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Cape Cod Events
April 2023

Updated: April 2, 2023

Welcome to Spring on Cape Cod! In April, our local events calendar begins to wake up from its long winter's nap. (Yay!)

This month you'll find fun things to do all over the Cape, both indoors and out ... something for every member of the family. So come and enjoy!!

Spring flowers and trees in bloom in a town park on Cape CodApril in Falmouth Village

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Fairs, Festivals & Special Events
April 2023

*Note: I update this page regularly as I learn about other upcoming events. Please check back often!

Lower Cape Home & Garden Show

When:  April 1, 2023, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, 351 Pleasant Lake Avenue, Harwich

Admission: Free

More Info: Lower Cape Home & Garden Show

More than 80 wonderful vendors in the fields of building, remodeling gardening and lifestyle come together under one roof in this popular annual event.

Come out to see the newest, most innovative products and services for your home and garden, along with interior design ideas, decorative accessories, health and fitness info, financial planning, electronics and seasonal items.

Easter Egg Hunt - Mashpee

When: April 1, 2023, 10 a.m. (rain date April 2nd at 1 p.m.)

Where: Mashpee Community Park, 13 Great Neck Road, Mashpee MA

Admission: Free

More Info: Mashpee Recreation Department

Come join Mashpee Recreation for their Annual Easter Egg Hunt!

Bring your basket, gather eggs and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny!

*Note: This event is for kids ages 2-10.

Other Easter Egg Hunts Around Cape Cod

Meeting House Farm - April 1st, noon to 2 p.m.; pony rides available, too (more info

Cape Cod Mall - April 1st at 10:30 p.m. (more info)

Chatham Bars Inn - April 9th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (see below)

Sandwich Bazaar - Opening Day

When: Wednesdays from 6 a.m. to noon starting on April 5th, and Sundays from 7 a.m. to noon starting on April 16th, 2023

Where: 34 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Sandwich

Admission: Free

More Info: Sandwich Bazaar

It's time again for the oldest and largest flea market on Cape Cod!

The Sandwich Bazaar takes place Wednesdays and Sundays from April to October and hosts vendors with everything from local produce to hand-crafted jewelry to organic dog treats.

Cape Cod Herring Runs

When: Daily from mid-April to mid-May (approximate)

Where: Various locations around the Cape

Admission: Free

More Info: Herring Runs on Cape Cod

Fish ... running? Yes, indeed! And they climb ladders, too!!

We see these amazing feats every spring when thousands of herring migrate from the wide-open ocean to our local rivers, streams, lakes and ponds to spawn.

Where are the best places on the Cape to watch herring running and climbing? Click here to find out!

April Events at Cape Cod National Seashore

When: Throughout the month of April, 2023

Where: Cape Cod National Seashore

Admission: Free

More Info: Cape Cod National Seashore

Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Cape Cod  National Seashore goes all out with special programs and events for April school vacation week and beyond!

Here's just a sampling ...

  • Family Scavenger Hunts
  • Whale Walks at Herring Cove Beach
  • Touch-a-Truck Family Event
  • Shooting Stars by the Sea

And of course, the ever-popular "Junior Ranger" events where the kids are invited to complete Junior Ranger booklet activities and participate in an award ceremony.

Flowers After Hours

When: April 3, 2023, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Flower Angels, 851 MA-28 #3, South Yarmouth

Admission: $25.00 per adult

More Info: Community Connections

Flower Angels invites you to indulge in the art of flower arranging in support of a wonderful cause.

Flower Angels volunteers will guide you in making a gorgeous flower arrangement to take home or give to a loved one. Bring your own small vase or container, or use one of theirs.

Flowers and refreshments provided.

Ticket proceeds from this event support Flower Angels and its mission of repurposing donated flowers into floral arrangements for delivery to Cape Cod nursing home residents.

Space is limited, so get your ticket soon!

Brass Ensemble Easter Concerts

When: April 8 & 9, 2023; Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at  3:00 p.m.

Where: Church of the Transfiguration, Rock Harbor, Orleans MA 

Admission: $35 adults; students and under 18 Free

More Info: Arts Empowering Life

Celebrate the glory of Easter with the sounds of heralding brass - from the brilliance of Renaissance composer, Giovanni Gabrieli, to the joy of George Frideric Handel, to the energy of 20th century composer, Anthony DiLorenzo. 

Performances by the Arts Empowering Life Brass Ensemble have received critical acclaim for having "thrilling detail and transparency ... expertly performed" (Audiophile Audition); "resplendent with gorgeous sounds and the power of faith."(Fanfare) 

Experience these works at the Church of the Transfiguration surrounded by fabulous frescoes, mosaics, glass, and sculpture. 

