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On Saturday, July 30, Manchester’s summertime celebration of local art, music, and food – Festival by the Sea, returns to downtown. The popular annual event will feature close to 100 artists ranging from artisans to jewelers and crafters, and it will stretch from Town Hall Common throughout town and into Reeds Park and Masconomo Park.

Visitors will find not only beautiful artwork and jewelry, but a variety of foods provided by local restaurants and food trucks, as well as a Beer Garden featuring Cape Ann Brewing’s signature ale, Fisherman’s Brew. On the Masconomo Park bandstand, live music will extend throughout the day featuring many Cape Ann favorites.

Festival by the Sea begins at 10:00 AM and continues until 6:00 PM. There will be food, music, beer, and wine in Masconomo Park all day long. There will also be activities for children throughout the day. In the event of inclement weather, the rain date will be the following day, Sunday, July 31. 

The event is free and there will be ample parking and a complimentary shuttle to and from satellite parking areas, compliments of Beauport Ambulance. Mark your calendar and pack your blanket for a day of great music, inspired artistry, and delicious, locally grown foods.

Festival by the Sea is brought to you by the Manchester Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by Applied Materials and Northshore 104.9 FM. 

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