Annual Events

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
Follow links, where available, for updated information

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 2023: April 8, 2023
Livesey Park, Glenhaven Ave., Fairhaven, MA

West Island 5k Run/Walk
Last Sunday in April
Date in 2023: April 23, 2023
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 2023: CANCELED
Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship House, 11 Cherry St., Fairhaven, MA

Huttleston Marketplace
Saturdays from May into September
Dates in 2023: May 20 through September 30
Visitors Center lawn, 141 Main Street at Route 6
An outdoor marketplace of arts, crafts, antiques, vintage collectibles, farm produce, and local foods, sponsored by the Office of Tourism.

Memorial Day Parade
Memorial Day
Date in 2023: May 29, 2023
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.

Fairhaven Village Militia
Spring/Summer Revolutionary War Encampment
Dates in 2023: June 3 & 4, 2023, CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
Fort Phoenix, Fort Street, Fairhaven, MA

Father’s Day 5K Road Race
Father’s Day
Date in 2023: June 18
Begins at Hastings Middle School, 30 School Street, Fairhave

Fairhaven Farmers Market
Sundays, late June to late October
Dates in 2023: Sunday, June 18 through the end of October
151 Alden Road, Fairhaven

Annual Buzzards Bay Swim
A Saturday in June or July
Date in 2023: June 24, 2023
New Bedford & Fairhaven
Start: beach adjacent to Cisco Brewers Kitchen and Bar, 1480 E Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford
Finish: Fort Phoenix State Beach, Green Street, Fairhaven

Homecoming Day Fair
Last Saturday in June
Date for 2023: June 24, 2023
Center Street, from William to Green streets, Fairhaven

Fairhaven Fourth of July Parade
July 4
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
July 4, following the parade
Fort Phoenix, Fort Street, Fairhaven

Concerts Under the Stars
Thursday evenings in July and August
Fairhaven Town Hall steps, 40 Center Street, Fairhaven
Dates in 2023: to be announced

NFIA & Legendary Street Rods
Car, Truck & Bike Show

A Sunday in August
Date in 2023: Sunday, August 20
Livesey Park, Parker Street, Fairhaven
Car show plus food, music, games, more

Feast of Our Lady of Angels
Labor Day Weekend
Dates in 2023: September 2, 3, 4, 2023
Procession on Main St. Monday at 1:00 p.m
Our Lady of Angels Feast Grounds, 7 Jesse St.,.

Fairhaven Village Militia
Fall Revolutionary War Encampment
September or October
Dates in 2023: September 30 & October 1, 2023
Fort Phoenix, Fort Street, Fairhaven, MA

Manjiro Festival
First Saturday of October, Odd numbered years only 
Next festival: October 7, 2023
Center and Walnut streets

Fairhaven Kids Fest
Second Saturday in October
Date in 2023: October 14
A fall fair for children, with fun activities, free entertainment, food, and things to buy, sponsored by the Office of Tourism and Millicent Library Youth Services.

NFIA Halloween Parade
Sunday before Halloween
Date in 2023: October 29
Main Street from Benoit Square to St. Mary’s Church.

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 2023: Saturday, December 9
Various times and locations 

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