Crossing Water (Sept. 7-14, 2019) is a week-long arts festival that will bring together the Salem and Beverly communities by fostering creation and connection through all forms of art—visual, narrative, performance, audio, and more. From lighting the bridge to poetry readings (and everything in between), Crossing Water will feature eight days of programming along the waterfronts on both sides of the Beverly-Salem bridge.

Activities will take place each day, with weekend activities occurring from 3 – 9 pm and weeknight activities occurring from 6 – 9 pm. The bridge lighting will begin each night at 8:00 pm. The festival includes activities for all ages.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, September 7 – Opening Day! (3 – 9 pm Both sides of the bridge)

Two exciting events full of music, food, and fun! The celebration will start on the Beverly side of the bridge with Beverly Harborfest from 3pm – 6pm. This event will be paired on the Salem side with The Bridge Street Neck Association’s Party on the Bridge event from 4 pm – 9 pm.

Sunday, September 8 – The Party Continues! (3 – 9 pm Both sides of the bridge)

The party keeps going into the second day of Crossing Water. Enjoy a full schedule of family-friendly activities including:

  • Mermaid Performances with Moonrise Fae
  • Dance and musical performances throughout the day
  • An Art Market featuring work from local creators and vendors
  • Live art making
  • A special family movie night screening of DreamWork’s “Trolls” under the bridge

Monday, September 9 – Game Night (6 – 9 pm Beverly Side)

From yard games to your favorite board games, there will be friendly competition to the Beverly harbor on Monday for Crossing Water. Enjoy a selection of games from The Castle Board Game Café or feel free to bring your own to share with the party! We’ll also have Salem’s own Bit Bar on board to add some arcade-style games to the mix.

Tuesday, September 10 – Poetry Night (6 – 9 pm Salem Side)

Crossing Water welcomes the Improbable Places Poetry Tour. Listen to a variety of original poems all exploring the theme of bridges. Included in the night’s entertainment will be a site-specific performance of Lucille Clifton’s poem “Blessing the Boats” involving dance, recitation, and music.

Wednesday, September 11 – Art in Moment: Printmaking Demo (6 – 9 pm Beverly Side)

Join Montserrat printmaking professor Len Thomas-Vickory and artist Julian Howley for a larger than life printmaking demonstration. Audiences will be invited to make their own giant prints using large scale rollers and plates.

Thursday, September 12 – Yoga Night (6 – 9 pm Salem Side)

Add a little zen to your week with two sessions of yoga on the water. We are excited to have Yoga Sakti hosting our first session at 6:30 pm as guests enjoy a beautiful sunset backdrop. We’ll get a little darker for our second session with heavy metal yoga led by Black Widow Yoga all under the light of the moon.

Friday, September 13 – Storytelling Night (6 – 9 pm Beverly Side)

Join us for a night of storytelling with original readings from local writers all celebrating themes of building bridges. To celebrate Friday the 13th, the night will be topped off with a special screening of the “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” featuring a live musical score.

Saturday, September 14 – Closing Celebration! (3 – 9 pm Both sides of the bridge)

We are going out with a bang! Celebrate the last day of the festival with a full schedule of activities and performances including special events organized by our supporters at the Creative Collective. Enjoy a full lineup of activities including:


About Montserrat College of Art

Montserrat College of Art is a private, residential college of visual art and design supporting the creative life by educating artists and entrepreneurs for a rapidly changing world. At the intersection of art, design and technology, the college offers three international programs, 12 concentrations and a required internship program.

Montserrat alumni are employed by some of the country’s biggest brands including Disney, Puma, Hasbro and more. Students earn the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and develop their skills for success in today’s growing creative economy. The college also offers year-round classes for youth, teens and adults through its Continuing Education Division, and has four public galleries offering year-round programs, exhibitions and lectures. www.montserrat.edu

About ECCF

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