Updated: June 14, 2023
This month's Cape Cod events calendar is chock-full of early summer fun!
Cape Cod Pirate Festival, arts and crafts fairs, garden tours, the annual Sand Sculpture Trail, Fathers Day Car Show ...
... and sooooo much more!
When: All month long
Where: Multiple places throughout 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.
Sean begins creating his works of art in mid-May, and the last sculpture is usually in place by mid-June. If you're lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, you might get to see Sean at work.
When: June 2, 2023 at 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Where: Herring Cove Beach, Provincetown, MA
More Info: Cape Cod National Seashore events
Enjoy sunset on the beach and folklore and games around the campfire. Bring a beach chair or towel to sit on. Meet the rangers on the beach in front of the large bathhouse and concession area, just south of the beach entrance at Herring Cove Beach.
(*Tip: Be sure to bring some bug repellant, too!)
When: June 2 - 4, 2023
Where: Multiple venues around Provincetown
Admission: Varies by event
This year's Provincetown Pride weekend brings locals and visitors together for a celebration of what the town has long been known for: LGBTQ+ awareness, empowerment, and diversity.
The weekend is jam-packed with a wide range of special events, parties, and Pride programming for everyone to enjoy.
Check out the full schedule for all the details!
When: June 3 & 4 and June 10 & 11, 2023
Where: 668 Rt. 28, West Yarmouth, MA (the site of the old Yarmouth Drive In)
Admission: $15 adults; $11 youth
More Info: Cape Cod Pirate Festival
Arrhhh, mateys! Are ye up for some swashbucklin' fun?
Cape Cod Pirate Festival is back for its third year with two weekends filled with theme days, contests, music and dancing, a pirates market, and plenty of food and drink!
When: June 7 - 17, 2023
Where: The Cape Playhouse, 820 Main Street (Rte. 6A), Dennis, MA
Tickets: From $54.50+
More Info: The Cape Playhouse
The Cape Playhouse's 2023 summer season opens with the Tony Award-winning musical Ain't Misbehavin'.
Directed by Grammy Award winner Ken Page, an original cast member of the Off-Broadway and Broadway production, the show brings to life the delightful humor and infectious energy of Thomas "Fats" Waller's swing music from the 1920s and '30s Harlem Renaissance.
Other productions this season include:
When: June 9, 2023, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Harwich Antique Center, 10 Route 28 West Harwich, MA
More Info: Harwich Antiques Center
Discover a treasure trove of antiques, vintage items, nautical treasures, furniture, vinyl records and more at Harwich Antiques Center's annual Multi-Dealer Outdoor Sale and Yardsale.
This is the perfect opportunity to browse through a vast array of unique and one-of-a-kind items, all conveniently located in one place. Whether you're an avid collector, decorator, or simply looking for something special to add to your home or gift to a friend, there's bound to be something that catches your eye!
When: June 10, 2023 (more games throughout the month)
Where: Multiple locations Cape-wide
Admission: Free, donations appreciated
More Info: See my Cape League page for details
It's opening day, let the games begin! The country's best collegiate baseball players are back on Cape Cod for another season of top-notch baseball.
Head to a ball field in one of 10 towns across the Cape, and you'll soon see why CCBL games are high on my list of things to do on Cape Cod on a summer evening!
When: June 16 - 18, 2023
Where: Various locations in Chatham, MA
Admission: Varies by event/venue, some free
More Info: Chatham History Weekend
This weekend is a fabulous opportunity to explore the rich history of the town of Chatham!
Museum visits, nature walks, lectures and book signings, Godfrey windmill with its sails up and grinding corn (wind and weather permitting, of course!) ... those are just a few of the many fun and fascinating things to see and do during Chatham History Weekend.
When: June 16 - 18, 2023
Where: Falmouth Library Lawn
More Info: Arts Falmouth
This gala event celebrates the arts in Falmouth and on the Upper Cape.
Festival events include days and evenings filled with music, theater, dance performances, artist and crafter exhibits and sale, food and drink, and plenty of activities for the kids.
When: June 16, 2023, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA
Admission: $15 general admission; $10 for those under 30; $5 with student ID
More Info: Outermost Contra Dance
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 is needed – if you can walk, you can contra dance!
All the dances are taught and called. If you're new to contra dance, be sure to get in on the early dances to learn the basic moves. (No need to bring a partner; there are plenty of friendly people in this welcoming dance community.)
Come to dance or come just to watch and listen to the music. All are welcome!
When: June 16, 23 and 30, 2023 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Nauset Light Beach, Cable Road, Eastham MA
More Info: Cape Cod National Seashore
Beach campfires are the quintessential family activity on a Cape Cod summer evening!
These Friday gatherings, hosted by the National Seashore rangers, are a fun time of songs, games and stories by the sea.
*Tip: Be sure to bring your own chairs beach blanket, a flashlight, and some insect repellent!
When: June 16th through Labor Day, 2023, 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. on weekends
Where: Behind Cape Cod Mall, 769 Iyannough Road, Hyannis MA
Admission: $34 for a 90-minute session; kids under 2 and adults over 65 are admitted free. *Discounted tickets for opening weekend (see below).
