Updated: July 4, 2023
What's on the Cape Cod events calendar for July 2023?
A boatload of our favorite annual fairs, festivals and special events!
When: Daily in July, 2023 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: The Orpheum Theater, 637 Main Street, Chatham, MA
More Info: Chatham Orpheum Theater
Chatham's Orpheum Theater is showing free, family friendly movies every morning:
June 30 to July 6 - Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
July 7 to July 13 - The Muppet Movie (1979)
July 14 to July 20 - The Road to El Dorado
July 21 to July 27 - Andre
July 28 to August 3 - Spirit Untamed
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.
When: Daily in July, 2023
Where: 32 locations around the town of Yarmouth, MA
More Info: Yarmouth Sand Sculpture Trail
Follow the Sand Sculpture Trail to see the mind-blowing work of nationally renowned artist and sculptor, Sean Fitzpatrick!
This year, you'll find Sean's creative, amusing and totally family friendly sand sculptures in more than 30 locations around the town of Yarmouth.
When: Evenings throughout the month of July
Where: 10 different locations Cape-wide
Admission: Free, donations appreciated
More Info: See my Cape League page for details
The country's best collegiate baseball players are back on Cape Cod for another season of top-notch baseball. (The MLB scouts are here, too, looking for Major League superstars-in-the-making!)
Head to a ball field in one of 10 towns across the Cape, and you'll soon see why Cape League games are high on everyone's list of fun things to do on Cape Cod on a summer evening!
When: Saturdays in July 2023, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Stony Brook Grist Mill & Museum, 830 Stony Brook Road, Brewster, MA
More Info: Stony Brook Factory Village - FB page
Here's your chance to see this fully restored, 19th century 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.
If you're in Brewster or nearby, "Saturdays at Stony Brook" is a don't-miss event (in my humble opinion)!
When: Tuesdays in July, 2023, noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Falmouth Marine Park, 180 Scranton Ave., Falmouth, MA
More Info: Falmouth Art Market
Falmouth Art Market features more than two dozen artists and craftspeople offering unique, Cape Cod-inspired paintings, prints, and photographs; jewelry; pottery; fiber arts including hand-woven items, sewn and knitted products, and handmade apparel; handcrafted wooden and paper items; soaps and lotions; and a variety of decorative items.
When: July 1, 2 & 3, 2023
Where: Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow Grounds, 483 Great Neck Road South, Mashpee MA
More Info: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
This colorful annual event draws Native Americans, locals, and visitors from all parts of the globe for a celebration of Mashpee Wampanoag tribal culture.
Three days of solemn, spiritual, and festive events include traditional ceremonies, tribal drumming, dance performances, Native American handcrafts and cuisine, and musical performances by the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers.
One of the most breathtaking scenes of the Powwow is the "Fireball Game". Similar to soccer, but played with a fire-lit ball that's kicked and carried, the game honors the sick and those who have passed on by remembering their pain.
When: First week in July, 2023
Where: Towns across Cape Cod
More Info: Fireworks display schedule and best viewing locations
Of all events on Cape Cod in July, our spectacular fireworks displays stand alone as the #1 favorite with locals and visitors. In fact, folks from near and far have told me they always plan their vacation so they'll be here for the gala fireworks displays.
Seeing the big boomers going off over the water is an absolutely breathtaking sight! Be here if you can!
When: July 3, 2023, 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street (Rt. 6A), Brewster, MA
Admission: $10 for kids under 16; $5 for kids 16+; accompanying adults and non-participating kids - FREE (*Note: Museum admission not included)
More Info: Mess Fest
Mess Fest is a celebration of all things MESSY! Come splatter, squish, muck, paint, swish and swirl. This special interactive program will feature an array of splashy, messy outdoor activities for visitors.
Mess Fest will be held outside, rain or shine. Wear old clothes to be a Mess Fest-er!
When: July 4, 2023
Here on Cape Cod, patriotic events are at the heart of our Independence Day celebrations.