Cape Cod Easter Brunch Train

When: April 9, 2023, 11:30 a.m.

Where: Departs from Hyannis Depot, 252 Main Street, Hyannis

Ticket Prices: From $63.99 for guests ages 13+; from $48.99 for children

More Info: Cape Cod Central Railroad

Looking for a unique way to celebrate the Holiday? Step aboard Cape Cod Central Railroad's Easter Brunch Train!

The day's brunch menu features entree choices for adults and kids - and a vegetarian option, too. Fruits, pastries and dessert round out the yummy offerings.

Opt for first-class seating in one of Cape Cod Central's refurbished vintage train cars, or go for premium seating in an upper-level "dome car". Whichever you choose, you're sure to see some lovely scenery during your 2.5-hour train ride.

*BTW: The Easter Bunny will be there to greet you before you board the train at Hyannis Depot. (That big ol' rabbit sure does get around, doesn't he?!)

Easter Events at Chatham Bars

When:  April 7 - 9, 2023

Where: Chatham Bars Inn, 297 Shore Road, Chatham, MA

Admission: Varies by event

More Info: Chatham Bars Inn

Chatham Bars Inn has a full weekend of Easter fun for the entire family.

This year's fun includes workshops teaching the art of creating "pysanky" (Ukrainian Easter eggs), Easter egg coloring time for the kids, special visits from the Easter Bunny, hands-on "Decorate Your Own Easter Basket", and a Grand Brunch at the resort's renowned restaurant, Stars.

CMNH School Vacation Week Special Programs

When: April 15 - 21, 2023 during Museum hours

Where: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street, Brewster MA

Admission:  Varies by event

More Info: CCMNH

Do you have an animal lover in the family? Or maybe a budding scientist? Cape Cod Museum of Natural History has special April school vacation week events just for them!

The line-up of events includes guided family field walks; the fabulous "Reptiles Rock!" program; nature printing; and an awe-inspiring, inflatable 44-foot Humpback Whale to see from the inside out! 

*Note: Reservations required for some events.

Whale Watch Cruises - Opening Day

When: April 15 & 16, 2023, multiple departure times

Where: From Provincetown Harbor and Barnstable Harbor

Tickets: Varies by cruise company

More Info: Cape Cod Whale Watching

Whale watching officially gets underway this week as Cape Cod's two primary cruise companies open their 2023 season.

Although it'll still be a little chilly on the water in April, the boats' cabins are climate controlled. So you'll be plenty comfy.

And whales don't mind the cold water temps. They'll be out there "putting on the feed bag" and showing off for you!

*FYI: Looking for a private whale watch charter? They start up in May.

Outermost Contra Dance

When: April 21, 2023, 7 p.m.

Where: Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA

Cost: $15 regular admission; $10 for ages 30 or younger; $5 for students (with ID)

More Info: Wellfleet Preservation Hall

Put on your dancin' shoes for this fun event at Preservation Hall!

Contra dancing is the older cousin to the square dance. No fancy footwork needed – if you can walk, you can dance!  (All the dances are taught and called. If you're new to contra dance, be sure to get in on the early dances for the basic moves.)

Everyone is welcome at this family friendly event, from total beginners to expert dancers. Bring a partner, or come solo. There are plenty of friendly people in this welcoming dance community!

Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra - "Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin"

When: April 22 & 23, 2023, performances Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Where: Barnstable Performing Arts Center, 744 Main Street, Hyannis, MA

Ticket Prices: From $32+ for adults, students from $16+

More Info: Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra

She lived the life of a legend, but that soulful voice was only part of her story.

Join the Cape Symphony and special guest artists for an inspiring musical biography featuring such show-stoppers as “Natural Woman,” “Think,” and “Chain of Fools”... a powerful celebration of the icon, the musician, the Queen: Aretha.

No doubt this will be a hit performance, so get your tickets before they're gone!

Heritage Museums & Gardens - Opening Day

When: April 22, 2023

Where: Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove St., Sandwich, MA

Admission:  Adults $22; Youth (3-17) $12; Children 2 & Under Free; Members Free

More Info: Heritage Museums & Gardens

Opening day at Heritage is always a welcome event - a sure sign that winter is finally in our rear-view mirror.

Nothing says "Welcome to Spring!", like a few hours spent wandering through Heritage's many acres of gardens, alive in colorful, early-season blooms.

Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to visit the gallery buildings filled with fabulous American Fold Art, classic vintage autos, and special exhibitions. The kids will have a blast exploring Hidden Hollow, too!

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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!