Cape Cod August Events Guide

     The Woods Hole Film Festival features over 130 films from around the world from independent & emerging filmmakers. Eight days of film screenings, panel discussions, receptions, workshops and more. A list of venues. Schedule of events.

The Festival runs from July 29th to Saturday, August 5, 2017

pan mass challenge logo
August 5th & 6th, 2017

The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge is the state’s preeminent cycling event. Over 5,000 riders partake in the race. There are one day and two-day routes many of which end in Provincetown and pose a serious endurance challenge to even seasoned riders. The Pan-Mass challenge raises money for the Jimmy Fund. The Jimmy Fund supports pediatric and adult cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Not riding? Be sure to check in with the local police departments about impacted roads & closures and plan accordingly.

See the routes

     Founded in 1991 the Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance has quickly become an integral part of Cape Cod’s small day-boat based fishing community.  Their mission is to create economic development initiatives to ensure that small-scale fishing is always a part of our community’s tradition and legacy.  They fund research into fishing stocks, provide loans to the fishing fleet, provide business planning, technical assistance, and most crucially quota leasing. In doing so, Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance plays a major part in helping to manage the local fish stocks & sustaining Cape Cod’s day-boat fishing. The Hooker’s Ball is one of their major fundraising events and one of Chatham’s premiere summer social events. There is live music, locally sourced seafood, silent auctions, and of course dancing. This event always sells out so tickets must be purchased in advance and are $200.

Under the White Tent, Chatham VFW,

150 George Ryder Rd., Chatham, MA, 02633

Atwood HouseWellfleet House and Garden Tour
Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Tour some of the historical homes of Wellfleet with knowledgeable local guides.  Most of these houses are privately owned and once a year the owners graciously open their homes to the guided tours of the Wellfleet Historical Society & Museum. It is a unique Wellfleet tradition.  Ticket must be bought in advance, and this tour always sells out so don’t tarry.

The 2017 tour will be held on Sunday, August 6th from 11AM-4PM. Tickets at the cost of $35.00 will be available at the Wellfleet Chamber of Commerce, Newcomb Hollow Shop, Abiyoyo, Wellfleet Historical Museum and thru online purchase. Tickets include a description and sketch of each house. Tickets become available approximately the third week in July.
Wellfleet Historical Society & Museum
266 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA, 02667

Orleans Police Block Party
Orleans Police Block Party
Wednesday, August 16th, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

The Orleans Police Department holds a block party on Main Street in Orleans. Main St is a great location for such an event, with many nearby shops, easy transportation, and great character. The block party includes music, dancing, food and more.  Family friendly. Antique cars.

Main Street, Orleans, MA 02653

Saturday, August 12th to Friday, August 18th
Parade on:
August 17th @ 3 PM

More than a little bit naughty, be warned the Provincetown Carnival can be NSFW. Carnival in Provincetown is a week-long celebration of the town’s colorful LBGT community. One of the largest outdoor celebrations in Massachusetts. Carnival attracts around 90,000 revelers. Culminating in a parade down Commercial St, featuring over 80 entries on Thursday, August 17th at3pm. This year’s theme is “God’s and Goddesses.

Commercial St, Provincetown, MA, 02657
45th Chatham Festival of the Arts
Friday, August 18th to
Sunday, August 21st
10:00 AM- 5:00 PM

     With over 120 craftspeople the Chatham Festival of the Arts has a wide selection of crafts to choose from. Family friendly with a children’s area with face-painting and crafts. Held at Chatham’s Chase Park.

Chase Park
125 Shattuck Place, Chatham, MA, 02633

Solar Eclipse

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Local Times

Start 1:28pm

Peak 2:46pm

End 3:59pm

We are very excited about the Eclipse. On Cape Cod, we will get a 75% occlusion. The Outer Cape’s bayside beaches will provide a great viewing experience of the solar eclipse. On Cape Cod the eclipse will start at 1:28 pm, with a maximum occlusion at 2:46 pm and end at 3:59 pm. Regardless of where you are in the continental US or Canada, you should take advantage of this rare astrological event. Make sure to take the proper precautions to protect your eyes.  Regardless of how much sunlight is blocked out, the eclipse is one of those “see it, but don’t see it” events. In other words, don’t look directly at the sun. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient either viewers should get ISO 12312-2 compliant and CE certified glasses which are available inexpensively from many sources, or they can make their own sun funnel or pinhole camera. A solar eclipse happens when the moon casts a shadow on Earth, wholly or partly blocking the sun’s light in some areas.

Antiquing & Arts and Crafts
Early August seems to have more antique and arts and crafts shows than any other month of the year, this a quick list of some of them.
6th Annual Brewster Summer Arts and Craft Festival
July 29th & 30st, 2017
Drummer Boy Park
773 Main St (Rt 6A), Brewster, MA, 02631
Chatham Mid-Week Craft Festival
August 5th & 6th, 2017
Chatham Community Center Lawn
702 Main St, Chatham, MA 02633
65th Annual Society of Cape Cod Craftsmen Festival
August 8th, 9th, & 10th.
Drummer Boy Park
773 Main St (Rt 6A), Brewster, MA, 02631
47th Annual Cape Cod Antiques Dealers Association Summer Antiques Show
August 12th, 2017
Nauset Regional Middle School
70 Rt 28, Orleans, MA, 02653