August is prime time for Cape Cod's most popular special events!
Summer brings us sandcastle contests at the beach, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra's fabulous Pops By The Sea performance, the famous Carnival Week in Provincetown, and a gala "Hookers Ball" under a big white tent.
And that's just the beginning of all the fantastic things to do on Cape Cod in August!
When: July 29 - August 5, 2017
Where: Multiple venues in Woods Hole
Admission: Ticket prices vary by event
More Info: Woods Hole Film Festival
Dedicated to showcasing and promoting the work of independent, emerging filmmakers, the highly regarded Woods Hole Film Festival draws filmmakers and patrons to Cape Cod from around the world.
The Festival showcases more than 100 feature-length films during its 8-day run.
Parties, workshops, entertainment, readings and awards round out the week.
Note: Tickets/Passes go on sale online in late June.
When: Multiple dates in August
Where: Mullen-Hall Elementary School, 130 Katharine Lee Bates Road, Falmouth
Admission: One ticket per ride, prices vary
More Info: Carousel of Light on Facebook; (774) 521-8408
Come out for a ride on one of the most popular attractions in Falmouth - the Carousel of Light.
This hand-carved, twirling work of art features 20 wooden horses and 2 wheelchair accessible chariots (including one called "Bubbles" that actually blows bubbles!), all decked out in a nautical flair.
When: 2017 date TBA
Where: Public Library Commons, Steeple Street, Mashpee
More Info: Castleberry Fairs
This Mashpee Public Library fundraiser features more than 75 juried crafters selling American-made works including fine jewelry, original artwork, blown glass, pottery, photography, fiber arts, hand-crafted furniture, pet items, and much more.
The Festival also includes specialty food sampling, craft demonstrations, and live musical entertainment.
When: August 5, 2017, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Under the Tent at Chatham VFW, 150 George Ryder Road, Chatham
More Info: Cape Cod Fishermen
The name of this event got your attention, didn't it?
Hookers Ball is the annual summer gala of the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance. Held under a big white tent on the grounds of the Chatham VFW, this event supports the local fishing community and features the most fabulous seafood Cape Cod has to offer, all supplied by local fishermen.
The evening's festivities include live and silent auctions, great music, dancing, and lots of fun. Come on out and support Cape Cod's fleet and coastal community!
Note: This is an adults-only (21+) event. ID required.
When: August 16, 2017, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Green Briar Nature Center, 6 Discovery Hill Road, East Sandwich
More Info: Green Briar Nature Center; (508) 888-6870
PeterRabbit's Animal Day is an annual event held on the beautiful grounds of Green Briar Nature Center. Throughout the day there'll be oodles of family fun! Bring the kids to see live animal exhibits, a pet rabbit show, games of chance for youngsters, a meet and greet with pond critters, animal story times, and personal appearances by "Peter Rabbit" himself!
When: August 10 & 14, 2017
Where: The Crown & Anchor in Provincetown and Cotuit Center for the in Cotuit
More Info: Provincetown Jazz Festival
Did you know that actress Molly Ringwald is a jazz singer, too? (I didn't!) She started signing with her dad's jazz band at the tender age of three years old, and she's been crooning the tunes ever since. This year, Molly will make her Cape Cod debut on August 10th at the Jazz Festival venue in Provincetown.
Together with talented pianist Takumi Kakimoto opening the show, it'll be a fantastic evening of music!
On August 14th, the Jazz Festival moves to its Cotuit venue, featuring famed jazz clarinetist, Ken Peplowski, and the vocal and piano duo Atla and Matt Dechamplain.
FYI: Tickets to this popular August event sell out quickly.
When: August 13, 2017, 5 p.m.
Where: Hyannis Town Green, Main Street, Hyannis
Admission: $25 and up, varies by seating location
More Info: Pops By The Sea
This is your chance to hear the renowned Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra here on Cape Cod, in a one-of-a-kind performance on the Hyannis Village Green.
Each year, orchestra conductor, Keith Lockhart, is joined by a special celebrity "guest conductor". Recent celeb conductors have included Jim Belushi and Blythe Danner taking up the guest baton.
Come on out and enjoy a family-friendly evening of incredible music!
When: August 12 - 19, 2017
Where: Multiple venues and events around Provincetown
Admission: Varies by event
More Info: Carnival Week
Events during this wild and famous week in P'town include Carnival's Original Costume Party and the big Carnival Parade, plus boat cruises, dance parties, pool parties and a vendor fair.
When: August 19, 2017, 10 a.m.
Where: Town Hall Square, Main Street, Falmouth
Entry Fee: Spectators free, entry fee for participants
More Info: Falmouth Walk
The Walk follows a 3.2 mile route from Town Hall to Surf Drive, then along the Harbor and back along Main Street. (A 1.5 mile shortcut is also available.) The Walk will be followed by a picnic, raffle and auction. All profits go to local Falmouth charities.
When: August 19, 2017
Where: Various venues in Dennis
Admission: Many events are free
More Info: Dennis Small Business Association
With summer in full swing on Cape Cod, Dennis SummerFest packs in a full slate of fun for the whole family.
Just a small sampling of the many SummerFest events are a sand castle contest, an antique auto parade and display, and a big fireworks display to cap off the Family Night Out extravaganza at West Dennis Beach.
When: August 20, 2017
Where: Woods Hole to Falmouth, MA
Admission: Spectators free; entry fees for runners
More Info: Falmouth Road Race
The New Balance Falmouth Road Race is one of the most anticipated Cape Cod events each August. Over 10,000 runners from Cape Cod and around the world participate in the race each year.
Stake out your spectating spot early, then cheer on the runners as they race the scenic route from Woods Hole to the beach at Falmouth Heights.
TIP: Lodgings can be tough to come by in Falmouth for race weekend. If you want to be sure of having a place to stay for this event, don't wait!
When: August 26, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Stony Brook Gristmill, 830 Stony Brook Road, Brewster
Visit Stony Brook Gristmill for the annual Cornbread Festival featuring samples of home baked cornbread topped with raspberry butter – delicious! Stock up on fresh, stone-ground organic corn meal for your winter cooking. Explore the museum upstairs and enjoy the scenic footpaths beside Stony Brook. Family friendly, fun, and admission is free.
Important Note: The date, time, place, admission charges, etc. of the events on this page may be changed by the event sponsor at any time, without my knowledge. Please be sure to confirm all information directly with the sponsor before you make any plans!