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Gables Fest

Join us for the party!

August 4, 2018 at 4:00pm

You are invited to join in our community celebration of 350 years of stories at The Gables.

Our very special thanks to the Creative Collective. They’ve helped to assemble a group of global musicians as well as local vendors who will make this event even more spectacular. Get ready to light the night with Retonica and listen to sweet sounds all day thanks to Upside Media.

Day of Ticket costs

$30.00 adults

$5.00 kids under 12

*No discounts are available on the day of the event.*

Parking and transportation: August 4 will be a busy day in Salem! We would suggest public transportation via the MBTA or Salem Ferry. A ride-sharing service can do drop off and pick up right at 115 Derby Street. Parking is available at the Blaney Street Parking Lot/Salem Ferry Lot, the South Harbor Garage, and the Museum Place Mall Garage.

Seating: BYO seating! We suggest lightweight camp chairs or picnic blankets or just dance and enjoy the music!

Schedule of Events:


Entertainment Location Entertainment Type
4:00 – 4:45 DUNYA Mainstage An Eastern Turkish Renaissance Ensemble playing traditional Turkish music.
4:00 – 6:00 The Portermen Music Nook Sea Shanties
4:00 – 5:00 John Raymond Jerome Music Nook Acoustic
4:00 – 6:00 Glen French Music Nook Acoustic guitar
5:00 – 5:45 Dhangsang Lughar/Music of Tibet: Mainstage Tibetan Opera Dancers sharing the history of Tibet through their music and dance.
5:00 – 6:00 Alexandra and Josh Music Nook Acoustic Duo
5:00 – 7:00 Carubia Brass Band Music Nook Trio playing olde-time American hits
6:00 – 6:45 The Craft Ensemble:  Mainstage All-women’s classical string trio
6:00 – 7:00  Allen Estes Music Nook Country/Rock/Acoustic
6:00 – 8:15 Claude Fournier Music Nook Piano hits
6:30 – 8:00 Mona Shoola Music Nook Belly dance troupe
7:00 – 8:00 The Immigrant Experience: A Cantata by John Kramer: Mainstage “this timely piece reflects the issues surrounding immigration, and features texts by the Founding Fathers and others that established the United States as a welcoming place — a place, in the words of George Washington, “open to receive not only the opulent and respectable stranger but the oppressed and persecuted of all nations and religions.” Kramer’s cantata is composed in seven movements for choir, soloists, violin, clarinet, cello, and piano.
 ~ 8:00 Lights up! Garden and Gables Light experience with the Gables and gardens
8:30 – 10:00 John Keegan & Madhouse Mainstage with plans to get everyone on their feet and dancing to cap off the night!


Food and Drink: Gables staff will have a small concession stand. Outside food and drink are not permitted. Re-entry to the event is permitted with your Gables Fest bracelet if you wish to explore other dining options in Salem. Food will be served until ~9:00. Drinks will be served until ~9:30. Outside food and beverage will not be permitted due to our licensing agreement with the city of Salem.

  • Bon Me (Phippen)
  • Smokin’ Betty’s (Phippen)
  • Ipswich Ale (Phippen)
  • Rumson’s Rum and wine (Boat)
  • Basic concessions (seaside lawn)

Trade Demonstrations (4:00 – 7:00 p.m.): Rug Hookers (Hooper Hathaway); Quilters (Seaside Lawn)

Museum Store (4:00 – 8:30 p.m.)

Tours: First floor of The Gables Gables (4:00 – 7:00 p.m.); Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace (5:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

Living History Lab (5:00 – 8:00 p.m.) Colonial Toys and Games by the exit arch