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

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 2020: April 11
Livesey Park, Glenhaven Ave., Fairhaven, MA

West Island 5k Run/Walk
Last Sunday in April, 11:00 a.m.
Date in 2020: April 26
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 [email protected]

Cherry Blossom Friendship Festival
Late April/Early May
Date in 2020: to be announced
Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship House, 11 Cherry St., 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 2020: May 23 & 24
Fort Phoenix, Fort Street, Fairhaven, MA

Memorial Day Parade
Memorial Day, 8:30 a.m.
Date in 2020: May 25
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.

Huttleston Marketplace
Saturdays from June into September
Dates in 2020: June 6 through September 12
Visitors Center lawn, 141 Main Street at Route 6
An outdoor marketplace of arts, crafts, antiques, vintage collectibles, and local foods, sponsored by the Office of Tourism.

Father’s Day 10K and 5K Road Races
Father’s Day, 9:00 a.m.
Date in 2019: June 21
Begins at Hastings Middle School, 30 School Street, Fairhaven

Fairhaven Farmers Market
Sundays, late June to late October
Dates in 2020: to be announced
151 Alden Road, Fairhaven

Annual Buzzards Bay Swim
A Saturday in June or July, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Date in 2020: to be announced
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 2020: June 27
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

Concerts Under the Stars
Thursday evenings in July and August, 7:00 p.m.
Fairhaven Town Hall steps, 40 Center Street, Fairhaven
Dates in 2019: July 11 to August 8

Family Outdoor Movie Night
A Saturday in July, 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. Movie starts at 8:15 p.m.
Date in 2020: Saturday, to be announced
Livesey Park, Parker Street, Fairhaven
Free outdoor movie on a giant screen, activities for children, other refreshments available for sale.

NFIA & Legendary Street Rods
Car, Truck & Bike Show and Fun Fair

3rd Sunday in July, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Date in 2020: Sunday, to be announced
Livesey Park, Parker Street, Fairhaven
Car show plus food, music, games, more

National Night Out
First Tuesday in August, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Date in 2020: Tuesday, August 4
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 2020: September 5, 6, 7
Our Lady of Angels Feast Grounds, 7 Jesse St.,
Procession on Main St. Monday at 1:00 p.m.

Harvest Fun Day
Third Saturday in September, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Date in 2020: September 19
Fairhaven Visitors Center lawn
141 Main Street, Fairhaven

Fairhaven Village Militia
Fall Revolutionary War Encampment
Late September
Dates in 2020: September 26 & 27
Cannon firing at 6:30 p.m.

Manjiro Festival
First Saturday of October, Odd numbered years only
No Festival in 2020 
Date in 2021: October 2 
Center and Walnut streets

NFIA Halloween Parade
Sunday near Halloween, 5:00 p.m.
Date in 2019: October 27
Main 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 2019: December 14
Various times and locations 

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