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Our Favorite Summer Events In Marblehead & Swampscott

Our Marblehead Summer 2019 is in full swing at last, and Boston’s North Shore is brimming with options for outdoor fun. Sunny beach days, sailing afternoons, and casual cook-outs are summertime favorites. But look around Marblehead and Swampscott, and you’ll find local music concerts, outdoor festivals, family getaways and history-inspired events that bring even more excitement to these lazy, hazy days.

The Marblehead Great Picnic

Bring the kids and head over to Reynolds Playground in Marblehead on Sunday, July 14 for a family-friendly picnic. Enjoy a free hamburger or hot dog, or sample chowder recipes from Three Cod Tavern, The Landing Restaurant Marblehead and The Barnacle Restaurant Inc. Save room for dessert from Coffey Ice Cream. Sponsored by the Marblehead Old Car Club, the Great Picnic features hundreds of vintage and antique cars on display. There will be plenty of activities to keep the kids busy too.

The Marblehead Great Picnic

 

Fort Sewall Revolutionary War Camp

History buffs will love visiting the recreation of an 18th century Revolutionary War encampment, presented by the reenactors of Glover’s Marblehead Regiment. This living history event takes place at Fort Sewall the weekend of July 13-14. Learn about 18th-century life from demonstrations of musket ball making, navigation, marlin-spike work, medicine, candle making, cooking, and militia musket drills as part of tours of historic Fort Sewall. Listen to fife and drum concerts throughout the day, sample some 18th-century snacks, or shop for historic goods at the sutler.

Fort Sewall Revolutionary War Camp
 Photo Courtesy of Wicked Local

The Marblehead volunteer militia will be called upon to fight for liberty when the Forces of the Crown (also known as the Redcoats) land in Marblehead to stop the colonial rebels. You’ll see history in action as the two regiments battle it out. Kids can even sign up with the regiment and learn to drill and march to the beat of a drum. Everyone is invited to join our soldier sailors in singing traditional sea-chanteys. This family-friendly event is a hands-on history lesson for the kids that everyone will love.


The Marblehead Open Golf Tournament

The Marblehead Open Golf Tournament � 

Golfers will love the opportunity to play a round at the Tedesco Country Club on Monday, July 15. This Chamber of Commerce fundraiser starts at 11:30 am with registration and a lunch buffet, followed by a shotgun start at 1pm. Join us afterwards to celebrate with cocktails and a barbeque.

 

Family Camping Weekends on Childrens’ Island

Make summer-camp memories with your kids on Children’s Island, a beautiful kids summer camp in the middle of Marblehead Harbor. While the day camp is open to kids all summer, Family Camping weekends (July 20th and August 17) pack all kinds of summer-camp fun into two days. Just a 15 minute Hannah Glover Ferry ride, the rustic island is a great way to explore the coast while swimming, sailing, and kayaking with your kids. There’s a barn stocked with arts and crafts activities, a saltwater pool, and evening campfire.

 

Family Camping Weekends on Childrens Island

 

Swampscott By the Sea Summer Concert Series

The Swampscott By the Sea Summer Concert Series is an annual summer tradition that invites locals and tourists alike to listen to crowd-pleasing music on Swampscott’s beautiful Town Hall Lawn. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic Wednesdays from 6-8 pm.

Swampscott By the Sea Summer Concert Series
 Photo Courtesy of SwampscottConcerts.com

Here’s this summer’s lineup:

  •     July 17 - Amy Kucharik & Friends With Benefits – Swing & Blues
  •     July 31 - Southern City Band – Country
  •     July 24 - Stan Strickland – Jazz
  •     August 14 - Karen K and the Jitterbugs – Family and Kids

 

2019 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival

2019 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival

Photo Courtesy of Revere Beach Partnership

Head down to America’s first public beach to take in the world-class International Sand Sculpting Festival on July 26th – July 28th. With over a million visitors each year, this fun-in-the-sun event is centered around a magnificent sand sculpting competition. Grab a gourmet meal from one of the food trucks, shop the unique vendors and enjoy old-fashioned beach town amusements.

 

Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta

Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or just like messing about, you’ll love watching classic wooden sailing yachts racing across the harbor. Hosted by the Corinthian Yacht Club, the regatta celebrates “Classic Yachts and Characters” this year from Saturday, August 10 – Sunday, August 11.

