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Every year brings the return of beloved celebrations and annual events to Cape Cod. This year we again celebrate a number of traditional observances plus a few quirky ones, and are introduced to a new event or two hoping to win us over for the long run. From high-brow to down-low, every month it seems there is a happening that piques our curiosity, pulls at our heartstrings, or just plain tantalizes the taste buds. So for you planners out there, here is a list of our favorite reasons to make a beeline for Cape Cod this spring, summer, or fall.
Whale Watching and seal cruises begin in mid-April
April 13 – Oct 27: Driving Our Dreams: Concept Car Exhibition, Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich
April 26 – 28: Annual Brewster in Bloom Festival
April 27 – 28: Spring Festival, Main Street, Hyannis
May 1 – October 31: Harbor Your Arts artists Shanties open at Hyannis Harbor
May 15 – 19: Nantucket Wine Festival, Nantucket Island
May 17 – 19: 32nd Annual Herb Festival & Plant Sale; Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen, East Sandwich
May 18 – 26: The Rhododendron Festival; Heritage Museum & Gardens, Sandwich
May 19 – June 21: 20th Annual Cape Cod Maritime Days.
May 25 – 27: 42nd Annual Figawi Regatta. Hyannis to Nantucket
June 2 – 28: 18th Annual All Cape Art Show, Creative Arts Center, Chatham
June 8: Inaugural Falmouth Food & Wine Festival, Barnstable County Fairground
June 8: Antiques, Crafts & Flea Market, Orleans Historical Society
June 12: Cape Cod Baseball League opens for the season
June 16: 19th Annual Father’s Day Auto Show, Main Street, Hyannis
June 19 – 23: 14th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival
June 21: 5th Annual Cape Cod Quahog Day, West Dennis
June 26 – 30: Annual Provincetown Portuguese Festival
June 29 – 30: 11th Annual Art in the Village, Barnstable Village
June 30: 66th Blessing of the Fleet, Provincetown
July 1 – August 9: Arts Foundation Summer Concert Series, various towns throughout the season
July 1 – August 30: Cape Harmony A Cappela Concerts, Artist Shanties at Hyannis Harbor every Friday night
July 4th Parades & Fireworks: various towns throughout Cape Cod
July 5 – 7: Annual Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal PowWow at Barnstable County Fairground, Falmouth
July 11: Palette to Palate: Art and cuisine celebrated at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis
July 19 – 21 Annual Grecian Festival: St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Centerville
July 20 – 27: Barnstable County Fair, Barnstable County Fairgrounds
July 27 – Aug 3: 2nd Annual Whale Week,
July 27 – August 3: 22nd Annual woods Hole Film Festival
August 9: La Tavolta Feast Under the Stars at South Cape Village, Mashpee.
August 11: 28th Annual TD Bank Pops by the Sea Concert at Hyannis Village Green.
August 11: 41st Annual Falmouth Road Race, Woods Hole to Falmouth Heights
August 17 – 18: 43rd Annual CraftFest Cotuit at Cotuit Village Green.
August 17 – 19: 9th Annual Provincetown Jazz Festival
August 18 – 24: Annual Carnival Week, Provincetown
August 24: 24th Annual Pops in the Park at Eldredge Field, Orleans
Sept 1: Truro Agricultural Fair
Sept. 1: 8th Annual 5k Labor Day Road Race, Johnny Kelley park, South Dennis
Sept. 6 – 8: Eastham Windmill Weekend
Sept. 7: 13th Annual Seaside le Mans Kart Race, Mashpee Commons
Sept. 7 – 8: 26th Annual Cape Cod Antique Glass Show & Sale, Sandwich Glass Museum
Sept. 7 – 8: Bird Carver & Wildlife Arts Show & Sale, Green Briar Nature Center, East Sandwich
Sept. 13 – 15 Cape Cod Bird Festival
Set. 14: Annual Cape Cod Wildlife Festival, Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, Barnstable
Sept 20 – 22: 44th Annual Bourne Scallop Festival at Buzzards Bay Park, Bourne.
Sept 28: 2nd Annual Cape Cod Brewfest, Barnstable County Fairgrounds
Sept 29 – Oct 28: 7th Annual Fall for the Arts Festival, Cape-wide
Oct 4 – 6: Jazzfest, Falmouth
Oct 12 – 13: 35th Annual Yarmouth Seaside Festival, Route 28, Yarmouth.
Oct 19 – 20: Wellfleet OysterFest, Town Pier, Wellfleet