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September 27, 2023

Chamber Events

36th Annual Love Greater Cape Ann Fundraising Auction

Thursday, September 28 | 5 - 10 PM

Cruiseport Gloucester

$100 per person - Table of 10 $1000

The Silent Auction is Open for Bidding! What a tremendous line up of Silent Auction items we have for the 36th Annual Love Greater Cape Ann Fundraising Auction!


Seventy great silent auction items have been generously donated by our members and supporters. Click here to view all the items, enter your bidder information, and get the bidding started!


The bidding in the Silent Auction is open to all. You do not need to be present at the live event to bid on Silent Auction items.

Annual Businesswomen's Fall Luncheon

Thursday, October 12 | 11 AM - 2 PM

$75 Members | $85 Non-members

Join us at the Beauport Hotel for networking, lunch and an incredible group of panelists sharing their stories and empowering women to reinvent themselves to thrive in business. 

The 2023 Fall Luncheon focuses on the "The Art of Reinvention" and features the following four panelists:

  • Gal Brenner Natasia: Author of "The Fruit You'll Never See"
  • Christina Frei: Author of "The Generosity Practice: 40 Days to Unstoppable”"
  • Melissa Gilbo & Amy Pocsik: Co-founders of the Women's Business League

Read Panelist Bios | Download Flyer

Register Today

Business After Hours at Oliver's Harbor

Wednesday, October 18 | 5 - 7 PM

64 Main Street, Gloucester

Join us and fellow chamber members at Oliver’s Harbor for our October Business After Hours. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. And remember to bring your business card for a door prize raffle!

Download Flyer | Register Now

Save the Dates

39th Annual Essex ClamFest and Arts & Crafts Festival

Saturday, October 21 | 11 AM - 4 PM

(Rain Date: Sunday, October 22)

Join us for the 39th Annual Essex ClamFest and Arts & Crafts Festival, from 11 am to 4 pm at Shepard Memorial Park in Essex. Although the highlight of the day is the Chowder Tasting Competition (Come taste Cape Ann’s finest chowders from Noon to 1 pm and vote for your favorite!) there is also a great variety of activities, including arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities, and plenty of food vendors on-site! 

Sponsorships Available

$25K Game

Thursday, October 26 | 5 - 7 PM

The Elks at Bass Rocks

Tickets are in the house! A total of $25,000 is given away, including a Grand Prize of $10,000! All tickets, including the 50/50 Raffle, are available at the Chamber. You may also purchase tickets now on the Chamber website at

Member & Community Events

Please Check the Full Community Calendar for All Member Event Listings



Community Night

Wednesday, September 27 | 4 - 7 PM

Appleton Farms, Ipswich

Celebrate the love we have for our community & neighbors at this wood-fired pizza event- just for the locals! There will be free hayrides in the Great Pasture, complimentary farmhouse cookies and live music by Jake Roche. Wood-fired pizza will be available for purchase. 

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Anniversary Exhibition

September 28 - October 29

Thursday - Sunday | 12 - 5 PM

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 1 | 4 - 7 PM

In celebration of the Cape Ann Artisans? 40th anniversary and Gloucester's 400th anniversary, current and past members of the Artisans will be presenting their artwork at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. Center stage is the opportunity to visit each studio individually and chat with artists about their work. The Fall Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8th – 10AM to 5PM.  Learn More

Cape Ann Maker's Market - Moonrise Market and

Oktoberfest Moonrise Party

Friday, September 29 | 5 - 9 PM

Emerson Inn

Don't miss the last of Cape Ann Makers Market's (CAMM) monthly 2023 summer Moonrise Markets, in partnership with the Emerson Inn. The market event will feature over a dozen Cape Ann Artisans, Crafters & Makers offering nature and coastal inspired handmade art and crafts, including jewelry, metalsmithing, painting, photography, fiber arts, candles, hand harvested artisanal sea salts, natural body care and much more. In addition, the historic Emerson Inn is offering picnic food available for purchase, a dinner buffet (buffet reservations required), cash bar service, and live music to accompany while you shop and take in the spectacular ocean front vista and full moon rising!

