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Salem Willows Seafood Festival
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Salem Willows Seafood FestivalIndulge yourself at the Salem Willows Seafood Festival! The North Shore's top restaurants will be serving-up their famous seafood specialties. Lobster galore, fried clams and all the New England Favorites! Nonstop entertainment, Culinary Chef Demonstrations, local crafts and merchants, KiddieLand, Beverage Court and Fireworks!


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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
  • Shetland Properties, 29 Congress St, Salem, MA *Saturday and Sunday only.
  • Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA *Parking for hotel guests only
  • Salem Waterfront Hotel, 225 Derby St, Salem, MA *Parking for hotel guests only
  • Train Station, 252 Bridge St Salem, MA
  • Salem Ferry Landing, 10 Blaney St, Salem, MA

Festival Facts:

  • The North Shore's top restaurants showcase 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 Pat Whitley’s Restaurant Show, showcasing the region’s most famous chefs.
  • Kiddie Land with games, face painting and activities.
  • Local Arts, Craftsmen and merchants promoting their handmade products.
  • Beverage Courtyard serving beer and wine.
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

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

Hours of Operation

Friday:  12:00PM-10:00PM

Saturday:  11:00AM-10:00PM

Sunday:  11:00AM-10:00PM

Entertainment & Special Events
  • Lobster Roll Eating Competition on Saturday, July 12 at 2:00PM
  • Spectacular Fireworks display on Saturday, July 12 9:30PM
    *Rain Date Sunday, July 13 at 9:30PM
  • Lobster Plunge on Sunday, July 13 at 2:00PM

Friday July 11

  • Noon to 2:00pm:  The Funky Divas of Gospel
    'Let the music take your soul where it wants to go'
  • 2:30 to 4:30pm:  North River Acoustic Group
    'Acoustic versions of the songs you love'
  • 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. 
  • 7:30 to 9:30pm: Cooper's Escape
    'New England's fun time party band

Saturday July 12

Sunday July 13

  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.
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