2018 Summer Events 2018-03-07T16:20:07+00:00

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!

The 47th Annual Figawi Race Weekend

Start date: May 25, 2018

End date: May 28, 2018

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.

Hyannis Art Shanties

Start date: May 26, 2018

End date: October 8, 2018

Time: 11am-8pm

Location: 180 Ocean St, Hyannis and Hyannis Harbor Overlook

Hyannis Art Shanties

Browse among the seven colorful shanties at Ocean Street docks – featuring local artists who work and sell their wares right from their “seaside studios”.  Artwork varies and includes painting, jewelry, sculpture, glass, ceramics, mariner knot work, wood carving, and much more! Artists change weekly.  FREE family entertainment several days a week.

Locations: Bismore Park, Ocean St. & Harbor Overlook corner of Ocean and South Streets, Hyannis

Rhododendron Festival

Start date: May 26, 2018

End date: June 3, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: Heritage Museums & Gardens

Rhododendron Festival

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 Museums & Gardens 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.

Saturday, May 26, 2018 – 9:00am to Sunday, June 3, 2018 – 5:00pm
Art Openings/Arts, Cultural and Educational Events
Festivals or Fairs
Kids’/Family Events
Nature Walks
Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich
1 (508) 888-3300 x175

Sandwich Arts & Crafts Show

Date: May 27, 2018

Time: 10am-4pm

Location: Sandwich Public Library

Sandwich Arts & Crafts Show

The show features fine art, jewelry, pottery, glass work, photographs, hand-crafted clothing, home accessories, leather and 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

Nantucket Book Festival

Start date: June 15, 2018

End date: June 17, 2018

Nantucket Book Festival

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.

Cape Cod Chowder Festival

Date: June 23, 2018

Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Hyannis

Cape Cod 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

Check back for more details.

Empow Studios Tech & Design and Minecraft Camps: Summer 2018

Start date: July 1, 2018

End date: August 18, 2018

Empow Studios Tech & Design and Minecraft Camps: Summer 2018

Empow’s Tech & Design Camp is the one camp to rule them all: Video Game Design, Robotics, Animation, 3D Modeling & Printing, Music Production, and other exciting projects are all fair game. Whether it’s building a working guitar made of LEGO MINDSTORMS, designing an action-packed video game to challenge friends with, or creating an animated mini-movie, the options are limitless and the learning doesn’t stop! We teach the nuts & bolts behind these subjects, and campers use their imagination to make their project come alive.

Nantucket Yoga Festival 2016

Start date: July 6, 2018

End date: July 8, 2018

Location: Nantucket, MA

Nantucket Yoga Festival 2016

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.

97th Annual Mashpee Wampanoag Pow Wow

Start date: July 6, 2018

End date: July 8, 2018

Location: Cape Cod Fair Grounds, East Falmouth, MA

97th Annual Mashpee Wampanoag Pow Wow

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.

The 97th Annual Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow will be returning home; dancers, drummers, vendors and visitors will once again enjoy powwow on tribal lands. The annual powwow will be held July, 6, 7 and 8 at the traditional Powwow Grounds located next to the Community and Government Center at 483 Great Neck Road South in Mashpee.

For more details please contact the Powwow Committee at (774) 413-0520 or at Powwow@mwtribe-NSN.gov

With the Powwow returning to tribal lands, it was only fitting that this year’s Powwow Committee landed on “A Traditional Homecoming” as the theme. It’s truly special to return the powwow to traditional lands and an appropriate theme for the powwow homecoming.

The 2018 Powwow Committee includes Chair Marcy Hendricks, Vice Chair Brian Weeden, Treasurer Danna Floyd, Secretary Cassie Jackson and committee members Eleanor Coombs, Delscena Hicks, Winona Hendricks and Joanne Frye. The Committee also includes tribal council co-liasons Winona Pocknett and Ann Marie Askew.

Paw Palooza

Start date: July 14, 2018

End date: July 15, 2018

Time: 9:00am - 7:00pm

Location: DY High School - 210 Station Ave., Yarmouth, MA

Paw Palooza

Get ready for the biggest dog festival on the Cape!

Paw Palooza is “paws down” Cape Cod’s biggest, wildest and most entertaining annual dog festival! Held each July in Yarmouth, Mass the two-day extravaganza hosted by the Agway of Cape Cod Charitable Foundation, features entertainment, activities and food for dogs and their people! And best of all, it raises some serious dough for animal welfare organizations on the Cape.

Join us in Yarmouth 

Saturday, July 14 9am – 7pm
Sunday, July 15 9am – 4pm

Dennis-Yarmouth High School
210 Station Ave., Yarmouth, MA
(508) 385-8772 ext 521

Paw Palooza is presented by the Agway of Cape Cod Charitable Foundation. Event proceeds stay on the Cape and support the regions animal welfare organizations.

$7 donation
Kids under 12 & dogs FREE
Well socialized, leashed pets welcome