GDA Specials



 34th Annual



August 31-

September 2

  • Parade of Sail
  • Schooner Races
  • Heritage Day at 
  • Maritime Gloucester
  • Lobster Boil
  • Maritime Gloucester

Sponsored by

Maritime Gloucester

Gloucester Downtown Association 



Welcome to Gloucester Downtown Association

The Gloucester Downtown Association (GDA) is a new and growing group of local retailers, restaurants and other service businesses that is dedicated to the continued cultural and economic growth of Gloucester, particularly as it pertains to the downtown area. Through organized efforts the GDA strives to encourage and promote Gloucester as the vital shopping, dining and tourist destination that it continues to become by tapping into creative resources and by working with any and all interested Gloucester businesses, the GDA hopes to contribute to the robust economic and artistic growth that our city currently enjoys.

Upcoming Events

Our 2018 events calendar 

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August 31- September 2 brings us the 34th Annual Schooner Festival...which includes a Parade of Sail, Schooner Races, Heritage Day celebrated at Maritime Gloucester on Harbor Loop. The day also includes a lobster boil located at Maritime Gloucester.  

August 31st is the last Block Party of the season, Main Street is closed off, for entertainment, dining, strolling and shopping the evening away.  Sponsored by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

September 1st is also the Free Concert at Stacy Boulevard and Fireworks over the harbor.  The event is hosted by Brent "Ringo" Tarr, Barry Pett and the Fireworks Committee.

Come and enjoy this traditional end of summer events in historic downtown Gloucester.  The Gloucester Downtown Association.

Contact information: Joe Ciolino - The Weathervane 978-281-1227 email or

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