2011 – Six events not to miss this year on the Cape & Islands

John DiLiddo

11th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival

March 18-20 Experience innovative filmmaking in the off-season at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival. Held at the Chilmark Community Center, the festival is packed with more than 50 feature-length productions, short films, discussions, and other events. To find out more about this year’s festival, including an updated schedule of films, visit or call 508-645-9599.

Brewster in Bloom

April 29–May 1 The Brewster Chamber of Commerce presents Brewster in Bloom, a celebration of springtime in this pristine Lower Cape community. The weekend itinerary is chock-full of events like craft shows, open houses, culinary events, sales at local shops, and much more. Visit or call 508-896-3500 for more information.

Figawi Race Weekend

May 28-30 It wouldn’t be a proper start to summer without the Figawi Race Weekend, a friendly sailing competition across Nantucket Sound that celebrates its 40th occasion in 2011. The race is also accompanied by cocktail parties, award ceremonies, and time well spent on the island. On May 21, the kick-off Figawi Charity Ball, which allocates its proceeds exclusively to local charities, is held at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis. Visit or call 508-221-6891 for more information.

10th Annual Cape Cod Maritime Festival

June 11-12 The ever-popular Cape Cod Maritime Festival returns to the Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis to celebrate the region’s rich maritime heritage. Explore the museum’s catboat Sarah, check out a host of historical exhibits and nautical crafts, dine on local seafood, and experience other facets of Cape Cod’s maritime heritage. Visit or call 508-775-1723 for more information.

14th Annual Secret Garden Tour

July 10 The Provincetown Art Association and Museum opens a world of natural wonder in several private gardens on its 14th Annual Secret Garden Tour. The vibrant gardens are a great source of inspiration and a pleasure to experience firsthand. Proceeds from the event benefit the museum and its programs. Visit or call 508-487-1750 for more information.

Falmouth Road Race

August 14 The prestigious Falmouth Road Race returns for its 39th year. The race traverses a scenic seven-mile course and traditionally draws more than 10,000 racers—and many thousands more spectators—to raise money for several charities and nonprofit groups. For information on entering the race or sponsoring a runner, visit or call 508-540-7000.

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