Friday, September 16, 2022

Cape & Islands - Fall Fun is Back!

Labor Day marks the (un)official end of the Summer season. The college students have left their summer jobs and are back to classes. K - 12 students are enjoying school and fall sports. The school buses are rolling and so are the tour buses! The sun is rising later and setting earlier, the days are getting shorter, and Cape Cod is still waiting for the air to turn cooler and drier... When will the humidity break?!. The traffic has eased up on the major roads, and most of the out of state plates are gone. Don't close up the summer cottage or hunker down inside just yet...
Get outside and enjoy all the Cape & Islands has offer outdoors during the glorious fall months!

Several towns celebrate the spirit of community, the change of seasons, or the fall harvest with festivals that include something for everyone. The annual Eastham Windmill Weekend, is "a community festival, a fair, and a family party all rolled into one", held on the weekend following Labor Day. Activities include a sand art competition, road races, band concerts, arts and craft show, tricycle race, dancing, a parade along Route 6, food and more. The 11th Martha's Vineyard Wind Festival is September 10th at Ocean Park, Oak Bluffs. Say goodbye to summer while celebrating wind with kite making, kite flying, Frisbee games, model sailboat racing, kite boarding, musical entertainment and more!

Cape Cod Canal Day takes place at Buzzards Bay Park on Saturday Sept 17 and includes something for everyone - a 5K Race, Live music, Art & craft vendors, Food trucks, Craft beer & wine, and children's activities. Sandwich Arts Alliance is hosting the sixth annual Sandwich PorchFest 2022 on Saturday Sept 17th (Rain date, Sunday 9/18) with local artists playing genres from Americana, Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Rock, Classic, Jazz to Traditional Irish music on porches through Sandwich Village. The Harwich Cranberry Arts & Music Festival feaures vendors selling handmade craft items, food trucks, live music, kids events at the Harwich Community Building on Saturday September 17 and Sunday September 18. Don't miss the fireworks on Saurday! Head to Main Street Hyannis on Sunday September 18 for Hyannis Open Streets - a Family Friendly event featuring entertainment including live music (some of our favorite local musicians), Touch a Truck, crafts, free books from the Hyannis Public Library, face-painting, games and more! Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival has honored Tennesse Williams, celebrating his Cape Cod connections, by presenting his classic and undiscovered plays. This year's festival runs September 22th through the 25th.

The fun continues into October, starting with the Milestone Cranberry Bog and the Nantucket Conservation Foundation's inaugural 2022 Nantucket Harvest Fair on Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd at the Milestone Cranberry Bogs for a weekend of fun, outdoor, events showcasing local agriculture, island growers, and the many parts of this special island community. - 8th Annual Vinegrass Music Festival is Sunday October 2nd at Truro Vineyards in North Truro - this is a ticketed event with proceeds to help in Vinegrass' efforts to purchases instruments for Cape Cod kids, and fund college scholarships and grants for camps. The Annual Yarmouth Seaside Festival runs October 8th, 9th & 10th - featuring: Fireworks!, giant craft fair, kid's rides, children's tent, Seaside Clowns, musical entertainment, African Dance & Drums, magician, demonstrations, farmers market, 5 K road race, sandcastle contest, lots of food vendors! Parade on Sunday. Visit seaside festival website for complete schedule! The 15th annual Wellfleet OysterFest celebrates Wellfleet’s famous oysters and its deep-rooted shellfishing traditions with a Shucking Contest, Fine Arts & Crafts Fair, 5K Road Race & Tennis, and more. This year's event takes place on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 at Baker's Field. Don't miss this street party of food, art, music, fun and games for children of all ages!

For those who prefer the solitude of nature, the cooler crisper weather makes for a perfect day of hiking, biking or fishing on Cape Cod and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket. The Cape Cod National Seashore stretching from Eastham to Provincetown has several walking trails and bike paths, in addition to the beaches which are still nice to visit in the fall. The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary consists of woodlands, salt marsh, barrier beach and heath lands. Its 5 miles of scenic trails wind through the habitats of a wide variety of wildlife, including songbirds and shorebirds. Visit Mass Audobon Wellfleet Bay web page for visitor information. Other Mass Audubon Cape Cod & Island sanctuaries are located in Barnstable, East Falmouth, Wareham, Vineyard Haven, and Nantucket. See our list for more Cape Cod Hiking Trails. Start a family tradition - Crow Farm in Sandwich offers "Pick Your Own Apples" on certain weekends during the fall! Last, but certainly not least, check out our fishing page to book a Cape Cod fishing charter and catch some fish and excitement!

As always, for wonderful places (and off season specials!) to stay on the Cape check out Lodging; for Nantucket see, and for Martha's Vineyard visit Come spend Fall on The Cape and Islands!

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