Rockport Makers’ Festival Returns for the Second Year
December 14 - December 15
For the second year, the Rockport Makers’ Festival returns to Rockport this December 14 and 15, 2019. This holiday festival is produced by a partnership of the Town of Rockport, Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company, and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.
The town-wide festival encourages holiday shoppers to buy artisan made gifts, and activates the village with festive events that celebrate the season, including free horse drawn carriage rides on Bearskin Neck, live music, and a “winter cocktail and beer tent”, featuring local Ryan & Wood Distillery and a selection of local brewers.
Throughout the downtown area and at Whistlestop Mall, over 50 of Rockport’s own creative businesses will be showcasing their maker-made gifts, as well as hosting interactive events in their shops, galleries, and restaurants. Events include a “Do-It-Yourself Candle Bar” at Rockport Candle Company and a free “Print-Your-Own Screen Print” with Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company.
Additionally, a juried indoor Holiday Market brings over 40 creative brands from the local area and all over New England to sell their handmade wares at three locations in the village: the Rockport Art Association & Museum, Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant, and Spiran Hall. The market will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day and admission is free.
Other attractions include: an indoor Holiday Food Market hosted by Rockport Exchange on Saturday; Food Trucks; Saturday evening entertainment including a live concert at The Old Sloop Coffee House, a free holiday movie showing at Spiran Hall; and giveaway offers such as free tote bags (while supplies last) and a raffle prize.
A printed event map will be available to guide visitors to the many attractions, and a full schedule is available on the event website, www.rockportmakers.com.