When the calendar turns to May, the Cape Cod events schedule heats up ... just like our weather!
Events throughout the month of May have us all outdoors enjoying the spring sunshine and the first balmy beach days of the season.
From the annual Cape Cod Maritime Days celebration to lighthouse tours, art gallery openings and the world-famous Figawi Regatta on Memorial Day weekend, there's a lot of fun stuff to see and do on Cape Cod in May!
Here's what's going on around the Cape this month:
When: May 1 - 31, 2020
Where: Towns and venues all across Cape Cod
Admission: Many events free
The annual Maritime Days festival heralds summer by the sea with a month-long celebration dedicated to our rich seafaring heritage.
During Maritime Days on Cape Cod, events and special activities take place in nearly every town. Some highlights include harbor cruises, guided kayak tours, special museum and gallery exhibitions, a Maritime History Symposium, and much more.
When: May 1, 2 & 3, 2020
Where: Various venues in the town of Brewster
Admission: Many events are free
More Info: Brewster in Bloom
The annual Brewster in Bloom Festival is a weekend-long extravaganza that includes an antiques and art excursion, a band concert, a 5K run, kids' events, sidewalk sales, free hayrides, arts & crafts shows, a music festival, all topped off with the Brewster in Bloom Parade on Sunday afternoon.
Visit the beautiful "Sea Captains Town" of Brewster and join in on the celebration!
When: Daily starting in mid-May (Thursday-Monday only, early May)
Where: Highland Light (more formally known as "Cape Cod Lighthouse"), North Truro
Admission: Adult $5; Youth and Senior $5
More Info: Highland Light; (508) 487-1121
At Highland Light, the oldest working lighthouse on the east coast, a winding staircase leads from the base to the lantern room. The view from the top is spectacular!
For anyone who's not able (or inclined) to climb the stairs, there's an interesting little museum and memorabilia area at the base that's well worth seeing.
Note: Click here to find more lighthouse tours on the Cape.
When: Opening Day is May 15, 2020
Where: Hyannis Harbor/Bismore Park, Ocean Street, Hyannis
More Info: HyArts Art Shanties
These adorable "shanties" house artists and artisans whose works include ceramics, painting, jewelry and more. Items are for sale at very reasonable prices (IMHO). And even if you're not in shopping mode, it's a pleasure peeking at the artists' creations as you stroll along the harborfront.
The shanties are open on weekends only from opening day in May until mid-June, then every day through late September.
When: Tuesdays from 3:00-6:30 p.m. (Opening day 2020 - TBA)
Where: 1652 Main Street, Chatham (at Local Color Art Gallery and Ocean State Job Lot)
More Info: Chatham Farmers Market - FB
This farmers market is filled to the brim with farm fare vendors. Just a few of their offerings: seasonal veggies and fruits; grass-fed beef, pork and lamb; free range chickens and turkeys; farm-fresh eggs; jams and jellies; baked goods; ginger beer and wine; flowers, herbs and herbal products; and local artists' works.
When: 2020 dates - TBA
Where: Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich
Admission: $20/adult; $10/youth (3-11); Members and children 2 and under Free
More Info: Heritage Museums & Gardens
This is one of the Cape Cod events I look most forward to each spring! The grounds at Heritage are a sight to behold with thousands of Rhododendrons in bloom from late May into early June.
Plan to spend a few hours or more here, exploring the acres of gardens, miles of walking trails, and the museums filled with art, American history, and antique autos. The kids will love riding on the carousel!
When: May 22-25, 2020
Where: Hyannis / Nantucket
Admission: No admission fee for spectators
More Info: Figawi Race Weekend
The annual "Figawi" Regatta is recognized as one of the premier yacht regattas on the east coast. On Saturday morning, the large, colorful fleet gathers just outside Hyannis' inner harbor, waiting for the 10 a.m. start signal to begin their race to Nantucket.
If you'd like to see them off, you'll have good a good vantage point from Kalmus Beach, Orrin Keyes Beach, or Sea Street Beach in Hyannis. (See my Hyannis beaches page for directions, parking info, etc.)
Lots More Fun Things to See & Do on Cape Cod
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!