Things to Do This Week on Cape Cod

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6/30 – 10/29, Sandwich Glass Museum Special Exhibit: All Creatures Great and Small – The Sandwich Glass Museum is proud to host this special exhibit featuring four local artists and their work that celebrates all creatures, both big and small. “All Creatures Great and Small” celebrates the joy and whimsey of nature through glass sculptures created by four New England based Artists: Mariel Bass, Claire Kelly, Jennifer Violette, and Caterina Weintraub. Each artist will display beautifully executed glass pieces that that wonderfully capture the magical characteristics of the flora and fauna filling our natural world.  

9/30, 10AM – 8PM, Harvest Moon Festival, Onset Pier – Originally scheduled for 9/23, has been moved to 9/30. Vendors! Food Trucks! Carved Pumpkin Contest! Live Music! Antique/Classic Car Show presented by The Rusty Nuts Car Club of Wareham. FREE admission! FIREWORKS will take place at 7:45’ish p.m.! Click here for the full list of events. 

9/30, 12PM, Cape Cod Doxie Day, behind the courthouse in Barnstable Village – A Cape Cod tradition continues – come celebrate everything dachshund! Join the Wiener Waddle and Waggin’ Parade, and cheer on your favorite doxie in the Doxie Dash. Enter contests to win prizes and bragging rights. Best of all, mingle and meet other doxies to benefit local animal organizations. More details here. 

9/30, 9AM, Annual Cape & Islands Police K-9 Relief Fund Motorcycle Run, Patriot Square – This ride helps to cover the veterinary costs of retired K-9 officers from the Cape and Islands and raises awareness of the role these incredible working dogs play in our community. The ride starts at 11 – registration is same-day, at 9. Dennis to P-Town with hot dogs, chowder, & chili at MacMillan Pier. $20 rider, $10 passenger. More info here.  

9/30, 1PM, 1st Cotuit Oyster Fest, Kings Grant Racquet Club – This inaugural event will celebrate Cotuit oysters in all forms, plus you can enjoy live music and a variety of other food. The Cotuit Center for the Arts Art bus will be on site for kids. Shuttles will be provided from other parking lots in town; find out more and buy tickets here. 

9/30, 10AM, Mashpee Oktoberfest, Mashpee Commons – A full day of fun for the family at Mashpee Commons on the green, including entertainment by The Vagabonds, dance demos from Haley School of Irish Step Dance and New England Ballet Theatre Company, a keg toss, children’s games, face painting, and crafts. There’ll also be a variety of “Fair Style” food along with 30+ arts and craft vendors and of course, a traditional Bier Garten! The rain date is the next day, Sunday, October 1st from 11am-4pm. More info here. 

9/30, 1PM, 1st Cotuit Oyster Fest, Kings Grant Racquet Club – This inaugural event will celebrate Cotuit oysters in all forms, plus you can enjoy live music and a variety of other food. The Cotuit Center for the Arts Art bus will be on site for kids. Shuttles will be provided from other parking lots in town; find out more and buy tickets here. 

9/30, 9AM, The 2023 Autumn Joy Symposium, Harwich Community Center – The Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod presents Autumn Joy, an exciting and informative fall symposium on Saturday, September 30 at 9:00 a.m., held at the Harwich Community Center featuring keynote speaker Jana Milbocker, author and creator of the resource “Enchanted Gardens”.  Milbocker will highlight the many trees, shrubs, and perennials that make a statement during the darker months of the year with her presentation of “The Magic of the Winter Garden”. Additional sessions on seed saving, best practices for gardening-as-we-age, orchids, and small-space vegetable gardening are included in the entry fee. All who register for the symposium are eligible to win a door prize. Tickets are $25. Registration opens August 29 online at or by mailing a check made out to Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod to: Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, Master Gardeners Program, P.O. Box 367, Barnstable, MA 02630-0367. For more information, please visit: 

10/1, Buzzard’s Bay Coalition Watershed Ride – Enjoy the scenic landscapes of the South Coast and Cape Cod while raising support for the protection of watershed lands and clean water at the Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride on Sunday, October 1, 2023. Choose your own adventure from the 100-mile, 75-mile, or 35-mile overlapping cycling routes that wind past coastal farmlands, windswept beaches, cranberry bogs, and scenic harbors between Rhode Island and Cape Cod. All riders are fully supported with local food and beverages all day, welcoming volunteers, and SAG wagons with ace bike mechanics and first aid. Registration fee includes five water stops, a hearty food truck lunch, and a finish line celebration in beautiful Woods Hole. 

