Things to Do This Week on Cape Cod

For the next 10 days, there is a great mix of outdoor, indoor and virtual events in which to take part on Cape Cod, with something for all ages. Now is the perfect time to get out there and do something fun!  (For information on farmers’ markets, click here.)

The National Marine Life Center’s Discovery Center is Open! – Come and enjoy a private one and half hour visit to the Marine Animal Discovery Center. During this visit, you will learn about the marine life surrounding Cape Cod and the work they do at the National Marine Life Center to rehabilitate seals and sea turtles. Each private visit is for a group of up to 6 people. This time will be filled with fun and learning including 45 minutes of guided chats and activity plus 45 minutes of free exploration time. See amazing specimens like whale vertebrae, baleen, seal pelts, turtle skulls, and the tools they use in the Marine Animal Hospital. For more information, visit

Evening Extras at Heritage – Enjoy an extended-hours experience at Heritage on Thursdays throughout the summer from 5 to 8 p.m., complete with “extra” fun! Challenge your group to a themed scavenger hunt, listen to music piped throughout the grounds, stroll through all the gorgeous gardens, play in Hidden Hollow, and visit select exhibits. Dine al fresco on a picnic, or even more convenient, purchase food and drink the Magnolia Café – including adult beverages. Themes and featured activities change weekly, so there is always something new. 

Through 8/21 Chatham Art in the Park – The Chatham Merchants Association once again presents Chatham Art in the Park. This year’s display is “Whales in the Park.” Local artists have painted large whale-shaped profiles, and they are on display on the front lawn of Kate Gould Park until Aug. 21, 2020. The works of art will be auctioned online, and 50% of each item’s sale price will go to the artist. 

Through 8/30 TD Bank Summer Concert Series – The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC) and TD Bank are partnering once again to place a spotlight on the region’s music scene with a twist. The two organizations will shift this year’s TD Bank Summer Concert Series to an online program. The series has traditionally been held at outdoor venues across Cape Cod. Due to the pandemic, the performances will be live streamed virtually on the AFCC’s Facebook page. For a list of scheduled performances, visit

7/30 43rd Outdoor Antiques Show – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Eastham 1869 Schoolhouse Museum. Twenty-three quality dealers from across the Cape and throughout New England will present a wide array of 18th, 19th, and early 20th century antiques. Admission is just $5, children under 18 will be admitted free. Proceeds benefit the Eastham Historical Society’s ongoing programs as well as the running of The Schoolhouse Museum and Swift-Daley House. 

8/1 19th Annual Fishermen’s Alliance VIRTUAL Hooker’s Ball – Tickets are on sale now for this year’s virtual event. The theme this year – “Show Us Your MUSSELS!” Watch the livestream and bid on some auction items, or upgrade your experience with a “Ball in a Box” – two levels to choose from. For more information, visit

8/1 Yarmouth Drive-in on Cape Cod Presents Ripe in Concert – Live music is back! The Yarmouth Drive-in on Cape Cod will present rock band Ripe in concert Saturday, Aug. 1. The Boston-based band will perform live to a crowd gathered in more than 450 cars, all safely able to socially distance from one another. Each ticket will cover one car with up to four people in it, with the option to add additional passengers. Tickets are on sale now and available at

8/3 Filmmakers’ Collaborative Summer Filmmaking Program – A popular filmmaking summer program returns to Cape Cod for middle school students at the Cape Cod Community Media Center (CCCMC) the week of Aug. 3. Presented as part of the FC Academy by Filmmakers Collaborative, the class will take students through the entire filmmaking process, ending the week having produced their own short film. All of the classes are taught by professional filmmakers. In addition to the in person socially distant classes, the FC Academy is offering a number of online classes providing the opportunity for students to learn critical filmmaking skills from home.

8/6 EforAll Cape Cod Virtual Ideas Contest – 6:30 p.m. EforAll Cape Cod is hosting a Virtual Pitch Contest via Zoom. It’s free to attend as an audience member. Applicants have 2 1/2 minutes to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges (a la Shark Tank) to try to win some startup money (top prize is $1,000). 

8/7 TeleTavola Virtual Concert and Fundraiser – 7 p.m. In place of its Italian feast under the tent at Mashpee Commons, the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce will present a virtual La Tavola-themed concert featuring Italian Tenor Aaron Caruso. The event will stream live and is free for all to view. Donations will benefit the Mashpee Chamber Scholarship Fund, Shop Local Campaign, and support local businesses. 

8/8 Virtual Comedy Night with Jeff Shaw – Please join us for an evening of laughs with comedian Jeff Shaw via Zoom from the comfort of your home from 7 to 8 p.m. Over the past three decades, Shaw has performed nearly 9,000 shows across North America and the Caribbean, including a residency in Las Vegas. In 2009, Jeff helped launch the Punchliner Comedy Club chain for Carnival Cruise Lines. He has been featured on Comedy Central, America’s Got Talent, and SiriusXM Radio. Hosted by Cape Cod Synagogue. Tickets cost $20 each. 







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