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Cape Cod Events
August 2024

Updated: January 2, 2024

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

Summer brings us celebrations at the beach, film and music festivals, world-famous Carnival Week in Provincetown, and the ever-popular "Hookers Ball" under a big white tent.

Antique carousel with colorful horses and bright lightsCarousel of Light

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 2024

As you'll notice, dates for many August 2024 events shown below are still "TBA" (to be announced). Also, some new events are currently in the planning stages, so I haven't listed them yet.

Please bookmark this page and check back often for the latest updates!

Free Movies at Chatham Orpheum Theater

When: Daily in August, 2023 at 9:30 a.m. (tentative)

Where: The Orpheum Theater, 637 Main Street, Chatham, MA

Admission: Free

More Info: Chatham Orpheum Theater

Chatham's Orpheum Theater shows free, family friendly movies every morning:

  •  August 2024 film line-up - TBA

Doors to the theater open at 9 a.m. The show starts at 9:30 a.m.

Tickets are free, available at the box office the morning of the show. Seating is first come, first served.

Yarmouth Sand Sculpture Trail

When: Daily in August 2023

Where: Throughout the town of Yarmouth, MA

Admission: Free

More Info: Yarmouth Sand Sculpture Trail

Follow the Sand Sculpture Trail to see the mind-blowing works of nationally renowned artist and sculptor, Sean Fitzpatrick!

This year, you'll find Sean's creative, amusing and totally family friendly sand sculptures in 32 different locations around the town of Yarmouth.

Carousel of Light

When: Daily in August, 2024 (weather permitting)

Where: Mullen-Hall Elementary School, 130 Katharine Bates Road, Falmouth

Admission: One ticket per ride, prices vary 

More Info: Carousel of Light on Facebook

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. 

Come out for a ride on one of the most popular attractions in Falmouth - the Carousel of Light.

Woods Hole Film Festival

When: Through August 3, 2024

Where:  Venues in Woods Hole, Falmouth & Cotuit

More Info: Woods Hole Film Festival

Dedicated to showcasing and promoting the work of talented 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. Truly, something for everyone!

National Night Out

When: 2024 dates and details - TBA

Where: John Simpkins Field, 1153 Rt. 28, South Yarmouth, MA

Admission: Free

Come see what the Yarmouth Police are all about. Interact with officers, check out policing equipment, and have fun!

There will be free face painting, pizza, and ice cream (while supplies last). There'll also be a K9 and SWAT demo and an obstacle course for children.

Bayberry Quilters 40th Annual Quilt Show

When: July 31 - August 2, 2024

Where: Cape Cod Technical High School, 351 Pleasant Lake Ave., Harwich, MA

Admission: $12/adult; children under 12 - Free

More Info:  Bayberry Quilters of Cape Cod

Bayberry Quilters of Cape Cod's 41st annual show features 250+ beautiful quilts including special displays of "Welcome Aboard" themed quilts.

In addition to the quilt displays, there'll be lots of activities for both beginning and experienced quilters.

Summerfest in Orleans

When: 2024 dates - TBA

Where: Throughout the town of Orleans, MA

Admission: Varies by event

More Info: Orleans Summerfest

Summerfest in Orleans features interactive tours, fun family activities, and tons of shopping all weekend long.

Enjoy live music at Barley Neck, the Artists Cottage Entertainment Park, the Academy of Performing Arts, and much more! Catch the Firebirds at the Cape Cod Baseball League’s playoff game, or explore Orleans’ many galleries, museums, and unique shops.

This is a great time to explore Orleans!

Stony Brook Grist Mill & Museum Open House

When: Saturdays in August, 2024, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Also see below for special event!)

Where: Stony Brook Grist Mill & Museum, 830 Stony Brook Road, Brewster, MA

Admission: Free

More Info: Stony Brook Factory Village - FB page

Here's your chance to see this fully restored, 19th century water-powered gristmill in action!

Watch as the miller grinds kernels of corn into cornmeal the old fashioned way. Buy a bag of freshly ground organic cornmeal. Visit the museum upstairs where you'll learn about the history of Stony Brook Village and see weaving demonstrations on the antique "barn loom". Then spend some time exploring the scenic footpaths on Stony Brook's grounds.

*Special Event: One Saturday in late August (2024 date yet TBA) is an extra-special day at Stony Brook. It's the annual Cornbread Festival. Stop by and sample homemade corn bread, made from corn meal ground at the Mill. Get there early, before all the samples are  gone!

Mayflower Beach Sand Sculpture Contest

When: August 2024 date - TBA

Where: Mayflower Beach, 2 Dune Road, East Dennis, MA

Admission: Free; paid parking (see below)

More Info: Mayflower Beach Sand Sculpting Contest

Bring your favorite sand sculpting tools (and your creativity!) to Mayflower Beach for this year's sand sculpture contest.

