CAPE ANN SPECIALS & EVENTS

2016 Events

 
Paula Poundstone
Shalin Liu Performance Center
Friday
March 18
8 PM
Rockport
March 18, 2016
Click for details on Paula PoundstoneA beloved comic who thrives on spontaneity and improvisation, Paula Poundstone has been performing stand-up comedy for over 25 years, fine-tuning her craft over the years to become of the truly great humorists of our time.
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Brooks Williams with Jeremy Lyons
Old Sloop Coffeehouse
12 School Street
7:30pm
Rockport
March 19, 2016
Click for details on Brooks Williams with Jeremy LyonsBrooks Williams is a genre defying guitarist singer songwriter. It’s roots. It’s acoustic. He walks the line between blues and Americana, but there’s a bit of jazz and rockabilly thrown in for good measure. more  
Rockport Winter Farmers Market Market
Rockport Community House
58 Broadway
9 AM - 1 PM
Rockport
March 19, 2016
Click for details on Rockport Winter Farmers Market MarketWe have a fantastic group of fifteen local farmers and food producers lined up for Rockport Winter Farmers Market. Expect to see a variety of winter vegetables and fruits, hoop-house greens, grass-fed and sustainably raised meats, jams, cakes, & cheeses.. more  
Juilliard String Quartet
Shalin Liu Performance Center
Sunday
March 20
3 PM
Rockport
March 20, 2016
Click for details on Juilliard String QuartetWith The Juilliard School, the Juilliard begins a new collaboration in China during a spring tour of Asia. Their two tours of Europe include concerts in Spain, France, Switzerland and Germany... more  
Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
Shalin Liu Performance Center
Saturday
April 2
12:55 PM Saturday
April 2
7 PM (Encore Showing) 
Rockport
April 2, 2016
Click for details on Madama Butterfly by Giacomo PucciniKristine Opolais brings her heartbreaking interpretation of the title role in Madama Butterfly to Live in HD screens for the first time... more  
Met Lunch
Shalin Liu Performance Center
Saturday
April 2
12pm
Rockport
April 2, 2016
Click for details on Met LunchMet Lunches are provided in a beautiful oceanview setting in the third floor reception hall. Meals include a gourmet sandwich, a choice of chips or fruit, a dessert, and beverage.
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Hot Club of San Francisco Postcards from Gypsy Land
Shalin Liu Performance Center
Saturday
April 9
8pm
Rockport
April 9, 2016
Click for details on Hot Club of San Francisco   Postcards from Gypsy LandHot Club of San Francisco (HCSF) has integrated Django Reinhardt and Stephanie Grappeli’s jazz manouche style with their own disparate influences to create a unique sound of their own.more  
Don Quixote
Shalin Liu Performance Center
Sunday
April 10
12:55 PM
Rockport
April 10, 2016
Click for details on Don QuixoteCervantes’ eccentric hero Don Quixote leaves on journey full of adventures with his loyal squire Sancho. more  
Hermitage Piano Trio
Shalin Liu Performance Center
Friday
April 15
8 PM
Pre-Concert Talk
7 PM
Rockport
April 15, 2016
Click for details on Hermitage Piano TrioThe Washington Post raved that “three of Russia’s most spectacular young soloists… turned in a performance of such power and sweeping passion that it left you nearly out of breath.”
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Mile Twelve Bluegrass Band
The Hive
11 Pleasant St.
Gloucester 7pm
Gloucester
April 15, 2016
Click for details on Mile Twelve Bluegrass BandMile Twelve is a fresh and innovative new voice in contemporary bluegrass music. Based in Boston, MA they are fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances in New England bluegrass and folk circles. more  
The Atwater-Donnelly Band with Molly Pinto Madigan
Old Sloop Coffeehouse
12 School Street
7:30pm
Rockport
April 15, 2016
Click for details on The Atwater-Donnelly Band with Molly Pinto MadiganEvery performance is surprisingly different and always entertaining, exciting and educational with the award-winning duo Atwater-Donnelly, who provide a unique and thrilling blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music... more  
Met Lunch
Shalin Liu Performance Center
Saturday
April 16
12pm
Rockport
April 16, 2016
Click for details on Met LunchMet Lunches are provided in a beautiful oceanview setting in the third floor reception hall. Meals include a gourmet sandwich, a choice of chips or fruit, a dessert, and beverage.
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Roberto Devereux
Shalin Liu Performance Center
Saturday
April 16
12:55pm
Rockport
April 16, 2016
Click for details on Roberto DevereuxThe final opera in Donizetti’s “Tudor trilogy” focuses on the older Queen Elizabeth I, who is forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves. more  
Rockport Winter Farmers Market Market
Rockport Community House
58 Broadway
9 AM - 1 PM
Rockport
April 16, 2016
Click for details on Rockport Winter Farmers Market MarketWe have a fantastic group of fifteen local farmers and food producers lined up for Rockport Winter Farmers Market. Expect to see a variety of winter vegetables and fruits, hoop-house greens, grass-fed and sustainably raised meats, jams, cakes, & cheeses.. more  
We Banjo 3
Shalin Liu Performance Center
Friday
April 22
8 PM
Rockport
April 22, 2016
Click for details on We Banjo 3A dashing, young Galway-based foursome that combines bluegrass and old time string band music with traditional Irish folk, We Banjo 3 is taking the acoustic world by storm more  
Colin Hay
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
5 PM
Rockport
April 24, 2016
Click for details on Colin HayThe former Men at Work frontman, known for iconic 80’s hits like “Down Under,” “Who Can It Be Now?” and “Overkill,” comes to Rockport for the first time armed with a new album and that same distinctive voice and rakish Aussie charm. more  
Elektra by Richard Strauss
Shalin Liu Performance Center
Saturday
April 30
12:55 PM
Rockport
April 30, 2016
Click for details on Elektra by Richard StraussStrauss’s blazing tragedy about an ancient Greek princess hell-bent on revenge comes to the Met in the final opera production by the legendary director Patrice Chéreau, who died in 2014.more  
Met Lunch
11:30 AM MET Lunch April 30
2016 Pre-Opera Talk 12 PM Shalin Liu Performance Center
Rockport
April 30, 2016
Click for details on Met LunchMet Lunches are provided in a beautiful oceanview setting in the third floor reception hall. Meals include a gourmet sandwich, a choice of chips or fruit, a dessert, and beverage.
