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The Running of the Herring


The herring make a much-anticipated annual return to Plymouth each April via Town Brook, Plimoth Grist Mill and Jenney Pond Park. Celebrate the arrival of spring with friends, family, fun, and FISH with this annual celebration! Every spring tens of thousands of alewife herring set off from locations throughout the North Atlantic, from far afield. They find Plymouth Harbor, swim past Mayflower II and into Town Brook, where they launch themselves two miles upstream against the current, passing the Grist Mill on their way to Billington Sea to spawn. Come and observe this amazing migration known as the herring run! The Plymouth Herring Festival 2024 is Saturday, April 20th from 10am to 3pm – Changed to Sunday, April 21.
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Also not to be missed, nearby Middleborough holds a multi-day annual Herring Run Festival of its own at Oliver Mill Park. In 2024 this Festival will be held April 13 and 14 from 11am to 4pm each day. Click Here for upcoming information.