Everyone in the family can get in on the fun! Prize ribbons will be awarded to the winners!

*Note: Parking at Mayflower Beach requires a town of Dennis beach parking sticker or daily pass. Parking is first come, first served.

"Hookers Ball" 

When: August 2024 date - TBA

Where: Chatham VFW, 150 George Ryder Road, Chatham

More Info:  Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance

The name of this event got your attention, didn't it?

Held under a big white tent on the grounds of the Chatham VFW, this exceptional evening highlights fresh-from-the-boat seafood, a one-of-a-kind live auction and an extensive silent auction with items from the Cape's great businesses, artists and services.

Chatham Summer Craft Festival

When: August 2024 date - TBA

Where: Chatham Community Center Lawn, 702 Main Street, Chatham, MA

Admission: Free

More Info: Chatham Summer Craft Festival

Explore a charming crafts fair showcasing 55 talented artisans selling their exceptional American-made creations. You'll find a diverse range of items including jewelry, photography, art, candles, signs, pet gifts, towels, glassware, and more. Plus unique finds like whimsical garden art, knives, woodwork, bath products, calligraphy, fine art, and plenty of  specialty foods, too.

Woods Hole Science Stroll

When: August 2024 date - TBA

Where: Along Water Street in Woods Hole, MA

Admission: Free

More Info: Woods Hole Science Stroll

Come explore the world of science along Water Street in Woods Hole, and get close-up views of instruments and equipment used in current scientific research.

Talk with those doing the research and building the technology. See live animal exhibits, participate in hands-on activities and crafts, see demonstrations, tour a commercial scalloper and learn about cooperative research with the fishing industry.

Engage with staff from more than a dozen of the village’s marine science and educational organizations.

*Tip: Take the WHOOSH trolley from Falmouth to Woods Hole or ride your bike as parking is limited to metered street parking and some free parking in designated lots .

Provincetown "Carnival"

When: August 17 - 24, 2024

Where: Multiple venues and events around Provincetown

Admission: Varies by event

More Info: Provincetown Carnival

Now in its 46th year, this week-long celebration of LGBTQ+ life  attracts tens of thousands of guests from all over the world to enjoy parties, events, costume contests, and the wild and crazy  Carnival parade down Commercial Street.

This year's Carnival theme is "Renaissance + Revolution". No doubt the festivities will be 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!

Festival of the Arts in Chatham

When: August 2024 dates - TBA

Where: Chase Park, Cross Street, Chatham, MA

Admission: Free

More Info: Creative Arts Center

The 53rdd Festival of the Arts boasts 120 juried local and national artisans and craftsmen exhibitors. The festival is family friendly with a children’s tent offering face painting and art activities. 

Food and refreshments will be available from Gourmet Food Trucks.

Colonial Day at the Manse

When: August 2024 date - TBA

Where: Josiah Dennis Manse, 61 Whig Street, Dennis Village, MA

Admission: Free

More Info: Colonial Day at the Manse

Journey back to the 1700s at the Josiah Dennis Manse and the restored Old West School House. 

Come tour the Manse museum and schoolhouse, and see period-costumed docents, spinners, weavers and other craftsmen and women showing what life was like in the town of Dennis nearly 300 years ago.

This popular annual event is ideal for adults and kids, too. Don't miss it!

Falmouth Walk

When:  August 17, 2024 (tentative)

Where: Downtown Falmouth (or virtually, if you choose, from wherever you are)

Entry Fee: $30 per participant; pre-registration required

More Info: Falmouth Walk

The 33rd Annual Falmouth Walk is tentatively set for August 17th.

The picturesque 5K (about 3.2 miles) course will once again flow through the charming streets of Falmouth along the bustling Falmouth Harbor and past the storefronts of Main Street to the finish at St. Barnabas Church by the Town Green.  

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

Falmouth Road Race

When: August 18, 2024

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's race will again follow a beautiful 7-mile seaside course, with spectators lining the route to cheer the runners on. Whether you're running or spectating, this is a don't miss event!

Cornbread Festival at the Gristmill

When: August 2024 date - TBA

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

Admission: Free

More Info: Stony Brook Gristmill Cornbread Festival

Have you ever tasted cornbread made from freshly ground cornmeal?

Here's your chance to watch corn being ground the centuries-old way: by water power ... and to sample Cape Cod-style  cornbread made with Stony Brook's "home-ground" cornmeal.

*FYI: Once your taste buds have experienced this delicious treat, they'll never be satisfied with the store-bought stuff again! ;-)

Free cornbread samples will be given out until they're all gone. Get there early so you don't miss out!

>> Don't miss my Cape Cod Activities Guide for lots more fun things to see and do on the Cape this year!

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