2014 Events Overview

Fort Phoenix Polar Plunge
Wednesday, January 1, 2014, 10:00 a.m. sharp
Fort Phoenix State Beach and Reservation
South end of Green St., Fairhaven

Theme of the Polar Plunge:"Who's your Superhero?" Dress in your superhero costume and take the plunge! Challenge your family and friends to come out and plunge in remembrance of the victims of domestic violence. A donation of $25 buys a long sleeve T-shirt. Shirts will be available on a first come, first served basis. You can choose whether or not you jump in. Registration and t-shirts can be purchased at the Plunge from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. or at
Day's Health and Sports, 86 Huttleston Avenue, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 28. Checks can be made payable to: Fairhaven Dollars for Scholars. Please note on check: Ft. Phoenix Polar Plunge.

Fairhaven Village Militia Winter Camp
February 22, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Academy Building lawn
141 Main Street, Fairhaven

The Fairhaven Village Militia, the Fairhaven Office of Tourism and guests present a historical winter encampment at the Academy Building on the west lawn of Fairhaven High School. Talk to period costumed men and women about life in the 1770s. See military drilling, flintlock musket and cannon firing demonstrations and camp cooking demonstrations and more. For more information, call 508-979-4085 or email FairhavenTours@aol.com.

Cherry Blossom Friendship Festival
Late April date to be announced
Cooke Memorial Park, Pilgrim Ave., Fairhaven

Sponsored by the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society, to celebrate Fairhaven’s friendship with Japan For more information,  email Gerry@WMFriendshipHouse.org.

Riverside Cemetery Tour
Sunday, May 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
Riverside Cemetery, 274 Main St., Fairhaven

Created in 1850 by Warren Delano II, the grandfather of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, this is one of the most beautiful rural-style cemeteries in Massachusetts. The tour visits the final resting places of some of the town’s most prominent people. You’ll also see lovely examples of early tombstone art as you walk along the beautifully landscaped paths. Tour includes walking on uneven ground. Wear comfortable shoes. Guide: Christopher Richard. Sponsored by the Office of Tourism. Free. For more information, call 508-979-4085 or email FairhavenTours@aol.com.

Fairhaven Village Militia
Spring Revolutionary War Encampment
Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, 2014
Fort Phoenix, Fort Street, Fairhaven, MA
10:00 a.m. Saturday to 3:00 p.m. Sunday.
Cannon firing approx. 6:30 p.m. Saturday

The Fairhaven Village Militia, the Fairhaven Office of Tourism and guests present a two-day historical encampment at Fort Phoenix. Talk to period costumed men and women about the fort’s history and life in the 1770s. See military drilling, flintlock musket and cannon firing demonstrations and camp cooking demonstrations. Try tomahawk throwing or children’s games. Also see activities such as spinning, fire starting, demonstrations of 18th-Century dentistry and more.
         Saturday evening at sundown (approx. 6:30 p.m.) see a demonstration “night firing” of the fort’s five cannons. Free. Handicap accessible. For more info: 508-979-4085 or visit http://Fort-Phoenix.blogspot.com.
          For more info: 508-979-4085 or visit http://Fort-Phoenix.blogspot.com.

Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 26, 2014, 8:30 a.m.
Main Street, from Center Street north to Riverside Cemetery

Units will march from Center and Main streets north to Riverside Cemetery. There will be a pause at Fairhaven High School for the raising of the “Big Flag” with the National Anthem performed by Fairhaven High School music students. At Riverside Cemetery there will be a ceremony at the Civil War monument, followed by a cannon salute.

Free Tours from the Office of Tourism
Click HERE for summer tour schedule.


Father’s Day 10K and 5K Road Races
Sunday, June 14, 2014
Begins at Hastings Middle School, 30 School Street, Fairhaven
Start time, 9:00 a.m.

The annual running of  a 10K, TAC sanctioned course through the lovely, historical Fairhaven streets features some of New England’s top runners. There is also a shorter 5K race. Sponsored by Fairhaven merchants. Registration fee is $20 from May 15 to June 14. ($15 before May 15) Registration deadline Saturday, June 14 at 4:00 p.m. No post entries. For registration, call 508-997-9460. Online registration at http://jbrace.com

Fairhaven Farmer’s Market
Sunday afternoons, June15 through October 19, 2014
Fairhaven High School, 12 Huttleston Avenue, Fairhaven
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Buy fresh local produce and other products from area farmers. Enjoy the local market with family and friends every Sunday afternoon through October 15. Entertainment will be available occasionally during market hours. Access the parking lot off Main Street to the rear of the Academy Building. Handicap parking. Free admission. Coordinated by the Fairhaven Sustainability Committee.

