As the fall weather rolls in, Cape Cod certainly doesn’t slow down. There is a ton of fall fun to be had on the Cape; from music festivals to marathons, there’s an activity for everyone to enjoy. Check out the list of exciting October events on Cape Cod, all ending with a busy Halloween weekend.
Cape Cod Marathon – October 1st & 2nd
Calling all runners to one of the most scenic marathons in the World! Running from Falmouth along the shoreline through cranberry bogs and farmlands, this isn’t one that you want to miss.
Registration closes on September 27th, so make sure to get registered ahead of time. There is a kid’s run and a team relay option if you aren’t ready to do a full marathon. If running isn’t your thing, head out to the course to cheer on the runners!
SandwichFest – October 2nd 10 am to 4 pm
It’s not a celebration of sandwiches, although there will be sandwiches available, but rather the Sandwich’s annual festival. Head over to Route 130 in Sandwich for food, beer, wine, craft vendors, and tons of activities.
The highlight of the day is the dog and costume parade that takes place at 2:30. If you’d like to participate, make sure to get there by 2:00.
Wampanoag Cultural Celebration – October 2nd, 11 am to 4 pm
Head over to Highfield Hall for the 2nd annual Wampanoag Cultural Celebration. The festivities will include food trucks, demonstrations, vendors, and interactive activities, all aimed at celebrating the original inhabitants of the area.
Vinegrass Music Festival – October 2nd, 12 pm to 6 pm
The 8th annual Vinegrass Music Festival at Truro Vineyards will feature the talents of Sigard Hollow, Driftwood, Rachel Baiman, and Golden Oak. You’ll be able to munch on some snacks and, of course, sample a selection of wine while enjoying the music.
Yarmouth Seaside Festival – October 8th – 10th
The Yarmouth Seaside Festival is the place to be this Columbus Day Weekend. Featured events include:
- A craft fair
- 5k road race
- Canoe & kayak race
- Family chalk fest
- Sand sculpture contest
- Kid’s Activities
The festival concludes with a huge fireworks display viewable from Seagull Beach.
Taylor Bray Farm Fall Festival – October 8th
Visit Taylor Bray Farm for a day full of hayrides, games, refreshments, and visits from friendly farm animals. While this event is free to the public, a suggested donation of $5 goes towards maintaining the farm and feeding the animals.
Wellfleet Oysterfest – October 15th & 16th, 10 am to 5 pm
The annual Wellfleet Oysterfest at Baker’s Field is on! The event will feature live music, food, a spelling bee, and of course, the Oyster-Suck Off. The ticket costs $20 but is a fee for locals on Sunday. Parking will be available at Lecount Hollow Beach, White Crest Beach, and Newcomb Hollow Beach, with shuttles running frequently.
Hyannis Open Streets – October 16th, 12 pm to 4 pm
Have you ever wanted to run around the streets of Hyannis without worrying about cars? Now is your chance! The Hyannis Mian Street will be blocked off from traffic to allow kids in age and kids at heart to run wild in an effort to encourage exercise and healthy habits.
Trick or Treat with the Animals – October 15th, 1 pm to 6 pm
Take this unique opportunity to trick or treat the farm animals of Meeting House Farm. There will be candy for everyone, and the farm will be decorated for fall. Don’t be afraid to wear a costume as the horses will already be wearing theirs.
More October Events
If you plan on spending Halloween on Cape Cod, there is a ton to do. From trick-or-treating to masquerade balls, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on Halloween on the Cape.