The calendar is packed with activities and events for Columbus Day weekend. Below you will find the when and where for some of our picks, including the second annual motorcycle ride around Essex County in memory of fallen Peabody firefighter Jim Rice and Choate Island Day in Ipswich.
There's a lot of other events going on this weekend in Peabody and the nearby area of the North Shore, to see them, check our events calendar for a complete list.
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Where/When: Italian-American Citizens Club, 7 Blaney Ave. Peabody; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Why Go: The second annual motorcycle ride around Essex County in memory of fallen Peabody firefighter Jim Rice is coming up Saturday. The ride will be led off by Engine 5 (Rice's company) and is also sponsored by the Leatherheads Firefighter's Motorcycle Club. The hourlong ride begins at the Italian-American Citizens Club at noon. Proceeds go toward the Jim Rice Memorial Fund. Registration is 10-11:45 a.m. Following the ride, a DJ, food and activities will be in the function hall at the IACC from 2-5 p.m.
Pricing: $20 per motorcycle, $5 per passenger, $5 walk-in
Where/When: Various Beverly restaurants; Sunday through Thursday night
Go: A dozen Beverly restaurants will be offering special, fixed price dinner deals from Sunday through Thursday night, including the Columbus Day holiday. Restaurants will offer either a two-course, prix-fixe dinner for $15 and/or a three-course, prix-fixe dinner for $25. The price does not include drinks, taxes or gratuities. Participating restaurants include Chianti Tuscan Restaurant and Trattoria BellaMia in the downtown and Cygnet Restaurant and Hale Street Tavern in Beverly Farms.
Pricing: $15 for two course dinners and $25 for three course dinners, menu offerings vary by restaurant
Where/When: 15 Sagamore Farm Road, Hamilton; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Go: Several families in the Hamilton and Wenham community have been hit hard lately with the loss of a parent. This yard sale and flea market with raise money for those families, which will get 100 percent of the proceeds of items that are dropped off and a portion of other participating vendors will be donated. There are at least 10 vendor participating, offering everything from housewares and collectibles to sports equipment and holiday supplies.
4. LUNGSTRONG 5K AND MILE FUN RUN
Where/When: 66 Cherry Hill Dr., Beverly; Sunday, 11 a.m.
Go: The first annual LUNGstrong 5K will held Sunday at Cherry Hill Industrial Park to support lung cancer research being done at Mass. General Hospital. The 5K starts at 11 a.m., followed by the mile long fun run at 12:15 p.m.
5. CHOATE ISLAND DAY
Where/When: Crane Beach and Choate Island, Ipswich; Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Go: Choate Island is a refuge in Essex Bay that is not often seen but Saturday is one of the rare chance to get out there to explore. It is home to wildlife and plant life plus the Choate family homestead, Proctor Barn and White Cottage, according to the Trustees of the Reservations, which owns and operates the island. Boat rides will be offered on Saturday and Trustees staff will be available to answer questions and give island tours.