11 things to do north of Boston in August | Pro Club Bd

August is the last full month of summer so take advantage of it. We recommend fireworks, lobster, live music, some time on the water, lots of time outdoors and definitely lots of ice cream.

1. Ice Scream Bowl, Salem | 3rd August
For only $6 (or $4 for kids) sample as much ice cream as you can from some popular local vendors including Cherry Farm Creamery, Holy Cow Ice Cream, Maria’s Sweet Somethings and more. Classic scoops and innovative flavors are both on offer, and proceeds benefit Salem Main Streets, so treat yourself to a good cause.

2nd LobsterFest, Lynch Park, Beverly | 3rd August
Kick of Beverly’s annual homecoming celebration featuring grilled lobster, lobster rolls, chowder and more at the city’s beautiful Lynch Park. Local musicians will perform live, children will take part in a costume contest and businesses, nonprofits and elected officials will set up tables to share their work. Visit the Beverly Homecoming website for more details.

3. Outdoor screening of KODA, Cape Ann Museum Green, Gloucester | 5th of August
If you didn’t manage to see the locally filmed, Oscar-winning film KODA, now’s your chance to enjoy the popular film while keeping an eye out for well-known local attractions (yes, this pub fight takes place at Gloucester’s Pratty’s). Enjoy a complimentary screening of the acclaimed film on the Cape Ann Museum lawn, preceded by a Q&A with director Sian Heder, a frequent summer visitor to Gloucester. Make reservations on-site at the Cape Ann Museum website.

Sian Heder directed KODA

4th Festival by the Sea, Manchester | 6th of August
Celebrating arts, music and food, Festival by the Sea includes craft vendors, live music and local food in one of the North Shore’s most picturesque towns. Visit the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce website for more details.

5. Morning Meditation, Stevens-Coolidge, North Andover | 8th August
Gather in the beautiful gardens of the Stevens-Coolidge estate to clear your mind with a guided meditation and top off the experience with a flower-infused water mindfulness practice. Beginners are welcome. Find out more and register on The Trustees website.

6. Sip and Roll, Soall Viet Kitchen, Beverly or Marblehead | August 10 or 17
Sip on wine as you’re taught the art of making authentic, flavorful Vietnamese spring rolls by experts. Soall’s owners, Sa Nguyen and Mia Lunt, will provide all the ingredients and hands-on lessons. The class will be kept small to ensure everyone gets individual support, so be sure to register with Eventbrite soon.

7th Illumination Night, Rockport | 13.8
It’s called Illumination Night but is family-friendly throughout the day. From 11:00 am there will be storytelling and face painting in downtown Harvey Park, as well as the opportunity to paint your own paper lantern. Live music starts at 2pm and the day is capped off with fireworks at 9pm. As you head into town, keep an eye out for the colorful paper lanterns that residents place at their homes and businesses. More details on Facebook.

Farmer’s Dinner at Appleton Farms | Photo courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations

8. Farmers’ Dinner: Mandarava, Appleton Farms, Ipswich | 18.8
Appleton Farms welcomes Mary Lyn, chef and owner of Newburyport’s Mandarava, to its kitchen to cook up a hyper-local feast. Lyn’s menu will highlight the best of summer produce, many of which come from the fields at Appleton Farms. Guests dine in family style at long wooden tables under tents on the farm. Tickets can be found on The Trustees website.

9th Diversity Matters Festival, Red Rock Park, Lynn | 20th of August
This free celebration of international arts, food and culture includes music, dance and circus performances; Food from a variety of cultures; artisans; a magician and more. Celebrate the rich diversity of the region in a beautiful seaside setting. The festival lasts from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m

10. Vineyard Hill Trail Run, Vineyard Hill Reservation, Hamilton | 20th of August
Runners won’t want to miss this annual charity run through the scenic woods and fields of Hamilton’s Vineyard Hill Reservation. There is a 5km and 10km option and your race fee supports the land conservation work of the Essex County Greenbelt Association. More details and registration at

11. Quiz Night on the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon, Gloucester | 25.8
Share your knowledge of fun facts for a truly unique trivia opportunity. The schooner Thomas E. Lannon will host a combination sailing and nautical trivia competition. Passengers can try hoisting the sails or simply sit back, relax and put their maritime knowledge to the test. The winning team will receive a $100 gift certificate towards future schooner adventures. Visit the saver’s Facebook page for more details.

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