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Music, arts and crafts, scarecrows, and food are all on tap for the annual Fall Harvest Festival in Newburyport this weekend.

The free event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, with activities and sales throughout the downtown.

Entertainment includes bands Party On! on Sunday and 2 of Us Beatles Acoustic Duo on Monday, both performing in Market Square from 2 to 5 p.m. Kids will enjoy musician Brian Doser on Sunday and the All You Got Tour on Monday, both at 10:30 a.m.

Entries in the 18th annual Scarecrow Contest will decorate lampposts around the downtown, with judging from noon Sunday to 2 p.m. Monday. 

Hot stuff

The Grog’s 12th annual Chili Cook-off & Craft Beer Fest is Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. outside The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport.

Local eateries will serve up their best chili recipes, and craft brewers and cider houses will pour their signature offerings. Guests will vote for their favorite chili, and awards will be given to the first-place winner and three runners-up.

Tickets are $10 each for unlimited chili sampling or $25 for chili and beer tastings. Children 10 and under will be admitted free.

The event is a fundraiser for Our Neighbors’ Table in Amesbury, The Pettengill House in Salisbury and Community Services of Newburyport.

The great outdoors

Learn all about “Moulton’s Castle” on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Maudslay State Park. Participants will learn about the site of Civil War veteran Henry Moulton’s home on a 1.5-hour, moderately difficult hike recommended for adults and older children.

The park is also hosting a leisurely “Morning Mosey” on Friday at 9:30 a.m. and a walk through Artichoke Woods on Monday at 10 a.m. While there, bring the kids to check out the StoryWalk featuring “One Small Place in a Tree,” set up on Hedge Drive through Oct. 20. 

All programs are free, but there is a parking fee of $5 for Massachusetts residents and $10 for out-of-state vehicles. 

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