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Cape Cod Events
August 2021

Updated: June 23, 2021

August is prime time for Cape Cod's most popular special events! 

Summer brings us celebrations at the beach, film and music festivals, the famous Carnival Week in Provincetown, and the ever-popular "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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Fairs, Festivals & Special Events
August 2021

* Important *

Quite a few of Cape Cod's popular fairs, festivals and events will be back this summer. Others have been postponed to later this year, or to 2022.  

As I learn more from event sponsors, I'll update this page. So please bookmark and check back regularly.

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Woods Hole Film Festival

When: July 31 - August 7, 2021

Where:  Venues in Woods Hole, Falmouth & Cotuit

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 from around the world.

The Festival showcases a wide variety of screenings and events during its eight-day run. This year, some events will be in-person and others will be virtual. Truly, something for everyone!

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 7, 2021

Where: Captain Harding House, 1566 Main Street, Chatham

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.  Normally held under a big white tent on the grounds of the Chatham VFW, this year this popular clambake event will be held under the "little white tent" at Captain Harding House.

Prefer to have your clambake at home? Get it to-go on August 7th! 

Pops By The Sea - Hyannis

When: Canceled for 2021  

Where: Streamed LIVE on the Arts Foundation website

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 live-streamed performance.  

Tune in and enjoy an wonderful, family-friendly music event!

Provincetown Jazz Festival

When: August 2 & 16, 2021

Where: Cultural Center of Cape Cod (August 2nd) and Cotuit Center for the Arts in Cotuit (August 16th)

Tickets: $30 

More Info:  Provincetown Jazz Festival

On August 2nd, the Jazz Festival features jazz singer Krisanthi Pappas and the Cape Cod Jazz Quintet.    

On August 16th, the Festival moves to its Cotuit venue, showcasing jazz woodwind players Peter & Will Anderson, and the the vocals of Leslie Boyle.

FYI: Tickets to this popular August event sell out quickly.

Provincetown "Carnival"

When: August 15 - 21, 2021

Where: Multiple venues and events around Provincetown

Admission: Varies by event

More Info: Provincetown Carnival

This year's events during this wild and famous week in P'town include the Sunset Boat Cruise, Opening Party, Provincetown Follies, and the Closing Party.

The renowned Carnival Parade has been put on hold for this year. Barring unforeseen circumstances, it'll likely be back in 2022 - as big and boisterous as ever!

TIP: This is a super-popular 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 14, 2021

Where: In-person in downtown Falmouth and virtually in your neighborhood or wherever you're able to walk.

Entry Fee: $30 per participant

More Info: Falmouth Walk

The Falmouth Walk is back to in-person this year; and there'll be a "virtual" walk, too, for those who prefer to take part at home. this year. 

The $30 entry fee for this event includes a Falmouth Walk t-shirt and official walk bib number. All profits from the Virtual Falmouth Walk benefit local charities.

ASICS Falmouth Road Race

When: August 15, 2021

Where: Throughout the town of Falmouth

More Info: Falmouth Road Race

The ASICS 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. 

This year, it's back to in-person running along the beautiful 7-mile seaside course, with spectators lining the route to cheer the runners on. There'll also be a virtual edition for those who prefer to do their running at home.

Beach Party & Fireworks 

When:  August 21, 2021, party starts at 6:00 p.m.

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, West Dennis Beach will be the scene for a beach bonfire, marshmallow roasting, and a big fireworks display at dusk.

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

Stony Brook Gristmill's Cornbread Festival

When: Status of 2021 event still unknown

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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