Before the Thanksgiving celebrations get underway there are a few early November events on Cape Cod to keep both the locals and out-of-town guests happy! As the weather gets colder and the leaves pile up, there are a wide range of activities to keep you busy from the Provincetown Wine and Food Festival to the Eastham Turnip Festival.
November Events on Cape Cod
Provincetown Food and Wine Festival
To celebrate the Cape’s long connection with Portugal, Provincetown hosts a food and wine festival from November 2nd through November 5th. The festival will feature wine and food from many different restaurants and chefs.
From the Gallery Stroll on Friday afternoon to the Last Splash Tea Dance on Sunday, P’town is a hub of activity accentuated by good food and wine. Download their Festival Guide.
Veteran’s Day Tribute Breakfast
On Friday November 10, 2023, all US military veterans are invited to a complimentary breakfast buffet at the Flying Bridge Restaurant in Falmouth. Due to limited space, veterans must pre-register with the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce by November 8th.
Stony Brook Grist Mill Open House
The Grist Mill will be open with free admission from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on November 11th. Explore the museum and learn about the important role that grist mills played in the history of Cape Cod. A great chance to see the mill in operation as well as stock up on freshly ground cornmeal for all your holiday baking.
Annual Lighting of Pilgrim’s Monument
On November 11th the Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument will commemorate the 1620 landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in Provincetown Harbor. You will want to be at High Pole Hill before 6 p.m. when the lights turn on.
The Annual Lighting Ceremony is free to the public. This year, there will be a new ticketed, fun-filled Pre-Lighting Event at 4:15 p.m. with some local food and drink.
Eastham Turnip Festival
Saturday November 18th is “A Taste of Turnip Day” throughout the town of Eastham. Over 30 local food establishments will be serving turnip-themed dishes from turnip soup to turnip desserts.
You can “turn-up” for music or the Blessing of the Turnip at Chapel in the Pines. The library, School House Museum and the Swift Daley House are also participating with activities, games and demonstrations throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Enjoying the Shoulder Season
While Cape Cod is a more popular destination during the summer months, many locals enjoy the shoulder season, period between the peak season and the off-season. There are plenty of activities and November events on Cape Cod. We have listed some of the popular annual events above, but there are also lectures, plays, concerts and more at many of the year-round venues. Check our Events Calendar for the local events near you.