When: Sat., April 26th, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Where: Plimoth Grist Mill at Jenny Pond (6 Spring Ln, Plymouth)

Cost: Free with Museum Admission: Adults $6.00 and Children (5-12) $4.50

Help us celebrate the herring! Cape Cod Bay Watch will be staffing a booth with hands-on activities at the Herring Run Festival. Stop by our booth and say hello!

More about the festival:

Plymouth’s Town Brook in April means one thing–the annual herring run! Every April tens of thousands of herring leave the ocean to head upstream to lay their eggs in freshwater. Most of the herring that migrate through Town Brook are a variety known as alewives, which Native Wampanoag have been using as food and fertilizer for centuries. Back in 1621 the Wampanoag people shared this knowledge with the Pilgrims.

Witness the herring run up Town Brook (Mother Nature permitting). Visit with local scientists to learn about their efforts to restore the herring population; hear about dam removal projects on Town Brook; get a close up view of the herring; and help scientists collect data by counting herring. You’ll also learn about (and meet) another fascinating and important resident of Town Brook–the American Eel!

The Herring Run Festival will also feature special hands-on activities for kids, music, local artisan marketplace and, of course, Plimoth Grist Mill will be grinding organic cornmeal and sampe (grits) and sharing samples of our favorite corn dishes. Feel like doing a little running yourself? Start your day with the 5K Herring Run Classic at 10 a.m. and “run where the herring run.” For more information on the race, visit runsignup.com.

For questions, contact the Plimoth Plantation at (508) 746-1622, extension 8346