So put on your best red, white and blue, and enjoy the parade!!!
Barnstable Village - July 4, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.
Chatham - July 4, 2023 at 9:30 a.m.
Cotuit - July 4, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.
Orleans - July 4, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.
Sandwich - July 4, 2023 at 10:30 a.m.
Wellfleet - July 4, 2023, 9:30 a.m. car parade and 10:00 a.m. float parade
For a different kind of Independence Day parade, there's ...
Hyannis Harbor Boat Parade - July 4, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.
It's great fun to see all the boats trimmed out in red, white, and blue, winding their way slowly around the inner harbor!
When: July 7 - 16, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Gardens all around the Cape
Admission: $5 per person per garden, cash only
More Info: Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival
This popular annual event celebrates the Cape's "signature" bloomer: the Hydrangea.
By far, the highlight of Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival is touring fabulous private gardens, awash with breathtaking hydrangeas and other colorful flowers in full bloom!
The tour includes 70+ gardens, each with its own unique layout and "vibe". A variety of gardens are open to visitors each day during this 10-day event. Enjoy!!
When: July 8, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; more events all week
Where: Drummer Boy Park, Route 6A, Brewster, MA and other locations
Admission: Most events are free.
More Info: Brewster Conservation Trust
This week-long celebration includes over 40 unique presentations and activities highlighting the importance of water resources.
Learn about our ocean resources, coastal erosion, herring migration, whale rescue, and alternative energy. Tour the blacksmith shop and the windmill, see a fishing weir, and enjoy some Brewster oysters.
Be sure to check out the schedule of activities in the link above. There's something for everyone!
When: July 9, 2023 at 9 a.m.
Where: Old Town House Park, 144 Old Town House Road, Yarmouth, MA
More Info: Cape Cod Roller Derby
Come one, come all, to Cape Cod Roller Derby and Cape Cod Junior Roller Derby'a 1st Annual Cape Cod Roll Out!!
Bring your skates, your scooters, your bikes, your
unicycles, your wheelchairs - whatever wheels you have - and roll out together to celebrate
movement on wheels.
A 1 mile, 5K and 5 mile out-and-back have been planned. Or feel free to shorten or lengthen as you wish.
The first 25 to register will receive a roll out goodie bag. All ages and all abilities are welcome!
When: July 11, 2023, 7:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Where: Hyannis Village Green, 367 Main Street, Hyannis MA
More Info: Movies on Main
Bring a blanket, beach chairs - and yes, some bug repellent, too! - and enjoy a free, family-friendly movie under the stars on Hyannis Village Green.
When: July 12, 2023, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Main Street, Falmouth Village, MA
More Info: Falmouth Village Street Fair
Touted as the "shopping event of the season" in Falmouth Village, this popular annual street fair is back!
All day, Main Street in Falmouth Village will be closed to traffic as local vendors and craftspeople set up pop-up shops up and down the street.
Here's your chance to get a jump on your Holiday shopping!
When: July 15, 2023, 5:00 p.m.
Where: American Legion Post 188 Pavilion, 20 Main Street, Sandwich, MA
Tickets: $60/per person in advance, $65 at the door
More Info: Cape Cod Moonlighters
The Cape Cod Moonlighters Big Band and the Dewitt Clinton Masonic Lodge of Sandwich are holding a fundraiser dinner dance to support the community service work of the Masons.
This event starts with dinner at 5 o'clock, followed by three hours of live music for listening and dance. There'll be a cash bar and a 50-50 raffle to add some excitement to the evening.
*Note: Advance purchase will be a great help with planning the dinner. Tickets are available through Cape Cod Moonlighters' website (link above). Limited seating will be available under the stars, weather permitting. The site has plenty of parking and is handicapped accessible.
When: July 15, 2023, 11 a.m.
Where: Cape Cod Dog Center, Mashpee
More Info: Cape Cod Dog Center Fest
Bring your pooch to Cape Cod Dog Center for a fun-filled day of food, entertainment, vendors and dog friendly interactive activities!
