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Weekend Agenda: Arts & Crafts Festival, Cats (the Musical) and More

Get a quick look at info about some of the local events happening this weekend on the North Shore.

The Andrew Llyod Webber's musical, Cats, is at the North Shore Music Theatre. Credit: North Shore Music Theatre
The Andrew Llyod Webber's musical, Cats, is at the North Shore Music Theatre. Credit: North Shore Music Theatre

The unofficial end of summer is here - Labor Day weekend. Many students have already returned for the first day of school, but grab the last gasp of summer this weekend with some of these local event picks. 

Get the when and where below for several events and other happenings in the Peabody area. There are several other events and activities going on beyond what's listed here, so always check our events calendar for a complete list.

Remember, each week Peabody Patch’s “Get Out” weekend planner brings you a quick guide to local events and activities.

If you have great ideas of your own that you want to share, please feel free to add them in the comments section at the bottom.

1. CATS

Where/When: North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly; Friday, 8 p.m., Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Why Go: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony-award winning musical takes the stage for four shows during Labor Day weekend at the music theater. The long-running crowd favorite "tells the story of the Jellicles, a tribe of cats who assemble for their annual junkyard ball where they announce the cat that will be reborn."

Pricing: $45 to $75

2. MYOPIA HORSE SHOW 

Where/When: Myopia Schooling Fields, Rt. 1A, Hamilton; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Why Go: It is the 113th annual show, held annually on Labor Day weekend with show jumping in a variety of classes that are open to the public for viewing.

Pricing: Free

3. BAND-A-PALOOZA

Where/When: Liberty Tree Mall; Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

Why Go: The event is expected to be the largest stretch band-making event in the world, with hundreds of people all making bands at the same time. The best part? You can make a band for free.

Pricing: Free

4. NEW ENGLAND ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL

Where/When: Topsfield Fairgrounds; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Why Go: There will be 100 juried craftsmen and artisans combined with live music at the Topsfield Fairgrounds all weekend, with everything from watercolors and pottery to pet products and birdhouses for sale.

Pricing: $7 adults and under 12 free, admission valid all weekend

5. GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL

Where/When: Gloucester

Why Go: A short drive up Route 128 this weekend will take you to a weekend long celebration in Gloucester, the 29th annual Schooner Festival. Highlights include the public lobster bake, Parade of Lights and fireworks on Saturday evening and the Parade of Sail at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Pricing: Free for parades and fireworks, lobster bake $12 per person

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