April Brightside’s Annual Earth Day Organize a neighborhood clean-up party! Choose a site from an already identified clean-up spot. Pick a spot that you pass by every day – our goal is to make Haverhill clean! All clean- up locations are on city property. May KidsFest, Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce A creative afternoon of great food and activities for all ages! Located in Downtown Haverhill, the event includes live music, theater, dance performances, face painting, family entertainment, sand art, martial arts & much more! A highlight of the day is the "Haverhill Idol" competition. Finalists in the Junior & Senior divi- sions will compete to be the next "Haverhill Idol." haverhillchamber.com June Lou Marcel Canoe Race A race running down the Merrimack River for 7.5 miles to the Crescent Yacht Club in Bradford, Mass. Cook out & awards ceremony with a live band & raffles. facebook.com/canoerace.org/ June – October Haverhill Farmer’s Market Newly located in Downtown Haverhill on Merrimack Street. In operation since 1978. Farm fresh fruits and vegetables, wine, jams, eggs, honey, maple syrup, and locally-made baked goods. facebook.com/haverhillfarmersmarket July 4th of July Fireworks & Festival Hosted by the City of Haverhill on or around July 4th. The event takes place in Riverside Park in Haverhill. cityofhaverhill.com August The Steve Lyons Memorial Rock Out & Cookout A family-friendly event hosted by the Steve Lyons Memorial Fund at Winnekenni Castle. An all-day, out- door music & arts festival benefits local groups like Scouts BSA, the Massachusetts Special Olympics, and local school music & art programs. facebook.com/SteveLyonsFund August Haverhill Restaurant Week Enjoy visiting local restaurants run- ning specials to celebrate this week. haverhillsrestaurantweek.com Healthy Living Expo, Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Focus is on health, nutrition, fitness, financial & emotional well- ness & green living. Giveaways & health screenings, product samples with interactive activities such as “Touch-A-Truck” withTrinity EMS, Haverhill Fire Dept. and Haverhill Police Dept. haverhillchamber.com September Team Haverhill's River Ruckus Team Haverhill's River Ruckus is an annual, free, fun-filled festival featur- ing live bands, a classic car show, kids zone, local foods and craft beer, arts and crafts, and spectacular fireworks over the Merrimack River. riverruckus.com October Halloween Activities Buttonwoods Museum Assorted family friendly activities at one of Haverhill’s five treasures. buttonwoods.org November Annual Veteran’s Day Parade Begins at 10:30 a.m. from VFW Lorraine Post 29, 64 Kenoza Ave. Parade route goes from Monument Square, down Main Street to the Global Peace Monument on Ginty Boulevard, where services take place and a buffet luncheon follows at American Legion Farm, 1314 Main St., Haverhill. facebook.com/LegionPost4HaverhillMA Annual Christmas Parade, VFW Santa Parade Committee Held each year at the end of Novem- ber, the VFW Santa Parade, put on byVFW Post 29 is one of Haverhill's most beloved past time. The largest Parade North of Boston! facebook.com/Haverhillsantaparade/ Haverhill Festival of Trees Located in Haverhill’s Buttonwoods Museum, Festival of Trees is a hol- iday event celebrating the joy of the season. Local businesses and individuals donate a tree or wreath and its decorations to be raffled off during this event with proceeds going to the Buttonwoods Museum. The event includes a family day with crafts, a visit from Santa, senior day, and various performances. buttonwoods.org/festival_of_trees.html December Christmas Stroll, Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce For over 20 years, this downtown event has been a tradition each year to see Santa and the lighting of the Christmas tree. It kicks off the heart of the holiday season providing fam- ily fun, highlighting local retailers & restaurants. Enjoy a holiday train ride, meet-and-greet with fun char- acters, face painting, cookie decorat- ing, photos with Santa & much more! Wandering carolers & a saxophone quartet performs songs and music. haverhillchamber.com 6 Haverhill Events & Festivals 2019 Events & Festivals in Haverhill