The 86th Annual Our Lady of Angels Feast will be held this weekend, Saturday through Monday, 9/3 to 9/5, on the Feast Grounds, 7 Jesse St., Fairhaven. A traditional Portuguese “festa.”
Sponsored by Our Lady of Angels Catholic Association.
Hours are: Sat. 5 p.m.–Mid., Sun. Noon–Mid., Mon. Noon–10 p.m. Procession on Main Street Monday at 1 p.m. For more info: 508-990-0502
Opening ceremonies, Sat., 9/3, 6 p.m., followed by a concert, Our Lady of Light Band of Fall River; Sat., 8 p.m.–mid., music by Edge.
Sun., 9/4, 2–6 p.m., music by Red Handed Band, 8 p.m.–mid., music by Eratoxica.
Mon., 9/5, Mass. at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Church celebrated by Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha S.D.V. Procession at 1 p.m., followed by Auction; music by Semlimite from 6–10 p.m.
All three days: Portuguese and American foods.
Known in Fairhaven as the “Big Little Feast,” the annual festa is a time for people to re-unite over food, dancing, and games.
The famed auctions are event in themselves, with people trying to outbid each other to benefit OLOA.
Activities include game booths and traditional Portuguese food and drink including Port wine, malassadas, linguica, carne espito, cacoila and bafana. You’ll also find clamcakes, hot dogs, cotton candy and ice cream.
The beer will be cold and the malassadas warm, so be sure to make your way to the corner of Main Street and Jesse Street in North Fairhaven this weekend. Park at St. Mary’s Church or on the street.
On Monday, the traditional procession starts at St. Mary’s, travels up Main Street to Benoit Square and then back. The procession features marching bands, religious statues, clergy and politicians, and children, aka “angels.”
The main attraction is a larger-than-life statue of our Lady of Angels, reputedly weighing about 800 pounds, that is carried on the shoulders of the men of the association.