Annual Events

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This page is a general list some of the larger annual events that take place during the year in Fairhaven.

For more detailed and updated information about what’s coming up, check Upcoming Events.

For information about walking tours, visit the Tours page.

Annual Events

Fort Phoenix Polar Plunge
News Years Day, January 1
Fort Phoenix State Beach and Reservation
South end of Green St., Fairhaven, MA
For more information, call Kathy Lopes at 508-991-2194 or Sherry Lopes at 508-951-2147.

NFIA Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday before Easter
Date in 2018: March 29
Livesey Park, Glenhaven Ave., Fairhaven, MA

West Island 5k Run/Walk
Last Sunday in April, 11:00 a.m.
Date in 2018: April 29
41 Causeway Rd., West Island, Fairhaven
The Fairhaven High School Cross Country program benefits from this event, run on a US Track and Field certified course. There is also a Kids Mile Run. Cash prizes. For more information visit or email

Cherry Blossom Friendship Festival
Late April/Early May
Date in 2018: TBA
Cooke Memorial Park, Pilgrim Ave., Fairhaven, MA

Fairhaven Village Militia
Spring Revolutionary War Encampment
Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend
10:00 a.m. Saturday to 3:00 p.m. Sunday.
Cannon firing at sunset (approx. 7:45 p.m.) on Saturday.
Dates in 2018: May 26 & 27
Fort Phoenix, Fort Street, Fairhaven, MA

Memorial Day Parade
Memorial Day, 8:30 a.m.
Date in 2018: May 28
Main Street, from Center Street north to Riverside Cemetery

Summer Tours from the Office of Tourism
June, July, August, September
Click here for summer tour schedule.

Father’s Day 10K and 5K Road Races
Father’s Day, 9:00 a.m.
Date in 2018: June 17
Begins at Hastings Middle School, 30 School Street, Fairhaven

Fairhaven Farmer’s Market
Sunday afternoons, Father’s Day through mid-October
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Fairhaven High School, 12 Huttleston Avenue, Fairhaven

Annual Buzzards Bay Swim
A Saturday in June or July, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Date in 2018: June 30
New Bedford & Fairhaven
Start: beach adjacent to The Edge, 1480 E Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford
Finish: Fort Phoenix State Beach, Green Street, Fairhaven

Homecoming Day Fair
Last Saturday in June, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Date in 2018: June 30
Center Street, from William to Green streets, Fairhaven

Monday Morning Fun at the Visitors Center

Fourth of July Car Cruise & Float Parade
July 4
Gather for flag raising 8:30 a.m., Depart 9:00 a.m.
Starts at Fairhaven High School, 12 Huttleston Ave., Fairhaven
Antique and classic cars and vehicles cruise from Fairhaven high school. eventually traveling south on Green Street to Fort Phoenix. Floats join the parade at Cushman Park. Fairhaven businesses or groups that would like to enter a float should contact John Medeiros at 508-990-0000.

Fort Phoenix Independence Day Ceremony & Cannon Salute
July 4, 10:00 a.m.
Fort Phoenix, Fort Street, Fairhaven

Family Outdoor Movie Night
A Saturday in July, 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. Movie starts at 8:15 p.m.
Date in 2018: to be announced
Livesey Park, Parker Street, Fairhaven
Free outdoor movie on a giant screen, activities for children, other refreshments available for sale.

National Night Out
First Tuesday in August, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Date in 2018: Tuesday, August 7
Lawn of Fairhaven High School, 12 Huttleston Ave., Fairhaven
A great night for families to meet with law enforcement and public safety personnel. Food, music, information booths, kids activities, demonstrations.

Feast of Our Lady of Angels
Labor Day Weekend
Dates in 2018: September 1, 2 & 3
Our Lady of Angels Feast Grounds, 7 Jesse St.,
Procession on Main St. Monday at 1:00 p.m.

Annual Fort Phoenix 5K Road Race
September, Sunday after Labor Day
Date in 2018: September 9
Fort Phoenix State Beach and Reservation
South End of Green St., Fairhaven, MA
This USTF sanctioned 5K benefits a variety of local charitable causes. T-shirts for pre-entries. Food and refreshments. Registration forms and online registration are available at For more information, contact race director Kathy Lopes at 508-991-2194.

Fairhaven Village Militia
Fall Revolutionary War Encampment
Last weekend in September
Dates in 2018: September 29 & 30
Cannon firing at sunset (approx. 6:30 p.m.) on Saturday

Manjiro Festival
First Saturday of October, Odd numbered years only
No Festival in 2018
Center and Walnut streets

Harvest Fun Day
Second Saturday of October, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Date in 2018: October 13
Fairhaven Academy Building
141 Main Street, Fairhaven

The Haunted Academy
Weekend before Halloween
Dates in 2018: October 26, 27, 28
Fairhaven Academy Building
141 Main Street

NFIA Halloween Parade
Sunday near Halloween, 5:00 p.m.
Date in 2018: October 28
Hain Street from Benoit Square to Fairhaven High School

Veterans Day Parade
November 11, 9:00 a.m.
Main Street from Oxford School south
to Fairhaven High School

Old-Time Holiday
Second Saturday in December
Date in 2017: December 9
Various times and locations 

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