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Salem Willows Seafood Festival
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2nd Annual Salem Willows Seafood Festival

Indulge Yourself at the Salem Willows Seafood Festival! Dozens of restaurants and food vendors serve up their seafood specialties including lobster, chowder, shrimp, clams & all the New England Favorites! Nonstop entertainment with the best regional bands, sample culinary masterpieces at the Wicked Bites Culinary Demonstrations tent, Kiddie Land, Local Arts, Crafts & Merchants. Beverage Courtyard serving beer & wine. Fireworks Saturday night at 9:30pm!


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Map and Directions
The Salem Willows Seafood Festival is located at the
Salem Willows
187 Fort Avenue in Salem, MA 01970.
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Parking & Trolley Service

We want you to ENJOY the festival, so save yourself the aggravation of driving to the Willows to find NO Parking! The best way to get to the festival is to park at one of the satellite lots with shuttle service provided by Salem Trolleys for $5 round-trip or $3 one-way with children under 10 free. Take Salem Trolleys from one of the following locations.

  • National Park Visitors Center, Essex Street, Salem, MA

  • Salem Ferry Landing, 10 Blaney St, Salem, MA

  • Shetland Properties, 29 Congress St, Salem, MA *Saturday and Sunday only.


Special Events:

  • Lobster Roll Eating Competition on Saturday at 2:00PM

  • Spectacular Fireworks display on Saturday at 9:30PM 

  • Lobster Plunge on Sunday at 2:00PM

Non-Stop Bands All Weekend Long!

Friday, July 10 

  • 12:00 to 1:30pm Hilton Park HILTON PARK is an original acoustic/vocal family trio from New England noted for their earthy, emotionally expressive and superbly crafted Americana, Folk & Blues http://www.hiltonparkband.com/ 
  • 2:00 to 4:30 Crab Shack Band  
  • 5:00 to 7:00pm Gretchen and the Pickpockets
    An alternative-rock band hailing from New Hampshire and offers a unique blend of sounds. A Boston regional winner and global finalist in the Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands.  www.gretchenandthepickpockets.com
  • 7:30 to 10:00pm Britannica
    Britannica is the premier Classic British Rock Band of New England!

 Saturday July 11

Sunday July 11

Festing Guide

Festival Facts:

  • Seafood Galore! Dozens of vendors serve up their seafood specialties including fresh lobster, homemade chowder, succulent shrimp, fried clams and all the New England Favorites!

  • Nonstop entertainment on the Salem Willows Shell featuring the best regional bands around including: Don't Call Me Shirley, Lisa Love Experience and Hooda Thunk!

  • Culinary Chef Demonstrations hosted by Wicked Bites & Pat Whitley’s Restaurant Show, showcasing the region’s most famous chefs.

  • Kiddie Land with games, face painting and activities.

  • Local crafts and merchants.

  • Beverage Courtyard serving beer and wine.

Hours of Operation

Friday:  12:00PM-10:00PM

Saturday:  11:00AM-10:00PM

Sunday:  11:00AM-6:00PM

Festival Admission

 $5 per Adult with children under 10 FREE.  Senior Discount offered on Friday from 12:00PM-4:00 with a $2 admission for anyone over the age of 60

CLICK here to purchase tickets in advance

  *A portion of Admissions goes back to support the City of Salem Parks & Recreation Department.

  1. DO NOT count your calories and don’t eat before you come!
  2. Be prepared to have fun and make new friends!
  3. Wear comfortable shoes!
  4. Make an early reservation at one of Salem’s fine lodging establishments.
  5. Bring your friends and family!
  6. Pets are NOT allowed, please leave them at home. *Service animals welcome.
  7. TAKE the TROLLEY!
Vendor Applications
10 - 12

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