Upcoming Cape Cod Events for the Whole Family


As the holidays approach, there are more fun events than ever coming down the road here on the Cape – from food drives and festivals to art exhibits and opportunities to commune with nature. Here is the most recent list of activities – perfect for the whole family. 

The American Red Cross seeks nominations for its Hero’s Breakfast – Each year, the Red Cross accepts nominations from the public for recognition of people who go above and beyond in service to others, exemplifying the spirit of our own mission. These heroes are honored in recognition of their good works on April 3, 2020, at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis. Nominations will be accepted until 11/22.

Art on Two Wheels – This event runs through Nov. 24. There will be a closing party on 11/23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, S. Yarmouth. 

10th Annual Glassblowers’ Christmas and Special Exhibit: Made in Snow –The Sandwich Glass Museum is pleased to present “Made In Snow”, a winter-themed exhibit focusing on all things snow-related. Highlighted from the Museum’s collection are hand-decorated glass winter landscapes made by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company, snowscape paintings by local artists, historic photographs of Sandwich knee-deep in snow, as well as whimsical snow globes and contemporary glass by the region’s most talented glass artists reflecting the season’s favorite precipitation. This event runs through 12/30.

11/20 Wine Tasting to Benefit the MSPCA Cape Cod – This annual wine tasting will benefit homeless animals and pet owners in need of assistance on Cape Cod. Come sample fine wines generously provided by Cotuit Liquors. Enjoy delicious appetizers and peruse our silent auction. 6 to 8 p.m., Cape Codder Resort, JFK Ballroom, 1225 Iyannough Rd Suite #1, Hyannis.

11/23 America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade – Hundreds of thousands of people have traveled to historic Plymouth to experience a bounty of authentic Americana. The celebration of Thanksgiving becomes history-brought-to-life as Pilgrims, Native Americans, Soldiers, Patriots and Pioneers proudly climb out of the history books and onto the streets. The event, through Performing Arts Consultants, has recently added adjudication and awards to the parade.  Opening ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. at Cole’s Hill on Water Street in Plymouth.

11/23 Eastham Turnip Festival – 16th Annual Eastham Turnip Festival will be held at Nauset High School, 100 Cable Road, North Eastham. Turnip fun for all ages. FREE admission. Turnip Cook-Off and food sampling, Turnip Shuck-Off (who can peel a turnip the fastest?), guess the weight of the Enormous Turnip, live bluegrass music with Higher Ground String Band, free henna body art (turnip designs an option, of course). Stroll through the Harvest Marketplace: locally grown produce, locally designed handcrafts, local book authors and of course Eastham Turnips for sale. Ocean 104.7’s own Dave Read will be at the Shuck Off at 2 p.m.

11/23 Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame Induction – The 2019 Cape League Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, November 23 at the Wequassett Resort.  This year’s honorees include former CCBL Commissioner Paul Galop, current Yarmouth-Dennis field manager Scott Pickler, Umpire in Chief Nick Zibelli, current major leaguers Conor Gillaspie, Kyle Schwarber and Chase Utley and former standout hurlers Chris Overman and Shaun Seibert. For tickets, contact [email protected].

11/23-11/24 15th Annual Turkey Shootout and Food Pantry Drive – Join in for a great cause! A portion of every entry fee will be donated to Create the Good Charity, serving families of Dennis and Yarmouth. An additional donation of canned goods would be greatly appreciated! Shot gun start at 10 a.m., entry fee is $40 ($20 for members). Format:4 Person Bramble. Optional Team Skins: $40 per Team. Closest to the Pin wins a Turkey on every hole! Blue Rock Golf Course, 48 Todd Road, South Yarmouth.

11/24-12/14 Spectacle of Trees – Spectacle of Trees is a such a festive way to help local non-profit organizations during the holiday season! Creatively decorated and lavishly endowed trees are put on display at the Cape Cod Mall in an organized opportunity drawing. Cape Cod Mall – outside Ten Pin Eatery and near Santa’s Village, 769 Iyannough Road, Hyannis. This event is free. There will be a VIP kickoff party on 11/25 from 6 yo 8 p.m. at Ten Pin Eatery’s 99.9 The Q VIP Room.

11/24 Pet Photos with Santa – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Agway of Cape Cod, S. Dennis. Have your family pet’s photo taken by a local photographer with Santa for just a $10 donation (cash only) to benefit the MSPCA in Centerville. The price includes a digital download of your photo (perfect for creating holiday cards). 

