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Upcoming Cape & Islands Fairs and Festivals

Yarmouth Seaside Festival • October 10-12

Three Days of Fun and Games

Previews of six upcoming fairs and festivals—with details on many more

In the last 37 years, the Yarmouth Seaside Festival has grown from a mere ‘event’ to an annual ‘celebration’ of the town, the people, and the community of Yarmouth.

And as this celebration is meant to honor the community at large, the three-day festival, held Saturday to Monday, October 10-12, features an abundance of fun activities—something for everyone. The lineup includes pie-eating contests, kayak and canoe races, a road race, pumpkin decorating, clown shows, live music, a large parade, and much more.

Most of the activities will be held at the Laurence MacArthur Elementary School at 1175 Route 28 in Yarmouth, however additional events will take place around town. On Saturday night, a bonfire will be held at Bass River Beach; on Sunday, a fireworks display will light the sky over Seagull Beach in West Yarmouth at 8 p.m.; and on Monday, a sand sculpture contest runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Bass River Beach.

Those looking to get an early start on their holiday shopping would do well to visit the festival’s craft tables as more than 125 vendors from across the country will be on hand throughout the weekend selling a variety of products.

Since Janice Butler founded the seaside festival back in 1978, the event has been organized each year by a small group of volunteers. Butler says her main goal for the event was to bring people together and to celebrate Yarmouth community pride. More than three and one-half decades running—and with estimated crowds of 25,000 annually—it’s safe to say that goal has been accomplished. “It’s a great event for local citizens to come out together and enjoy some family fun,” Butler says. “It’s a community event that brings everyone together.”

The seaside festival is free and open to all—Yarmouth residents and visitors. For more information, visit, or call 508-778-1008.

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