September Events

In September, the air turns fresh and crisp, leaves begin to transform. Come, take a trip with Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch, aboard Miss Cape Ann. Gloucester’s attractions are plentiful and varied, a great tourist destination for a good reason.

• Saturday, September 1 to Monday, September 3 – Gloucester Schooner Festival – Continuation of 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.

• Sunday, September 9- The Herrmann family – Breeders and trainers of the famed Lipizzan horse for over three hundred years, demonstrate the highest levels of horsemanship in three shows. The stallions of the Herrmann line are among the last horses capable of executing the “Airs Above the Ground” maneuvers. These dramatic leaps and plunges were developed as aggressive battle maneuvers in the sixteenth century, and are now among the most beautiful displays of equine grace and strength.

• Saturday, September 22 – Coastal Farming Walking Tours – Walk through the fields and down to the marsh, learn about the rich history of the families that lived and farmed at Cogswell’s Grant, Essex, and how coastal farming has evolved over nearly four centuries.

• Friday, September 21 to Sunday, September 23 and Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30 – Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks & Water Essex County – Go Hike! Go Bike! Go Paddle! Go Sail! Go experience the natural beauty, cultural resources and American heritage found in the Essex National Heritage Area.