Cape Cod events are offered throughout the year, and you can especially expect the calendar to be full in and around the peak summer season. On the 4th of July, for example, fun celebrations are held across the island, and various towns put on festivals that can revolve around any number of things, from scallops to artwork. Regardless of when you decide to visit the Cape, some kind of event is likely to be going on somewhere, and you can always consult local newspapers and entertainment guides if you need some guidance.
The peak Cape Cod travel season is mid-May to mid-September, and during this time, fun events pop up all over the island. In May, there's the Annual Cape Cod Maritime Days, which lasts the whole month long. The rich maritime history of the island is at the heart of this event, and events are held Cape-wide. Also held in May is Spring Restaurant Week, which highlights many fine restaurants. Special three-course meals are offered by participating restaurants during this week-long event, and the fixed prices aim to please.
In June, the Annual Cape Cod Maritime Festival provides residents and visitors alike with another opportunity to celebrate the maritime history of the island. The Cape Cod Maritime Museum, which is found at Hyannis Harbor, hosts this mid-month affair, and visitors can hope to take a ride on a variety of neat ships. As is true of most Cape Cod festivals, this is a family-friendly event, and since there is plenty of fresh seafood on hand, food lovers will also be in their element. Other things to think about in June include the opening of the renowned Cape Cod Baseball League season, the Community Harborfest celebration in Wellfleet, and the annual International Film Festival in Provincetown, just to name a few.
As is true of other warm-weather months, July sees plenty of antique fairs and arts and crafts shows taking place around Cape Cod. Visitors who arrive in the early part of the month can also hope to enjoy the festive 4th of July celebrations. Being that Cape Cod is such a popular summer vacation destination, you can bet that the 4th is celebrated with great fanfare all over. Fireworks displays are plentiful, and it's even possible to arrange special Cape Cod cruises that highlight them.
Also worthy of special attention when it comes to Cape Cod events in July is the Barnstable County Fair. The County Fairgrounds at 1220 Nathan Ellis Hwy, Route 151 in East Falmouth play host to this very family-friendly event, which has been going on for well more than 100 years now! Tens of thousands attend the Barnstable County Fair every year, and they have no shortage of fun things to do.
The Cape Cod festivals and other events offer something for virtually every taste and preference. Music fans can find favor with the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival in August, for example, while seafood lovers might look to plan their trip around the Bourne Scallop Festival in September. Art festivals such as the South Yarmouth Annual Celebration of the Arts in August cater to art enthusiasts on the whole, and if you enjoy sporting events, the annual Thanksgiving Day high school football game between Barnstable and Falmouth is a big deal and can be fun to attend. If no events are going on during your Cape Cod visit, then worry not, as there will be plenty of other options for things to do, especially when the weather is warm.
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