•  Events

  • $10,000 Survivor Challenge
  • One Book One Island

    March 10 - 19, 2017

    Elephant Company tells the remarkable story of Lt. Col. James Howard Williams, also known as Elephant Bill, a British veteran of both world wars, who became famous during the Japanese occupation of Myanmar, known then as Burma, when his company of elephants helped refugees traverse perilous jungle terrain and bring much needed supplies.

    Williams’ relationship with elephants began in the 1920s when he joined the Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation as a forest manager and elephant wallah. An avid animal lover from a young age, Williams’ was struck by the elephant’s strength and intelligence. After a serendipitous encounter with an elephant raised by a gentler handler, Williams developed a more humane approach that stressed a symbiotic relationship.

  • $10,00 Survivor Challenge
    March 23, 2017

    SOCIAL HOUR (Cash Bar) 6 - 7 PM MAIN EVENT  7-9 PM
    Heavy Hors d'Oeuvres & Dessert

    $10,000 Grand Prize to be determined by process of elimination.  When 10 names are left to be drawn, these 10 Survivors have the opportunity to split $10,000 ten ways if totally agreed upon by all ten.  If not a unanimous decision, names will be eliminated until the remaining survivors agree to split or go for the full $10,000.  Every 25th ticket drawn wins a great door prize!
    (Must be present to win door prizes.)
    Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. $100 per ticket includes a chance to win plus one reception entrance.  Each ticket holder may purchase one $30 guest ticket (on a limited basis).  Tickets are available at the Chamber Office or from a Chamber Board member. 508-228-3643

  • 43rd Annual Nantucket Daffodil Festival

    April 28-30,2017

    Our 43rd annual Daffodil Festival Weekend promises to banish your winter “doldrums” as the island pays homage to a bold and brilliant bloom. From early April to mid-May, a plethora of daffodils encompassing every hue, shape and size burst forth across the island, adorning roadsides, gardens, and window boxes.  This beloved event is a jubilant homage to the advent of Spring, and features an Antique Car Parade & Tailgate Picnic, Children’s Beach Family Picnic, and more.  Humans and hounds “strut their stuff” for coveted awards at the wacky and whimsical Daffy Hat and Daffy Dog Parade, while little tykes star in their own procession, decorating bikes and wheeled conveyances Daffy-style. 


  • 7th Annual Nantucket Maritime Festival

    September 20th, 10 AM - 4 PM

    Nantucket's Maritime Festival at Children's Beach / Brant Point celebrates all things nautical and showcases the singular joy of living on an island. Indulge in traditional maritime activities and a wide range of free activities that appeal to all ages. From the build-your-own-boat contest to an oyster-shucking contest (watchers reap the benefits!) this delightful event sponsored by the Egan Maritime Institute--in collaboration with many local non-profit organizations--is family-friendly and great fun for all.

  • Nantucket Restaurant Week

    September 25th-October 1st, 2017

    Nantucket Restaurant Week celebrates the superlative culinary tradition found on Nantucket--exceptional cuisine, fine wine and inimitable island hospitality--a stellar combination! During this eagerly anticipated autumn event, select establishments offer inventive five-course prix fixe menus--from $35 to $45--to delight the palate. Don't miss this opportunity to dine at an old favorite or perhaps venture out and try a new venue.  Click here to view the list of participating restaurants--and links to their websites.   

  • Nantucket Conservation Foundation’s 14th Annual Cranberry Festival

    Saturday, October 7th, 11 AM – 4 PM

    Venture out to the Milestone bogs to view ;the brilliant red berries being harvested, learn about the history of cranberry farming on Nantucket, participate in a flurry of  family activities or just kick back and enjoy live music against the spectacular backdrop of one of the most stunning locations on Nantucket. Kids will enjoy the petting zoo, and all ages are captivated by the sheep-shearing demonstration and herding of the wooly pack by a savvy border collie! And it's the perfect opportunity to purchase a pound--or two--of cranberries for the holidays!

