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Explore Essex - the town that has a little bit of everything. From local farms, forests, and recreational amenities to amazing restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, Essex has an appealing interface between town and country. Enjoy all that the fall season brings our way with a perfect balance between homestyle comfort, outdoor fun, and artful and creative inspirations and music. Essex is where it all comes together!


Passport Week

Festival goers will appreciate a week-long passport event as they explore the many parks, businesses, and historical spots in Essex. Businesses, stores, and restaurants will hold up pop-events, demonstrations, provide samples, and advertise specials during the week. Nonprofit organizations may hold fundraisers and special engagements to promote their work in Essex and become an official "passport stop".

Community Day

The week will be topped off with a day of community-focused events held at one of Essex's beautiful town parks. There will be music, special kid-themed fun, food, and drawings for the Giveaway Exploraganza.

Business Owners

Don't miss this opportunity to promote your brand, increase foot traffic and invite new customers!  

The Explore Essex fall festival is local. It's in your backyard. This is a valuable opportunity to showcase your business and grow! Festivals and community gatherings enable you, as a business owner, to interact with current and prospective customers, let them know what you have to offer, and provide discounts, promotional items, specials, and fun events to encourage them to shop with you in the future. You may also connect with other business owners and organizations in the community potentially leading to valuable relationships with your neighbors.

Important Dates

July 21
Deadline to sign up as an official SPONSOR
August 18
Deadline to sign up to host an activity
August 18
Deadline to sign up as a Passport Participating Business
September 15
Deadline to sign up for a Vendor Booth 
September 30 - October 7
October 7
Community Day

Sign up to be a sponsor

Participating Businesses

Explore Essex Host an Activity

Sign up for a business booth


2022 Explore Essex Photo Collage