12 Annual Events on Cape Cod

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Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Plymouth have a number of excellent events on the calendar each year that you won’t want to miss! The events and community make the region so special, and events are a great way to dive into the region’s culture and traditions. For the most recent information on upcoming events on Cape Cod, be sure to visit our Events Calendar. For a more in-depth look at the festivals, click on the links below of the specific events to get the full backstory.

Let’s take a look at some of the great, not-to-be-missed annual events on Cape Cod featured on the Events Calendar!

1. Nantucket Daffodil Festival (April 22-24, 2022)

cape cod’s 12 not-to-be-missed annual events Nothing says spring like the first bright blooms of daffodils! Every April, the Nantucket Daffodil Festival is a celebration of island spring, featuring yellow blooms, fun hats and outfits, and lots more!

The event includes a Daffodil Flower Show that exhibits unique blooms, a Car Parade and Tailgate in ‘Sconset, and lots of great activities for kids at Children’s Beach.

2. Martha’s Vineyard Film Fest (May 18-22, 2022)

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The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival usually occurs in March, though this year’s festival will take place in May.

The event celebrates artists, filmmakers, and stories from the Vineyard. The 22nd annual film festival will take place at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury.

3. Figawi May (27-29, 2022)

cape cod’s 12 not-to-be-missed annual events The Figawi weekend heralds the start of a summer sailing season for sailors! The raucous tradition features a race from Hyannis to Nantucket, a high school sailing invitational, a gala, and infamous tent parties.

The sailing race began with a playful bet and a race between friends. The group was enveloped in that notorious Nantucket fog. One group member yelled to the others, “Where the F*** are we?!” Add a Cape Cod accent, and you’ve got the sailing race’s name!

4. Maritime Days (June 5-10, 2022)

cape cod’s 12 not-to-be-missed annual events In May, Cape Cod celebrates the sea with Maritime Days. The Cape Cod Maritime Days include Maritime Meandering Tours of Cape Cod put together by the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, CARE for the Cape and Islands, the MA Cultural Council, and Cape-wide events celebrating the rich maritime history of the region.

5. Cape Cod Baseball (Opening Day June 12, 2022)

cape cod’s 12 not-to-be-missed annual events For many on the Cape, summer means baseball! The long-running Cape Cod Baseball League features star college ballplayers and is a perfect way to spend a summer evening. You won’t want to miss “Where the Stars of Tomorrow Shine Tonight!”

6. Provincetown Portuguese Festival and Blessing of the Fleet (June 23-26, 2022)

cape cod’s 12 not-to-be-missed annual events Each June, Provincetown celebrates its Portuguese heritage and culture and features a colorful parade, great town-wide music and food, culminating in the Blessing of the Fleet on MacMillian Wharf. The Blessing of the Fleet celebrates the Portuguese contributions to Provincetown and hopes for good fortune for fishing vessels and other boats.

7. Hydrangea Festival (July 8-17, 2022)

cape cod’s 12 not-to-be-missed annual events A celebration of summer gardens in July. Cape Cod’s Hydrangea Festival is not to be missed. The event unfolds over ten days, featuring tours of spectacular private gardens, workshops and talks, and a celebration of all things hydrangea! The funds raised from private garden tours support many great causes and organizations across the Cape.

8. Barnstable County Fair (July 19-25, 2022)

cape cod’s 12 not-to-be-missed annual events The Barnstable County Fair happens each July, promising good times for all! The event includes great entertainment and musical performances, amusements and midway rides, horticultural exhibits, farm animals, all your favorite fair foods, craft vendors, and lots more!

The Barnstable County Agricultural Society runs the event.

9. Grand Illumination Night (August 17, 2022)

cape cod’s 12 not-to-be-missed annual events Darkness doesn’t stand a chance on Grand Illumination Night. This iconic Martha’s Vineyard event takes place on the third Wednesday in August in Oak Bluffs.

The event features thousands of Japanese lanterns around the Gingerbread Cottages as well as a community sing and band.

10. Falmouth Road Race (August 21, 2022)

cape cod’s 12 not-to-be-missed annual events The Falmouth Road Race draws a wide crowd of runners and spectators!

The racecourse winds for seven miles on a seaside course and many runners fundraise and support nonprofit organizations.

The event takes place in late August, and in 2022 is celebrating its 50th year!

11. Wellfleet OysterFest (TBA 2022)

cape cod’s 12 not-to-be-missed annual events The Wellfleet OysterFest occurs in mid-October and features lots of shellfish!

The pristine waters of the Outer Cape produce world-class oysters, and this event celebrates those bivalves!

The event includes a shucking contest, vendors, food, music, and more!

12. America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade (TBA 2022)

cape cod’s 12 not-to-be-missed annual events Each November, Plymouth comes alive, celebrating its fame as the home of Plymouth Colony and as “America’s Hometown.” The event takes place over three days and features “America’s only historically accurate chronological parade” beginning at Plymouth Rock.

The Thanksgiving Parade includes floats and participants showcasing notable events and people from the 17th century onwards. These have ranged from commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day to celebrating the Bicentennial of the Cultivated Cranberry!

The patriotic day is filled with family fun, music, drinks, food, and more!

There are many other Thanksgiving Events and Christmas Events happening throughout the greater Cape region.

Please refer to our Events Calendars for Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Plymouth to keep current on annual and weekly events on Cape Cod and its surrounding area.

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