10/1, 9AM, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Veterans Park Beach – All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Each registered participant will receive a Promise Garden flower that represents their connection to the disease, and everyone who raises at least $150 gets an event t-shirt. Sign up here. 

10/1, 11AM, 9th Annual Vinegrass Music Festival, Truro Vineyards – Cape Cod’s longest running Bluegrass/Americana music festival, Vinegrass, returns! In addition to the music, enjoy the Blackfish Food Truck, Truro Vineyards line-up of libations, Oysters by Curtis Graham, Lewis Bros. Ice Cream, local artisan vendors including coffee and chocolate, and much more. Rain or Shine. Purchase tickets here. 

10/2, 1:30PM, Pond Education Program, Brewster COA – Monday Oct 2 at 1:30 the Brewster Ponds Coalition invites you to the Brewster COA to learn about the Pond Education Program we developed for children in Brewster’s elementary schools. Through activities, students learn to identify pond creatures, recognize healthy pond features, and the importance of protecting our ponds. To register, please call the Brewster Council on Aging at 508-896-2737. 

10/4, 9AM, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod’s Creative Exchange Conference, Cotuit Ctr for the Arts – Several well-known speakers and panelists from on and off Cape will explore all facets of the creative process during this one day conference. Your ticket price ($50 for Creative Exchange Members and $80 for non-members, which includes a one-year membership to the Arts Foundation’s Creative Exchange) includes access to all panel discussions, a performance from the Wampanoag Nation Singers & Dancers and lunch from Pizza Barbone. Register here. 

10/8 – 10/11, Wood Hole Film Festival’s Best of the Fest, Cotuit Ctr for the Arts – Five feature films and two shorts programs of award winners from the 2023 summer festival will be re-screened. For tickets and the lineup, click here. 

10/7, Mashpee Fall Fest, Mashpee Commons – Save the Date for the annual Fall Fest event on Saturday October 7th from 11AM – 4PM! *Rain date: Sunday October 8th. For more information, click here. 

10/7, 10AM, 15th Annual Canal Run for the Troops, Buzzards Bay Recreation Area – Cape Cod Cares for the Troops will be holding their 15th Annual Canal Run for the Troops at the Buzzards Bay Recreation Area, 33 Main Street, Buzzards Bay. The 5K and 10K Run will be timed by RaceWire. Registration starts at 8:30am for the 5K & 10K, with 10am start. Cost is $25.00. Register online at T-shirts for the first 100 registrants. In addition, age group awards, and entertainment. This is a great event for the whole family. Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops is a non-profit organization started in 2005 by 12-year-old Dylan DeSilva. Dylan wanted to find a way to honor our troops for their service, dedication and sacrifices to our country. Money raised this year will support our Christmas Care packages for our deployed troops and Operation Santa for our military families and veterans. Put together a team and participate in honor of someone deployed, a veteran, wounded warrior, or Gold Star Hero. In addition, your business can sponsor a water station along the canal. For more information phone 774-216-9052 or

10/7, 10AM, SandwichFest, Water Street – The Sandwich Chamber of Commerce will be holding its 14th Annual SandwichFest Street Festival on October 7, from 10 am to 4 pm on the grounds of the Hoxie House, Sandwich, along Water Street, Route 130. The event is held annually in the fall. This year’s festival will feature A Beer and Wine Garden hosted by Treehouse Brewing and Canterbury Market, over 80 Street Vendors. Juried Artists, craftsmen, and retailers, and Children’s Activities with Hammer and Stain. New to SandwichFest “Come tour the Deacon Eldred house.” Once the former Thornton W. Burgess museum this house was recently restored by Full Circle Homes. The house is featured on their HGTV show Houses with History season 2. The cost of the tour which features both floors is $5. The building will be open from 12 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for tours. Our thanks to our premier sponsor Cape Cod Healthcare. Please wear comfortable shoes. Admission is free. For more information, contact [email protected]. Like us on Facebook!

10/7 – 10/9, Yarmouth Seaside Festival Weekend – Three full days of family fun! Arts & crafts vendors, a road race, fireworks, a big beach bonfire, the Spooks and Kooks Parade, and a family chalk fest are all part of the celebration. Get the full schedule of events here. 

