Marblehead Festival of Arts – 2024 Festival of Cod and Whales
Auction Ends: Jul 7, 2024 09:00 PM EDT

2024 Festival of Cods and Whales

Back by popular demand! The Marblehead Festival of Arts is excited to welcome back our fabulous cod exhibition, whale exhibition and online auction! To celebrate our local creativity, for the 6th year in a row we invited a talented group of regional artists to decorate large wooden codfish using any medium of their choosing. And we will have whales again this year!

These one-of-a-kind decorated codfish are up for bid in our Festival of Cod & Whales online fundraising auction which runs until July 7, 2024 9PM; bidding may extend up to 1 hour for items with last minute bids.

From classic to whimsical, there'll be a cod or whale for everyone. You'll be able to find one just right for you or as the perfect gift! If you won an artistic cod in any of the previous Cod Auctions, this will be an opportunity to add to your collection. If you didn't purchase a cod previously, this will be another chance to get one of these fabulous works! Watch this space for bidding to begin!

You will also find the decorated cods on display in various Marblehead businesses during the auction. Each cod's individual auction page provides information on the contributing artist and the business where that codfish is displayed. The whales will be displayed together at Abbot Hall.

So visit these Marblehead businesses and check out the decorated cods in person! Then mosey on over to view the whales. Tell your family and friends to visit and bid too!

Make your bid to support the Festival!

All proceeds from the Festival of Cod & Whales online auction will go directly to support future Marblehead Festival of Arts programs and scholarships.

Pick-up of purchased cods will be  in Marblehead. Winning bidders will be notified of pick-up time and location. For winners who are unable to arrange for pick-up, shipping will be available for most cods for an additional charge.

Thank you to the generous artists for their support of our Festival of Cod auction!

 About the Marblehead Festival of Arts

The Marblehead Festival of Arts (MFoA) was established to promote and foster artistic events and activities in the town of Marblehead, Massachusetts, by producing an annual Arts Festival over the July 4th holiday weekend. The MFoA has a rich history of producing a premier summer arts festival that has become a unique forum for artistic expression. In 2015 the MFoA celebrated its 50th year and was named the 2015 Best of North Shore Editors' Choice for Best Arts Festival. The MFoA has been named both Editors' Choice and Readers' Choice for Best Arts Festival in the  Best of North Shore.

The MFoA is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization comprising more than forty committees and involving several hundred volunteers. Today, the MFoA operates year-round to produce and collaborate on many programs in addition to the annual Festival, thereby contributing to the development of other community organizations and arts projects. All MFoA exhibits and activities are free and open to the public. The MFoA relies solely on donations and fundraising events to finance its operations.

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