If you're lucky enough to be on Cape Cod in October, you'll find an events calendar full of fantastic ways to enjoy the crisp, invigorating "sweater weather" that comes with autumn by the sea.
When: October 1, 2016
Where: 80 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA
Admission: $10 general admission/$27 BBQ + admission; $37 Clambake + admission; Kids 12 & under general admission FREE
More Info: ClamBQ! / (508) 255-7203
Ready to chow down on a traditional New England clambake? ClamBQ! will be serving up the full feast - complete with steamers, lobster, corn and potatoes.
Want more food? The experts from Big Dog’s BBQ at The Orleans Bowling Center will be there, dishing out yummy pulled-pork sandwiches and special sides. Plus, there'll be a food court with delicious fare from several local restaurants.
Beverages? Yep, there'll be plenty to wet your whistle, too, including beer and wine in The Cisco Brewery Beer and Wine Garden.
And let's not forget the entertainment! This is an event that has something for every member of the family. Throughout the day, the main stage will feature performances by Jordan Renzi, The Grab Brothers, and The Rip It Ups. There'll also be a craft show and free kids’ activities including hay rides, face painting, skeeball, games, crafts and more.
What a great way to spend an early autumn day on Cape Cod!
When: October 1 and 8, 2016, begins at 10 a.m.
Where: Meet at Sandwich Glass Museum, 129 Main Street, Sandwich
Admission: Free. Donations are welcomed!
More Info: Sandwich Glass Museum; (508) 888-0251
These fascinating walking tours stroll through the historic village of Sandwich, the Cape's oldest town. Knowledgeable, entertaining docents lead the tour, sharing stories of the town's people, places and history.
When: October 1, 2016, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen, 6 Discovery Hill Road (off Route 6A), East Sandwich, MA 02537
Admission: Admission by donation
More Info: Green Briar Nature Center; (508) 888-6870
This fun and tasty event celebrates the native cranberry so prominent in the history of Cape Cod. See cooking demonstrations using old-time cranberry recipes. Join a tour of the neighboring cranberry bog. Visit the small resident animals and walk the grounds and trails on a fine fall day.
In the gift shop, sample jams made on-site as they have been for over 100 years. Browse among a used book sale to benefit the Nature Center's in-house natural history library.
Homemade cranberry crisp, clam chowder and chili will be available for purchase from 11am to 2pm in the historic Jam Kitchen.
When: October 8, 2016, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Bourne Farm, North Falmouth Hgwy., North Falmouth
Admission: Admission and parking are Free; ticket sales per activity
More Info: Pumpkin Day
Get into the swing of autumn at Bourne Farm. Pumpkin Day is a great family outing featuring hayrides, pony rides, arts and crafts, kayaks and paddle boats, face painting ... and plenty of pumpkins ripe for the picking!
When: October 8-10, 2016, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat. & Sun., fireworks 8 p.m. Sunday, morning events on Monday.
Where: Various venues around town
More Info: Yarmouth Seaside Festival
Columbus Day weekend means it’s time for the Yarmouth Seaside Festival. This annual three-day extravaganza has tons of fun activities for the whole family including a craft fair, kids rides and games, a one-of-a-kind haunted maze, 5K road race, canoe and kayak race, sand-sculpting contest, a beach bonfire, and a fantastic fireworks display at Seagull Beach.
When: October 8, 2016
Where: Taylor Bray Farm, 108 Bray Farm Road, Yarmouthport
Admission: Suggested parking donation $5
More Info: Taylor Bray Farm Fall Festival
Visit historic Taylor-Bray Farm for a wonderful day of autumn activities. Originally settled in 1639, the 22-acre farm will host all sorts of old-fashioned family fun including hayrides, games, hearth cooking, face painting, a free giant pumpkin raffle for the kids, live music, and refreshments.
When: October 15 - 16, 2016, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Main Street and other venues in Wellfleet
More Info: Wellfleet OysterFest
Each year, OysterFest welcomes hundreds of locals and visitors from near and far for a celebration of the salty, succulent, world-renowned Wellfleet oyster. Fresh seafood is the star of the show, with fresh oysters, homemade chowder, and plenty of other delicacies purveyed in venues from the quaint town center to restaurants throughout town. Fest-goers of all ages will also enjoy arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, nature walks and talks, live music, kids activities, and much more ... including the weekend's feature event - an oyster-shucking contest where competitors vie to win the $1000 first prize by properly shucking 24 oysters in the quickest time.
When: October 30, 2016 (Half Marathon on October 29th)
Where: Beginning and ending at the Falmouth Village Green, Falmouth
Admission: No cost for spectators, registration/entry fees required for marathoners
More Info: Cape Cod Marathon
There's good reason that Runners' World named this as one of the "Ten Most Scenic" marathons in the world. Beginning and ending at the beautiful Village Green in Falmouth, the loop course takes runners along the shoreline, through farmlands and cranberry bogs, and past the imposing Nobska Light. Choose your spot along the course, and help cheer the runners on as they pass by!
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