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The Waifs
Shalin Liu Performance Center
Thursday
May 5
8 PM
Rockport
May 5, 2016
Click for details on The WaifsIt’s easy to see why as their infectious, harmony-drenched country-folk makes quite an impression no matter what side of the world you’re living. more  
Martyn Joseph with Ian Foster
Old Sloop Coffeehouse
12 School Street
7:30pm
Rockport
May 7, 2016
Click for details on Martyn Joseph with Ian FosterMartyn Joseph is a performer like no other: Shades of Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right... more  
Members of the Handel and Haydn Society
Shalin Liu Performance Center
Saturday
May 7
8 PM
Rockport
May 7, 2016
Click for details on Members of the  Handel and Haydn SocietyThis concert will feature a richly diverse program of Vivaldi and Bach, as well as pieces by Geminiani, Torelli, and Telemann.
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Choro das 3
Shalin Liu Performance Center
Thursday
May 12
7 PM
Rockport
May 12, 2016
Click for details on Choro das 3A Brazilian group playing traditional choro music, Choro das 3 have made it their mission to revive the choro tradition in Brazil and spread its distinctive sound around the globe. more  
BOSTON CHILDREN’S CHORUS
Shalin Liu Performance Center
Saturday
May 14
3 PM
Rockport
May 14, 2016
Click for details on BOSTON CHILDREN’S CHORUSThe Boston Children’s Chorus unites children ages 7-18 from diverse backgrounds to discover the power of singing and transcend social barriers in a celebration of shared humanity and love of music more  
Ottmar Liebert, guitar
Shalin Liu Performance Center
Sunday
May 15
5 PM
Rockport
May 15, 2016
Click for details on Ottmar Liebert, guitarOne of the most successful instrumentalists working today, guitarist Ottmar Liebert has created a niche for himself, creating a sound that borrows from flamenco, new age, jazz, rock and Pan-Latin music.
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Motif No. 1 Day
Downtown Rockport
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Rockport
May 21, 2016
Downtown Rockport will come alive with music, art, dance and poetry on Motif No. 1 Day on Saturday, May 21. more  
Motif No. 1 Day 5K Road Race
From Rockport Harbor to Marmion Way and Back
9:00 a.m. start
Rockport
May 21, 2016
Start your Motif No. 1 Day celebration in Rockport with a brisk seaside 5k run that starts in downtown Rockport at Harvey Park and ends at T-Wharf on Rockport Harbor. Then spend the rest of a beautiful spring day at Rockport's annual Motif No. 1 Day. more  
Independence Day Celebrations
Gloucester
Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport
Cape Ann, Massachusetts
July 3, 2016 - July 4, 2016
Click for details on Independence Day CelebrationsCape Ann Celebrates Independence Day with Free Concerts, Fireworks, Parades, Bonfires, and more. more  
Rockport Fireworks Display
Old Granite Pier
Sandy Bay
Rockport
August 13, 2016
Click for details on Rockport Fireworks DisplayAs dusk descends on Rockport, settle in at Back Beach and the American Legion Bandstand to watch the fourth annual summertime fireworks display over Sandy Bay. more  
Rockport Rotary Club Lobsterfest
Back Beach at the American Legion Bandstand
3-7 pm
Rockport
August 13, 2016
Rockport Rotarians will host their annual public LobsterFest cookout on scenic Back Beach in Rockport, MA. This year's Lobsterfest will be followed by an evening fireworks display over Sandy Bay from Old Granite Pier.
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12th Annual Rockport HarvestFest
Downtown Rockport
9 AM - 6 PM
Rockport
October 15, 2016
The annual Rockport HarvestFest celebration features the best of the season in a quintessential coastal New England setting, offering live music, great food, and plenty of activities for families. more  
Rockport HarvestFest
Rockport October 15
2016: 9am to 6pm
Rockport
October 15, 2016
The annual Rockport Harvestfest celebration features the best of the season in a quintessential coastal New England setting, offering live music, great food, and plenty of activities for families. more  
Santa's Arrival in Rockport and Tree Lighting
T-Wharf on Rockport Harbor
and Dock Square
1 - 5 PM
Rockport
December 3, 2016
Click for details on Santa's Arrival in Rockport and Tree LightingSanta arrives in Rockport Harbor on a lobster boat, followed by a parade from T-Wharf to Dock Square for the town Tree Lighting festivities. more