Event Hosts make Trails & Sails possible! They are small businesses, site stewards, advocates, volunteers, and passionate partners throughout Essex County that want to connect people with the many assets of this region. Do you have a historic site you want to show off? Or a special local industry you want to share with people? Review our host flyer to learn more about participating in 2024 or you can watch our recorded info session below.

Register Your Event

The online form to register your event is now available! The deadline to be included in the popular printed guidebook passed on June 1st, but all events submitted before September 1st will be included on the website.

Register Your Event

All events must be submitted online, but you may review this list of form questions to help you plan ahead:
Trails & Sails Event Registration Question List 2024

Host Guidelines

  • Trails & Sails is a free event series, so all activities offered as a part of Trails & Sails must be free.
  • Trails & Sails events must fall within our designated time frame, this year is September 14-29.
  • All events must take place in Essex County, Massachusetts.
  • Some events may require participants to pre-register. Event Hosts are responsible for managing this and must provide a registration link or instructions for inclusion on the Trails & Sails website.
  • After the series, we require that Event Hosts complete a very brief survey asking for event attendance numbers, number of volunteers, and an estimate of dedicated time.
  • We recommend reviewing this list of 10 Tips and Tricks for Hosting a Great Trails & Sails Event to learn more about what to expect.

Featured Themes

For Trails & Sails 2024, we are highlighting four themes of significant importance to the Essex National Heritage Area. Certain events that fall under the following themes will be given a special focus in our print and online materials.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage: Events that highlight and celebrate the significant contributions of the Latino community in Essex County.
Sharing Untold Stories: Events that uncover the lesser-known stories of the region, shedding light on a rich and diverse shared history.
Exploring Our Coast and Waterways: Events that showcase our abundant water-based resources and work being done to preserve them.
On the Trail to a Better Future: Events that explore the many natural assets of the Heritage Area and how our partners are working to be more sustainable.


Contact Heather Goss with any questions about Trails & Sails either via email or phone (978)225-3471.