December 3, 2019

Rockport’s Makers’ Festival Returns for the Second Year

by Felicia Cheney

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For the second year, the Rockport Makers’ Festival returns to Rockport this December 14 and 15, 2019. This holiday festival is produced by a partnership of the Town of Rockport, Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company, and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

The town-wide festival encourages holiday shoppers to buy artisan-made gifts and activates the village with festive events that celebrate the season, including free horse-drawn carriage rides on Bearskin Neck, live music, and a “winter cocktail and beer garden”, featuring local Ryan & Wood Distillery and a selection of local brewers.

Throughout the downtown area and at Whistlestop Mall, over 50 of Rockport’s own creative businesses will be showcasing their maker-made gifts, as well as hosting interactive events in their shops, galleries, and restaurants. Events include a “Do-It-Yourself Candle Bar” at Rockport Candle Company and a free “Print-Your-Own Screen Print” with Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company.

Additionally, a juried indoor Holiday Market brings over 40 creative brands from the local area and all over New England to sell their handmade wares at three locations in the village: the Rockport Art Association & Museum, Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant, and Spiran Hall. The market will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day and admission is free. 

Other attractions include: an indoor Holiday Food Market hosted by Rockport Exchange on Saturday; Food Trucks; Saturday evening entertainment including a live concert at The Old Sloop Coffee House, a free holiday movie showing at Spiran Hall; and giveaway offers such as free tote bags (while supplies last) and a raffle prize.

A printed event map will be available to guide visitors to the many attractions, and a full schedule is available on the event website,

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