This month's Cape Cod events calendar is chock-full of summer fun!
In early June, future Major Leaguers take the field on opening day of the Cape Cod Baseball League's 2017 season.
Later in the month, our annual Quahog Day Festival brings the much-anticipated prediction from Doug, our resident soothsayer clam, foretelling how many days of fantastic beach days we'll have this summer.
And that's just the beginning! Read on for my hand-picked selection of the best Cape Cod events in June.
When: 2017 date TBA
Where: Sandwich High School, 365 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Sandwich
Admission: $5 per child, adults FREE with child
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The Sandwich Women's Club's annual Touch-a-Truck Fundraiser event brings together dozens of shiny vehicles for kids (and their adult companions ;-) to touch, sit on, and learn about. How fun is it to see fire trucks, construction equipment, wreckers, emergency vehicles, pumpers, bobcats and cranes, up close and personal? Super-duper fun!!
This good-time-for-all event also features a children's fair with face painting, music and dance performances, a candy drop, and live animals, plus a "Roamin' Railroad" for touring the entire event.
Lunch, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase on-site at the “Truck Stop Cafe”.
This don't-miss event benefits a worthy organization. So ... don't miss it!
When: June 11, 2017
Where: Taylor-Bray Farm, 108 Bray Farm Road, Yarmouthport
Admission: Free ($5 per vehicle requested parking donation)
More Info: Taylor-Bray Farm
Here's your chance to see how wool goes from the sheep to the sweater!
At historic Taylor-Bray Farm's annual Sheep Festival, visitors are treated to demonstrations of the ages-old arts of sheep herding, sheep shearing, wool spinning, blacksmithing, and open-hearth cooking.
On the grounds of the 22-acre farm, you'll also meet the resident donkeys, sheep, Scottish Highland cattle and other farm animals - with petting areas for up-close visits. Haywagon rides and refreshments round out the day.
Please ... human visitors only, no dogs!
When: June 14, 2017, first game begins at 6 p.m.
Where: Multiple locations Cape-wide
Admission: Free, donations appreciated
More Info: Click here for my Cape League page
It's opening day, let the games begin! The country's best collegiate baseball players are back on Cape Cod for another season of great baseball.
Head to a ballfield in one of 10 towns across the Cape, and you'll soon see why CCBL games are high on my list of things to do on Cape Cod on a summer evening!
When: June 16-18, 2017, Friday from 5-9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Falmouth Library Lawn
More Info: Arts Falmouth
This gala 3-day event celebrates the arts in Falmouth and on the Upper Cape. Festival events include a Town Dance on Friday night, a special Rock Fest on Saturday night, and days filled with music, theater, dance performances, artist and crafter exhibits and sale, food and drink, and plenty of activities for the kids.
When: June 17, 2017, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Nauset Middle School Grounds, Rt. 28, Orleans
Admission: $6 adults
More Info: Orleans Historical Society
More than 30 exhibitors from Cape Cod and beyond gather on the grounds of Nauset Middle School to display an array of antiques, furniture, art, pottery, glass, nautical items, and collectibles.
This annual show benefits a great cause - it's a fundraiser for the Historical Society.
When: June 17, 2017
Where: On the grounds of St. Barnabas Church, 91 Main Street, Falmouth
Admission: Free; charges for food items
More Info: St. Barnabas Church; (508) 548-3863
The gorgeous grounds of St. Barnabas Church, adjacent to the Town Green in Falmouth, is the setting for this annual strawberry festival. Enjoy strawberry treats, lobster rolls, hot dogs, and barbequed chicken on the St. Barnabas lawn. There will also be arts and crafts vendors, a plant sale, and activities and games for kids.
When: June 18, 2017
Where: Main Street, Hyannis
Every year on Fathers' Day, the Main Street of Hyannis is lined with hundreds of shiny autos of all kinds - plus an arts and crafts fair, food vendors, music at the bandstand, and the multitude of sights, sounds and tastes that downtown Hyannis and the Harbor area are noted for.
