Cape Cod is a bustling seaside vacation destination when the sun comes out and the air warms up in the summer. Many family-friendly Cape Cod events this time of year draw thousands to its sandy coastline.
Whether you plan on staying here for a short vacation or years to come, you’ll want to keep up with the events and activities on Cape Cod.
Lecture: Will Englund, “March 1917” – June 7th, 2018
History comes alive at this lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Will Englund.
Presented by the Falmouth Historical Society, this talk aims to tackle one of the most challenging times in U.S. history: the lead-up to World War I.
Using diaries, memoirs, oral histories, and the media of the day, Englund analyzes the events that took place during March 1917 and their role in creating modern-day America.
The lecture is bound to pique your curiosity about Cape Cod history. It takes place this June 7th, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 55-65 Palmer Ave., Falmouth, MA.
Japan and Its Prints in the Floating World – June 12th, 2018
Seen on book and album covers, inked on skin, and painted as murals, The Great Wave off Kanagawa is one of the most iconic works of art.
Join Tom Silver this summer for a talk about the origin of Japanese prints like the Great Wave, their artists – Utamaro and Hokusai, to name a couple – and their influence on famed European artists like Monet and van Gogh.
Explore printing techniques and authentic Japanese crafts dating back to the 19th century. While it isn’t exactly Cape Cod history, Japanese prints celebrate something in common with the eastern seaboard: the ocean.
The date for the art talk is June 12th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Sturgis Library (3090 Main St., Brewster, MA).
Fourth of July Fireworks in Falmouth – July 4th, 2018
A number of seaside towns feature fireworks, but few are as spectacular as the Falmouth Fourth of July celebration, which was voted by Travel + Leisure readers one of the 10 best firework displays in the U.S.
One of the best summer activities on the cape, the celebration takes place the evening of July 4, where visitors from all over gather to await the big show.
The official launch is planned for 8:45 p.m. at Grand Avenue and Central Park Avenue, Falmouth, MA. Be sure to arrive early to nab parking and a spot on the sand. The fireworks are free for all to enjoy.
The nearby British Beer Company at 263 Grand Ave., Falmouth, MA will be open after the fireworks for a celebratory brew. Watch an explosion of color in the sky on the Fourth of July – this year at Falmouth Heights Beach.
Annual Brewster Summer Arts and Craft Festival – July 29th, 2018
The 7th Annual Brewster Summer Arts and Craft Festival brings out the best of hand-crafted items with a summer spin. Vendors display original art, photography, shell crafts, soy candles, flags, doormats, and much more for this big, crafty congregation.
Entrance to the event is free, but be sure to bring your wallet as you won’t want to leave without a handmade souvenir. The fair takes place on July 29th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 773 Main St., Brewster, MA.
The 66th Annual Society of Cape Cod Fine Art and Craft Festival – August 7-9, 2018
This event is a rewarding collaboration between local artists and fine art aficionados.
The fair, a community mainstay in Brewster, happens under one large white tent. Browse works of a variety of mediums, such as pottery, glass, wood, textiles, and jewelry.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift to take to friends and family back home, this is a great opportunity to find something both unique and local.
The event takes place at Drummer Boy Park (773 Main St., Brewster, MA) August 7 to 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
More To Explore
Each year, the summer seasons brings many exciting community events on Cape Cod for a variety of interests. You can find a fun, family-friendly event, a celebration of local art, amazing fireworks show, or a look back in history.