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October 2016

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.


Cranberry farmers harvesting berriesWatching the Cranberry Harvest on a Beautiful October Day
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Historic Sandwich Village Tours

When: 2016 date - TBA

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.


Cape Cod Cranberry Day

When: 2016 date - TBA

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 served from 11am to 2pm in the historic Jam Kitchen ($4 each).


Pumpkin Day at Bourne Farm

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!


Carousel of Light Special Event

When: 2016 date - TBA

Where: Mullen-Hall Elementary School, 130 Katharine Lee Bates Road, Falmouth

Admission:  All rides are buy one-get one free.

More Info: Carousel of Light on Facebook; (774) 521-8408


It's closing weekend at the Carousel. Don't miss your last chance this season to ride one of the most popular attractions in Falmouth!

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. Great fun for one and all on an autumn weekend!


Yarmouth Seaside Festival

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

Admission: Free

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.


Taylor-Bray Farm's Fall Festival

When: 2016 date - TBA

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.


Wellfleet OysterFest

When: 2016 dates - TBA

Where: Main Street and other venues in Wellfleet

Admission: General admission $5-$8 per person, children 12 and under free. Some events may require pre-registration/ticket purchase.

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.


Cape Cod Marathon Running Weekend

When: 2016 dates - TBA

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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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!