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Cape Cod Events
August 2020

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

Summer brings us sandcastle contests at the beach, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra's fabulous Pops By The Sea performance, the famous Carnival Week in Provincetown, and a gala "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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August 2020


Many event sponsors and venues have cancelled their August 2020 events. Others have turned them into "virtual" experiences.

Although I'm trying my best to keep this page up-to-date, I strongly urge you to contact the event sponsor or venue directly to confirm the event status before you make any plans!

Woods Hole Film Festival

When: Extended to August 3, 2020 (Virtual Edition!)

Where:  Online

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 more than 100 feature-length films during its eight-day run. Normally, the Festival week is rounded out with parties, workshops, entertainment, readings and awards.

This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Festival will "go virtual" with online screenings, workshops and other events. (Thank you, Woods Hole Film Festival, for your creativity!!)

Carousel of Light Special Events

When: Multiple dates in August  *Cancelled*

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 1, 2020, 6 p.m.

Where: Hosted virtually

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 event has gone virtual for 2020. 

Pops By The Sea - Hyannis

When: August 9, 2020 at 6 p.m.  

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 12 & 17, 2020

Where: Provincetown Art Association & Museum (August 12th) and Cotuit Center for the Arts in Cotuit (August 17th)

Tickets: $30 

More Info:  Provincetown Jazz Festival

On August 12th, the Jazz Festival features the "Trumpet Summit" - Steve Ahern, Mark Greel, and Jeff Stout, accompanied by Fred Boyle on piano, Ron Ormsby on bass, and Bart Weisman on drums.  Provincetown.    

On August 17th, the Festival moves to its Cotuit venue, showcasing the debut of jazz and woodwind artists Peter & Will Anderson, and the vocals of Leslie Boyle.   
FYI: Tickets to this popular August event sell out quickly.

Provincetown "Carnival"

When: August 15 - 22, 2020 *Cancelled*

Where: Multiple venues and events around Provincetown

Admission: Varies by event

More Info: Provincetown Carnival


Events during this wild and famous week in P'town include Carnival's Original Costume Party and the big Carnival Parade, plus boat cruises, dance parties, pool parties and a vendor fair.

TIP: This is a huge event in Provincetown, and accommodations sell out early. If you're planning to be here for the festivities, book your lodging now!

"Virtual" Falmouth Walk

When:  August 15, 2020

Where: Your neighborhood or wherever you're able to walk.

Entry Fee: $30 per participant

More Info: "Virtual" Falmouth Walk

The Falmouth Walk is also "going virtual" this year. Instead of walking the normal route through the town of Falmouth, the sponsors are encouraging everyone to get out and walk a 5K in their own neighborhood.

The $30 entry fee for this event includes a “2020 Virtual Falmouth Walk” t-shirt, official walk bib number, and raffle entry for all registering by 7/15/20.

All profits from the Virtual Falmouth Walk benefit local charities.

New Balance Falmouth Road Race: "At Home" Edition

When: August 15-29, 2020

Where: At home!

More Info: Falmouth Road Race: At Home Edition

The New Balance 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'll still be a world-wide event. But instad of gathering in Falmouth, NBFRR will be an "at home" edition where participants will run, jog or walk 7 miles, wherever they choose in their home town.

The first 5000 registrants will be guaranteed entry to the 2021 race. So sign up soon!

Beach Party & Fireworks 

When:  August 22, 2020  *Cancelled*

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 from 6:30-9:30 p.m., West Dennis Beach will be the scene for a beach bonfire, music and a big fireworks display.

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

Stony Brook Gristmill's Cornbread Festival

When: August 29, 2020  *Cancelled*

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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