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Fall 2013 on Cape Cod

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.

The 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.

Oyster Shucking
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 to 5.

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!

Don’t miss 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 AIDS.

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.

The annual 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.

Oyster Shucking
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.

Find more Fall Events on Cape Cod.

Fall highlights on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

About Joan Talmadge

About Joan Talmadge: My husband Jeff and I created WeNeedaVacation.com in 1997, shortly after buying our home in Orleans. I manage the Homeowner Support Team, assisting our homeowners with marketing and management advice. I also edit most of the content about the Cape & Islands on our website as well as for our Homeowner Blog and monthly newsletters. And as co-owner, I manage our devoted staff and much of the day-to-day business. I get great joy from helping fellow homeowners successfully rent their homes. Jeff and I are proud to have two of our three grown children working for WeNeedaVacation.com, truly a family-run business. For me, the Cape and Islands are magical all times of the year -- whether it's walking on Nauset Beach, playing golf, or enjoying family and friends here.