While vacationing on Nantucket, don’t miss these special events geared to young
and old alike, from sandcastle-building to antique shows. In addition to the beautiful
beaches, outstanding cuisine and quaint little villages on the Island, there are
plenty of fun-filled activities for all.
Nantucket Spring Restaurant Week
June 5- June 11
Enjoy a week of culinary extravaganza showcasing Nantucket’s superb restaurants
with special menus and price points.
Nantucket Book Festival
June 16-June 18
Nantucket has a storied literary culture indeed, and we feel the time has come to
celebrate and share it. This year we're drawing upon the amazing people and places
of our island to create a multi-day cultural event celebrating the rich literary
resources of Nantucket's past, present, and future. We will instill a renewed enthusiasm
for books in our culture, connect authors and readers, encourage a love of reading
and writing among young people, and celebrate Nantucket Island as an oasis and haven
for the literary arts. Events include talks, panels, tented book fair, parties,
authors in bars, author brunch, a pig roast at the local brewery, and more.
Nantucket Film Festival
June 21 - June 26
The Nantucket Film Festival has become one of the premiere destination film festivals
in the world. Visitors come from all over to experience our preview screenings,
signature programs, and stand-out hospitality on a magical island rich with history,
a friendly atmosphere, and beautiful sandy beaches.
Nantucket 4th of July Celebration
Join us downtown for Nantucket's annual 4th of July celebration......Face painting,
sand painting, dunk tank, watermelon/pie eating contests, kid's parade, pet parade
and more. The Grande Finale of the day is the famous water fight with the Nantucket
Fire Department at noon
Nantucket 4th of July Fireworks
Every July 4th, Jetties Beach on Nantucket is the place to be to view spectacular
fireworks. Nothing could be better than watching fireworks on a beach on Nantucket.
A great family event!
Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival
July 24-July 29
Featuring stars from the dance world brought together by Artistic Director, Benjamin
Millepied, noted choreographer and newly appointed Paris Opera Ballet artistic director. The
festival includes many free outreach events for adults and children and culminates
with two spectacular evening performances on July 25 and July 26 which features
a dance program of classical and contemporary ballet. Tickets for the evening performances
will be available July 1st at the library and online. All other events are free.
The Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival is a major fundraising event for the Atheneum,
which must raise 60 percent of its budget through special events and private donations.
The festival began in 2007 and has featured principals and soloists from the New
York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Royal Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet,
and Paris Opera Ballet.
Nantucket Comedy Festival
July 12-July 15
Nantucket's own comedy weekend, The Nantucket Comedy Festival, returns to the island! Featuring local youth comedians, regional touring
stand-up comics as well and nationally famous personalities, the weekend has something
for everyone. A festive event bringing great comedy to Nantucket while supporting
Nantucket Yoga Festival
The Nantucket August Antiques Show
August 11 - August 14
July 7 - July 9
The island of Nantucket has a unique vibration that has consistently inspired conscious living, the independent spirit and creative collaboration. The Nantucket Yoga Festival is a community orientated celebration that will bring together the very best world class yoga instructors, wellness experts and healthy living guides. We will unite the year round community, summer residents and visitors in a celebration of the spirit of the island. By coming together to explore ways to find a happier, healthier more peaceful way of living we can begin to affect positive change in our community and ultimately in the world around us.
The August Antiques Show is the highlight of Nantucket’s summer season. As
the Nantucket Historical Association’s major annual fundraising event, the
annual antiques show will present a wonderful week of parties, lectures, and activities.
Managed by the prestigious Antiques Council, the show is one of the most highly
regarded antiques events on the East Coast, attracting collectors and enthusiasts
to the island.
Boston Pops on Nantucket
Join us for our Boston Pops on Nantucket concert to benefit Nantucket
Cottage Hospital with outstanding music and fireworks in a gorgeous setting on Jetties
Nantucket Race Week
August 12-August 20
Nantucket Race Week is an eight day series of sailing regattas, awards ceremonies
and parties. See sailors of all ages and skill levels, from children in small craft to
grand prix racers in some of the finest sailing yachts in the world. Race Week is
headlined by the Opera House Cup Regatta. Now in its 45th year, the Regatta was the
first all-wooden, single-hulled classic boast regatta on the Eastern seaboard. Hosted
by Nantucket Yacht Club and Great Harbor Yacht Club, the week long series of events
benefits Nantucket Community Sailing (NCS).
The Big Game Battle
August 10 - August 13
Join us for fishing, fun times, and to raise money for charity! This summertime
event is an offshore sport fishing tournament held on the history rich Island of
Nantucket. We will fish East or South of the Island for a wide variety of game fish
from bluefin, yellowfin, albacore, mahi mahi, blue marlin, white marlin, big eye
and more. The Nantucket Boat Basin is centrally located to fish these waters. The
Island also boasts an active nightlife. The hospitality of the Dock Master and Professional
Crews has been most accommodating since the inception of this event in 2002. This
is not a “money” tournament. We do support the competition between the boats and
crews. However, our most important goal is to have a fun weekend away with friends
and come home with many memorable stories. Each year the Big Game Battle Committee
will choose a foundation to support with the input from each boat captain and crews.
Annual Opera House Cup Regatta
The Opera House Cup Regatta is a cherished tradition, held on the third Sunday of
August on Nantucket. The 45th Annual Opera House Cup Regatta will be Sunday, August
20th, 2017. This Regatta was the first all-wooden, single-hulled classic boat regatta
on the East Coast, and it attracts some of the finest sailboats in the country.
It is a clean regatta as certified by Sailors for the Sea.
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