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Cape Cod Events
May 2022

Updated: May 26, 2022

When the calendar turns to May, the Cape Cod events schedule heats up ... just like our weather!

Sailboats of all sizes waiting in a hrabor for the start of a yacht racePre-start of the Figawi Sailboat Race in Hyannis


Events throughout the month of May have us all outdoors enjoying the spring sunshine and the first balmy beach days of the season. 

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Fairs, Festivals & Special Events on Cape Cod
May 2022

Here's what's going on around the Cape this month:

Brewster In Bloom Festival

When: April 29 - May 1, 2022

Where: Various venues in the town of Brewster

Admission: Free

More Info: Brewster in Bloom

The annual "Brewster in Bloom Festival" celebrates spring in the town of Brewster.

Events during the festival encourage everyone to get out and explore all around the town:

  • Discover Brewster's rich history and scenic spots with a self-guided Cultural Trail tour.
  • Check out all the wares for sale at the open-air Fine Arts & Crafts Show at Drummer Boy Park. 
  • Oooh and ahhh at the festive decorations adorning the lawns of homes and businesses participating in the Brewster in Bloom Lawn Display Contest.
  • Join in on the "Cape Cod 5 Bloom Run".
  • And be sure not to miss the Brewster in Bloom Town Parade!

As it has for the past 30+ years, the Brewster in Bloom Festival will have fun for all in 2022!

Flower Angels' "Best Mom Ever Pop-Up Shop"

When: May 7, 2022, 10 am - 1 pm

Where: Flower Angels, 851 MA-28 #3, South Yarmouth, MA

Admission: Free

More Info: Flower Angels' Pop-Up Shop

Do you have the all-time best mom in the world? Let her know how much you appreciate her!

At the "Best Mom Ever Pop-Up Shop" you'll find lots of special gifts from local makers, including: Classic French macarons from Cape Cod Macarons; hand-roasted cashews and pecans from Sea Nuts; decorated sugar cookies from The Cookie Caper; candles from The Happy Lotus; photo notecards from Down Stream by Suzanne; and floral arrangements from Flower Angels. 

*FYI: Here's how Flower Angels bring much-needed cheer to local nursing home residents. 

Touch-a-Truck

When: May 15, 2022, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: Wellfleet Drive-In Theater, 51 US-6, Wellfleet, MA

Admission: Free

More Info: Wellfleet Police Dept. FB Page

It's back! Touch-A-Truck returns for 2022, courtesy of the Wellfleet Police Association and the Eastham Police Union.

What kind of vehicles will be there? Police cars, fire trucks, construction trucks, emergency vehicles and more! 

So put this much-loved annual event on your calendar, and plan on a fun day with the family!


Harbor Your Arts Artist Shanties - Opening Day

When: Opening Day is May 20, 2022

Where: Hyannis Harbor Overlook and Bismore Park, Ocean Street, Hyannis

Admission: Free

More Info: HyArts Art Shanties

These adorable "shanties" house artists and artisans whose works include ceramics, painting, jewelry and more. Items are for sale at very reasonable prices (IMHO). And even if you're not in shopping mode, it's a pleasure peeking at the artists' creations as you stroll along the harborfront.

The shanties are open on weekends only from opening day in May until mid-June, then every day through late September.


Rhododendron Festival

When:  May 20 - 30, 2022, 10 a.m. - 5:00 (last entry at 4:30 p.m. each day)

Where: Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich

Admission: $21/adult; $11/youth (3-11); Members and children 2 and under Free

More Info:  Rhododendron Festival at Heritage

This is one of the Cape Cod events I look most forward to each spring. The grounds at Heritage are a breathtaking sight to behold with thousands of Rhododendrons in bloom from late May into early June!

Plan to spend a few hours or more here, exploring the acres of gardens, miles of walking trails, and the museums filled with art, American history, and antique autos. The kids will love riding on the carousel!

Sergei Novikov in Concert

When: May 27, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.and 7:00 p.m.

Where: Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road, Cotuit, MA

Tickets: Adult $45, Child $40, Senior $40

More Info: Speaking Music

From Tchaikovsky to Phantom, and from Ellington to Joel, pianist Sergei Novikov's performance is sure to delight music lovers, all with a good sense of humor!

Sergei has performed for such luminaries as the late President George H.W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, President Joe Biden as well as Billy Joel, Reba McEntire and Paul Newman. Sergei was also officially recognized by the Queen Mother of England for his music.

Ticket reservations can be made online at speakingmusic.biz or by calling the 24/7 ticket line at (800) 595-4849. Part of the profits from Sergei's concerts will be donated to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to help assist Ukraine.


Figawi Race Weekend

When: Memorial Day Weekend, 2021

Where: Hyannisport / Nantucket Sound

Admission: No admission fee for spectators

More Info:  Figawi Race Weekend

The annual "Figawi" Regatta is recognized as one of the premier yacht regattas on the east coast. For this year's 51st annual Figawi Regatta, the teams will race on Saturday and on Sunday from a starting point at Hyannisport Jetty on a course around Nantucket Sound.

Race start time is 11 a.m. If you'd like to see them off, you'll have a good vantage point from Kalmus Beach, Orrin Keyes Beach, or Sea Street Beach. (See my Hyannis beaches page for directions, parking info, etc.)

