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Cape Cod Events
August 2019

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.

Pops By The Sea concert sign in HyannisCome on out to POPS By The Sea in Hyannis!

And that's just the beginning of all the fantastic things to do on Cape Cod in August!

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August 2019

Woods Hole Film Festival

When: July 27 - August 3, 2019

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.

Carousel of Light Special Events

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

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. 

"Hookers Ball" 

When: August 3, 2019, 6-10 p.m.

Where: Under the Tent at Chatham VFW, 150 George Ryder Road, Chatham 

Tickets:  2019 ticket prices TBA

More Info:  Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance


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.

Provincetown Jazz Festival

When: August 15 & 19, 2019

Where: The Crown & Anchor in Provincetown and Cotuit Center for the Arts in Cotuit

Tickets: $30 

More Info:  Provincetown Jazz Festival

This year's Festival features the jazz-pop vocals of Jessica Curran, and 15-year-old jazz guitarist trumpet Henry Acker - both making their P'town Jazz Festival debut on August 15th at The Crown & Anchor in Provincetown.    

On August 19th, the Jazz Festival moves to its Cotuit venue, showcasing the bravura bass and vocals of Katie Thiroux, and pianist Kevin Harris with his distinctive traditional/contemporary musical style.   
FYI: Tickets to this popular August event sell out quickly.

Pops By The Sea - Hyannis

When: August 11, 2019, 5 p.m. Pre-show begins at 2 p.m.  

Where: Hyannis Town Green, Main Street, Hyannis

Admission: $25 and up, varies by seating location

More Info: Arts Foundation of Cape Cod

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". Past celeb conductors have included Jim Belushi and Blythe Danner taking up the guest baton.

Come on out and enjoy an wonderful, family-friendly music event!

Provincetown "Carnival"

When: August 15 - 24, 2019

Where: Multiple venues and events around Provincetown

Admission: Varies by event

More Info: Provincetown Carnival


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.

TIP: This is a huge event in Provincetown, and accommodations sell out early. If you're planning to be here for the festivities, book your lodging now!

Falmouth Walk

When:  August 17, 2019

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.

New Balance Falmouth Road Race

When: August 18, 2019

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! 

Reserve your accommodations soon!

Beach Party & Fireworks 

When:  August 24, 2019

Where: West Dennis Beach

Admission: Free

With summer in full swing on Cape Cod, it's the perfect time for a beach bash! On Saturday evening from 6:45-9:15 p.m., West Dennis Beach will be the scene for a beach bonfire, music and a big fireworks display.

Pack your beach chairs and a "portable" dinner, and come join the party!

Stony Brook Gristmill's Cornbread Festival

When: August 31, 2019

Where: Stony Brook Gristmill, 830 Stony Brook Road, Brewster

Admission: Free

More Info: Stony Brook Grist Mill & Museum

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.

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