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Saturday September 30 2023 • 12 - 6

Salem Arts is proud to present Artoberfest 2023. 

Join us for a FREE, day-long event featuring live music, art, creative activities, food, and beer. This outdoor event will be held on the Salem Maritime Historic Site lawn next to Salem Arts Association. Bring a blanket, get comfy and enjoy a day of live entertainment on Derby Street in Salem. 

Live Music & Entertainment

Lois Lane and the Daily Planets (4:30 - 6:00)

Lois Lane and the Daily Planets continue to be a mainstay in the Boston area music scene. Specializing in classic rock, blues, rhythm and blues (R&B), funk, jazz, rock, soul, pop, and dance music, Lois Lane and the Daily Planets satisfy the most demanding audiences.

Lois Lane and the Daily Planets are known for getting and keeping the crowd on the feet dancing, laughing and generally having a great time. We enjoy entertaining and celebrating at our performances.

The Derby Girls (3:00 - 4:00)

3 singers and a band: Eric Reardon, Derek Hayden & Dave Walker provide back-up for Amy Gallo (Billings), Christine Baze (Yellow Umbrella) & Erinn "2N" Brown... Singing their own list of tunes and singing harmony with each other;  something a little different for everyone.  

Jim and Tonic (1:30 - 2:30)

Jim and Tonic are a new band from the North Shore playing a mix of rock and roll and swing music with healthy doses of New Orleans and funky blues. Versatile and skilled , this group puts a lively and original spin on a diverse and entertaining repertoire.

Los Sugar Kings (12 - 1)

Los Sugar Kings is a Boston-based quartet known for their dynamic live performances, rich harmonies, intense musicianship and ability to transcend genres with an authenticity rarely heard. In their world. They actively draw on influences from nearly every continent in their unique roots-rock-reggae repertoire.

Gatto Belly Dance Troupe (1:00 - 1:30)

“Gatto”, is an American Tribal Style® or ATS belly dance troupe based out of Salem, MA.  ATS is an improvisational form where dancers take turns leading and following, using cues and a common vocabulary of moves to create a dance that looks choreographed but is not. Everything is created in the moment and no two performances are alike.   

Gatto consists of all experience levels with some dancers performing for the first time today.

Miss Trans Massachusetts 2023

Chelsea Page Moses, Miss Trans Massachusetts 2023, will join our activities to meet and greet our audience and discuss her mission which includes promoting diversity and the importance of inclusivity in the arts and education for all people.

Creative Activities

Watch the Creativity Happen. Art activities including live artists at work. Create with our Salem Public Artist in Residence Claudia Paraschiv, for conversation and art-making workshops to create the Tree of Care + Wonder. Play along in the "Instrumental Impact" musical playground tent. 

Erin Survilas

Erin is a talented artist and student at Montserrat College of Art and our student liaison at Salem Arts Association.

Sheila Farren Billings

Shiela is a published children’s book author/illustrator and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

The October House 1031

Charles Lang and his wife, Wendy Snow-Lang, have hosted the Halloween Art Show, Terror Fantasies since the beginning of Haunted Happenings. Now, they have developed a new Halloween art business called The October House 1031.


Janet Schwartz & David Kaphammer

Schwartz and Kaphammer are Copley Society of Art members. Both have taught and exhibited work together and independently throughout New England.

The Tree of Care + Wonder

Join Public Artist in Residence on Artists’ Row (PAiR) for the 2023 season, Claudia Paraschiv, for conversation and art-making workshops to create the Tree of Care + Wonder / Árbol del Cuidado + del Maravillas, a large scale sculpture of a whimsical tree featuring migrant stories and a magical canopy!

The Tree of Care + Wonder / Árbol del Cuidado + del Maravillas will transform streets in Salem into community spaces of art and friendship to demonstrate the potential of streets to do more than move cars: local artists (poets, visual, musicians, dance, and theatre) will collaborate to produce civic-art events centered on migration stories, food memories, local history, and novel visions of how a future city might take care of and bring wonder to its residents. A gallery retrospective will be held in November/December 2023 on Artists’ Row/Old Town Hall.

Instrumental Impact

Play along in the "Instrumental Impact" musical playground tent with Brian Cogger and his team at Instrumental impact. The tend will provide activities for festival goers of all ages. A performance by the Instrumental group will be presented between main stage band performances.  

Instrumental Impact invests in their goal to provide students, regardless of background or financial ability, with their own musical instruments and access to quality music education.

Food & Beer Garden

Bring your appetite and Thirst! We're excited to include PigPen's BBQ and the Notch Brewing Beer Garden. 

Notch Mobile Biergarten

Notch Brewing is bringing the taste of the Taproom to Artoberfest. 

Notch was the first brewing company in the U.S. to focus exclusively on session beer. Session beer has been enjoyed in every great beer brewing nation for centuries, yet in the U.S. it was overlooked. So Notch set out to brew the world’s classic session styles, as well as explore how session beer could fit with the U.S.’s hoppy beer infatuation. 

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PigPens BBQ 

Pigpen’s BBQ is a mobile smoke pit barbecue pop up servicing the Boston metro areas. Pigpen specializes in serving authentic smoked foods everyone who loves BBQ will enjoy. We're excited to have them back again this year. Come and enjoy some great barbecue.

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*PigPen's Barbecue is also an Artoberfest Sponsor.

The Stand - Shaken Not Stirred

Fresh Squeezed Gourmet Lemonade! A refreshing treat to quench your Artoberfest thirst. 

Our Sponsors and Supporters

Peabody Essex Museum is a world-renowned located in Salem MA. Through its exhibitions, programs, publications, media and related activities, PEM strives to create experiences that transform people's lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes, and knowledge of themselves and the wider world.


This program is supported in part by a grant from the Salem Cultural Council, Peabody Cultural Council, and Swampscott Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Artoberfest is supported by tourism dollars through Destination Salem.

You can help! we're looking for event sponsorships from businesses and individuals.

Sponsorship Info Here

Artoberfest Exhibition

Salem Arts Association members and community of artists explore Salem’s history with autumn, halloween, witchcraft, and the spirit of the season.  The resulting exhibit represents diverse interpretations of the theme and how, by bringing them together, we create a collective understanding of it.

Opening Reception: Friday September 15 from 6-8 PM

On display September 16 through Saturday November 22, 2023

Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays from 12-6 pm

Exhibit Info


Sign Up to Help

Would you like to help? We need lots of volunteers to help us set up, assist the bands back stage, and clean up after the festival. Thank you for helping make Artoberfest a great event.  

Morning Set Up (9:00 am - 12:00 Noon)

  • Setting up tents, tables, and chairs
  • running extension cords and lighting
  • Assisting vendors/performers

Back Stage (Three Shifts, 9-12, 12-3, 3-6)

  • Setup/take down the stage equipment
  • Help guide bands on and off the stage
  • Assist the sound manager as needed
  • Direct performer parking

Information Tables and Runners (12-3, 3-6)

(this is lighter work for those who are unable to lift and carry stuff)

  • Assorted help throughout the day
  • Greet visitors
  • Answer questions

Take Down & Clean Up (5:00 - 7:00)

  • take down tents, tables, and chairs
  • Dismantle stage canopy and lights
  • Assisting vendors/performers

Thank you!

Sign Up to Help

Salem Arts Association
159 Derby Street 
Salem, MA 01970  
Phone: 978-745-4850 

Weekends 12-6pm

Closed: Christmas, Thanksgiving
and New Years Day 
Parking: on street when available


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