Event Calendar

Thank you to our
40th Anniversary Events Sponsor!

For questions about any of our events contact us at irwainfo@ipswichriver.org or call 978.412.8200


40th Birthday Party

When: Sunday, September 10th 12 PM – 3 PM Where: Ipswich River Park, North Reading

Ipswich River Watershed Association is turning 40 and we’re having a birthday party to celebrate. This free admission event will be filled with fun: a tug-of-war, an obstacle-course tag game and a relay race. There will be paddleboard, kayak and yoga demos. The event kicks off at 12 noon: participants in the canoe parade will paddle their boats from the landing and through the quarry. Voting for the best decorated canoe will be ongoing throughout the event. The winners will receive a trophy! At the close of the party we will ask everyone to join us in singing ‘Happy Birthday’ and to partake in cake. Afterwards we will announce the canoe parade and raffle winners.  Come have a great time, meet new people and celebrate our birthday with us!


Beginners Paddle

When:Tuesday, August 22nd at 5:30 pm More dates to come!
Where: Riverbend HQ, Ipswich



Join us for a relaxed, fun, and family-friendly paddle from our headquarters at Riverbend, right on the river in Ipswich. It is perfect for all ages and levels of paddling experience. You will have the opportunity to learn basic paddling skills, from the proper way to hold a kayak paddle to different ways to steer your canoe. You will enjoy a leisurely evening paddle down the river and experience the beauty of the river’s wildness and maybe even see some of our resident wildlife, from beavers to turtles to the many birds who call the river home. We have a limited number of canoes and kayaks that you may use for free, but you may also bring your own. Please let us know if you need a boat and which type you prefer. This year’s dates for the paddles are June 22nd, July 11th and 25th, and August 8th and 22nd, beginning at 5:30pm. An additional Beginners Paddle will be held 2 PM to 4 PM on Sunday, September 24th as part of the Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails & Sails celebration. Plan on at least one hour of paddling. Our route depends on river conditions and water level. To secure a spot, please RSVP to rsvp@ipswichriver.org

Read about Meghan’s latest Beginners Paddle here!


Dance on the River

When: Thursday, August 24th 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: Thunder Bridge, Middleton




As part of the Ipswich River Watershed Association’s 40th anniversary celebrations, the public is invited to see a daring and beautiful dance installation along the Ipswich River, performed by the Ipswich Moving Company.  Dancers Danielle DiVito and Tabitha Rodger will suspend from Thunder Bridge in a dance directed by Janet Taisey Craft. The dance incorporates the river running beneath them. Their performance will be accompanied by a live a cappella chorus directed by Rebecca Pugh. After the performance, attendees will be invited to keep the dance going! This is a free and open event. 

Bird Box Building Workshop

When: Saturday, August 26th 2 PM – 4 PM
Where: Riverbend HQ, Ipswich

If you are interested in this event RSVP as soon as possible, spaces are limited!



We’re inviting kids ages 8 to 13 to Riverbend to build their own wood duck, barred owl or bluebird house.  Welcome birds to your yard with a cozy new home and enjoy all that they add to your surroundings. $20 ticket price covers the cost of materials. Spaces are limited for this August 26th workshop, so please RSVP by August 18th  to rsvp@ipswichriver.org.


Estuary Paddle and Walking Tour

When: Friday, September 15th 8:30 AM – 2PM
Where: Begins at Ipswich Town Wharf




We’re co-hosting the Ipswich Open Space Program’s Estuary Paddle and Walking Tour. This paddle is one of the first events in the Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails & Sails, being at 8:30 am on its first day, September 15th. Since we’ll be going out through the estuary this is for experienced paddlers only. The route will be broken up by short walks through some of Ipswich’s conservation lands. RSVP soon to betho@ipswich-ma.gov; space is limited to 20 people.  For more information, visit the Trails&Sails event page here.


Riverbend Open House

When: Sunday, September 17th 2 PM – 4 PM
Where: Riverbend HQ, Ipswich





Visit our Riverbend headquarters on Sunday, September 17th. This special Open House is part of the Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails & Sails. Indoors there will be educational interactive displays while outdoors we’ll be playing games like watershed tag, river tug-of-war and sponge bucket relay. Four small group paddles will explore our stretch of the river in the 2 – 4 pm time period.


Bird Walk

When: Saturday, September 30th



Join us for a celebration of the many birds that live in and migrate through the Ipswich River watershed. The event is free and open to all, regardless of birding experience.


 Learn about Past Events