Antique & Classic Boat Festival

Plan Your Visit

Come and enjoy the boats, music and other activities.  Children are thrilled to get on a boat, go for a boat ride and make their own wee boat.  Hear free live music throughout the weekend. See the schedule below for musicians and the times they play.  Admission is only $5 and children under 12 are free. The show goes on rain or shine!

Festival Location
The Antique and Classic Boat Festival is held at SHM Hawthorne Cove Marina, Salem, MA, 01970, Tel: 978-740-9890. Please note that the public entrance for the Festival is on Turner St.

By sea: Check coordinates for Hawthorne Cove Marina. For docking assistance, call channel 8.

By car: The visitor’s entrance is on Turner Street opposite the House of Seven Gables (visitor drop off is at the corner of Derby and Turner Streets). There is no public parking at the marina. On-street parking is limited. Parking options include Salem South Harbor Parking Garage, 10 Congress St, Salem, Google map link is,-70.8901526,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x98cbf6993220c862 and a free option is Bentley School, 25 Memorial Drive, Salem. Google map link is,-70.8832437,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89e31440f89a7315:0xe72119438d1f201f  Trailered craft and other landside exhibitors may turn right on White Street to unload at the marina. You will then be directed where to park.

By boat ramp: Continue down Derby Street past Turner Street for approximately one mile. Derby Street turns into Fort Avenue. Turn right at sign to Winter Island Park and follow the signs to the ramp.

By ferry from Boston: Take the Salem Ferry directly to the Festival! This is a 50 minute trip from Boston. There are six round trips daily. Visit the Salem Ferry website at or call them at 978-741-0220.

By public transportation: There is MBTA train and bus service from Boston to Salem. Rail service is on the Gloucester/Newburyport line out of North Station, Boston. Buses 450 and 455/459 run between Haymarket Square, Boston, and Salem Depot on weekends. The Festival is three-quarters of a mile from the station. MBTA information and schedules are available on mbta.com2018 Summer Special – Starting June 9th, there is a special MBTA commuter rail weekend fare – $10 for unlimited rides. Take the train to Salem for the festival!


2019 Festival Daily Schedule

Here is our 2019 schedule for Friday August 23, Saturday August 24 and Sunday August 25:
Public viewing hours are Saturday, 11:00AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Day Time Activity Location
3:00-6:00PM Boat Registration and Check-In Marina Deck
5:00-6:00PM Social Hour Marina Deck
6:00-8:00PM Reception and buffet with Dan MacInnis Trio (skippers and crews) House of the Seven Gables
7:30-10:00AM Continental Breakfast (skippers and crew) Marina Deck
9:00-11:00AM Boat Registration and Check-In Marina Deck
10:00-11:00AM Opening Ceremony heralded by bagpipes Marina Deck
10:00-11:00AM Welcome by Mayor Kimberly Driscoll Marina Deck
10:00-11:00AM Presentation of the Edgar B. Caffrey Award to Erik Ronnberg Jr. Marina Deck
10:00-11:00AM Introduction of Judges Marina Deck
10:00-11:00AM Skipper's Meeting Marina Deck
10:00AM-5:00PM Exhibits and Crafts Market Exhibits Tent
10:00-5:00PM Children's Activities Marina Deck
11:00AM-5:00PM Vessels on Public Display C Dock
11:00AM-5:00PM Judging of Boats C Dock
12:00-1:00PM New New Orleans Jazz Band Marina Deck
1:30-3:00PM The Mood Elevators Marina Deck
3:00-5:00PM Toby Tobas Steel Pans Marina Deck
6:00-7:00PM Social Hour and Auction (skippers and crew) Marina Deck
7:00-9:00PM Dinner Party and Awards Presentation (ticket holders) Exhibits Tent
7:30-10:00AM Continental Breakfast Marina Deck
10:30AM Boaters' Worship Service (All Welcome!) Marina Deck
11:00AM-3:00PM Vessels on Public Display C Dock
11:00AM-3:00PM Crafts Market Exhibits Tent
11:00AM-3:00PM Children's Activities Marina Deck
12:30-1:30PM Three Sheets to the Wind Marina Deck
2:00-3:00PM Outrageous Fortune Jug Band Marina Deck
3:00PM Announcement of Spectators' Choice winners Marina Deck
3:00PM Blessing of the Fleet with “Amen” Response C Dock

Vote for your favorite sailboat and powerboat!
Ballots can be picked up at the Admission tent.
Don’t forget to cast your ballot on the way out.

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