  • 2nd Annual NantucketGrown Food Festival

    October  TBD

    The island's inaugural Food Festival will showcase a unique and exciting series of events, hosted by Sustainable Nantucket in collaboration with local farmers, chefs, fishermen, brewers, beekeepers and artisanal food producers. Celebrate the bounty of the Faraway Island  with a weekend of special culinary happenings and hands-on experiences. From Sunset Scalloping, chef demos and tastings galore, and an oyster farm tour--to family cooking lessons, workshops and food-related film screenings--this event--like our bi-annual Restaurant Weeks--is sure to be a veritable nirvana for foodies.

  • Festival of Wreaths 

    November 22 & 24 – 26  
    Whaling Museum 

    This beloved event, a true Nantucket tradition, marks the Nantucket Historical Association's kick-off to the holiday season, transforming the Whaling Museum into a magical wonderland, showcasing an array of exquisite wreaths lovingly crafted by members of the Nantucket community--including local businesses, non-profit organizations, and schools. Materials run the gamut from traditional to unconventional, and each wreath is a true masterpiece. Visitors bid on their favorite creations in a silent auction to benefit the NHA's year-round outreach efforts.

  • 16th Annual Nantucket Atheneum Cold Turkey Plunge

    Children’s Beach

    10 AM Thursday, November 25

    Hundreds of spectators and swimmers--some in wacky wetsuits and festive, funky swimwear--brave the frigid waters of Nantucket Harbor on Thanksgiving morning to benefit the Weezie Library for Children. (To enhance the festivities, there's even an actual turkey mascot--bedecked in his own finery--trotting along the beach!) Individual "plungers" and teams solicit sponsors to donate to their completed "plunge." Complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and pastries are generously provided by local businesses. You won't want to miss this "theatrical" fundraiser held rain or shine at Children's Beach.

  • Annual Christmas Tree Lighting & Community Caroling

    5 PM November 24

    Nantucket Noel begins the day after Thanksgiving with the eagerly awaited Christmas Tree Lighting & Caroling ceremony. Main Street--closed to vehicular traffic--teems with  locals and visitors alike who gather in anxious expectation to chant along with our venerable Town Crier as he begins the traditional countdown. 10-9-8!  At its culmination, over 150 balsam trees magically illuminate and our central cobblestone thoroughfare is bathed in a blaze of colored lights.  The enchantment intensifies as the jubilant sound of traditional holiday carols--led by the Accidentals & Naturals a capella group--fills the air, marking the start of Nantucket Noel--a month chock full of festivities to delight one and all.

  • 44th Annual Christmas Stroll

    December 1-3

    Nantucket's Christmas Stroll Weekend is enchanting and magical--a glittering Advent calendar come to life--transforming the island into an awe-inspiring panorama of sight and sound.  Santa arrives via his nautical sleigh--with the help of the Coast Guard--and parades up Main Street to the Jared Coffin House, where he meets with children young and old to determine whether they've been naughty or nice. At the top of Main Street, the Magical Talking Tree mystifies children of all ages, and a Christmas Marketplace showcases the talents of local businesses--from foods and crafts to handmade wares and informational tables. Activities abound throughout Town, and there's even a Scavenger Hunt!  There's no time machine needed to transport yourself back to Christmases past in this Charles Dickens' backdrop come to life.  We invite you to celebrate with us!

  • Festival of Trees 

    December 2 – 24, 2016
    December 26 – 31, 2016

    A beloved holiday tradition now in its 23rd year, the Nantucket Historical Association's Festival of Trees transforms the Whaling Museum into a festive winter wonderland throughout December.  Featuring exquisitely crafted trees designed by community members, local merchants, nonprofits, artists, artisans, and schoolchildren, this enchanting homage to the holidays is one of the most anticipated--and magical--events of the season.  

  • 5th Annual Nantucket New Years Celebration

    December 30 - January 2

    We invite you to ring in the New Year on Nantucket!  Indulge in an array of fun and festal activities island-wide--from nature walks, the Festival of Trees exhibit, special menus at participating restaurants, diverse family entertainment island-wide, and more.  A lavish New Year's Eve themed ball at the Nantucket Hotel  is a glittering, wildly popular end-of-season gala, with revelers dressed to the "nines" saluting the old and ringing in the new in truly memorable fashion.  Join us in this special blend of merriment that is Nantucket New Years on the Faraway Island!

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