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 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 22, 2017, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Main Street and Village Green, Hyannis
More Info: Hyannis Open Streets
Remember when your parents told you, "Don't play in the street!"? Well, this is one day when it's okay - encouraged, actually - for you to do just that.
Beginning at noon this Sunday, Main Street in downtown Hyannis will be closed to auto traffic, allowing everyone to walk, run, bike, dance and play in the street!
All afternoon there'll be tons of family friendly activities on Main Street and at the Village Green, including: pumpkin decorating, face painting, a kids' bike rodeo, ballroom dance demos, a costume parade for kids and pets, balloon twisting, performances by Trevor the Juggler, and music music music. Fun for all ... and it's all free!
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!