11/27 Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument – 6 p.m. at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum. The Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument, which celebrates the Pilgrims’ First Landing in the New World in Provincetown on November 11, 1620, is one of Cape Cod’s most beautiful traditions and one that is supported by PMPM’s members and friends. This year’s lighting officially kicks off the one year countdown until Provincetown 400’s spectacular fireworks show, which commemorates the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ First Landing in 1620 and the extensive history and culture of the Wampanoag people.

11/29-12/29 Gardens Aglow – Join us for the celebration of lights that has become a treasured holiday tradition. In addition to the beautiful light displays throughout the gardens, the event features extensive indoor holiday décor and numerous activities around the grounds and galleries. Visit Santa Claus in the 1913 Model T Ford. View a stunning model train display and create a mural on our Giant Lite-Brite. People of all ages can take a spin (or two) on the vintage carousel and roast marshmallows together at the fire pits. Stroll the gardens with family and friends, and enjoy Heritage in a whole new light.

11/29 The Golden Gays NYC Christmas Tour 2019 Provincetown – Hilarious drag trio The Golden Gays NYC brings their “Golden Girls Thank Yule for Being a Friend Tour” musical revue to The Pilgrim House, 336 Commercial St., Provincetown, at 7 p.m. In 2019 GGNYC played Rochester, NY, with Kasha Davis and Aggy Dune, and premiered their musical game show, The Golden Games, during the summer of 2019, including on the maiden voyage of VACAYA’s Provincetown Cruise. This is a holiday show not to be missed!

11/29-12/1 Harvest Splash Open House & Stuff-A-Truck for Turtles – National Marine Life Center, 120 Main St., Buzzards Bay. In thanks for your support of this event, we are offering free admission for this Splash! Donations are gratefully accepted. All donations will help us care for stranded sea turtles. Please see our wish list of greatly-needed items for the truck at nmlc.org/2019/11/harvest-splash-stuff-a-truck-for-turtles/.

11/30 Lighting of the Lobster Pot Tree – 5:30 p.m., Lopes Square, Provincetown. The tree frame consists of over 100 lobster pots. The tree trimmings include approximately 120 bows, 3,400 LED lights, plastic lobsters and buoys. This unique holiday tree was featured in the Smithsonian Magazine’s article, “Seven Places Reinventing The Christmas Tree.” If you can’t make it the weekend of the lighting, the tree will be lit through January 2020.

11/30-12/23 The Train to Christmas Town – Feel the holiday magic in the air the moment you arrive! Have your official Train to Christmas Town ticket ready to be punched by the conductor as you board our real working train. The music begins as we depart the station and you’ll be clapping along to our peppy theme song. Meet other book characters like Bumblebee the cuddly polar bear and the postman delivering letters to Santa. Elves will be dancing in the aisles leading sing-alongs of favorite Christmas songs. When you hear the “Chocolate Christmas” song begin to play you’ll know it’s time for cookies and hot chocolate to be served. Buzzards Bay Depot, 70 Main St., Buzzards Bay.

You might also be interested in the following events:

Nov-March – Indoor winter golf lessons at Blue Rock Golf Course, S. Yarmouth 

Through 11/23 To Kill A Mocking Bird – Eventide Arts Theater (inside Dennis Union Church), 713 Main St., Route 6A, Dennis

Through 11/24 Miracle on 34th Street, Barnstable Comedy Club, 3171 Route 6A, Barnstable

Through 11/24 She Loves Me, Falmouth Theatre Guild,  60 Highfield Drive, Falmouth 

Through 12/8 Something Rotten – Cape Rep Theatre, 3299 Route 6, Brewster

11/20 STEAM Program – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Hyannis Public Library

11/20 “Wicked Pissed: New England’s Most Famour Feuds” – 6:30 p.m., Hyannis Public Library

11/22 Alzheimer’s Dinner Plate Party – 4 p.m., Cotuit Center for the Arts

11/23 The 29th Annual Holiday Faire from Waldorf School of Cape Cod – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Barnabas, Main Street, Falmouth

11/23 Harwich Conservation Trust Turkey Walk & Talk – 10 to 11:30 a.m., Hawksnest State park, Harwich

11/26-12/19 Dr. Doolittle: The Musical – Matinees and evening shows available, Cotuit Center for the Arts

11/27 Center for Coastal Studies 9th Annual Winter Lecture Series – 7 p.m., Napi’s Restaurant, 7 Freeman St., Provincetown

About Ann Luongo

Ann Luongo has been writing for Cape Cod and South Shore publications for over 15 years.

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