About GAD

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Greater Andover Days (GAD) is a 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, parade, fishing clinic, car show, business expo/craft fair, carnival, 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 purchase at local retailers typically 1-2 weeks in advance of the festival. Children 5 and under are free.

Carnival rides and games are Friday and Saturday. GAD events are located within the Andover Central Park at 1607 E. Central, unless otherwise indicated on the schedule.



  • Greater Andover Days is funded through the generous donations of community sponsors and by the money generated through the sale of buttons.
  • The Greater Andover Days Committee is comprised of representatives of various businesses within our community, employees of the City of Andover, and individuals in the community who just want to volunteer their time and/or talents to help make this annual event a success!