Culture Splash

Gloucester Summer Nights | Thursdays through  August 25 | 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Gloucester’s Culture Splash is Back!

Culture Splash is back for 2022, building off the success of last summer’s inaugural program. Gloucester is the only city in Massachusetts to have two designated cultural districts. This summer our cultural districts join forces to celebrate and promote our vibrant cultural organizations, creative groups and individuals, galleries, artists and non-profits. Join Rocky Neck Cultural District and Harbortown Cultural District in celebrating the very best of what Gloucester has to offer.

Every Thursday evening from June 23 to August 25, a different cultural organization will be spotlighted on Rocky Neck and in Harbortown. These signature cultural hosts will welcome visitors and residents from 4:00 to 7:00pm, highlighting their cultural work and programs in an Open House format, free to the public. Additionally, each host will bring together the offerings from the local creative community with performances, openings, and presentations. So that you can see ALL that each night has to offer, we are hosting free Harbor Shuttle access from 4:00 to 8:00pm between Harbor Loop and Rocky Neck. Shuttle will be leaving every half hour from the Harbormaster dock and the docks by the Studio.

Gloucester has a robust cultural community beyond compare. With so much to experience, we encourage you to join us. Music, art, culture, heritage, galleries, dance, and maritime history awaits. Make this the summer you get out and experience it all. Check back for weekly event activities and business happenings.

Culture Splash is brought to you by Rocky Neck Cultural District and Downtown Cultural District, made possible by a grant from the Mass Cultural Council.

Culture Splash Happenings:

Thursday, August 25


This week’s highlighted cultural organization in Harbortown is Cape Ann Museum! Cape Ann Museum has offered  weekly concerts for Culture Splash Thursdays from 5:30-7:00 pm in their Courtyard located at 27 Pleasant Street. This Thursday, August 25, Cape Ann Museum is excited to close out their Summer 2022 Courtyard Concert Season with Willie Alexander’s Persistence of Memory Orchestra. Gloucester’s own singer and keyboardist has toured internationally, nationally, and locally in a legendary list of rock and punk bands that defy genres: the Lost, the Velvet Underground, the Boom Boom Band, and now the Persistence of Memory Orchestra.

 Maritime Gloucester, located at 23 Harbor Loop, is open until 7:00pm for Culture Splash this Thursday! They are right next door to the Harbormaster dock where you can catch the water shuttle to travel between Harbortown and Rocky Neck. Next Thursday kicks off their 38th Annual Schooner Festival celebrations — click here to learn more and plan your weekend.

More to see and do in Harbortown:

Visit 44 Main Street this Thursday from 3:00-7:00pm to enjoy photographs by Judy and Tom Robinson-Cox, on display through August! See “Fun Photos of Tiny Plastic People” by Judy and “Local Landscapes and Natural Extracts” by Tom.

Beth Williams Studio located at 17 Pleasant Street is open for Culture Splash! Stop by to view and shop a selection of glass work art, beads, and jewelry.

Jane Deering Gallery is open Thursdays for Culture Splash from 5:00-7:00pm. Stop in for contemporary art by Cape Ann, national and international artists.

Blue Collar Lobster has a special Culture-Splash themed cocktail on the menu that features strawberries, cucumbers, tequila and jalapeño!

1606 Restaurant & Oyster Bar at the Beauport Hotel will have a special Culture Splash-themed cocktail and a featured appetizer each Thursday.  This week, stop by to enjoy a “Life of Leisure”– Green Mountain Organic Lemon Vodka, Mint, Honey, and Soda Water. The Beauport Hotel will also display work a different local artist each Thursday!

Cape Ann Olive Oil at 57 Main Street is open until 7:00pm, offering a FREE Olive Oil Tasting.

Enjoy dinner and drinks along with Live Acoustic Music at Minglewood Harborside starting at 7:00pm!

Rocky Neck

This week’s highlighted cultural organization in Rocky Neck is North Shore Arts Association! Visit them at 11 Pirates Lane for a Watercolor Demo with Marion Hall at 6:00pm.

This Thursday at Ocean Alliance experience “Once Upon a Whale Song,” which is an immersive art and sound installation by Northwest artist Perri Lynch Howard that reimagines the world’s oceans, not as the watery backdrop of our human lives, but as precious habitat for whales, in the medium through which they communicate— sound. This exhibition invites you to become a great listener.

Galleries & Eateries to Explore:

Stop into Cove Gallery to view their exhibit Deftly Askew from 4:00-7:00pm.

Check out the newly opened Salted Cod Arthouse & Gallery located at 53 Rocky Neck Ave.

Visit the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck located at 6 Wonson Street to view the Center’s newest exhibit Women on the Wharf: Reimagining Cape Ann, on display through September 11.

Judythe Evans Meagher Gallery will be open until 7:00pm!

Hughes Bosca/ Side Street Gallery located at 17 Rocky Neck Ave. is open until 7:00pm.

Stop by The Ice Cream Gallery at 39 Rocky Neck Ave. for a frozen treat!

Imagine Gallery located at 43 Rocky Neck Ave. is open until 8:00pm. There will be a textile painting demo with Brenda Malloy from 4:00 – 7:30pm!

The Studio Restaurant at 51 Rocky Neck Ave. is open for bites, beverages, and dinner.

Stephen LaPierre Gallery at 75 Rocky Neck Ave. is open.

Mad Fish Gallery, featuring Sallie Strand, Dale Sherman Blodget and Cindy Journey, is open until 7:00pm.

Michalak Fine Art  on Madfish Wharf will be open on Thursdays from 4:00-7:00pm for Culture Splash with paintings by Vanessa Michalak on display. Chloe Leigh Designs Handcrafted Jewelry will be the gallery’s summer-long guest artist. Stop by to view their work!

Culture Splash Happenings: June 30

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