August Events

Whether you are walking, biking or driving, you are minutes away from a variety of Gloucester attractions. Cape Ann is one of Massachusetts premier tourism destinations and for good reason.

• Thursday, August 2 to Saturday, August 4 – Gloucester Sidewalk Days – Main Street closes to traffic for three days with merchandise, arts and crafts, food, and entertainment each day.

• Saturday, August 4 – Manchester Arts Festival, Manchester-By-The-Sea – Featuring fine art, sculpture, textiles, pottery, jewelry, apparel & accessories, garden ornaments, photography, paintings, and more.

• Sunday, August 5 – Rockport Chamber Music Festival Annex – A variety of outstanding musical performances by world-renowned musicians for people of all ages at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport.

• Saturday, August 11 – Celebrate the Clean Harbor Swim – In 1979, four Cape Ann residents swam across Gloucester Harbor in protest of its polluted status. It metamorphosed into an annual Audubon Society-sponsored event to help raise funds for cleaning the harbor, hence named “Swim for a Clean Harbor”. In 1993 the harbor was deemed clean by the Audubon Society. Local resident Richie Martin stepped in to keep the event, Niles Beach, Gloucester at 10:00 a.m., running and the 1.2 mile deep water swim, now known as “Celebrate the Clean Harbor Swim” has become a summer favorite for swimmers from all over.

• Saturday, August 11 – Downtown Gloucester Block Party – Main Street from Pleasant Street to Washington Street. 1:00pm. to 11:00pm. Come one, come all! Free downtown block party! Get ready to dance and party.

• Saturday, August 11 – Gloucester Blues Festival – World-class blues will reverberate through beautiful Stage Fort Park with some of the nation’s finest performers playing from the Gloucester Blues stage. Located right on the waterfront on beautiful Cressey’s beach, the event will have a beer garden and outstanding food and craft vendors.

• Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19 – Gloucester Waterfront Festival – What better way to spend a summer day than strolling historic Gloucester Harbor? Gloucester’s beautiful Stage Fort Park will be bursting with the exciting displays of over 150 artisans and craftspeople.

• Saturday, August 31 – Downtown Gloucester Block Party – Main Street from Pleasant Street to Washington Street. 1:00pm. to 11:00pm. Come one, come all! Free downtown block party! Get ready to dance and party.

• Friday, August 31 to Monday, September 3 – Gloucester Schooner Festival – The Mayor’s Race for 100 foot schooners, races for other classes, parade of sail, deck tours, public sails, lighted boat parade, fireworks, and other maritime activities.