Things to Do This Week on Cape Cod


9/16 – 9/19, 8AM – 7PM, Cranberry Cluster Dog Show, Cape Cod Fairgrounds – Dogs, dogs, and DOGS! Beautiful, cute, smart or diving: They’ll all be at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds next week! Starting Thursday Sept. 16 through Sunday Sept. 19 from 8 am to 7 pm. And you should be too! There’s something for all ages and interests. Every year the Cape Cod Kennel Club and the South Shore Kennel Club team up to host the “Cranberry Cluster”. This will be the 111th and 112th all-breed dog shows held by the Cape club, and the 101st and 102nd shows held by South Shore. Last year the Cluster was cancelled. Admission to the showgrounds in $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children under 12. Anyone that enters the grounds must sign a COVID waiver which will be available at the entrance. And only dogs entered in the shows are allowed. For more information, click here.

9/17 – 9/19, Celebrate Our Waters 2021, Orleans – Over 50 free activities with a bonfire and family fun tent on Saturday. For more information and locations for events, click here.

9/18, 11AM – 6PM, Cape Cod Canal Day, Buzzards Bay Park – Food Trucks, beer and wine, live music, arts and crafts, a 5K, and kids’ activities – along with a fabulous cornhole tournament – all against the backdrop of beautiful Buzzards Bay Park! This fun family day is back! For more information, click here.

9/18, 9AM, Healthy Parks, Healthy People Ride/Run for Heart Health, Cotuit – Cape Cod Healthcare and the Cape Cod National Seashore are are teaming up to promote heart health. Both running and cycling are in the spotlight, and you can choose to run/walk a 5K or 5-mile course or ride a virtual 10- or 35-mile course to complete the race. There are also special children’s fun runs. After the race, enjoy awards and a food truck after-party, providing healthy foods featuring a variety of locally sourced ingredients. Proceeds benefit the Cape Cod Healthcare Cardiac Rehabilitation program and the Friends of the National Seashore. Register here.

9/18, 7:30PM, Mashpee Fireworks, Mashpee Middle-High School Athletic Field – Parking begins at 5PM with the display beginning at 7:30PM. There will be no games, vendor or activities this year, but people are encouraged to bring picnics and snacks.

9/18, 11AM, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, beginning at Skull Island, S. Yarmouth – This year’s parade is dedicated to the Cape’s essential workers as well as our first responders and front line workers who helped us – and continue to help us – get through the Covid-19 pandemic. If that applies to you, you’re invited to join in – either in a company vehicle or just walking in your green and carrying a banner. Let your community say thank you! Everyone else – please line the route and show your support, and, of course, your IRISH. 

9/19, 12PM – 5PM, Hyannis Open Streets, Hyannis Main Street – Come play in the streets! Traffic will be diverted from Main Street so families can enjoy the day together outdoors. Rain date is the following Sunday. For more information, click here.

9/22, 5:30PM, Power of the Purse, Hyannisport Club – Look for CCB-Media’s Rebecca Romo as your host for this evening of camaraderie and charity, where you can show your support by bidding on some very special purses and packages. This year’s event will also honor Dorothy Savarese, Chair & CEO of Cape Cod 5, as the Cape & Islands United Way’s 2021 Woman of Impact. For more information, click here

9/25, 2PM – 5:30PM, CC Brew Fest, CC Fairgrounds – Celebrate American craft brewers and sample from 50+ breweries and over 200 styles of beer. All beverage samples are included in your ticket, access to food vendors and much more. Every attendee will receive a custom glass as they exit the festival. The Cape Cod Brew Fest is a private, ticketed, 21+ event. No one without a ticket or under the legal age will be admitted. For more information, click here.

9/25, 9AM, 19th Run/Walk for the Arts, Cultural Center of Cape Cod – The whole family will enjoy this 5K in scenic Bass River. Walkers (non-competitive) begin at 9am, runners (timed) at 9:30am. The course is flat, and will begin and end at the Cultural Center. The first 100 pre-registered participants will receive a Run/Walk for the Arts T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each age division, as well as for the largest team. Click here for more information.

9/25, Doxie Day, Barnstable Village – A Cape Cod tradition continues this fall celebrating everything dachshund in historic Barnstable Village. Join the Wiener Waddle and Waggin’ Parade, and cheer on your favorite doxie in the Doxie Dash. Think you have the longest dachshund or teeniest weenie? Enter contests to win prizes and bragging rights. Come on out and sing the official Dachs-Song, mingle and meet other doxies to benefit local animal organizations. For more information, click here.

