Events are (Slowly and Cautiously) Beginning to Return to Cape Cod


While restaurants and other businesses are slowly testing the waters of reopening here on Cape Cod, events are beginning to return. While a return to the carefree days of crowding into an event may be gone for the now, there are still ways to get out of the house and safely enjoy this amazing weather. Heritage Museum is opening its beautiful gardens to the public, libraries are adapting to accommodate outdoor experiences, and farmers’ markets are starting back up in a limited capacity. (For information on farmers’ markets, click here.)

5/28 ALS Trivia Night – Join us at 7:30 p.m. for a fun night of online trivia that allows you to connect, interact, and give back while practicing social distancing! Hosted by The Susie Foundation, we join a group of dedicated ALS organizations working together to raise funds for ALS. Test your trivia knowledge while connecting with friends to enjoy a memorable night and help patients and families living with ALS. Please consider joining this fun event with a $15 donation. It’s a fun time for individuals, couples, or families!

5/29 Last Calls for Art/Online Classes – Friday is the last call for art at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, including INTERRUPTED (artwork from teens) and UPLIFTING ART (tall art for the elevator doors in the education wing). Also, online course offerings include plein air painting and sketching, introduction to drawing, and cooking with Chef Joe. These classes include curbside pickup of the dish that’s been prepared. Visit for more information.

5/30 Heritage Museum Outdoor Gardens Open – Heritage Museum and Gardens announces its 2020 season opening! Although all displays are not yet open to the public, the following locations and services will be open and available: all gardens, including The McGraw Family Garden of the Senses; Flume Fountain; Herb Garden; Cape Cod Hydrangea Society Display Garden; North American Hydrangea Test Garden; Sundial Garden; Hart Family Maze Garden; Labyrinth; Parade Field; Dexter Rhododendron Display Garden; McInnes Garden; nature trails; The Magnolia Café (for water, soda and snacks); and transport for those with disabilities or needing assistance. Restrooms are located near the entrance and at the café. Portable restrooms are located near the back of the property. Tickets must be purchased online. For tickets and more information, visit

5/31 Feet, Fins, & Flippers 5K – This is the last day for the National Marine Life Center virtual race, so run wherever and whenever you like before the end of the day. Upload your time with an approved timing app, and your T-shirt will be mailed after the event, or you can arrange for a contact-free pickup (which will include a water bottle) at HQ in Buzzards Bay. Visit for more information.

6/3 Storywalks at Sturgis Library – Beginning June 3 and continuing each Wednesday through Aug. 26, Sturgis Library will host an outdoor reading experience. Each week, a children’s book will be deconstructed and the pages of the book will be placed on wooden stakes around the library grounds. Follow the trail, and enjoy a story in the great outdoors. At the end of the Storywalk, grab a to-go bag of craft supplies and instructions for kids something at home. 3090 Main St., Barnstable.

6/4 “Step Outside”: Online Plein Air Painting Workshop – This class meets online on Zoom from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Class confirmation email will contain the Zoom class link. This online class, by the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, will provide tips for sketching and painting from life whether you are outdoors or by your window looking out. Betsy will begin the workshop with a pastel painting demo, sharing pointers for setting up on location and narrowing the field of vision, choosing a composition for a painting, and translating the light on the scene into values.


About Ann Luongo

Ann Luongo is the Marketing Writer and Lifestyle Reporter for, and has been writing for Cape Cod and South Shore publications for over 15 years.
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