Old Sloop Presents Scott Cook — Conor Ryan Hennessy opens

Friday, September 29 | 7:30 - 10 PM

12 School St, Rockport,

In 2007, Scott quit his job teaching kindergarten in Taiwan and moved into a minivan. He’s made his living as a troubadour ever since, touring almost incessantly across Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere, averaging 150 shows and a dozen summer festivals a year, and releasing seven albums of plainspoken, keenly observant verse along the way. His latest collection Tangle of Souls comes packaged in a cloth-bound, 240-page hardcover book of road stories and ruminations, equal parts introspection and insurrection. Buy Tickets

Choate Island Day

Saturday, September 30 | 10 AM - 3 PM

Crane Wildlife Refuge (Meet at Crane Beach)

Discover an island treasure in Essex Bay. The public is welcome to explore the island, which is part of the Crane Wildlife Refuge and is home to a variety of animals, plants, and centuries of human history to discover. Choose the guided option to learn about the history and ecology of the Island with our CraneOutdoors guides, or self-guided to explore on your own. Boat transportation will be provided to and from Choate Island from the Crane Beach parking lot. Self-Guided Tickets | 10 AM Guided Tickets | 12:30 PM Guided Tickets

A Quarryman's Tales & Tools

Saturday, September 30 | 10 - 11:30 AM

Halibut Point State Park

Fred Peterson shares quarrying tales and his vintage quarryman's tools. You will learn about the 150-year granite quarrying industry of yesteryear and about today’s use of granite! Join us for this fascinating presentation and demonstration of hand-tool granite stone splitting—not to be missed!  

Crow Fest 2023

Saturday, September 30 | 10 AM - 2 PM

Common Crow Natural Market

200 Eastern Ave. Gloucester

Join Common Crow Natural Market for the fun, food, live music, deals and free stuff! 20% off groceries, 10% case discount for beer/wine, and free basket raffles. Face painting and pumpkin decorating for the kids with Art Haven. Download Flyer

French Spectacular- Cape Ann Symphony

Sunday, October 1 | 2 - 4 PM

Manchester Essex RHS

The 2023-24 Season opens with the music of Lili Boulganer, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel in an exciting French Spectacular. The concert will end with the ever popular Bolero.

Annual Hoedown

Monday, October 2 | 12 - 4 PM

Strongwater Farm, Tewksbury MA 01876

Fundrasising event supporting our Strongwater Farm's Programs. Family Friendly event with live music, hayrides, games, local vendors. 

Glen T. MacLeod Cape Ann YMCA Golf Tournament

Monday, October 2 | 10:30 Registration, 12 PM Start

Bass Rocks Golf Club

Spots are still available! Your participation in and support allows families and individuals in our communities to have access to programming, services, and resources they need through financial assistance and scholarships. Register here for the 2023 Glen T. Macleod Cape Ann Y golf tournament and tee up for a good cause.

Shadow Days

Gloucester Biotech Academy

Wednesday, October 4 & October 11

10:30 AM - 12 PM

Gloucester Biotech Academy’s certificate program is in full swing, and we’re excited to open up our labs to potential new students! Please spread the word about our upcoming Shadowing Days. These are casual events where applicants/prospective applicants can pair up with one of our students, see our labs in action, and chat with students and teachers about the program. Download Flyer

Building Community: Work Together, Give Back

Thursday, October 5 | 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Wylie Center | Tupper Manor at Endicott

Join WORKS by JD for a networking event and learning opportunity! This panel of local experts and leaders from the design and building industries will discuss how collaboration and teamwork are essential to achieving goals. Collaborating to build beautiful homes is what we do every day. We're inviting you as a homeowner, professional, or member of the trades to gather with us and ask, "How can we influence, collaborate and work as a team to give back to our communities?" We hope you will walk away inspired and ready to accomplish great things in our greater community. RSVP Now

Ipswich Illumination

October 6, 7 & 8

See Full Schedule

The town of Ipswich will be beautifully illuminated as bonfire floats glide along the Ipswich River while the streets come alive with music, dance, poetry, projections and more.

Performing Arts Centers

Rockport Music

Shalin Liu Performance Center

Manhattan Short Film Festival: September 28 - October 8

Windhover Center for the Performing Arts

Save the Date

Cape Ann Plein Air

Gala Awards Ceremony & Premiere Party

Saturday, October 14 | 5 - 9 PM

Cape Ann Plein Air’s Gala is the art event of the year! Please join CAPA as they offer for sale 190 paintings created during the week in the Cape Ann area by 38 remarkable plein air artists from all over the country. Come meet the artists and see which exceptional paintings received awards. A wonderful spread is promised, exquisitely presented by Vinwood Catering. Music for our Gala will be provided by talented duo Brian King and Joe Cardoza! Buy Tickets

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