9/25, Signup and check-in 9AM-11AM, kick stands up 11:15AM, The Annual Cape & Islands Police K-9 Relief Fund Motorcycle Run, Patriot Square – Your support allows us to continue our mission of covering the veterinary costs of retired K-9’s from the Cape and Islands for years to come, and helps raise awareness of the role these incredible working dogs play in our community. For more information, click here.

9/26, Habitat Ride for Homes, Aptucxet Trading Post – This year’s ride gives you a choice – ride 20 miles around Bourne, or 12-miles along the Cape Cod Canal, all to raise money and awareness for the effort to build affordable homes for families in need. There’s no age limit, a $25 registration fee, and a $300 fundraising minimum. Sign up here.

9/26, 11AM – 5PM, Love Local Fest, Aselton Park – Free family fun that supports local businesses and makers! In addition to a variety of local vendors, enjoy food trucks, a craft beverage garden and kids activities all against the backdrop of Hyannis Harbor. For more information, click here

9/26, 7:30AM, CC Canal 10K, Bourne Scenic Park – The Cape Cod Canal 10k – in Memory of Daniel Toy will start and finish at Bourne Scenic Park. For more information, click here

9/27, 10:30AM, Cape & Islands United Way Golf Tournament, Hyannisport Club – Interested in a round a golf for a good cause? The first Cape and Islands United Way golf tournament – at the stunning Hyannisport Club – is happening on Monday, September 27th! Founded in 1897, the course boasts some of the most scenic views on Cape Cod. The event will not only be a thrill for golf enthusiasts, but a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to support the organization’s mission to improve lives and build stronger communities. For more information or to register, click here.

10/2, 10AM – 4PM, Mashpee Oktoberfest, Mashpee Commons Village Green – Celebrate the start of fall at this FREE family-friendly event! Enjoy a craft show with over 50 crafters, delicious food and of course an authentic German Bier Garten. For kids there’ll be carnival games, a stein race, a pass the pumpkin contest, face painting, and pumpkin decorating. Click here for more information.

10/2, 12PM, 6th Kalmus Car Meet, Kalmus Beach (Rain Date Sunday, October 3rd) – Enjoy a parade of classic, vintage cars and trucks down Main Street, Hyannis beginning at Noon, ending at Kalmus Beach, where they’ll be on display for all to enjoy. While this event isn’t quite the size of the annual Father’s Day Car Show that’s been disrupted by the pandemic, it gives car enthusiasts and families a chance to enjoy the cars, food trucks and a DJ. Click here for more information.

10/2, 6AM, Best Buddies Challenge Ride, Craigville Beach – This annual ride helps to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Choose your distance – 100, 50, or 20 miles – and get pedaling with cyclists of all abilities, including celebrities and pro-athletes such as Julian Edelman, Guy Fieri, George Hincapie & Christian Vande Velde, among others. Once you’re done there’ll be a finish line celebration including delicious food and beverages, hosted by more special guests. Click here for more information. 

10/2, 4PM – 7PM, Oktoberfest, CC Museum of Art – Enjoy a fun evening of beer and food tasting (featuring local breweries and local restaurants), live music, games and raffles! Admission includes 5 beer tasting tickets (must be 21 years of age – ID will be checked at the door), 5 food tasting tickets, a pint size logo’d beer glass, a full pint of the beer you choose as the winner, Bratwurst, hot dogs, ice cream, live music by Broadway Central, games and a raffle by Cape Clasp. Vote for your favorite beer and food – the winners get trophies! Click here for more information. 

10/3, 11:30AM – 5:30PM, 7th Vinegrass Music Festival, Truro Vineyards – A celebration of American Roots music against the backdrop of the bucolic Truro Vineyards. This year’s featured bands are The Wooks, The Way Down Wanderers, Jacob Joliff & Michael Daves, & The Soggy Po Boys! Come join us at the intimate & bucolic Truro Vineyards. In addition to the music, you’ll enjoy Food trucks, wine, vendors, and dancing. All are welcome – rain or shine – kids under 12 are free, but this year’s admission is being limited. For more information, click here

10/14, 6PM, Sail Cape Cod’s 2021 Whiskey Tasting & Gourmet Dinner Fundraiser, Cape Codder Resort & SpaRegister here to reserve your seat and help support Sail Cape Cod’s Mission to provide “Access to All, Without Limitations” by attending their ONLY 2021 fundraiser – Brown-Forman’s “Whiskeys of the World” Whiskey Tasting & Gourmet Dinner event at 6:00pm on October 14th, 2021 at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis, MA.

