a deeply historic part of New England with a delightful variety of ethnicities. Probably its best-known celebration is Patriots’ Day in mid-April, when Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord hosts re-enactments of the opening battle of the Revolutionary War. The city of Lowell turns out some marvelous annual events, like the Lowell Folk Fest, serving up outdoor music all around the city, and the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival, honoring the city’s famous writer. The Southeast Asian Water Festival is among several fests that celebrate the city’s ethnic heritage. The Yankee Doodle Homecoming Festival honors patriot Thomas Ditson of Billerica, the inspiration of the song “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” Harvest, Christmas, October fests are all in the seasonal lineup.

February 2-4, 2018

Events of Winterfests of thepast have included a social at the public library, Scottish Country Dancing at the Chelmsford Community Center; winter survival camping , s’mores, and campfire on the Commons; musical performances, stories and songs; indoor Winter Carnival at Central Congregational Church and much more. Schedule.

February 9-11, 2018

Chocolate, ice sculptures, and a Golden Ticket take center stage at Salem's annual Valentine celebration in February. Featuring a Chocolate & Wine Tasting, a dozen ice sculptures, raffles and promotions by downtown businesses. Salem's So Sweet opens with a Chocolate and Wine Tasting, on Friday, February 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Colonial Hall, 231 Essex Street, Salem. This tasting event features wine and chocolate samplings from premier Salem restaurants, stores and sweet shops. Tickets to the tasting are $30 each and must be purchased in advance.