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Antique & Classic Boat Festival 2023

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Dates:Monday, August 28, 2023 - Tuesday, August 29, 2023
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$ see below
Category:Fairs & Festivals

antique  classic boat festival 2023 photoDue to numerous challenges and changes at Safe Harbor Hawthorne Cove Marina, we regret that we will not be able to hold the Festival in 2022. The possibility of future Festivals elsewhere is still to be determined.

Ahoy! You don’t get to see boats like this every day! See a wonderful variety of rare vintage motor yachts and sailboats from 1900-1960s.

See a wonderful variety of rare vintage motor yachts and sailboats from 1900-1960s. Meet skippers and crews and vote for your favorite boats. Children get to make their own wee boat, and all can board real ones! Boat rides, crafts market, artists, old-time band music, the Blessing of the Fleet and more!

The flash of polished bronze and gleam of varnished wood across the water will be the order of the day as elegant antique and classic yachts sail into the host city of Salem.

Mostly wood, primarily private yachts and aesthetically stunning, the vessels will be on display to the public over the weekend at Hawthorne Cove Marina.

A hallmark of the Festival is the great variety of craft exhibited. “Where else,” says Pat Wells, Coordinator, “can one see 1900s-60s motor yachts, mahogany speedboats, sloops, yawls, schooners and a 19th century gold-leaf canoe!

Although many of these craft are museum quality, they are real boats in the water and in use by their owners today.'

COST↑ top

$5 Donation, children under 12 free



10 White Street, Hawthorne Marina Cove, Salem, MA map
Phone: (978) 740-9890

Hawthorne Cove Marina is at 10 White Street, Salem, MA 01970, Tel: 617-666-8530

By Sea: Check coordinates on for the Marina. Call Channel 9 as you approach for docking assistance.

By car: The Marina is one block from the House of Seven Gables [Derby Street]. Please continue on Derby St. and take a right on Blaney Street to the Festival parking lot. Its free! Trailered craft and other landside exhibitors can turn right on White Street to unload before parking at the adjacent Festival parking lot.

By Boat Ramp: Continue down Derby Street past White Street about a mile. Derby Street turns into Fort Avenue. Turn right at sign to Winter Island Park and follow the signs to the ramp.

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 about three-quarters mile walk from the station.

Parking is free.


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