Our name speaks to our mission: Rockport Exchange is a nonprofit community organization at the crossroads of ideas and production.

Through our programs we create opportunities for residents and visitors alike to come together and contribute to a forward-looking, vibrant community built on a clear appreciation of Rockport’s past.

Rockport Exchange develops and sustains programming that enhances a sense of place. We strengthen our community by focusing on local food, creative culture, and industry. We believe in building an infrastructure of culture that will have a lasting impact on generations to come.


Rockport Exchange


Motif No. 1 Day

2018 Festival Information 

May 19, 2018 FROM 9AM TO 5PM

About the festival

The Motif No.1 Day Festival celebrates Rockport across the arts!

M1D honors the fishing shack, artist’s studio, and tourist attraction that started it all: an old building right on one of Rockport’s historic wharves, a building painted so often by artists at the turn of the last century that it was given the nickname Motif No.1.

Featuring film, poetry, dance, music, art-making activities, historical presentations and more, along with the Motif No.1 Day 5k and Fun Run, (organized by the Rockport Public Schools’ WELL team), M1D is a festival with something for everyone. M1D focuses on honoring Rockport’s heritage of the arts, along with showcasing the arts in today’s Rockport.

To Volunteer for the Fest, click HERE (and thank you!)

The Schedule of Events:

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Rockport Farmers Market

2018 Summer Market

Dates & Time: Saturdays from June 23rd – October 13th, 2018 from 9am to 1pm.

Market Location: Harvey Park in front of the First Baptist Church of Rockport at the corner of Mt. Pleasant and Broadway.

Find Out More!

Stay in touch on Facebook, Twitter, or on Instagram or through our regular email updates to find out what is available at Rockport’s weekly market.

Participation & Vendor Information

The Rockport Farmers Market is a juried food market. Vendors must grow or make their own food product. Crafts and/or non-food products will not be considered at this time. Application for the 2018 Summer Market.

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Volunteers make it possible for Rockport Exchange to engage in a range of projects, all designed to strengthen Rockport’s culture and industry.

Please consider joining our efforts, whether it be a few hours a year or a few hours a week. We look forward to having you be a part of the work of Rockport Exchange!

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Motif No. 1 Day Festival on May 19th. Click HERE to sign up.

Seaview Farm Dinner Fundraiser on June 15th.  Email us at info@rockportexchange.org for more information.

Rockport Farmers Market from June 23rd – October 13th. Email us at info@rockportexchange.org for more information.

Sign up for our email newsletter to find out about ongoing volunteer opportunities, or email us at info@rockportexchang.org for more information.

Our Impact


$53,000 paid directly to artists & performers: musicians, dancers, visual artists, and more over several festival cycles.


12  community partners engaged in collaborative art shows, farm-to-table gatherings, arts programming, and more.

20 weekends of outdoor programming a year, with the festival and farmers market creating a place for community connections in Rockport’s parks and public spaces.

20,000 estimated annual visitors at our two annual festivals.


22 farmers market vendors: farmers & producers bringing local, fresh food to a community without a grocery store.

800 average number of weekly patrons at the farmers market


6 local food business utilizing our events as a launch point. Food producers are able to test the market and incubate their businesses in a low-cost, customer-direct setting

“Three years ago in October we launched our brand That Nutty Redhead, a gluten-free, vegan, praline nut snack based on a family recipe, at Harvestfest. We built our business and did our test marketing within farmers’ markets. Now our product is sold throughout New England at Whole Foods, Crosby’s Roche Bros and more! We’re grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of the Rockport Exchange events, which gave our business its start. ”

–Lisa Griffiths, proprietor of that Nutty redhead

Photo: Edible Boston