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.
SDLqBreaking Away," 10 a.m., CinemaSalem (Museum Place Mall). Get ready for the Witches Cup Bicycle Race by viewing a classic cycling movie. Free, sponsored by Salem Jazz and Soul Festival, hosted by CinemaSalem.
Sunday, Aug. 8
YMCA Witch City Triathlon, 7 to 11 a.m., Forest River Park, start and finish. Participate or watch triathletes swim, bike and run. Entry fee $60. Register online at www.firm-racing.com. Registration begins at 5 a.m. 978-744-0351.
Historic Salem's 5K Road Race, 9 a.m., 2 New Liberty St. (Salem Visitor Center). Road race starts at the Salem Visitor Center and goes down Derby Street, loops around the Willows and up Essex Street back to the Visitor Center. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. Fee $20 (pre-registration) $22 (race day). Register online at www.active.com. www.historicsalem.org.
Tour-A-Truck, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Salem Willows. Youngsters get a chance to climb and explore the insides of all kinds of big trucks. Rita's Ice will be on-site with free samples.
Coalition of Immokalee Workers Rolling Museum Exhibit, 12:30 to 8:30 p.m., Essex Street (by Peabody Essex Museum, next to Armory Park). This farmworker rights organization headquartered in Florida is touring the East Coast with its rolling museum. Inside a box truck, which is a replica of one used to imprison workers in a slavery ring in 2008, the coalition has mounted displays, photographs and written materials that tell the story of exploited farm labor still in America's fields today. www.ciw-online.org.
Is Your Dog a Reality Show Star?, 4 to 6 p.m., Salem Maritime National Historic Site on Derby Wharf. Under the big white tent on Derby Wharf, rain or shine, an event for dog lovers. Categories: Rock of Love (dog who shows the most love and kisses); What Not to Wear (dog with worst and funniest human costume); The Amazing Race (relay race with dog and owner); Extreme Home Makeover (story by owner telling how their dog moved from a bad home to a good one); Ameri-Canines Got Talent (best trick, singer, dancer); The Biggest Loser (dog who is most overweight or out of shape for his breed and size). Prizes for winners. Entry fee $7 per dog. Registration begins at 3 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org, 781-535-8635 or 781-639-1229.
Monday, Aug. 9
Salem Senior Recognition Days, opening ceremony for weeklong celebration, 10 a.m., Council on Aging, 5 Broad St. Dignitaries and other special guests will honor the city's seniors and additions to the Wall of Tribute will be announced. Free senior trolley rides, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission for Salem seniors 60-plus at Witch House, Witch Museum, The House of the Seven Gables, Witch Dungeon Museum, New England Pirate Museum and the Witch History Museum, free admission for Salem residents ages 60 and over. Proof of age and Salem residency is required.
Salem's Best Pizza Competition, 5 to 7 p.m., Salem Common. Come decide which Salem restaurant has the best pizza. Bring the whole family. Award for top adult and kids pick. $5 adults, $3 kids. 978-744-0351.
Mayor's Night Out Restaurant Sampler, 5 to 7 p.m. Join Mayor Kim Driscoll for hors d'oeuvres samples. The first stop will be Green Land Café©, second stop at the Lyceum, last stop Vic's Boat House at Victoria Station. Pre-registration required (max. 40 participants). Cost: $20 (cash bar). Proceeds benefit Salem Main Streets. 978-744-0004.
Salem Community Concert Band & Community Jazz Band, 7 to 9 p.m., Salem Willows Shell. Two bands made up of Salem residents, grade eight to adult. Directed by Cynthia Napierkowski of the Salem High School Band.
Tuesday, Aug. 10
Salem Senior Recognition Days, Mel Simons, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Salem High School Auditorium, Willson Street.
Radio personality Mel Simons radio and big-band nostalgia and trivia, free, reservations not required. 978-745-6182.
Salem Senior Recognition Days, free Salem Senior Trolley rides, and free attraction admission; proof of ID and residency required.
Story Time at the Witch House, 5 to 5:30 p.m., 310¬ Essex St. Curious tales for the young read aloud by professional actor in the Witch House's 17th-century kitchen. Free. 978-744-8815 or email@example.com.
Ice Scream Bowl, 6 to 7:30 P.M., Salem Common. Sample flavors from North Shore creameries and ice cream parlors. $5 adults, $3 kids. Proceeds to benefit Salem Main Streets. 978-744-0004.
Willows Summer Concert, 7 to 9 p.m., Salem Willows Shell. Enjoy the North Shore Concert Band. Bring a chair.
Wednesday, Aug. 11
Witches Cup Bike Race, 4 to 8 p.m., Salem Common. This year is the fourth year since the reincarnation of the Witches Cup. The 2010 Witches Cup presents bicycle racing for both men and women at all levels. www.witchescup.com.
Salem Senior Recognition Days, Brookhouse Garden Tea, 3 to 5 p.m., 180 Derby St. A tea, served with cookies, in the garden at the Brookhouse Home. Free for seniors (60 and older), but reservations are required because seating will be limited. 978-745-6182.
Lip Sync Night, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Salem Willows Shell. Organizers are looking for groups of two or more performers. Participants should be between ages 6 and 14. Bring music in CD form only. Participants must pre-register at the Salem Park, Recreation and Community Services Department, 5 Broad St. Contact Eileen Dunn at 978-744-0180, ext. 20, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Window Box and Traffic Island Awards Ceremony, 5:30 p.m., Brookhouse Garden, 180 Derby St. Join Mayor Kim Driscoll, the Salem Garden Club and the Salem Beautification Committee as they award the winners of the city's window box competition and traffic island sponsorship program. Light refreshments will be served.
