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Nantucket Summer Events 2019

Jennie Sparrow | 6/19/2017 (updated 6/26/2019)

Cobblestones, wharves, dune-backed beaches . . . Nantucket. It’s summertime on the beloved tiny island! What’s going on out there? Here’s a list of some not-to-be-missed summertime events listed on the Nantucket Chamber’s website. Visit our Nantucket events page.

Nantucket Book Festival, June 13 - 16

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 19 - 24

Nantucket Film Festival has evolved from a small scale "home grown" event into one of the premiere destination film festivals in the world. NFF attracts movie buffs from all corners of the globe to preview screenings, signature programs, special presentations, and shorts. The Nantucket Film Festival brings together locals and luminaries alike, promoting awareness and appreciation of the screenwriter's signature craft.

July 4th Celebration

The Main Street July 4th fun will be held on July 4. See you in town for the pie eating contests, watermelon eating contests, face-painting for kids, and the famous water fight at high noon! Later that same day, games at Children's Beach will be held, including sack races, 3-legged races, tug-o-war, and much more. At 6:30 pm, the NCMC Jazz Band will perform.

Nantucket Yoga Festival, July 12 - 14

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.

Nantucket Comedy Festival, July 11 - 13

Founded in 2007, the Nantucket Comedy Festival is an annual summer event that brings top comedic talent to Nantucket Island as the major fundraiser for Stand Up & Learn™, an island-based, year-round comedy education program serving Nantucket's children. The Nantucket Comedy Festival envisions Nantucket as a community connected by laughter. Please join us for the 2019 Festival at the Nantucket Dreamland July 11th–13th.

Nantucket Arts & Artisans Show, July 18 – 21

The Nantucket Art and Artisan Show is Nantucket’s premier art show since 1991. Our show attracts over 3,000 visitors including vacationers, year round and summer residents, and features over 40 local and nationally recognized artisans who highlight both traditional and modern day techniques and a variety of mediums – pottery, glass, textiles, folk art, photography, jewelry, sculpture, furniture and more.

Nantucket Garden Festival, July 16 - 18

The 11th Annual Nantucket Garden Festival highlights the unique and beautiful garden ecosystems on Nantucket and focuses on the importance of sustainability, conservation and gardening ethics for the long-term health of the island. Scheduled for July 16th-18th, the festival celebrates gardening through creative workshops, exquisite garden tours, children’s workshops, family activities and an opening night party.

Boston Pops on Nantucket, August 10

After more than two decades, the Boston Pops on Nantucket continues to be the largest and most popular summer event on the island, attracting thousands of island residents and visitors to Jetties Beach for a night of unparalleled entertainment to support the general operations of Nantucket Cottage Hospital. This year’s event is set for Saturday, August 10th with gates opening at 4:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show. Joined by The Spinners, conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra will once again turn Jetties Beach into a world-class concert venue. This year’s event chairs are Laura and Bob Reynolds, summer residents of Nantucket and generous supporters of the hospital. Nantucket Island Resorts / Jill and Stephen Karp return once again as presenting sponsors of the Boston Pops on Nantucket concert. Major sponsors returning in 2019 include Fidelity Investments.

If you're thinking about attending one of these events, we may be able to help you find a place to stay. Here is our Last Minute Availability page with homes on the Island offering summer specials.