Through September 1
CAPE COD MUSEUM OF ART CELEBRATES 35 YEARS!
In 2016, the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis celebrates its 35th anniversary. The museum is hosting exhibits and events during the year, including a national juried exhibition, the Annual Gala & Art Auction, and a fashion show. For more information, visit ccmoa.org.
WINE AND MUSIC WEDNESDAYS
‘Wine and Music Wednesday’ is an open house held on the third Wednesday of every month in the gallery of the Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road, Cotuit. Enjoy wine tasting and live music for just $10 ($5 for members) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit artsonthecape.org.
Through April 14
FOOD ON FILM SERIES
A fresh take on dinner and a movie, the Wellfleet Preservation Hall and Lola’s Local Food Lab have partnered for a fourth year to host “Food on Film.” Attendees take in a thought-provoking feature film while noshing on a small plate dinner inspired by the movie. This year’s theme is “Table Manners: Recipes for Polite Society.” The series is held on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. The film on March 31 is I am Love; and on April 14, Metropolitan. For tickets, visit wellfleetpreservationhall.org.
Saturdays through April 30
Learn how to make all kinds of jam delights, including apple pie jam, cherry apricot jam, strawberry rhubarb jam, and more on Saturday mornings, through April 30, in the historic 1903 Jam Kitchen, operated by the Thornton Burgess Society in East Sandwich. The Saturday morning classes are for adults from 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Children’s classes and other workshops are available on other days.) Each class is $45 ($35 for members), and participants can bring home four to six (6 oz.) jars of their own preserves. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 508-888-6870, or go to thorntonburgess.org.
GARDEN EXPO IN HARWICH
Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, 351 Pleasant Lake Avenue in Harwich, hosts the 2016 Lower Cape Home & Garden Expo Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted jointly by five Cape Cod chambers of commerce, the event features vendors offering a wide variety of home and garden products and services. Best of all—admission is free! Learn more at harwichcc.com, or call 508-430-1165.
April 23, 30
FALMOUTH HOSTS “DAFFODIL DAYS”
A vista of thousands of blooming daffodils is an incredible sight to see at the six-acre Spohr Gardens in Falmouth—especially after a long winter. Bring the family to explore the beautiful grounds of the property and celebrate the arrival of spring. Events are scheduled on both Saturdays, April 23 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bonus: enter a raffle for a chance to win a daffodil quilt! For information, visit spohrgardens.org.
April 29-May 1
NANTUCKET’S DAFFODIL FESTIVAL
As the winter chill leaves Nantucket, millions of yellow, orange, white and pink daffodils spring from the island earth. The flowers’ return is celebrated at the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Daffodil Festival with garden shows, picnics, pageants, and parades. The annual antique car parade at the festival features more than 100 daffodil-adorned vintage cars. For more information, visit nantucketchamber.org, or call 508-288-1700.
May 1-May 31
CAPE COD MARITIME DAYS
Celebrate the Cape’s rich maritime history during the 23rd annual Cape Cod Maritime Days. The month-long celebration, hosted at venues across the Cape, includes lectures, boat-building exhibits, lighthouse and walking tours, and kayaking excursions as well as other maritime-themed activities. Sponsored by the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, the Cape Cod Commission and Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. For more information, visit capecodmaritimedays.com, or call 508-362-3225.
BREWSTER IN BLOOM
Celebrate the 30th Annual Brewster in Bloom event with town-wide festivities spread over three days, from Friday, May 6, to Sunday, May 8. Festivities include a 5K run, an antique and collectibles fair, a parade, and a juried fine arts and crafts show. Admission and parking are free! Proceeds benefit the Elder Brewster Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit brewster-capecod.com, or call 508-896-3500.
NANTUCKET WINE FESTIVAL
Taste selections from more than 150 of the world’s finest wineries at the 20th Annual Nantucket Wine Festival, held Wednesday through Sunday, May 18 to 22. Highlights include an opening reception, Harbor Gala, La Fête, and Grand Tastings, with special events and seminars taking place throughout the five-day festival. For more information, visit nantucketwinefestival.com, or call 617-527-9473.
RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL IN SANDWICH
Thousands of rhododendrons and an explosion of color cover the grounds of Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich during this nine-day festival, held Saturday, May 21, to Monday, May 30. Enjoy a peaceful walk surrounded by walls of flowers; learn more about Heritage’s storied rhododendron legacy; participate in programs with horticulture experts; and purchase your own rhododendron at the event’s plant sale. For more information, visit heritagemuseumsandgardens.com.
MARTHA’S VINEYARD NATURE FILM FESTIVAL
The Martha’s Vineyard Film Center hosts a four-day festival showcasing environmental and nature films with an emphasis on national and local concerns. Music, speakers and an art show complement the films. Admission costs vary. For more information, call 508-696-9369, or visit mvfilmsociety.com.
June 1-September 2
FEED A BUTTERFLY IN BREWSTER
The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster offers the rare opportunity to feed a butterfly this summer. On weekdays, from June 1 through September 2, visitors of all ages can take part in this unique opportunity, which takes place at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. The cost is $5, and reservations are recommended. To learn more, call 508-896-3867, ext. 133.
June 4, 5
EVENTIDE THEATRE IN DENNIS HOSTS PIANO CONCERT
Renowned pianist Robert Wyatt returns to the Eventide Theatre with a performance remembering Gertrude Lawrence, a Broadway actress with Cape connections. Lawrence lived in Dennis for many years and played an important role in the Cape’s rich theatrical history. The show will be presented twice: June 4, at 7:30 p.m., and June 5, at 2:30 p.m. For tickets, call 508-398-8588, or visit eventidearts.org.
