Greater Andover Days (GAD) is a four-day festival that occurs the 4th weekend after Labor Day weekend. The event offers handfuls of fun, food, and entertainment for the entire family! Over 5,000 people attend GAD annually. The festival includes a food court, KidFest, hot dog eating contest, parade, fishing clinic, car show, business expo/craft fair, carnival, ice cream social, live entertainment and a fireworks show in Central Park.
The First Greater Andover Days Festival took place in 1967 as an effort to unify the citizens of Andover through a shared festival experience. Admission to the festival is covered through the purchase of a GAD button. GAD buttons are available for sale at local retailers typically 1-2 weeks in advance of the festival. Children 5 and under are free.
Ottaway Amusement's carnival rides and games are Thursday through Sunday. GAD events are located within the Andover Central Park at 1607 E. Central, unless otherwise indicated on the schedule.