SCHEDULE: Salem Arts Festival Runs June 3 to 5

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SALEM – The 8th annual Salem Arts Festival will be held June 3 to 5, 2916 in historic downtown Salem. The free event will feature over 80 artists, performers, and creatives drawing from a variety of genres including visual arts, music, dance, and theatre. The festival will also feature many family-friendly art-making activities as well as artisan vendors, a mural slam, and the launch of the Artists’ Row season!

“There’s been a tremendous amount of collaboration between so many local groups and individuals to continue to improve and expand the festival every year.  I can’t wait to share the phenomenal energy and talent that will be on display this year,” says Kylie Sullivan, Executive Director of Salem Main Streets (SMS), the community non-profit organization which started the Festival.


The Festival is spread out at a variety of venues in downtown Salem, with the primary focus on Old Town Hall, Derby Square, Front Street, and Artists’ Row.  A Juried Art Show will be held in Old Town Hall throughout the festival, with an artisan street fair in the area around the building on Saturday and Sunday. Live performances this year will mostly be held outside (weather permitting) on Derby Square and Artists’ Row.  The event is rain or shine, with a rain location for performances held upstairs at Old Town Hall and on Artists’ Row.  A basic schedule is included below.


The Festival kicks off with an opening reception at Salem’s Old Town Hall on Friday, June 3rd at 6 p.m.  The free event allows visitors to enjoy beautiful art work while being entertained by renowned local and regional performers North Shore Chamber Music, Gretchen and the Pickpockets, Siren of the Circle, and headliners Picante Soul. In addition this year, Friday night will also serve as the grant reception for the Salem Cultural Council’s FY16 grantees.


One of the most anticipated events this year is “Move With Me”, a collaborative public art project led by artist and architect Claudia Paraschiv, featuring an installation of pinwheels over Front Street. Over the past few months, community groups and locals of all ages and abilities have decorated several hundred individual pinwheels made of reclaimed sailcloth, drawing their own interpretations of traditional textile patterns from different cultures around the world.


This year, the Salem Arts Festival also celebrates the very first “Mural Slam” on Artists’ Row, organized by the City of Salem’s Public Art Commission and Public Art Planner Deborah Greel. Murals will be painted throughout the weekend by 12 selected artists and will be completed by the end of the festival. In addition, the Festival marks the return of vendors to Artists’ Row, with both new and returning tenants for the 2016 season.


The goal of the Salem Arts Festival is to promote all the arts in Salem and to provide the entire North Shore arts community with an opportunity to showcase their talents. The Festival is run in collaboration with Salem Main Streets by a team of dedicated volunteers, including representatives from Creative Salem, Salem State University, the Peabody Essex Museum, and many more.


Visitors interested in attending the Salem Arts Festival can find easy access to the downtown by public transportation or parking at one of the many downtown lots in the City. Volunteers interested in helping with the Festival may contact Kylie Sullivan at


For more information, please visit

General Event Information


When? Fri. June 3 to Sun. June 5, 2016


Where? Downtown Salem: Artists’ Row, Old Town Hall, & Derby Square


Cost? All events are FREE and open to the public


For more information, visit the Salem Arts Festival or the Salem Main Streets websites. You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram

Schedule for 8th Annual Salem Arts Festival

Friday, June 3
  • 6:00 – 6:45PM: Kickoff Reception with North Shore Chamber Music (Old Town Hall )
  • 6:50 – 7:00PM: Salem Cultural Council Grant Announcements (Derby Square)
  • 7:00 – 7:45PM: Gretchen and the Pickpockets (Derby Square) 
  • 7:50 – 8:00PM: Siren of the Circle (Derby Square) 
  • 8:00 – 9:00PM: Picante Soul (Derby Square) 
Saturday, June 4
  • 11:00 – 6:00: Juried Art Exhibit (Old Town Hall), Street Fair & Art-Making Activities (Front Street and Artists’ Row)
  • 11:00 – 11:45AM: Vermillion Strings (Derby Square)
  • 12:00 – 12:45PM: ElectricAcidJazzCircus  (Derby Square)
  • 12:15 – 12:45PM: Meridian (Artists’ Row)
  • 12:45 – 1:15PM: Strange Interlude (Artists’ Row)
  • 1:00 – 1:45PM: Adrian DiMatteo (Derby Square)
  • 1:45 – 2:15PM: Dave Bailin (Artists’ Row)
  • 2:00 – 2:45PM: Greg Allen’s Fringe Religion (Derby Square) 
  • 2:45 – 3:15PM: Katherine Fuller (Old Town Hall Upstairs)
  • 2:45 – 3:15PM: Julie Dougherty (Artists’ Row) 
  • 3:15 – 4:00PM: Sarah Messias & Hunter Burgamy (Derby Square)
  • 4:00 – 4:30PM: Aurora Borealis Dance Company (Old Town Hall Upstairs)
  • 4:00 – 4:30PM: Francis X. Norton (Artists’ Row)
  • 4:15 – 5:00PM: Jalopy (Derby Square)
  • 5:00 – 5:30PM: Amy Spillert (Artists’ Row)
  • 5:15 – 6:00PM: The Tree House Charlatans (Derby Square)


Sunday, June 5
  • 10:45AM – 6:00PM: Juried Art Exhibit (Old Town Hall), Street Fair & Art-Making Activities (Front Street and Artists’ Row)
  • 10:45 – 11:30AM: Community Yoga Dance with Dale Lewinski (Old Town Hall)
  • 11:30AM to 12:15PM: Christopher Noran (Derby Square)
  • 12:15 – 12:45PM: Joey Phoenix (Artists’ Row)
  • 12:30 -1:15PM: Matt Heaton & the Outside Toys (Derby Square)
  • 1:15 – 1:45PM: Ashley Dawn (Artists’ Row)
  • 1:30 – 2:00PM: Flamenco Boston (Derby Square)
  • 2:00 – 2:50PM: Witch City Belly Dance (Artists’ Row)
  • 2:15 – 3:00PM: Soft Cactus (Derby Square)
  • 3:00 – 3:30PM: Thea Hopkins (Artists’ Row)
  • 3:00 – 3:30PM: Molly Rose Tupper (Old Town Hall Upstairs)
  • 3:15 – 4:00PM: Jazz Punishers (Derby Square)
  • 4:00 – 4:30PM: Striving Artists Theatre Company (Artists’ Row)
  •  4:15 – 5:00PM: Deep C Divers (Derby Square)
  • 4:30 – 5:30PM: Plummer Home, On Point, & Salem YMCA Ensembles (Artists’ Row)
  • 5:15 – 6:00PM: Machine 475 (Derby Square)


More About Salem Main Streets

Salem Main Streets 2015 LogoSalem Main Streets’ mission is the continued revitalization of downtown Salem as a vibrant, year-round, retail, dining and cultural destination through business retention, recruitment, and the promotion of the downtown district.  SMS produces and supports numerous community events and initiatives throughout the year, including the Salem Farmers’ Market, Salem Arts Festival, Salem’s So Sweet, and the October Information Booth.  SMS operates thanks to the generosity and partnership of the City of Salem and Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Destination Salem, and many other local business sponsors and community volunteers.  The Salem Arts Festival is additionally supported by Creative Salem, People’s United Bank, Scarlet Letter Press, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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