Yarmouth Seaside Festival Returns for Its 41st Year

YARMOUTH – The Yarmouth Seaside Festival is coming back just in time for Columbus Day weekend, celebrating the 41st year of the festival.

Having grown into a major event over the decades, the Yarmouth Seaside Festival features a craft fair of more than 125 craters from across the country, a kayak and canoe race, a 5 k road race, children’s events and entertainment, a fireworks display, and much more.

The festival is the result of hard work and dedication of a small volunteer committee led by founder Jan Butler, who formed the committee and started the festival in 1978.

The committee is responsible for popularizing the event among Yarmouth residents and Cape Coders as a whole.  

“I was attending the Harwich Cranberry Harvest Festival with my children and it dawned on me that Harwich had some celebration, Bourne had a celebration, Wellfleet had a celebration, and Yarmouth didn’t,” Butler explained.

“I’m proud to say that I still have people on my committee who were there the first couple of years.”

Other highlights of the event include a bonfire at Bass River Beach, a Mad Science Show, and a Sand Sculpture contest with the theme of “American Patriotic Pride.”

The festival is set to take place over Columbus Day weekend, Friday, October 12th through Monday, October 14th.

For a full schedule of events, visit Yarmouthseasidefestival.com.

About Luke Leitner

Luke Leitner grew up in Watertown Massachusetts and now lives in West Yarmouth on the Cape. He has been a part of the news team in the CapeCod.com News Center since the spring of 2019. He studied business communications at Western New England University.

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