Highlights include: a refreshing doggie pool party; contests with prizes for best dressed/costume, best trick, best tail wag and more; a pup ice cream station to support rescue dogs; raffles for dogtastic prizes; pet CPR/First Aid demonstrations; Agility Try it Station and demonstrations ... and so much more!
Funds raised from this pawsome event benefit the Friends of Falmouth Dogs.
All friendly, leashed and vaccinated dogs are welcome!
When: July 16, 2023 at 3:30 p.m. (in-person and livestreamed)
Where: Church of the Transfiguration, Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA
Tickets: adults $30; seniors $25; free for students and under age 18; livestream $15
More Info: Arts Empowering Life
Be enveloped by the surround-sounds of the St. Cecilia Organ and its kaleidoscope of colors at the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans!
This joyous summer program performed by Artists-in-Residence, SharonRose
Pfeiffer and James Jordan, will feature hymn settings for organ by
William Bolcolm, Harold Darke and John Rutter, including “Amazing
Grace,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and “O God, Our Help in Ages
Past,” as well as a virtuosic set of concert variations by 19th century
New England composer John Knowles Paine.
When: July 17 - 23, 2023
Where: Cape Cod Fairgrounds, Rt. 151, East Falmouth
Admission: Ticket prices vary; multi-day passes available
More Info: Barnstable County Fair
Put on your fun duds and mosey on out to the Barnstable County Fair. For over 170 years, the Fair has been a highlight of summer on Cape Cod.
The Fair's attractions include animal shows, monster trucks, carnival rides, demolition derby, petting zoos, horticulture displays, games, live music, arts & crafts, and lots of food and vendors. It's a full week of fun for the whole family!
When: July 22-29, 2023
Where: Multiple venues in Provincetown
More Info: Family Week
Family Week is the largest national gathering of the LGBTQ-headed family community in the United States. Parents, their children, their extended families, prospective parents and friends gather in Provincetown for a fun-filled week of events including beach bashes, outdoor movies, whale watching, teen gatherings, and lots more.
When: July 27, 2023, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Cape Cod Canal Visitors Center, 60 Ed Moffitt Drive, Sandwich, MA
More Info: Family Fishing Night
Brought to us by MA Division of Marine Fisheries in conjunction with the US Army Corps of Engineers, this family friendly event welcomes all to a free fishing clinic on the shores of the Cape Cod Canal.
Fishing rods, bait, instruction will be provided for anglers under the age of 16.
Pre-registration isn't required. But there will only be a limited number of rods available to borrow. So get there early to avoid disappointment!
When: July 29, 2023
Where: Stony Brook Gristmill, 830 Stony Brook Road, Brewster
More Info: Stony Brook Grist Mill
Here's your chance to sample the traditional dessert enjoyed by our Yankee ancestors. Volunteer cooks make Indian pudding using Stony Brook Gristmill's fresh, stone-ground cornmeal, milk, eggs and molasses. Then they top it with a dollop of fresh whipped cream. Yummy!
Serving starts at 10 am and continues until all the Indian Pudding has been gobbled up.
*Note: While you're there, buy a bag or two of freshly ground, organic corn meal for your winter cooking. (It keeps well in the freezer!) And be sure to explore the museum upstairs and enjoy the scenic footpaths beside Stony Brook.
When: July 29-30, 2023
Where: Drummer Boy Park, Rt. 6A, Brewster
More Info: Castleberry Fairs
Brewster's beautiful Drummer Boy Park is the site for this quality arts and crafts festival. Exhibitors will showcase their handcrafted jewelry, artwork, clothing and accessories, pottery, pet items, glass and woodworking creations, gourmet food items, and much more.
When: July 29 - August 5, 2023
Where: Some events are virtual, others in-person at various venues in Woods Hole, Falmouth and 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 more than 100 feature-length films during its eight-day run. Definitely a don't-miss event!
Lots More Fun Things to Do on the Cape This Summer
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!