Ripe with Activity: A Preview of Autumn Fairs and Harvests

Cape Cod Autumn Fairs, Festivals and Events...

Though famous worldwide as a haven for beachgoers and summer getaways, the attractions of the Cape do not wither after Labor Day. In fact, you could say many are just coming to life. In September and October, numerous events are scheduled across the peninsula where you can revel in the Cape’s bountiful local harvest. From pumpkins to scallops, cranberries to oysters, there’s something here for every discerning palate.

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Ripe with Activity

44th Annual Bourne Scallop Festival  |  September 20–22

Set along the picturesque Cape Cod Canal at Buzzards Bay Park, the Annual Bourne Scallop Festival’s reputation for great food and fun now draws more than 50,000 visitors. From an abundance of games and rides, to a juried arts and crafts show, there are enough activities to keep the whole family entertained for hours. Named one of the American Bus Association’s Top 100 events for group travel, this gathering is a great way to usher in the official start of fall. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine. General admission is $6 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children under 5. For more information, visit, or call 508-759-6000.

Barnstable County Harvest Festival  |  September 28–29

Come enjoy the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in East Falmouth as it is transformed into an autumn wonderland filled with fun activities for the whole family. Enjoy live entertainment, a farmer and crafter’s market, hayrides, and more at this fall festival. The Harvest Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. Admission is $5; children ages 8 and under are admitted free. For more information about the Harvest Festival, visit, or call 508-563-3200.

32nd Annual Pumpkin Day  |  October 12

Since its beginnings in 1981, Pumpkin Day at Bourne Farm in North Falmouth has become a can’t-miss event for all things gourd. Pick the perfect pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, enjoy a horse-drawn hayride or visit the petting zoo, and wrap up the day with a few tasty sweets from the bake sale. Admission is free, but tickets are sold for individual rides and activities. All proceeds benefit Bourne Farm’s conservation efforts. Pumpkin Day takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. For more information, visit, or call 508-548-8484.

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