TAYLOR-BRAY FARM’S ANNUAL SHEEP FESTIVAL
The annual Sheep Festival at Taylor-Bray Farm, 108 Bray Farm Road North, Yarmouthport, features sheep herding and shearing demonstrations, an exhibition of wooly animals, wool spinning and rug hooking, wool dyeing and more. Children will enjoy viewing the animals and taking a hayride around the farm. The festival is resented by the Taylor-Bray Farm Preservation Association on Sunday, June 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.
ANTIQUES SHOW IN ORLEANS
Held Saturday, June 18, the Orleans Historical Society Antiques Show brings together more than 35 antique dealers from around the Cape and beyond. In a new location this year—on the front lawn of Nauset Middle School—attendees can browse for treasures from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To learn more, call 508-240-1329, or visit orleanshistoricalsociety.org.
NYE HOMESTEAD HOSTS OPEN HOUSE
The Benjamin Nye Homestead & Museum in East Sandwich, hosts a free opening day open house Saturday, June 18, from 12-4 p.m. Docents will be in costume in rooms furnished to different time periods. The 1678 house is the oldest in East Sandwich and set in a pretty area by a mill pond, marsh and stream. Learn more at nyefamily.org.
FALMOUTH STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Savor sweet treats on the grounds of St. Barnabas Church—adjacent to the Falmouth Town Green—at this popular annual strawberry festival. Enjoy strawberry treats, iconic Cape food like lobster rolls and barbecued chicken, and more as well as exhibits by arts and crafts vendors, a plant sale, and activities for the whole family. For more information, go to stbarnabasfalmouth.org.
CAPE COD HYDRANGEA FESTIVAL
Celebrate the region’s blue, pink, and white signature flowers during the second Annual Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival, a Cape-wide event taking place from Friday, July 8, through Sunday, July 17. Enjoy tours of private gardens never before made available to the public, with each garden’s proceeds benefiting a local nonprofit organization. Workshops, lectures, paint-alongs and art exhibits will also be held throughout the 10-day event. For more information, visit capecodchamber.org.
GARDEN TOUR IN FALMOUTH
The Falmouth Garden Club hosts Villages in Bloom, a tour of several local gardens on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 12-13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Falmouth is beautiful in July, and the gardens will be in full bloom. Learn more about the tour, which supports the club’s projects and scholarships, by emailing Jan Burton at email@example.com.
PAINTING DEMO IN BOURNE
The Painted Ladies of the Joseph Jefferson Windmill Art Gallery host a paint-along demonstration Friday and Saturday, July 15-16, from 3-4:30 p.m., on the grounds of the Aptucxet Trading Post Museum, 24 Aptucxet Road in Bourne. The cost is $5.
CAPE COD SHELL SHOW
Shells take center stage at the second annual Cape Cod Shell Show. Artists from near and far will showcase their masterpieces, all crafted from seashells. Peruse these unique pieces of art at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Hyannis on Friday and Saturday, July 15-16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10. Learn more at capecodshellshow.com.
July 15 to August 26
A TEATIME TRADITION IN ORLEANS
A Cape Cod tradition for more than a quarter century, the Harborside Tea at the Community of Jesus is a two-course, plated tea event in the elegant Bethany Guest House overlooking Rock Harbor in Orleans. The tea events are held every Friday, from July 15 to August 26, at 3 p.m. Following each tea, visitors are invited to tour the Church of the Transfiguration and listen to an organ demonstration. The cost is $20 per person. For reservations, call 508-240-2400, or visit communityofjesus.org.
HARWICH ARTISTS’ UNIQUE SALE
The Guild of Harwich Artists hosts its annual Sacrifice Art Sale Saturday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Harwich Community Center, 100 Oak Street in Harwich. Learn more at guildofharwichartists.com.
YARMOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL
Jewelry, pottery, paintings, textiles, wood carvings, notecards, photographs, glass art and more will be on display at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod’s 14th annual Celebration of the Arts Festival. Many of the Cape’s talented artists and artisans participate in the three-day festival, held Friday to Sunday, August 5-7, at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth. For more information, visit cultural-center.org.
SUMMER ANTIQUE SHOW
On your mark . . . get set . . . treasure hunt! The 46th Annual Summer Antique Show in Orleans features a wide array of 19th- and early 20th-century antiques, cultivated by 40 quality antique dealers. Held Friday, August 12, from 5-8 p.m., and Saturday, August 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event helps fund the Cape Cod Antique Dealers Association’s cultural student scholarships and cultural enrichment fund. The event will be held at the Nauset Middle School, 28 Route 70, Orleans. Learn more at ccada.com.
OAK BLUFFS’ MAGICAL ILLUMINATION NIGHT
On Wednesday, August 17, at 7:30 p.m., traditional Chinese paper lanterns are hung outside of the famous gingerbread cottages that line the Oak Bluffs Campground. Lanterns are lit at sundown and burn through the night. Originally marking the close of the summer season for the campground Grand Illumination Night has become one of the most popular summer spectacles on the island. This is a free event at the Tabernacle in the Camp Meeting ground. A Community Sing and band concert are also held in the Tabernacle. Donations are accepted. For more information, go to mvcma.org.
HOLLY DAYS IN SANDWICH
The entire village of Sandwich comes alive with holly day cheer, starting with a tour of private homes and inns in the historic community where historic architectural features, unique furnishings, and festive décor delight in beautiful Cape homes decorated for the holidays. This annual month-long event is a favorite holiday tradition for Cape Codders and visitors. For information visit sandwichhollydays.com.