10/23, 12PM – 5PM, Bands for Badges, Cape Cod Fairgrounds, Falmouth – Some of your favorite local bands get together for an all-day music festival to support our local First Responders. All ticket proceeds go directly to a fund set up at CC5 to help our heroes in need. This is a family event – so in addition to the live music there will be food, face painting, a bouncy house and more. Tickets are $35 adults, $10 for youth, and 12 and under admitted for free. This event is postponed from August – if you have tickets for that event, they’ll be honored for the new date. For more information, click here.

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2/3 – 12/30, Electric Garden of Unearthly Delights, Sandwich Glass Museum – Featured in the Hirschmann Theater, the Sandwich Glass Museum is proud to present the special exhibition, Electric Garden of Unearthly Delights by glass artist Mundy Hepburn. Mundy takes blown glass forms and fills them with rare gas mixtures such as helium, neon, argon, krypton, and xenon. He activates the gas filled glass with high frequency static electricity causing them to come alive with a kaleidoscope of swirling patterns of multicolored light. The science behind Mundy’s work is based on the same principle as television and fluorescent light. A native of Connecticut, Mundy has made a living through glass art for over thirty years. His work has been exhibited in over thirty installations, and featured in five publications. A member of the Glass Art Society, Mundy has made a name for himself with a unique style of art – luminous glass. A pioneer in this art form, Mundy combines technology with art to create a new breed of moving, living art. 

2/3 – 10/31, Contemporary Gallery: Fritz Glass, Sandwich Glass Museum – This year’s featured artist in the Contemporary Gallery is Fritz Lauenstein. He started blowing glass in 1974 at the Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. He then attended Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont and the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Massachusetts. He moved to the Cape, where his family is from, and in 1990 set up his studio in Dennis where he has been designing both functional and decorative glass. His stunning creations include a wide variety of glass objects including spectacular marbles, paperweights, perfume bottles, jewelry, vases, and bowls to name but a few. His work has been shown and sold in Museums and over 200 galleries, predominantly in the United States. 

3/10 – 10/31, In Her Voice: Influential Women in Glass, Sandwich Glass Museum – The Sandwich Glass Museum is pleased to present its 2021 Special Exhibition, In Her Voice: Influential Women in Glass. Featured are the works of 17 glass artists, who have challenged the concepts of traditional glassmaking by using innovative glass techniques or by re-imagining glass as a medium for self-expression. For more information click here.

5/29 – 10/11, Yarmouth Sand Sculpture Trail, Town-wide – This is the 10th anniversary of Yarmouth’s Sand Sculpture Trail! Celebrate all the creations along the trail, which will be ready for you to enjoy from Memorial Day until Columbus Day. Make sure to pick up a Sand Sculpture Trail map at the Yarmouth Visitor Center – they should be ready for Memorial Day weekend, and enter your selfies in the annual photo contest at

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11/19 – 12/30, The Sandwich Glass Museum’s 12th Annual Glassblowers’ Christmas – Begin your holiday festivities with the opening of the 12th Annual Glassblowers’ Christmas on November 19, through December 30 at the Sandwich Glass Museum. Each year the Museum’s Gift Store decorates multiple trees with hundreds of unique glass ornaments all handmade by local glass artists. From the traditional colorful orb to the more unusual sea creatures and animals, each artist’s creation is meticulously crafted. So whether you are looking for a new ornament for your tree or a special gift, be sure to visit the Museum’s Store. Remember, for the best selection come early and be sure to visit the Museum’s Special Exhibit: Forever in Bloom: Florals Depicted in Glass. The Sandwich Glass Museum is a magical place at the holiday season.
Reminder: The Museum is open daily from 9:30-5:00pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
Admission: $12 Adults, $2 kids 6-14, $11 Seniors, $0 Active Military, $11 Retired Military and $0 for MTA, ROAM and AAM all with card.
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11/19 – 12/30, Special Exhibit: Forever in Bloom: Florals Depicted in Glass – The Sandwich Glass Museum is pleased to present its Winter Exhibit, Forever in Bloom: Florals Depicted in Glass, as part of its 12th Annual Glassblowers’ Christmas celebration. This colorful display will brighten any winter’s day with works from the Victorian era, as well as examples from some of our local class artists. Although floral motifs were always popular, they gained momentum during the late 19th century. Keeping up with the trend, floral motifs were depicted o a wide range of items produced by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (1825-1888). Today, glass artists feature flowers in many forms. For example, Sandwich Glassmaker, David McDermott used a murrini cane to create a floral landscape for a vase inspired by the painting , Field of Flowers, by Egidio Antonaccio. The Red Poppy, which dominates the vase, was a symbol of conciliation of sleep. We hope you will join us during the holidays for an early glimpse of Spring in Forever in Bloom, which opens November 19 and into the Spring. Please check our website for additional hours and holidays: State and CDC Protocols in place. Handicap Accessible.
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