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August 2021

Rockport Fireworks over Sandy Bay

August 14 @ 9:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Fireworks are returning to Rockport this summer on Saturday, August 14.  Organizers of the annual summer fireworks display over Rockport's Sandy Bay recently received permission from the Board of Selectman  to move ahead with this summer’s "Illumination Weekend". The 2021 Rockport Fireworks will be part of an extended "Illuminations Weekend" in Rockport from Friday, August 13 through Sunday, August 15, with the overall theme of "Lobstas & Lights".  A wide range of fun and interactive experiences are currently being planned…

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Rockport Celtic Festival 2021

August 20 @ 8:00 pm - August 22 @ 9:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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Exploring Celtic Roots & Branches WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan & Maeve Gilchrist, co-artistic directors Rockport Music and co-artistic directors–WGBH host Brian O’Donovan and harpist Maeve Gilchrist–return with a Celtic Festival that explores traditional and contemporary music from around the Celtic world. Exploring Celtic Roots and Branches features a wide, and quite extraordinary variety, of new and familiar musicians, singers, dancers, and storytellers. Each evening program will have two performances (4:30 & 8 PM) with distanced (1-2 seats between parties) seating.

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Michael Trusnovec and Company – Legacy: Looking Forward and Glancing Backward

August 27 @ 7:30 pm - August 28 @ 9:00 pm
Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, 257R Granite Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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$34.00

A full evening of modern dance featuring dancers Michael Trusnovec, Lloyd Knight, Xin Ying, and Annmaria Mazzini performing the work of Paul Taylor, Martha Graham and Margie & Chris Gillis. Additional music by virtuoso guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan.

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Paula Cole

August 27 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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Hometown favorite Paula Cole debuts her latest album American Quilt, showcasing her ability to meld a variety of genres including jazz, folk and country. Enjoy her take on classics like “Black Mountain Blues” and “What a Wonderful World,” as well a new original, “Hidden in Plain Sight.”  

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Quiana Lynell

August 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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A stunningly talented young vocalist out of New Orleans who won the 2017 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Quiana Lynell fuses her gospel roots with jazz chops and bluesy swagger. She makes her first appearance in Rockport touring behind her acclaimed debut record A Little Love.  

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Rockport New Year’s Eve “Summer Sampler”

August 29 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, 257R Granite Street
Rockport, MA 01966
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$10 – $20

Enjoy a preview of this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration on the outdoor stage at the Windhover Center for the Performing Arts! What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? is a veteran RNYE musical favorite, and Trend N Motion is an exciting hip-hop dance group that will be making their first RNYE appearance. Named after a Victorian children’s game, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? can time-travel from 1960s New Orleans soul back to the minstrels of Medieval France before landing in the Tin Pan…

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September 2021

Trails & Sails

September 17 @ 8:00 am - September 26 @ 5:00 pm
Essex National Heritage Area
Free

Discover special places in your backyard from Friday Sept. 17 through Sunday Sept. 26! Be guided through unique landscapes on land and sea, explore historic properties, and take in cultural experiences of all kinds. Find what makes Essex County like nowhere else during Trails & Sails!

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December 2021

Santa’s Arrival by Lobster Boat & Tree-Lighting Ceremony

December 4 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Downtown Rockport, Main Street, Bearskin Neck, Dock Square ...
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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Free
Christmas in Rockport

Join us for the return of this cherished Rockport tradition.  Santa will arrive at  T-Wharf on Rockport Harbor on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 1 PM, following a brisk lobster boat ride across Sandy Bay. Then Santa will climb up onto a Rockport Forest Fire truck and proceed along T-Wharf and Broadway to the church hall at the the First Baptist Church, led by Rockport cub scouts. Santa will be able to linger a while to visit and have photos…

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