First Church Craft Fair & Bake Sale

When: May 28, 2022, 10 am-3 pm

Where: First Congregational Church of Harwich Parish House, 690 Main Street, Harwich, MA

Admission: Free

First Congregational Church in Historic Harwich Center is hosting a Craft Fair and Bake Sale in their Parish House.

Come see lots of different crafters and artists showcasing their work, including beautiful jewelry, toss pillows, pottery figurines, etched glassware, children's books, painted items, hand-made cards, artisan soaps, and more!

There'll also be yummy baked goods and a pie sale at the Coffee Café. 

18th Annual "Troops in the Spotlight"

When: May 29, 2022, 11:30 a.m. to midnight

Where: Capetown Plaza, Rt. 132, Hyannis MA

Admission: Free 

More Info: Troops in the Spotlight

Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops honors our country's fallen heroes - and all members of the military - with its 18th annual "Troops in the Spotlight" event.

Come visit the Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial Wall. Enter to win great prizes in the Troops Raffle. See the display of military vehicles and equipment. Send a free video message to our deployed troops, and make a card to include in a care package.

And most importantly of all, meet and greet members of our country's military and thank them for their service!

*Please consider making a monetary donation or donating a care package item to Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops


MA National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony

When: Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 1 p.m.

Where: Massachusetts National Cemetery, Connery Avenue, Bourne MA

More Info: MA National Cemetery

The Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne will hold its annual Memorial Day remembrance ceremony on Sunday, May 29th.

This year's keynote speaker will be Margaret Kabat, LCSW-C, CCM, Senior Advisor for families, caregivers, and survivors, Office of the Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs. Master of Ceremonies is Stephanie Viva, USA Veteran and host of X102.3, "Stephanie In The Morning".

Memorial Day Parades & Ceremonies

When: Monday, May 30, 2022

Where: Many towns and villages across Cape Cod

Admission: Free

Here are the locations and times:

  • Bourne

    A special Memorial Day event will be held at Bourne Town Hall (24 Perry Avenue) beginning at 9 a.m.

    Keynote speaker for this event will be State Representative Steven G. Xiarhos - a Gold Star parent whose son, Nicholas Xiarhos, served in the US Marines and was killed in Afghanistan.

  • Centerville

    The village of Centerville's Memorial Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Centerville Public Library (585 Main St.).

    The parade will proceed along Main Street with a brief stop at Monument Square for a short program, then continue up Old Stage Road to Beechwood Cemetery where the day's main remembrance program will be held.
  • Chatham

    The town of Chatham's Memorial Day ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the Chatham Community Center (702 Main St.).

    Fife and drum players will lead everyone from the Community Center to Chase Park below the Godfrey Windmill for dedication of the American Revolutionary War Memorial at 11 a.m.

    *Note: Godfrey Windmill will be open to the public after the dedication.
  • Dennis

    This year's Memorial Day Parade in Dennis begins at 9:30 a.m. on Center Street and proceeds to the Village Green on Hall Street for a remembrance program at 10 a.m.

    In case of rain, the program will be held inside Dennis Public Library (5 Hall Street).
  • Eastham

    The town of Eastham's Memorial Day Observance will take place at 9 a.m. on the Windmill Green (Rt.6 across from Eastham Town Hall).

    *Note: At noon, all town flags flown at half-staff will be raised to full height. At 3 p.m., the town will observe a national moment of silence. 
  • Falmouth, MA

    The Memorial Day Ceremony in Falmouth will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Falmouth Pubic Library (300 Main Street).
  • Harwich, MA

    The town of Harwich's Memorial Day ceremony will be held at  Brooks Park in Harwich Center (1 Oak Street), starting at 9:30 a.m.
  • Hyannis, MA

    In the village of Hyannis, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Trust Fund Committee will hold their annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Memorial on Ocean Street (next to Veterans Park Beach). Start time is 12:15 p.m.
  • Mashpee, MA

    Mashpee Memorial VFW Post 5489 and Mashpee Special Events Committee are sponsoring this year's Memorial Day observance s in Mashpee. The program will begin at 10 a.m. at the Community Park and Veterans Garden (Route 130 and Great Neck Road North).

    *Note: The Mashpee One-Room School House will have a “School’s Open” tour and informational event immediately afterward.
  • Orleans, MA

    In the town of Orleans, the Memorial Day ceremony will start at 10 a.m. at the Town Cove, then proceed up Main Street to Veterans Park (corner of Main Street and Route 28).
  • Provincetown

    Provincetown's Memorial Day ceremonies will be held at the Civil War Monument at Provincetown Cemetery (off Cemetery Road), beginning at 10 a.m.
  • Sandwich

    The Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony in Sandwich will begin at 10 a.m. at Sandwich Public Library (124 Main Street). 
  • Wellfleet, MA

    American Legion Post 287 will present a Memorial Day service on Wellfleet Town Hall lawn (300 Main St.). Start time is set for 9 a.m.

    In case of rain, the service will be held at the Congregational Church (200 Main St.).
  • Yarmouth

    The town of Yarmouth's Memorial Day ceremony will be held from 11 a.m. to noon at Yarmouth Town Hall in South Yarmouth (1146 Route 28)

    There'll be a wishing well on display for donations of coins to be placed on gravestones at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. So please remember to bring your loose change!

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