Updated: January 2, 2024
When the calendar turns to May, the Cape Cod events schedule heats up ... just like our weather!
Events throughout the month of May have us all outdoors enjoying the spring sunshine and the first balmy beach days of the season.
When: Through mid-May, during daylight hours
Where: Multiple locations around the Cape
More Info: Herring Runs on Cape Cod
Herring? The fish? Running??? Yes, indeed! And they climb ladders, too!!
see these amazing feats every spring as thousands of herring migrate
from the wide-open ocean to our local rivers, streams, lakes and ponds
Where are the best places on the Cape to watch herring running and climbing? Click here to find out!
When: Mondays in May, 2024 (tentative)
Where: Multiple museums across Cape Cod
More Info: Museum Mondays in May
During the month of May, several of Cape Cod's amazing museums will be open for FREE on Mondays as part of "Museum Mondays in May".
Whether you're an art lover, history buff, or simply looking to have some fun, this is a perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the most wonderful cultural venues on the Cape without having to spend a penny on admission.
When: May 2024 dates - TBA
Where: Harwich Antique Center, 10 Route 28, West Harwich, MA
More Info: Harwich Antique Center
Enter to win a $25 gift certificate to any kiosk at the Harwich Antique Center.
up in store during participating dates. (No purchase necessary!)
The winner will be drawn on Mother’s Day.
When: May 4 - 6, 2024
Where: Various venues in the town of Brewster
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:
As it has for the past 30+ years, the Brewster in Bloom Festival will have fun for all in 2024!
When: May 2024 date - TBA
Where: Wellfleet Drive-In Theater, 51 US-6, Wellfleet, MA
More Info: Wellfleet Police Dept. FB Page
Touch-A-Truck comes to us 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!
When: May 2024 date - TBA
Where: Spohr Gardens, 45 Fells Road, Falmouth, MA
More Info: Spring at Spohr
Celebrate the arrival of spring at Spohr Gardens! Immerse yourself in the beauty of the gardens and witness the breathtaking pink azaleas in full bloom.
Bring the whole family and enjoy lots of activities, including making a wish on Spohr's famous "Wishing Tree". Write your wish on an index card and toss it up into the holly tree. Legend has it that when the wind catches your words, your wish will come true!
When: May 2023 date - TBA
Where: Hinckleys Pond-Herring River Headwaters Preserve, Harwich, MA
Admission: Free. (Donations greatly appreciated!)
More Info: Walk 'n Wag
Join Harwich Conservation Trust and The Sampson Fund for the second annual "Walk 'n Wag"!
This fun dog-walking event will showcase pet-friendly exhibitors, activities to enhance your pup's well-being, and plenty of fluffy friends and their owners.
Please park at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, 351 Pleasant Lake Ave. in Harwich. Then walk down the hill to the event. All dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
*FYI: The Sampson Fund (co-host for Walk 'n Wag) is a wonderful non-profit that provides financial assistance for veterinary care for critically ill or
injured dogs and cats on Cape Cod and the Islands, when owners cannot
afford to pay for treatment.
Click here to learn more about The Sampson Fund.
When: May 17, 2024 at 11 a.m.
Where: Hyannis Harbor Overlook and Bismore Park, Ocean Street, Hyannis
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.
When: May 2024 dates - TBA
Where: Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich
Admission: $22/adult; $12/youth (3-17); 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!
When: May 18, 2024, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Cape Cod Fairgrounds - The Marketplace Building - West Gate, Route 151 & Currier Road, East Falmouth, MA
More Info: Master Gardeners Association of Cape Cod
Looking for some amazing plants to add to your yard, garden or patio planters? The Master Gardeners have you covered with lovingly grown plants from their own greenhouses, gardens and local nurseries.
You'll find: native plants, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, perennials, dahlias, and succulents ... plus 50 tomato varieties, a fantastic selection of veggies, over 100 varieties of culinary and pollinator herbs, and more!
Proceeds from this popular annual event support the Master Gardeners Association of Cape Cod's scholarship fund and community programs including the children's garden, backyard horticulture, and the horticultural hot line.
Admission is free; and there's plenty of free on-site parking available, too.
Do plan to get there early. This sale does draw a big crowd!
When: May 2024 date - TBA
Where: Mills River Rescue & Sanctuary, Mills River, MA
Tickets: $10 per person
More Info: Mills River Rescue & Sanctuary on FB
"Seasoned Citiziens": this event is especially for you!
Join Patti and her dedicated team of volunteers at Mills River Rescue & Sanctuary for a "Tea Party With The Ponies".
Come visit with the rescue's adorable ponies while sipping specialty teas and snacking on fancy desserts. Try your luck at bingo and other games with prizes for the winners.
Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy this delightful animal sanctuary and make some wonderful memories!
*FYI: For guests who have trouble getting around, no worries! You won't have to walk far at all. Just sit back and relax while the gentle, super-friendly little ponies are led over to meet you!
* Note: Seating is limited, and reservations are a must.
When: Memorial Day Weekend, May 24 - 27, 2024
Where: Hyannis / Nantucket
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 53rd annual Figawi Regatta, the teams will once again race from Hyannisport to Nantucket.
The warning signal sounds for the start of the race at 9:55 a.m. on Saturday, May 25th.
To see the yachts gathering and watch them head off to Nantucket, 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.)
When: 2024 details - TBA
Where: Capetown Plaza, Rt. 132, Hyannis MA
More Info: Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops
Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops honors our country's fallen heroes - and all members of the military - with its 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.
When: Monday, May 27, 2024
Where: Several towns and villages across Cape Cod
Lots More to See & Do on Cape Cod
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!