Homecoming Day Fair
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Center Street, from William to Green streets, Fairhaven
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fairhaven’s largest annual event features about 175 booths of handmade crafts and delicious foods in addition to live entertainment, an art exhibit on the west lawn of the Unitarian Church, and children’s activities, including the very popular fire engine rides. Sponsored by the Fairhaven Improvement Association. Free. Handicap parking available. For more information, visit http://www.fairhavenhomecoming.wordpress.com/.

Fourth of July Car Cruise
Friday, July 4, 2014
Starts at Fairhaven High School, 12 Huttleston Ave., Fairhaven
Gather for flag raising 8:30 a.m., Depart 9:00 a.m.

Classic and antique cars and vehicles will gather at Fairhaven High School for the raising of the “Big Flag” then will cruise through town with at stop at Fort Phoenix for the annual Independence Day Ceremony (See below). Sponsored by the North Fairhaven Improvement Association with the Prowlers and the Downshifters car clubs. Free. For more information call John Medeiros at 508-990-0000.

Fort Phoenix Independence Day Ceremony
and Cannon Salute
Friday, July 4, 2014, 10:00
Fort Phoenix, Fort Street, Fairhaven

A program at the historical, Revolutionary War era fort will feature a brief history of Fort Phoenix, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, musical performances and the singing of the National Anthem followed by the firing of the fort’s five 24-pound Seacoast Defense cannons. Sponsored by the Town of Fairhaven and the Fairhaven Village Militia. Free. Handicap parking available. For more information, call 508-979-4085 or email FairhavenTours@aol.com.

Feast of Our Lady of Angels
August 30, 31, September 1, 2014
Our Lady of Angels Feast Grounds, 7 Jesse St.,
Sat. 5 p.m.-Midnight, Sun. Noon - Midnight,
Mon. Noon - 10:00 p.m.
Procession on Main St. Monday at 1:00 p.m.

A traditional Portuguese “festa” with live music, game booths, Portuguese & American foods, auctions, kids’ activities. Sponsored by Our Lady of Angels Catholic Association. For more info: 508-990-0502

Fairhaven Village Militia
Fall Revolutionary War Encampment
Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28, 2014
Fort Phoenix, Fort Street, Fairhaven, MA
10:00 a.m. Saturday to 3:00 p.m. Sunday.
Cannon firing approx. 6:30 p.m. Saturday

The Fairhaven Village Militia, the Fairhaven Office of Tourism and guests present a two-day historical encampment at Fort Phoenix. Talk to period costumed men and women about the fort’s history and life in the 1770s. See military drilling, flintlock musket and cannon firing demonstrations and camp cooking demonstrations. Try tomahawk throwing or children’s games. Also see activities such as spinning, fire starting, demonstrations of 18th-Century dentistry and more.
        Saturday evening at sundown (approx. 6:30 p.m.) see a demonstration “night firing” of the fort’s five cannons. Free. Handicap accessible.
          For more info: 508-979-4085 or visit http://Fort-Phoenix.blogspot.com.

Harvest Fun Day
and Scarecrow Contest
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fairhaven Academy Building
141 Main Street, Fairhaven

Enjoy some fall family fun at Harvest Fun Day where you will find booths by local non-profit groups and business, children's activities and more. Face painting, craft projects, games, food. And help get the town in the Halloween spirit by bringing your own homemade spooky (or not so spooky) scarecrow to be displayed along the Main Street sidewalk of Fairhaven High School. More information on Harvest Fun Day as well as rules for making and entering scarecrows are posted at http://HarvestFun.blogspot.com/. For more information email Fairhaventours@aol.com or call 508-979-4085

Riverside Cemetery Tour
Sunday, October 12, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
Riverside Cemetery, 274 Main St., Fairhaven

Created in 1850 by Warren Delano II, the grandfather of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, this is one of the most beautiful rural-style cemeteries in Massachusetts. The tour visits the final resting places of some of the town’s most prominent people. You’ll also see lovely examples of early tombstone art as you walk along the beautifully landscaped paths. Tour includes walking on uneven ground. Wear comfortable shoes. Guide: Christopher Richard. Sponsored by the Office of Tourism. Free. For more information, call 508-979-4085.

Veterans Day Parade
Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
Main Street from Oxford School south
to Fairhaven High School

Annual parade to honor all veterans is followed by a brief ceremony and cannon-firing at Fairhaven High School. Veterans are welcome to line up at Livesey Park at 9:00 a.m. Parade steps off at 10:00 a.m.

Old-Time Holiday Weekend
December 13 and 14, 2014
Various times and locations

A number of holiday events, including caroling, fairs, luncheons, childrens activities, concerts and more are scheduled throughout the weekend by local non-profit, school and church groups. Coordinated and promoted by the Fairhaven Office of Tourism. For more information, call 508-979-4085 or email FairhavenTours@aol.com