Warm, sunny days…cool nights…crowds gone…fall is a delightful time to vacation on
the Cape. And, with greater inventory of Cape Cod vacation rentals to choose from
than the busy summer season, values abound. Whether you come for a week or just
a long weekend, you’ll find towns all across the Cape and Islands hosting annual
festivals, fairs, and farmer's markets.
Annual Harwich Arts & Music Cranberry Festival will be the weekend of Sept.
14 and 15. The Cranberry Festival will be held at the Brooks Park on Oak Street
in Harwich and will include food, live music, a craft show, a family fun beach day,
and a parade.
Painted Light Photography
Rides and games by Rockwell Amusements at the Bourne Scallop Festival
The 26th Annual Cape Cod Glass Show & Sale will be held on Sept. 7-8. Located at
the Corpus Christi Church in Sandwich, the Show features antique and collectible
American and European glassware from the 18th to 21st century and is open from 10
One popular event is the annual
Scallop Festival held in Bourne from Sept. 20-22. Dubbed the “Largest Scallop
Festival on the East Coast,” the weekend is filled with music, entertainment, a
professional arts and crafts show, rides, games and, of course, scallops. More than
3 tons of scallops will be served to over 50,000 visitors!
Provincetown’s Pet Appreciation Weekend being help Sept. 27-29. The weekend
will include canine games, the Pet Tea Dance featuring prizes for pets in costume,
music, a parade, a raffle and prizes.
Or, if you’re really ambitious and willing to support a great cause, consider participating
in the "Harbor
to the Bay Bike Ride" a one-day bike ride from Boston to Provincetown on
Sept. 21 that improves community awareness and care for people living with HIV and
In October, towns all across the Cape will be showcasing local art and culture with
concerts, special exhibits at art galleries, museums, and theaters, art activities
for children, and more at the 5th annual
Fall for the Arts Festival which runs from September 28 to November 2. Admission
is free, and specials and discounts of all kinds will be offered to visitors at
this terrific, regional event.
Barnstable County Harvest Festival runs on Sept. 28-29 from 10 am – 4 pm
and offers fun for the whole family, including a farmer’s market, live entertainment,
hayrides, pony rides, arts and crafts, 4-H horse drill team, and much more.
The weekend, Oct. 12-14, offers the popular Yarmouth Seaside Festival
- a craft fair with more than 125 crafters, a parade, live entertainment, kayak
and canoe races, a 5K road race, a pie-eating contest, fireworks, and more.
Photo courtesy of Lezli Rowell for SPAT
Annual Wellfleet Oysterfest
One popular event is the annual
Wellfleet OysterFest which runs from Oct. 19-20. This two-day street party
celebrates the town's famous oysters, clams and shellfishing traditions and brings
together locals and visitors alike for a weekend full of hometown flavor and big
time fun. Entry is free, and highlights include local cuisine, arts and crafts,
children's activities, educational exhibits, live music and the Oyster Shuck-Off
competition. There are a number of satellite events planned: beachcombing and bird
walks, a 5K road race and children's fun run, cooking demonstrations, tasting seminars,
book talks, and oyster grant tours.
Fall Events on Cape Cod.
Fall highlights on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.