More Info: FUNBOX Cape Cod
The world’s biggest Bounce Park comes to Cape Cod for the summer!
FUNBOX has multiple play areas including a Chill Zone, Magic Mountain, Gum
Drop, Ninja Wall, 23-foot slide and an obstacle course. There's also a rock climbing wall and battle beam, along with a toddler area
dedicated for younger jumpers.
*Admission on opening weekend (June 16, 17 and 18) is discounted to $12 with $1 from every ticket sold going to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & The Islands.
When: June 17, 2023, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Taylor-Bray Farm, 108 Bray Farm Road, Yarmouthport
Admission: Free ($5 per vehicle requested parking donation)
More Info: Taylor-Bray Farm
Here's your chance to see how wool goes from the sheep to the sweater!
At historic Taylor-Bray Farm's annual Sheep Festival, visitors are treated to demonstrations of the ages-old arts of sheep herding, sheep shearing, wool spinning, blacksmithing, and open-hearth cooking.
On the grounds of the 22-acre farm, you'll also meet the resident donkeys, sheep, Scottish Highland cattle and other farm animals - with petting areas for up-close visits. Haywagon rides and refreshments round out the day.
Please ... human visitors only, no dogs!
When: June 17, 2023 from Noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Nye Homestead & Museum, 85 Old County Road, East Sandwich, MA
More Info: www.nyemuseum.org
The Nye Museum re-opens for the season with their annual Open House Celebration. Throught the day, costumed guides will be stationed around the property ready to greet visitors and tell stories of the Nye family and their place in East Sandwich history.
The historic 1678 homestead will be open for guided tours, along with the 2023 special exhibit, Honoring Women of the Nye Homestead. The grist mill will also be open to visitors, featuring a slideshow about its recent restoration.
Be sure to wear your walking shoes! They'll come in handy as you stroll around the beautiful museum campus, explore the hiking trails, and see the old fish hatchery.
There'll be kid-friendly activities, too, making this a great event for visitors of all ages!
When: June 18, 2023, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Main Street, Hyannis
Every year on Fathers' Day, the Main Street of Hyannis is lined with hundreds of shiny autos of all kinds - plus an arts and crafts fair, food vendors, music at the bandstand, and the multitude of sights, sounds and tastes that downtown Hyannis and the Harbor area are noted for.
Although it's dedicated to Dads on their special weekend, this antique and collector car extravaganza is a popular event with moms, kids and other family members, too!
When: June 21, 2023, noon to 2 p.m.
Where: Tree House Brewing, 98 Town Neck Road, Sandwich MA
More Info: Doug The Quahog
Usher in summer 2023 with this quirky celebration headlined by our resident "seer", Doug the Quahog.
Why do I refer to Doug as a "seer"? Because this marvelous mollusk has talents that amaze ... the ability to predict how many weeks of great beach weather lie ahead for Cape Cod.
Come meet Doug, learn his prediction, and enjoy the festivities!
When: June 22 - 25, 2023
Where: Various venues in Provincetown
More Info: Festival website
Provincetown's deep Portuguese heritage is celebrated every year in June.
This popular annual event is jam-packed with food, games, live music, dancing, and parades. The weekend is capped off with the traditional "Blessing of The Fleet" where boats of all sizes line up to receive the blessing for a safe and prosperous season.
When: June 23, 2023
Where: Mashpee High School, 500 Old Barnstable Road, Mashpee, MA
Mashpee's annual Community Picnic is an evening of fun and games for the whole family.
The highlight of this event is the big fireworks display, set to begin around dusk.
*Note: Alcohol, smoking and pets aren't allowed on school grounds.
When: June 24, 2023
Where: Harwichport, MA
Admission: Free for spectators; registration & fee for entrants
More Info: Harwich Road Race
Grab your running shoes and get ready to race or walk for a good cause, local fitness programs for kids.
Originally begun by a small group of fitness-minded moms, this 5K now draws hundreds of racers of all ages for a run along a flat, scenic route through the village of Harwichport.
The professionally timed event is followed by an after-party celebration and awards for the top finishers.
When: June 24, 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
Celebrate the start of the 2023 season at Stony Brook Village!
From opening day until late August, the Grist Mill and Museum at Stony Brook will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Here's your opportunity to watch as corn is ground into cornmeal the old fashioned way: by water-powered grist mill.
mill in action, purchase stone ground organic (gluten free) cornmeal,
explore the museum upstairs, watch weaving demonstrations on the barn
loom, and explore the scenic footpaths beside Stony Brook.
If you're in Brewster or nearby, this is a don't-miss event (in my humble opinion)!
When: June 25, 2023, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Highfield Hall, 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth
Admission: Free; (small entry fee for contests, donations greatly appreciated!)
More Info: Hounds of Highfield
Calling all doggies: This one's for you - and your human companions, too!
This popular, family friendly event at Highfield Hall & Gardens brings pups and their people together for dog contests, a doggie parade and costume contest, an obstacle course, service dog demonstrations, raffles, prizes, and much more!
Local rescue groups, crafts vendors, and delicious food trucks will be on site, too.
Lots More Fun Things to See & Do on the Cape
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!