Although it's dedicated to Dads on their special weekend, this antique and collector car extravaganza is a popular event with moms, kids and other family members, too!
When: Throughout the month
Where: Mullen-Hall Elementary School, 130 Katharine Lee Bates Road, Falmouth
Admission: One ticket per ride, prices vary
More Info: Carousel of Light; (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: June 21, 2017
Where: Blue Water Oceanfront Resort, South Shore Drive, South Yarmouth, MA
More Info: Doug The Quahog
Usher in summer 2017 at this quirky celebration headlined by our resident "seer", Doug the Quahog.
Why do I refer to him as a "seer"? Because this marvelous mollusk has talents that amaze ... the ability to predict how many weeks of great beach weather lie ahead for Cape Cod.
Come see Doug, learn his prediction, and enjoy an afternoon of festivities like none other!
When: June 22-25, 2017
Where: Various venues in Provincetown
Admission: Varies by event, many free
More Info: Festival website
Provincetown's rich Portuguese heritage is on full display this weekend with a wealth of entertainment including a fishing derby, capture the flag race, a festival parade, concerts, kids games, and plenty of wonderful Portuguese foods.
On Sunday, a Fisherman's Mass is held at St. Peter's Church, followed by a procession to MacMillan Pier and the Harbor for the traditional Blessing of the Fleet.
When: 2017 dates TBA
Where: Various venues in Yarmouth
Admission: Most events are free
More Info: Summer Celebration website
The Town of Yarmouth gets into the summer spirit with a town-wide celebration. Each year the festival is packed with events like kite-flying fun, a beach BBQ, dancing by the sea, the ice cream social, a kids' fishing clinic and derby, and a big boomin' fireworks display set to music.
As you drive around Yarmouth, be sure to look for the commissioned sand sculptures gracing the lawns near the town's public buildings, hotels, and local businesses. The talent of the sculptors is truly phenomenal!
When: June 24, 2017, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Various locations in Orleans
Admission: 2017 ticket prices TBA
More Info: Orleans Improvement Association
Cape Cod is known for spectacular private gardens. Here's your chance to tour a number of distinctive gardens in the town of Orleans showcasing diverse plantings. Ticket holders will be treated to receptions at local art galleries after the tour.
When: June 24, 2017, race starts at 9:30 a.m.
Where: One Schoolhouse Road, Harwichport
Admission: Free for spectators; fee for entrants
More Info: Harwich Road Race
Grab your running shoes and get ready to race or walk for a good cause, local fitness programs for kids.
Originally begun by a small group of fitness-minded moms, this 5K now draws hundreds of racers of all ages for a run along a flat, scenic route through the village of Harwichport.
The professionally timed event is followed by an after-party celebration and awards for the top finishers.
When: June 24, 2017, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Sandwich Historic District
Admission: Ticket price for sandwich sampling - $20
More Info: Sandwich Chamber of Commerce (508) 833-9755
Which restaurant has "The Best Sandwich in Sandwich"? That's the ultimate question to be decided during SandwichFest.
Held in Sandwich, the oldest town on Cape Cod, activities at this fun summer street festival also include games for kids, a dog costume competition and parade, live music, and lots more.
When: June 24-25, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Rt. 6A, Barnstable Village
More Info: Cape Cod Art Association; (508) 362-2909
Stroll through dozens of artists' tents filled with beautiful original paintings, photographs, fine art crafts, hand-crafted jewelry, and more. Live music, fun children's events, and raffles complete the day's festivities.
When: 2017 date TBA
Where: Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 West Main Street, Hyannis
Admission: $14 in advance; $20 day of event; $5 kids under 10; kids under 2 free
More Info: Cape Cod Melody Tent; (508) 775-5630
One of the most anticipated events of the season, Chowder Fest serves up the best chowders on Cape Cod for our tasting pleasure. So bring your appetite, and get ready to sample the yummiest chowders you can imagine. Then cast your vote for the Best Chowder!
Live entertainment on the Melody Tent stage and a special play area for the kids make this event a fun outing for everyone in the family.
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