, Salem, MA


October 3, 2013

North Shore Entertainment Calendar


MAYOR’S NIGHT OUT. Friday, Oct. 4, 3 to 10 p.m., downtown Salem. Mayor Kim Driscoll, in partnership with Salem’s attractions and museums, welcomes Salem residents to “Mayor’s Night Out in Salem.” Salem residents, with ID, are admitted for free to attractions, museums, and can park free in the East India Mall garage after 4 p.m. Look for “Mayor’s Night Out” signs at participating businesses. 978-745-9595.

THE BIG DRAW FESTIVAL. Friday, Oct. 4, 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. This year, PEM joins the internationally acclaimed campaign that is celebrated for its ambitious reach and simple goal: to get everyone drawing. Come create a sketchbook, discover the meditative benefits of zentangle or leave a mark on the world in sidewalk paint. Grab a crayon and bring an imagination; remember, everyone can draw if given the chance. 978-745-9500,

TRICK OR TREAT WITH THE MAYOR. Friday, Oct. 4, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., East India Fountain on the Pedestrian Mall, Salem. Join Mayor Driscoll for trick-or-treating at the East India Fountain. Attendees will trick-or-treat along the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall, the Museum Place Mall shops and beyond. Trick-or-treat bags provided; costumes encouraged. 978-745-9595,

2013 TOPSFIELD FAIR. Friday, Oct. 4 to Monday, Oct. 14, Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston St. This year’s festivities include the Giant Pumpkin Contest; horse pulls and shows; antique farm tractor pulling; Monster Trucks; Demolition Derby; Rawhide Rodeo; Beekeeping & Honey Show; art show, handcrafts, cooking entries, pageants, music and demonstrations in Coolidge Hall; milking demonstrations, observation corral, and 4-H and Youth Cattle Show in the Cattle Barn; Essex County Farmyard; Flower Show in the Flower Barn; Junior Fruits, Vegetables and Decorative departments; American Dairy Goat Association sanctioned Goat Show; Dock Dogs; live entertainment by Angie Miller, The Fools, Bobby Vinton, Britt Nicole, Tate Stevens, Coco Jones, Cher Lloyd, and the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show; Essex County Granges and the Topsfield Fair Farm Museum; amusement rides and games provided by Fiesta Shows; Grand Parade and four weekday parades; Pig Barn; poultry shows; Rabbit Barn; annual sand sculpture; Open Sheep Show; Sportsman’s building exhibit; and more. For a complete schedule of events and ticket information, visit

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