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: 2017 date TBA
Where: Gus Canty Rec Center, 790 Main Street, Falmouth
Is your family prepared to handle an emergency? At Falmouth Fire Rescue Department's annual Emergency Preparedness Fire Prevention Fair, you'll learn all about preparing emergency supply kits, helping senior and disabled family and friends through an emergency, readying your four-legged friends for sheltering, and so much more!
This fun event is for the whole family, so bring the kids along.
Your young 'uns will love the outdoor "Touch A Truck" event featuring fire trucks, a police cruiser and SWAT truck, an Emergency Command Center vehicle, and a Coast Guard boat. Entertainment will be provided by Harold the Ventriloquist and Friends, as well as “Patches” the Talking Automated Fire Dog.
Raffle prizes will be awarded, and popcorn, hot dogs and pizza will be available free of charge.
When: 2017 dates 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.
When: October 7, 2016, 9 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 7-9, 2017, 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 7, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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 14 - 15, 2017, 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 28-29, 2017
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!
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!