•  Events

  • 44th Annual Sculpture & Sandcastle Day

    July 22

    The 44th annual Sculpture and Sandcastle Day 2017 is hosted by the Nantucket Island School of Design and the Arts on July 22nd. Located at Jetties Beach east of the jetty the event invites teams that will be categorized by age groups (age of the oldest member determines the age group,) to create sand sculptures using the beauty of Nantucket Island’s costal nature. Once officially checked in a team can begin planning and constructing their masterpieces that will be later judged for awards based off: creativity, design, and concept. Judges will be local professional and visiting artists. Though not only their expertise matters, a People’s Choice Award will also be granted to the bystander’s favorite. Applications can be found with the Nantucket Island School of Design and the Arts.

  • Nantucket Dance Festival 

    July 24th - 29th

    The 10th year Nantucket Dance festival is one of the largest fundraising events for the Nantucket Atheneum. The festival is sponsored by Nantucket Chamber of Commerce member Tradewind Aviation as well as Tervis and Northern Trust. Five days of free events (July 24th-29th) will feature stars of the New York City Ballet, the Boston Ballet, and the Miami City Ballet. Week activities, that exhibit the art of dance through varying forms will culminate in two major performances July 28th and 29th at 6 PM. Tickets for the Nantucket Dance Festival will be available for sale on July 1st.

  • Nantucket by Design Show  
    June 5-11, 2017

    The Nantucket by Design Show is one of Nantucket Historical Association’s major summer fundraisers. The week of August 1st-6th creative and inspirational design is celebrated through meetings large and intimate. Opening night starts with a VIP cocktail party and is followed by nightly events to then be concluded by The New Party at the Oldest House. The evening will include: design, food, wine, cocktails, and music by the Lester Lanin Orchestra


  • Garden Club House Tour

    August 9

    For over 60 years the Nantucket Garden Club, members of the Garden Club of America Inc. have been hosting tours of different neighborhoods on the island. Participants in the club select rooms in each home that will be decorated with flowers to complement the colors and style. Since the tours are held indoors, the event is held rain or shine. This season’s tour will be held on August 9th and all proceeds made will be donated to scholarships for new high school graduates, and grants for local non-for profits. Tickets for $60 can be purchased at any of the homes in the chosen neighborhood or on Main Street.


  • Nantucket Preservation Trust August Fete

    August 10

    On August 10th from 6-8 PM The Nantucket Preservation Trusts hosts the August Fête an event that is meant to encourage the preservation of Nantucket’s historic homes. The evening will include a tour of some of the island’s architecture and neighborhoods. Then the 12th annual celebration begins under tent at the historic Mill Street, across from the pony field. Entertainment will be by the local Chuck Colley Band and will be accompanied by Spankey’s Raw Bar as well as the Nantucket Catering Company. Tickets are on sale now, come get a glimpse of Nantucket’s rich past. 

  • Boston Pops on Nantucket

    August 12

    One of the summer’s largest events is the annual Nantucket Cottage Hospital Boston Pops concert. This season will be the 21st since the event’s premier in 1997. The concert gathers thousands of people to Jetties Beach to enjoy an evening of entertainment from the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and fireworks. Special guests for this year’s event will be Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, the Beach Boys, who have recently become the first American Pop band to reach the 50-year milestone of creating and preforming music. General admission for the concert is held on the beach in a lawn seat format, prices for adults is $30 and for children, $10 (a child under the age of 5 may enter for free.) Blankets, chairs and picnics are encouraged. All the proceeds from the event fund The Nantucket Cottage Hospital and its year round service to the islands residents and visitors

  • The Nantucket Community Sailing Race Week
    August 12 - 20

    Gold-level certified of Clean Regatta by the Sailors for the Sea, The Nantucket Community Sailing Race Week is hosted by The Great Harbor Yacht Club and the Nantucket Yacht club. Nine days of regattas, award ceremonies, and parties will be held August 12th-20th. Nantucket Community Sailing is a non-profit organization that provides affordable access to all things sailing and watersports related. Race Week is open to sailors of all levels as this event is held to benefit the NCS.