Dance Enthusiasm Performance, 7 to 9 p.m., Salem Willows Shell, Salem's Dance Enthusiasm Dance Company has won hundreds of awards at dance competitions across the United States, and they will perform many of their award-winning routines. Entertaining for all ages.
Thursday, Aug. 12
Farmers Market, 3 to 7 p.m., Derby Square. Fresh, locally grown food at Historic Derby Square on Front Street in downtown Salem is available every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. through Oct. 21.
Senior Recognition Dinner Dance, 5 to 9 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 94 Washington Square. Salem's seniors are invited for dinner and dancing. "Trilogy" will perform, dinner will be catered by Mizioch-Witham Catering. Cost to Salem seniors (60 and older) is $1, but tickets must be picked up in advance at the Senior Center, 5 Broad St. No more than two tickets per Salem senior. 978-744-0924.
Movie on the Common, after dark (8:30 p.m.), Salem Common. The City of Salem Park, Recreation and Community Services Department presents (movie TBD), so bring popcorn, a blanket or chair and enjoy.
Friday, Aug. 13
Kids Night, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Salem Common. The Salem YMCA will transform the Salem Common into a paradise for children with bounce houses, rides, games, and arts and crafts. $3 per child will pay for unlimited rides. 978-744-0351. Rain location: Salem YMCA, Sewall Street.
Saturday, Aug. 14
Essex Street Fair, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Essex Street pedestrian mall. Street festival with something for everyone. Crafts, jewelry, paintings, stained glass and other items along the Essex Street pedestrian mall. Buskers, face-painters and strolling musicians. 978-744-0004.
Pirate Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pioneer Village (Forest River Park). The village will play host to a crew of authentically equipped New England pirates who will demonstrate punishments, blacksmithing, pirate cooking, sea tales and sea songs. Also featured: a guarded treasure house where junior crew members may be recruited. All plunder donated to the Institute of Public History of Gordon College, operator of Pioneer Village. www.pioneervillagesalem.com.
Public Safety Day, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Salem Fire Headquarters, 48 Lafayette St. The Salem Fire Department will host a free, family-fun day with a public safety focus. Activities throughout the day to learn, watch, explore and participate in, while learning about emergency response procedures and ways to prepare for emergencies.
Crowninshield-Bentley Open House, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 126 Essex St. In celebration of Heritage Days, the Peabody Essex Museum will offer free public tours of the Crowninshield-Bentley House every hour on the hour. Period kids' games will be presented in the yard on a drop-in basis from 1 to 3 p.m.
Ice Cream Social, 1 to 3 p.m., Woman's Friend Society, 12 Hawthorne Blvd. The Woman's Friend Society will host its annual Ice Cream Social fundraiser. Enjoy delicious ice cream sundaes in a beautiful garden setting and help a good cause. Event is held rain or shine. $5 per adult, $3 per child.
IMPROV on the BRICKS, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Derby Square. The Salem Theatre Company's fourth annual free improv comedy bash. Bring a lawn chair. Bring padding. It's improv on a hard surface, and anything can happen! www.salemtheatre.com.
Salem Jazz & Soul Festival, Berklee Summer Series Concert, 5 to 7 p.m., Derby Square (in case of rain, event will be held in Museum Place Mall off Essex Street.) Free outdoor concert at Derby Square, in conjunction with the Berklee College of Music, featuring Ben Powell, jazz violinist. Bring a chair. www.salemjazzsoul.com/2010_music_berklee.html.
Salem Senior Recognition Days Picnic, 4 to 6 p.m., Winter Island Pavilion. Free picnic for Salem seniors (60 and older).
Sunday, Aug. 15
Essex Street Fair, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Essex Street pedestrian mall. See Aug. 14 for full description.
Pirate Day, noon to 4 p.m., Pioneer Village (Forest River Park). See Aug. 14 for full description.
Inaugural Salem Seersucker Social, 11 a.m., 282R Derby St. The Urbane Cyclist celebrates cycling with a nod to summer fashions of yesteryear. Donation $5 per person or nonperishable foods for St. Joseph's Food Pantry. 978-594-5174 or www.theurbanecyclist.com.
Phillips House ninth annual Antique Car Meet, noon to 3 p.m., 34 Chestnut St. Historic New England's Phillips House and the North Shore Old Car Club hold ninth annual car meet of vintage and antique vehicles, including a collection of carriages, two Pierce-Arrows and a Model A Ford, with tours of the Phillips House and Carriage House; family activities and games in the backyard. Jazz provided by Trent Austin of Trentoon Music, light refreshments served. Free. 978-744-0440 or www.HistoricNewEngland.org.
IMPROV on the BRICKS, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Derby Square. See Aug. 14 for full description.
HSI Fundraiser aboard the Friendship, 6 to 9 p.m., Derby Wharf. Historic Salem Inc. holds Friendship fundraiser. Enjoy a tour of the ship, jazz music, ocean breezes, hors d'oeuvres, and a variety of wine and beer. Members tickets are $50; nonmembers $65. Call 978-745-0799 to reserve early.
Salem Senior Recognition Days, Spaghetti-and-meatball meals will be delivered to homebound seniors (60 and older) between the hours of 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. 978-744-0924.