Local Events

Upcoming Special Events in Shirley, Massachusetts 

Listing is updated weekly at the Shirley Historical Society Museum.
Please contact us to have your event added to the list – mail@shirleyhistory.org

The Shirley Historical Society MUSEUM IS OPEN for visitors, researchers, and volunteers.
most Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
You may phone ahead to double check or to make an appointment 978-425-9328. 
Go to www.shirleylibrary.org for many summer reading events.
Wednesday July 10th, 6:30 pm at Hazen Library – Shirley’s Depot Square – illustrated talk and model train demonstration,
Friday July 12th 6:15 pm – Concert on the Common with a Disney Music Extravaganza
Friday July 19th – 6:15 pm – Concert on the Common with the Reminisants
Friday July 19th at 7:00 pm  – ShirleyArts! Beauty and the Beast Jr. at Ayer Shirley Middle School Tickets on sale at the door.
Saturday July 20th – 2:00 pm – Meet the Chickens on the front lawn of the Shirley Historical Society Museum
July 20th at 7:00 pm  ShirleyArts! Beauty and the Beast Jr. at Ayer Shirley Middle School. Tickets on sale at the door.
July 21st at 2:00 pm  ShirleyArts! Beauty and the Beast Jr. at Ayer Shirley Middle School. Tickets on sale at the door.
Sunday July 21st – 1:00 pm – Jodie Rachman at the Meeting House
Saturday August 3rd – 2 pm till dark –  Summer Palooza on the Common sponsored by the Shirley Playboard – Details TBA
Friday August 9th – 5:45 pm – Concert on the Common with Billy and the Jets
Sunday August 18th – 1:00 pm – Santino Proletti at the Meeting House
Friday August 23rd – 5:45 pm – Concert on the Common with Whitney Doucette Country Music 
Sunday September 8th – 1:00 pm – Fran Malva at the Meeting House
Saturday September 21st – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Historic Open Houses – fundraiser for Shirley Historical Society
Sunday September 29th – Holdenwood Trail Run for Education starting on the Center Common www.holdenwoodtrailrun,org
Saturday September 21st – 7:00 pm – Performing and Visual Arts at the Meeting House
Saturday October 5th – Shirley All Town Yard Sale Day   Contact rhunter@massdevelopment.com
Saturday October 12th – 4:00 pm Pumpkin Fest at the Meeting House
Sunday October 20th – 2:00 pm – at the Museum – Needlework in New England lecture by textile expert Lynne Bassett with samples from Historical Society collection
Saturday November 2nd – 9:00 – 2:00  Cookie and Crafts Sale at Hazen Library
Saturday November 2nd 11:00 – 6:00 – Shirley Film Fest at the Meeting House
Saturday November 9th – 6:00 pm at Trinity Chapel – Historical Society Annual Meeting and illustrated lecture about local barns
Saturday December 7th – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm  Trinity Chapel Christmas Fair at Center Town Hall
Sunday December  8th  6:30 pm – Candlelight Vespers at Shirley Meeting House
Saturday December 14th – 2:00 pm – Community Christmas Concert to benefit Shirley Friendship Fund and the Friends of Shirley Seniors.  www.shirleyarts.info

Guided Tours of the Site of

The Shirley Shaker Village

Two hour tours in 2024 will be held on Sundays  September 8th, October 13th, October 27th  
Private tours may be arranged for groups of 8 on an agreed-upon Sunday afternoon. 
The Shaker Village property is part of the state prison system and it can only be accessed by special arrangement. Our tour begins inside a Shaker building with a brief illustrated lecture on the history of the Shakers and the Shirley Shaker Village. Visitors go inside two other Shaker buildings and travel by prison van to various locations around the property.
Reservations must be made in advance for a cost of $20 per person, or $15 for Historical Society members.
Mail payment and contact information to Shirley Historical Society, PO Box 217, Shirley, MA 01464


Historic Shirley

Pub Crawls

Make arrangements to start at the Museum for a slide talk explanation of early New England taverns, the effects of prohibition, and the growth of local drinking clubs. Then load your car with the tour leader and your guests and visit the sites of 21 Shirley drinking establishments. Cost is $75 per car for the private two hour talk and tour.

Telephone during open hours or Email mail@shirleyhistory.org to make arrangements.

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