2017 Summer Events

We hope you’re planning to come to the Cape for the many events including the Best Buddies Challenge, a Cape League game, Father’s Day Car Show, Escape the Cape Triathlon, the Hero Triathlon, Nantucket Book or Film Festivals or just to visit Hyannis Harbor when the Artist’s Shanties open. And that’s just in June!

Cape Cod Chowder Festival

Date: June 25, 2017

Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Hyannis

WCOD chowder festival

A Cape Cod tradition continues with WCOD cooking up its annual “Chowder Fest” at the Melody Tent. It’s the recipe for a perfect day of sipping and slurping samples of chowder from many of the Cape’s best restaurants, all competing for the coveted “WCOD Chowder Bowl.”

Bring the family and spend the afternoon savoring the “souper” seaside flavor of quintessential Cape Cod, while being serenaded by some of the best bands on the Cape. Don’t miss your chance to get “bowled” over by the Cape’s choicest chowders!

Location: Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 West Main Street, Hyannis

Adults $17, kids under 10 $5, kids under 2 Free.

Nantucket Book Festival

Start date: June 21, 2017

End date: June 26, 2017

On an island that has captured the imagination of Melville, Benchley, Philbrick and countless others, the Nantucket Book Festival continues that great literary tradition by bringing today’s best and brightest authors to Nantucket for a weekend in celebration of the written and spoken word. The festival features many free talks, readings, and presentations throughout the long weekend, with trademark ticketed events that include Authors in Bars and the annual Cisco Brewers’ Pig Roast.

Meet the Fleet:  Skate and Dogfish

Date: June 28, 2017

Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Nauset Marine East

Join us for an event that brings together fishermen and chefs and is guaranteed to deepen your appreciation of Cape Cod’s fresh local seafood. Fishermen talk about what’s in season and how it is harvested. Chefs offer cooking tips, tastes and recipes. This event is both free and open to the public, but will sell out!  Please note that RSVP is required. Reserve by email (rsvp@capecodfishermen.org) or call 508-945-2432 x102. Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance’s  Meet the Fleet:  Skate and Dogfish at Nauset Marine East, 235 Main Street Orleans, 02653.

96th Annual Mashpee Wampanoag Pow Wow

Start date: July 1, 2017

End date: July 3, 2017

Location: Cape Cod Fair Grounds, East Falmouth, MA

The Pow Wow is a traditional celebration of Mashpee Wampanoag culture featuring Native American dancing, drumming, games, food, art, jewelry, wampum, gifts, crafts and clothing.

At the Cape Cod Fair Grounds – 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway, Rt 151, East Falmouth MA

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Nantucket Yoga Festival 2016

Start date: July 7, 2017

End date: July 9, 2017

Location: Nantucket, MA

The Nantucket Yoga Festival is a community orientated celebration that brings together the very best world class yoga instructors, wellness experts and healthy living guides in a celebration of the spirit of the island. By coming together to explore ways to find a happier, healthier more peaceful way of living we can begin to affect positive change in our community and ultimately in the world around us.

Join more than 300 participants and instructors for a retreat that’s welcoming to all experience levels, from beginner to veteran yogi. The festival offers classes on a range of topics, from vinyasa to “Joyful Backbends” to morning meditation classes on the beach.

Paw Palooza

Start date: July 15, 2017

End date: July 16, 2017

Time: 9:00am - 7:00pm

Location: DY High School - Station Ave., Yarmouth, MA

Get ready for the biggest dog festival on the Cape!

Back for a second year, Agway of Cape Cod is bringing DockDogs®, complete with their 45-foot pool and professional team, for a sanctioned tournament surrounded by a dog-friendly festival open to all and supporting homeless and sick pets on the Cape. Between watching the DockDogs action at the pool and shopping the vendor fair, there are dozens of activities to keep you, your pup and your kids entertained!

Saturday, July 15 9am – 7pm

Sunday, July 16 9am – 4pm

$5 donation
Kids under 12 & dogs FREE
Well socialized, leashed pets welcome

Barnstable County Fair

Start date: July 17, 2017

End date: July 23, 2017

Location: Cape Cod Fairgrounds, Rt. 151, East Falmouth

For over 168 years, the Fair has been a highlight of summer on Cape Cod. The Fair’s attractions include animal shows, monster trucks, carnival rides, demolition derby, petting zoos, horticulture displays, games, live music, arts & crafts, and lots of food and vendors. It’s a full week of fun for the whole family!

Adults $12; children (6-12) $3 with paid adult; 5 and under free with paid adult; seniors and valid military I.D. $9; multi-day passes available.

Family Pirate Day in Hyannis

Date: July 30, 2017

Time: 11;00AM-3:00PM

Location: 135 South St, Hyannis

The Cape Cod Children’s Museum and the Cape Cod Maritime Museum have partnered to bring the 3rd Annual “Pillage the Village,” a Family-Friendly Pirate Event, to Downtown Hyannis! Pirate entertainment, crafts, activities, pirate costume parade, photo booth and more! Tickets are only $5 per person and include admission to the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, plus Goody Bags for the kids (while supplies last)!

Woods Hole Film Festival

Start date: July 29, 2017

End date: August 5, 2017

Location: Woods Hole

The Woods Hole Film Festival features international narrative and documentary feature films, shorts, and animation, many of them world or New England premieres, workshops, panel discussions and nightly parties held at the water’s edge. It is dedicated to showcasing and promoting the work of independent, emerging filmmakers from New England.

Because public parking is extremely limited in the village of Woods Hole, visitors are encouraged to park in the town of Falmouth and take the WHOOSH trolley to Woods Hole. Information about the trolley is available from the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce (800/526-8532 or 508/548-8500) or from the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority.

Pan-Mass Challenge

Start date: August 5, 2017

End date: August 6, 2017

The Pan-Mass Challenge is the largest single athletic charity event in the country. The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), brings together thousands of impassioned cyclists, committed volunteers, generous donors and dedicated corporate sponsors each year. Together, they provide Dana-Farber’s doctors and researchers the necessary resources to discover treatments and cures for all types of cancer. The PMC donates 100% of every rider-raised dollar to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.Since 1980, the Pan-Mass Challenge has raised $500 million in support of lifesaving cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.