Friday, Aug. 6
Kick-Off Concert, 7 to 9 p.m., Salem Maritime National Historic Site on Derby Wharf. Sunset Concert on the Salem Waterfront featuring Mango Blue, which plays rhythm & blues, jazz and funk to Caribbean roots, with a strong rhythmical foundation that draws from diverse Afro-Latin musical traditions.
Saturday, Aug. 7
Haunted City "Junior" Triathlon, 9 a.m., Dead Horse Beach, Salem Willows. For boys and girls ages 5 to 17. USAT-sanctioned event with pizza, clowns, DJ Lanie Mac, face-painters, refreshments, a Salem firetruck to hose kids down, Hobbs' Popcorn and more. Top 200 kids get a tech shirt and race bag. Registration at 8 a.m. Fee $30 (pre-registration), $40 (post-registration). Register online at www.active.com. www.bnsfitness.com or 978-204-8588.
Edsel Day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Salem Common. Visit Salem Common to view the restored 1958, 1959, 1960 Edsels from around the U.S. Listen to the music, ads and dealer announcements of the 1950s through 1970s by DJ "Cruisin'" Bruce Palmer of Rhode Island radio. Meet with Edsel historian Peter LaChapelle at noon for a history of Edsel and its unique features.
22nd Salem Maritime Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Salem Maritime National Historic Site on Derby Wharf.
Four centuries of "Ships, Sawdust, Sailors & Song." Seaside kite flying, environmental "muck walks," traditional music and craft demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides. The tall ship Friendship of Salem joined by four visiting ships, three of which will offer free rides by ticket drawing. USS Constitution master gun team will conduct gun exercises. Live music by the Warszawiaki Orchestra (11 a.m.), Sharks Come Cruisin' (1 p.m.) and New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus (3 p.m.). 978-740-1650 or www.nps.gov/sama.
Clown Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Salem Willows. Clowns make balloon figures for your children, paint their faces, entertain them with continuous performances all afternoon.