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!

Sandwich Arts & Crafts Show

Date: May 27, 2017

Time: 10am-4pm

Location: Sandwich Public Library

The show feature fine art, jewelry, pottery, glass work, photographs, hand-crafted clothing, home accessories, wooden items, and much more made by local artisans! Held on the lawn of the Sandwich Public Library, 142 Main St., Sandwich, MA from 10:00 am-4:00 pm

The 45th Annual Figawi Race Weekend

Start date: May 26, 2017

End date: May 29, 2017

Location: Hyannisport

Figawi Race Weekend kicks off the the Cape Cod and Nantucket summer season. Entries include over 200 sailboats ranging from families promoting the sport of sailing to competitive sailors alike, bringing three thousand sailors & visitors hailing from all over the country including the Carribean, as well as locals.

The first boat officially begins at 10 am off the Hyannis Port Jetty. But beginning around 8 am, the parade of sailboats head out of Lewis Bay, pass by Kalmus Beach, and gather off Hyannis Port. The boats start from 10 am until approximately noon. Around 200 plus sailboats in 13 divisions compete across Nantucket Sound, in various courses, to be the first one to reach Nantucket.

Rhododendron Festival

Start date: May 26, 2017

End date: June 4, 2017

Thousands of world-famous rhododendrons in over 100 varieties and an explosion of color cover 100 acres with spectacular blooms. Enjoy a peaceful walk surrounded by walls of flowers, learn more about Heritage’s storied rhododendron legacy, participate in activities with horticulture experts, and take one of these signature plants home with you from the special plant sale. All Rhododendron Festival programs are free with museum admission. No advance registration required.

Father’s Day Car Show

Date: June 18, 2017

Time: 8:30am - 2:30pm

Location: Hyannis - Main St.

The Hyannis Chamber of Commerce Father’s Day Car Show is has approximately 350 classic and nostalgic cars from New England and New York lining both sides of historic mile-long Main Street. With growing attendance every year, this year’s 22nd Annual Father’s Day Car Show is expected to draw more than 60,000 attendees, making this show one of the best-attended family auto events in New England! Join in the fun at the craft show on Hyannis Village Green (Saturday and Sunday) plus family and children’s entertainment including magicians, balloons, cartoon artists, stilt walkers and a kids’ arts and crafts table. Admission is free.

Cape Cod Chowder Festival

Date: June 24, 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.

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.

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)!