, Salem, MA

December 19, 2012

Fun, festivals set for 2013

By Bethany Bray

---- — SALEM — All your favorite Witch City celebrations, from the film festival to heritage days, will be back in 2013.

Destination Salem, the city’s tourism office, recently released its 2013 calendar, and there is a festival just about every month in the coming year.

All the familiar favorites are there, including — of course — Haunted Happenings in October.

“We have a really good core of annual events in Salem,” said Kate Fox, executive director of Destination Salem.

Sprinkled in among the “perennial favorites” is a lineup of museum exhibits, live music and productions from the Salem Theatre Company, said Fox.

This summer, the Peabody Essex Museum will host an exhibit of more than 230 items created by the House of Fabergé in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including enameled clocks, gold cigarette cases, ruby encrusted brooches and four signature imperial eggs made for Nicholas II and the Romanov family.

The exhibit runs June 29 to Oct. 6.

The 2013 calendar has something for everyone, from free family fun to edgy theater events, said Fox.

The North Shore Pride Parade will return to Salem for a second year on June 29, after a successful first run in the Witch City.

The calendar is “updated constantly,” said Fox — they’ve just added a speaker series at the House of Seven Gables — at


Highlights of Salem’s 2013 events calendar (full listing and details at

Feb 8-14: Salem So Sweet festival (,

March 7-14: Salem Film Fest (

March 17-21 and 24-28: Spring Restaurant Week (

May 3-5: Massachusetts Poetry Festival (

June 7-9: Salem Arts Festival (

June 29: North Shore Pride parade (

July 4: Salem Celebrates the 4th! (

Aug. 2-3: Salem Maritime Festival (

Aug. 2-11: Salem Heritage Days (

Aug. 17-18: Salem Jazz and Soul Festival (

Aug. 24-25: Antique and Classic Boat Festival (

Oct. 1-31: Salem Haunted Happenings (

Nov. 3-7, 10-14: Fall Restaurant Week (

Nov. 29 - Jan. 1: Salem Holiday Happenings (