Top 5 Things To Do and See Right Now

It’s time to make the most of the last days of summer, so get out and enjoy the warm August weather with some great local events and eats!

Harold Parker State Forest, Andover

Harold Parker State Forest, Andover

Spend Time on the River. Head over to Andover’s Harold Parker State Forest for some fabulous, family-friendly programs that are all free. Each Friday in August, discover what lives in our New England ponds with Creature Catch, nets and buckets are provided. Then on Saturdays, learn the basic skills for fishing while seeing what different species of fish reside here, rods and bait are provided or bring your own. Plus, on Wednesdays you can walk the woods with a guide or join the Soapstone Quarry Hikes held each Sunday. Just be sure to bring water, apply sunscreen and bug spray and wear good shoes! Click here to learn more. 

Shop the Farmer’s Market. Embrace the season’s best fruits, veggies and treats at the Groundwork Farmer’s Markets. Extended through until the end of October, you have two chances each week to indulge in these fresh finds. On Wednesdays, visit Campagnone North Common and on Saturdays check out Lawrence Catholic Academy parking lot, 101 Parker Street. You’ll find the market open in these locations 10AM-3PM. So, come and support your local farmers and connect with your neighbors. Click here for details and payment options. 

Have Dinner at the Longest Table. Usher in Haverhill’s 2019 Restaurant Week with this one-of-a-kind dinner party, The Longest Table, that benefits L’Arche Boston North on August 22nd. For one night only, Wingate Street will be transformed into a table where everyone can come together for one incredible meal. See all the amazing restaurants participating and get your tickets now. 

Visit a Farm for Festivals and More. August is all about peaches at Cider Hill Farm in nearby Amesbury. Kick off your weekend with Food Trucks Fridays all August long or take in the Peach & Truck Fesitval on August 17th. You’ll also find great ways to get creative with August 15th’s Petals and Peaches class, where you can learn to create floral displays in this summer-y hue. And get your yoga on with classes held throughout the month from top yogis, then try a free Barre class on August 24th. Plus, they have a host of children’s programs, farm tours and even hard cider tastings—all just a short drive from Riverwalk.

Add a Little Texture to Your Week. Our neighboring city of Lowell is celebrating August as Textile Month. So while we have a great mill history here, take a moment to explore Lowell’s art galleries and Museums for a variety of quilt and fiber exhibits in America’s original “Mill City,” from August 3rdthrough September 14th. You’ll find fun Quilt Portraits and even have the opportunity to try Mindful Weaving, a hands-on meditative program for all weavers, especially beginners.