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2019 Plymouth Herring Run Festival

This spring event celebrates the annual herring migration from the ocean to Billington Sea up the recently restored Town Brook.


Herring Parade!

Kick off the event by welcoming the herring to the brook and parading with them upstream!

Meet the Herring Lady at 10:00 a.m. at the foot bridge in Brewster Garden. She’ll have beautiful paper fish for you to “swim” up the brook. Fishy costumes encouraged!

Free Environmental Activities and Exhibits

  • Citizen Scientist Fish Counting: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Massachusetts Department of Marine Fisheries, Plymouth Department of Marine and Environmental Affairs.
  • All About Eels: NOAA, Plymouth Department of Marine and Environmental Affairs.
  • Town Brook Restoration: Plymouth Department of Marine and Environmental Affairs.
  • Herring Ladder Obstacle Course: Herring Ponds Watershed Association.
  • Underwater Virtual Reality Video: Northeastern University.
  • Aquarium, Microscopes and Art: Ocean Protection Advocacy Kids.                    

Outdoor Activities Schedule

  • 10:00 - 10:30a.m.: Herring Parade.
  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Wampanoag Net Making and Fishing Artifacts.
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.:Town Brook Walking Tour.
  • 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.: Smoking Herring.
  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.: Town Brook Walking Tour.
  • 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.: Wampanoag Fishing Demonstration.
  • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.:Help Build a Model Wampanoag Fish Weir.

Last updated by Office of Habitat Conservation on 04/06/2020

Fish Passage Education