A beloved Mattapoisett tradition returns to Shipyard Park this summer for some family fun by the water.

Mattapoisett Harbor Days is happening from Monday, July 11th to Saturday, July 16th, offering crafts, local vendors, and exciting entertainment thanks to the Mattapoisett Lions Club.

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What is Mattapoisett Harbor Days?

Since the 1980s, the Mattapoisett Lions Club has been hosting Harbor Days, its largest fundraiser every year. The money raised goes not only to the Lions Club but also to people in the community.

“We donate a large portion to scholarships that we give away to local students each year,” said Kimberly Ray, the President of the Mattapoisett Lions Club. “We also raise money for Lions Club International to donate money toward diabetes awareness, and we get involved in town throughout the year.”

What to Expect at Mattapoisett Harbor Days

Crafters, Vendors, and entertainers will flock to Mattapoisett as hundreds of people get together and enjoy a few days of good, old-fashioned family fun.

The lions club will serve their notorious strawberry shortcake, and Ray also hopes to add food trucks to the lineup this year.

Fan favorites include "Taste of the Town" on July 11th, adult paint night on July 13th, the fish fry on July 14th courtesy of Oxford Creamery, Lobster dinner on July 15th, and the pancake breakfast on July 16th.

Ray admitted that Pancake Day is one of her favorite days every year.

“People will line up across the park with their little ones in their wagons...it’s such a fun, family weekend,” she said.

There will also be a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, live music, and an appearance by the Mattapoisett Fire Department, which is always a hit with the kids.

Updates, events, and vendor information can be found online.

The announcement of Harbor Days 2023 is another welcomed sign that warm, summertime memories are ahead.

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