DIRECTIONS – Salem Arts Festival

The Salem Arts Festival will be held in several locations in downtown Salem, Massachusetts, including:
  • Old Town Hall – Juried Art Gallery and Opening Reception
  • Derby Square – Performances and Street Fair Vendors
  • Artists’ Row – Performances and Creative Businesses
Start your visit  at Old Town Hall
The Salem Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition Gallery is within Old Town Hall, located at 32 Derby Square.  VIEW MAP
Festival information, schedules and maps will be available at the Main Gallery, around Derby Square, and at the Artists’ Row businesses.
Most performances are located in Derby Square or along Artists’ Row.
Friday night’s opening celebration and performances will take place at Old Town Hall.
Salem is just 16 miles north of Boston on the Atlantic coast
The downtown area is accessible by car, train, bus and by the Salem ferry (seasonal). It takes approximately 45 minutes to travel between Boston and Salem by car or ferry and about 30 minutes by train.

Train service is available on the Newburyport & Rockport Commuter Rail Lines from Boston’s North Station. Bus service is available from Boston’s Haymarket Square. For more information contact the MBTA at (800) 392-6100 or

Ferry service from Boston is available on The Nathaniel Bowditch, a high-speed catamaran departing from Boston’s Central Wharf, near the New England Aquarium. In 2010, ferry service will be available from May – November. For more information, please visit

PARKING: On Sunday the parking meters are free.  On Saturday, you’ll have to feed the meters or park in one of the city parking garages.  We suggest the Derby Street Garage or the Church Street Garage.  There are also public parking lots on Church Street, Federal Street, Front Street and at the Salem MBTA Station on Bridge Street. See:
The Salem Arts Festival is a project of Salem Main Streets – funded in part by the City of Salem, Kimberley Driscoll, Mayor and the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.