Artoberfest Art and Music Festival

Artoberfest Art and Music FestivalSalem Arts Association30sep8:06 pm8:06 pm


(Saturday) 8:06 pm - 8:06 pm

Event Details

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 the Salem Arts Association. Bring a blanket, get comfy and enjoy a day of live entertainment on Derby Street in Salem.

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

Lois Lane and the Daily Planets remain 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.

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 Wendy Snow-Lang share their work in numerous stores in Salem Ma. Wendy is a talented Salem artist and owner fo The Art Corner. Charles has been a science fiction, horror, and comic book illustrator for over 30 years.


Janet Schwartz & David Kaphammer

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

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 

Mobile smoke pit barbecue pop up servicing the Boston metro areas. BIG PIG BARBECUE has been a staple in the Boston BBQ scene for the past decade serving our regionally acclaimed, authentic smoked meats and knowledgeable grill masters. We have taken no shortcuts over the years, sticking to the low and slow methods of the BBQ Gods. Let us show you how barbecue and grilling is done… the Big Pig way.”

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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.