“There are only a few occasions where exquisite wooden sailboats of impressive pedigree actually get together and sail. They aren’t mooring mermaids. They love to duke it out with sailors onboard who know how to extract the type of performance their boats were designed to get.” --CCYC

 

 Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta

Image Courtesy of Panerai

 

With its exceptional port so close to Boston, Marblehead has long been known as the birthplace of the American Navy. Classic yacht regattas have been celebrating this sailing heritage every summer since the early ‘80s. Take a picnic up to Castle Rock or Chandler Hovey Park for great views of the sailing fleet in action.

You don’t need to live in Marblehead year round to enjoy our local events – it’s easy to plan your summer trip to see the regatta or have a family camping trip. But owning a home on the North Shore makes you part of this vibrant community, where every summer is special. If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Marblehead, Swampscott, Salem, or on the beautiful North Shore waterfront, we’re your local experts – just give Sagan Harborside a call at 781-593-6111.
 

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Life on the Water in Marblehead

Known as one of the great yachting capitals of the world, Marblehead Harbor has been a center of classic shipbuilding and waterfront life since the Revolutionary War. While these days the rocky shoreline is lined with stunning homes, Marblehead still remains true to its seafaring roots. Five yacht clubs line a sheltered harbor full of boats of all types – from fishing dinghies to historic schooners and globe-circling sailing yachts. Local shipbuilders and sail makers keep the art and craft of classic wooden boat-building alive.

Summertime Sailing

Summer in Marblehead Harbor is a bustling scene, as local sailing regattas compete for space with kayakers, paddlers and fishing charters. If you’re not a boat owner yet, you can set sail in one of Atlantic Charter’s well-appointed sailboats for the day, or book a weekend sail around the outer islands. You can even charter a historic Schooner built for Gen. George Patton. Or, dive deep into the local sailing scene by joining the annual Marblehead to Halifax Race. Joining a yacht club will give you access to launches, boat slips, storage, and a clubhouse where you can meet fellow sailors and learn more about local conditions and events.

 Photo: Karim Benali, via Sail Magazine

Paddling the Coves

Summer fun on the water includes puttering about Marblehead’s coast by standup paddle board and kayak. Pull ashore on Crowninshield Island, an uninhabited island that marks the entrance to Marblehead’s Little Harbor. Explore the rocky shoreline on the ocean-side, and a sandy beach and salt marsh on the cove-side. Before paddling home, be sure to hike the short loop trail that leads to a great view of the harbor and 17th-century Fort Sewall.

 Source: Dakota Donovan

If your family loves paddling or kayaking, check out the Paddlers Membership at the Dolphin Yacht Club. You can store and launch your equipment from the club, and join up with other members who share your love of the water. The club’s waterfront restaurant is a popular local dining spot, with expansive views of the harbor.

Marblehead Harbor’s rocky islands and inlets are just perfect for exploring, and you don’t need your own equipment. Just north of the harbor you’ll find Little Harbor Boathouse. Protected by Crowninshield and Gerry’s Island, it’s an ideal launch point. They sell and rent a selection of Hobie Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards, and their summer programs will have your kids paddling in no time. Try out their easy pedal-kayaks, or fish the quiet coves from a well-equipped fishing kayak.

Fishing Around Marblehead Harbor

Kayak fishing is quickly becoming a popular sport for anyone who loves to fish. Here you’ll catch striped bass and bluefish while exploring the productive fishing areas in and around Marblehead, known as the best fishing town in New England.

You don’t have to go too far out to sea for a great catch, either. The many rocks and ledges close to shore provide fun fishing for the entire family. Or head further out to troll around the islands for striped bass and tuna, which arrive every June like clockwork. If you live in Marblehead and love to fish, you’ll probably want your own boat; but the local charter fleet is outstanding as well:

Messing About In Boats

It may begin with your first dinghy as a child, a weekend paddling trip, or a sunset sail; it can end with a lifelong passion for fishing or an annual pilgrimage for the summer regatta season. But life on the water in Marblehead offers every opportunity for what’s affectionately known as “messing about in boats”.

 Source: Allison Horrocks

And if all of this activity is too much, you can always take a break at Devereaux Beach, catch some rays and indulge in some ice cream from Lime Ricky’s Beach Shack.

If you’ve always dreamt about living on the coast, don’t wait to live your dream! Marblehead is the ideal community for those who share a love of the ocean. Contact one of our Realtors at (781) 593-6111 to view homes for sale in this beautiful, historic town.

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