10/14, 3PM, Oktoberfest 2023, Cape Cod Museum of Art – Their 3rd Annual Oktoberfest. Taste beer and food from local breweries and restaurants and vote for your favorite! Games, music, raffle prizes and FUN! Click here for more information. 

10/15, 12PM, Hyannis Open Streets, Main Street Hyannis – Main Street will be closed to traffic for the afternoon so you and your family can come play in the streets. Live entertainment, kids’ activities and more – all free to enjoy. More info here. 

10/15, Walk for the CC Alzheimer’s Family Support Center in Ptown, 260 Commercial Street – A festive day to ride the Mayflower Trolley, dance to the Sound Dunes Big Band, enjoy lunch by Cosmos Catering, and walk with to the scenic West End to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia and much-needed funds for the AFSC’s array of no-cost services for Cape Cod’s families and individuals who are living with dementia-related diseases. There is no cost to participate. Sign up here. 

10/17, 6PM, Taste of Dennis, Pelham House Resort – Sample cuisine from over a dozen local Dennis restaurants and caterers, bid on merchandise, services and experiences from Dennis Chamber members. This casual evening benefits the Holly Young Lifeguard Scholarship Fund. Tickets here. 

11/5, The Righteous Brothers, Barnstable High School Performing Arts Center – Tickets are on sale now for the Righteous Brothers, live in concert at the Barnstable High School Performing Arts Center on Sunday November, 5th. Click here to purchase tickets. 

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Memorial Day Thru Mid-October, Yarmouth Sand Sculpture Trail – Yarmouth’s Sand Sculpture Trail is coming back for 2023, celebrating 12 years! As one of Yarmouth’s biggest attractions, this sand sculpture trail features 32 family-friendly sand sculptures.  The trail will be available for viewing from Memorial Day until mid-October. All of the sand sculptures will be completed by mid-June (construction of the sand sculptures will begin in mid-May). For more information, click here. 

4/3 – 12/30, Special Exhibit at the Sandwich Glass Museum: A Pinch of Salt – The Sandwich Glass Museum is proud to present its new exhibit, A Pinch of Salt, running Monday, April 3 2023 through Saturday, December 302023. Guest curator Maria Martell shares her extensive collective of vintage, “salts”, many of which were created at the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company in Sandwich, MA. Through the ages, salt was used for food preservation and as a commodity to trade. It is then not surprising that “salts”, small vessels used to contain the valuable mineral, were creatively fashioned and cherished items of daily use at the dining table well into the 20th century. Owning “salts” became a status symbol during the Middle Ages. During the Victorian Era salt shakers were invented, but due to salt clumping but did not become popular until later years. The Boston and Sandwich Glass Company and other companies created “salts” to appeal to consumers. A curator’s talk will be scheduled. This exhibit is free with general admission of $12 for adults, $11 for 65+ $2 for children 6-14, and free for ages 5 and under, group rates available. Call for further information 508.888.0251 or 129 Main Street, Sandwich, MA, 02563. 

6/30 – 10/29, Sandwich Glass Museum Special Exhibit: Fly Over – Aron Leaman – Sculptural Avian works by Aron Leaman, celebrating Cape Cod’s importance in the migratory patterns of birds. Click here for more information. 

10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, Fall Themed Greenhouse Dinners, Chatham Bars Inn Farm in Brewster – Embrace the crisp fall twilight and wrap up the Farm Dinner season with our magical Greenhouse Dinner Series at Chatham Bars Inn Farm in Brewster. Our culinary team has created four fantastic themed dinners, including two Pig & Whiskey Dinners, a Fall Harvest Wine Dinner and a Mycology (Mushrooms) Wine Dinner, each featuring a unique four-course menu with specially chosen pairings. Exciting to note is the November 11th Pig & Whiskey Dinner which will also be the launch of Chatham Bars Inn Jefferson’s Reserve Single Barrel, featured in the pairings for that evening. Individual tickets are available for each and dinners will be served family-style in the farm’s largest state-of-the-art glass greenhouse. Remember to bring your favorite sweater to keep you cozy as the sun goes down and the twinkling lights suspended above the dining area in the glass greenhouse begin to shine along with the stars.
October 21, 2023: Pig & Whiskey Dinner featuring Whistle Pig of Vermont
October 28, 2023: Fall Harvest Wine Dinner
November 4, 2023: Mycology Wine Dinner
November 11, 2023: Pig & Whiskey Dinner featuring Jefferson’s of Kentucky launching the new Chatham Bars Inn Jefferson’s Reserve Single Barrel
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