Part of May Madness, the Amesbury Pines Disc Golf Course is home of the Amesbury Pines Open with the Professional Disc Golf Association. The Open attracts visitors from across the region to a beautiful area of Amesbury. This 18-hole course is wooded and has a few holes that play over the ponds. To learn more about the Amesbury Pines Disc Golf Course visit www.facebook.com/AmesburyPinesDiscGolf.
A long-standing Amesbury tradition, the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce Block Party kicks off Amesbury Days and summer fun for the whole family! Thousands gather on Main Street from the corners of School Street to Aubin Street and indulge in food, drink, and entertainment. Annual favorites include a dunk tank, pony rides, and face painting. The Block Party is a fundraiser for the Amesbury Charitable Foundation and is an important tradition for our community. Proceeds go directly to supporting this fund and the beautification of Amesbury, including the hanging flower baskets and kissing balls in the downtown area.
Annually all of Amesbury takes a bit of a break as we prepare for the 4th of July holiday and kick off summer. Started more than a century ago as a break for the workers in our mills, Amesbury Days now often includes more than a week of activities celebrating the tradition. The Block Party kicks off events that also include Movies and Music in the Millyard, the Strawberry Festival and Employee Lunch, Kids Day in the Park, a concert at the Bandstand, and Pancakes in the Pines; all leading up to the Fireworks at Woodsom Farm. Whether you live in Amesbury or simply love to visit, Amesbury Days has events for everyone to enjoy. For more information visit www.amesburydays.org.
The DAM Triathlon is a sprint distance triathlon held at Amesbury’s Lake Gardner. The ½ mile swim is great for newbies and the 12 mile scenic bike course travels through some beautiful New England farm country. The 3.1 mile run is a quick and then you’re headed for the finish line back at the Lake. For more information visit www.facebook.com/damtriathlon.
Movies in the Millyard
The Amesbury Chamber of Commerce arranges free outdoor movie showings in the Al Capp Amphitheatre. Movies change but showings are always at dusk with free popcorn, and first come, first served seating.
Firefighter’s Chili Cook Off
The Amesbury Fire Department proudly hosts an Annual Firefighters Chili Cook- Off when the weather cools down. Fire departments from around the region bring the heat, but your vote counts! Entry is affordable and there is also beer, live music, and inflatables for the kids. Don’t miss this great event! Local Fire Departments should contact AFD for information regarding participation.
Dozens of downtown businesses and organizations open their doors for our Annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat. Coordinated by the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, all ghosts, goblins, and their buddies get to proceed at their own pace and visit as many locations as they can. Maps of participating businesses are posted in advance of the event.
Village of the Church Fairs
This is a great kickoff to the holiday shopping season! In early November our Churches fill up will handmade, new, and used items. All local churches participate and benefit from the Village of Church Fairs. It’s a wonderful weekend to discover Amesbury!
Open Studio Tours
The Amesbury Cultural Council invites you to enjoy an incredible weekend of art, culture, and community in Amesbury. Throughout the weekend, the finest local artists open their studios to display and sell their work. This is a unique opportunity to support Amesbury’s local creative economy and purchase one-of-a-kind works of art. Begin the tour at Amesbury City Hall to pick up your map and enjoy time in downtown Amesbury filled with art, music, and food.
Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting
The Amesbury Holiday Parade starts at 3:30pm on the first Saturday of December. Join together and welcome Santa to town by finding a front row seat from Sparhawk Street to Main Street, or Market Square. When Santa arrives in Market Square he’ll lead us in holiday carols and lighting the Christmas Tree. After the tree is lit you can follow Santa to The Provident Bank for pictures and cocoa. If you have any questions about the holiday parade visit www.amesburyholidayparade.com; for information about the tree lighting and caroling contact the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce.
Shop Local, Shop Late
Throughout the month of December stores throughout Amesbury stay open late on Thursday nights. These nights are a great opportunity to celebrate the season, enjoy a festive atmosphere and take care of your holiday shopping right here in Amesbury.