Late summer and early fall is Festival season here on Cape Cod. The last week of August the Cape starts to transition with the traffic becoming noticeably less hectic allowing for a much more relaxing atmosphere. The weather is very nice, the crowds a bit thinner and you can find a parking spot at your favorite beach anytime of the day providing a great opportunity to get away from it all. At the same time across the Cape festivals are being held celebrating local foods and culture in a way that just isn’t possible during the height of the summer.
Truro Agricultural Fair – The Truro Agricultural Fair celebrates local agriculture, fishing, and aquaculture. From sea to stem it has a wide variety of locally grown and produced foods. Includes a farmers market.
7 Truro Center Rd, Truro
10am-4pm September 1st
Eastham Windmill Weekend – Windmill Weekend is a celebration of local arts and history. Activities are centered around the Eastham Windmill Green. From classic cars, historic house tours, art showings, children’s games & live entertainment there is something for everyone at this family friendly event. Parade @ 1pm on Sunday Sept 8th. Parade route is from the intersection of Old Orchard Rd (Arnolds) down route 6 to the Windmill Green (Depot & Samoset Rds.)
Windmill Green (intersection of Samoset Rd & Route 6), Eastham
11-4pm Sept. 7, 8
Harwich Cranberry Festival – A much smaller Festival than in years past, the Harwich cranberry Festival is a laid back local crafters fair with live entertainment. Parade held on Sept. 15th on Main St at noon. Parade route is from South St up Main St to Oak St ending at Brooks Park.
Brooks Park Harwich, 742 Main St, Harwich
9am-5pm Sept. 14, 15
Truro Treasures – An arts & crafts show with a decidedly local flair. Truro treasures also incorporate a golf tournament, antique appraisals, a classic car show, and a grape stomp (on Sept 22nd) set to live Jazz. Events are split between the Truro Central Elementary School at 317 Route 6, Truro and the Truro Community Center at 7 Standish Way, Truro.
10-3pm Sept. 21, 10-6pm Sept. 22
Bourne Scallop Fest – One of the Cape Cod’s Largest Festivals, Highlights include an arts & crafts show, midway rides and games, live entertainment, a wide selection of local foods…. not to mention plenty of Scallops.
70 Main Street, Bourne
10am-9pm Sept. 20, 21st, 10am-6pm Sept 22nd
Wellfleet Oysterfest – The Wellfleet Oysterfest marks the informal end of the festival season on Cape Cod. A celebration of everything about the oyster it is also one of the largest festivals on the Cape. Live entertainment, live shcking contest, a wide variety of local arts & crafts, and kids’ activities closes out the season with a bang. Did we mention an almost limitless supply of oysters and shellfish?
Main St, Wellfleet (Road is closed to vehicle traffic for the fest, off-site parking and shuttles are available.
10am-5pm Oct 19th 20th
So take a look around Cape Cod and enjoy the the slower pace. Late August and September is a great time to be on Cape Cod. If you have the time we definitely recommend attending some of these events which celebrate local culture.
Did we miss your favorite local festival? Let us know!