Chatham’s Fishawack Festival, an annual fun‑filled family day, takes over Downtown Chatham, Saturday, June 9, spreading across Main Street, South Passaic Avenue, the Gazebo, and even the library lawn.
In addition to music, games, food from an array of vendors, and more, the festival, which begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m., includes a 1- and 4-mile run, starting at 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. respectively and benefiting nonprofit community organizations designated by the Chatham Borough Jaycees including ECLC School, Boy Scounts and Girl Scouts, Chatham Emergency Squad, local scholarship funds and P.T.O.’s. Organized by Chatham Fishawack Run Committee. Registration for the run is now open.
For centuries, Chatham has provided a welcome stop for travelers and merchants along the Fishawack, the Lenni Lenape Indian’s term for the Passaic River. In 1971, Chatham’s Chamber of Commerce spun that idea into a lively downtown festival, a tradition that’s since evolved into an areawide, annual celebration of our friendship, charm and community pride, according to the borough’s website.
Some highlights include an outdoor pub featuring beer and wine, hand-made crafts and artwork, and show-and-tell displays covering everything from honey bees to planting trees.
To find the festival, use 54 Fairmount Avenue, Chatham as your destination in your navigational system.