43rd Annual Nantucket Daffodil Festival
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.
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The 21st annual Nantucket Wine Festival is the ultimate event for foodies and oenophiles. For 2017 this extremely popular festival will feature over 100 internationally acclaimed wineries and special celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, seminars, auctions and charitable celebrations. Come enjoy a Harbor Gala, Culinary Marketplaces Grand Tastings and a special Wine Dinner!
The 46th Annual Figawi Race Weekend is recognized as a top sailing event not only on the east coast but is known nationally as well as internationally.
Figawi Race Weekend kicks off the Cape Nantucket summer season. Entries include over 200 sailboats ranging families promoting the sport of sailing to competitive sailors alike bringing three
thousand sailors and visitors hailing from all over the country and including the Caribbean as well as locals.
Spring Restaurant Week
Join us for Nantucket Restaurant Week, , a celebration of the superlative culinary tradition found in Nantucket. experience exceptional food, wine and Nantucket's hospitality in many of the island's acclaimed culinary establishments.
Each Spring and Fall participating restaurants will be offering three-five course dinners from $35 t0 $45. It is the perfect opportunity to taste something new or dine with an old favorite.
Nantucket Film Festival
June 21-26, 2017
NFF has become one of the premiere destination film festivals in the world. Visitors come from all over to experience our preview screenings, signature programs, and stand out hospitality on a magical island rich with history, a friendly atmosphere, and beautiful sandy beaches.
Join us for the 22nd edition of the Nantucket Film Festival, June 21-26, 2017
This annual reading of the Declaration of Independence kicks off Nantucket's celebration of Independence Day at the historic 1809 Unitarian Meeting House just off Main St. in the center of town. Children are invited to sign a replica of the Declaration; and a
have a chance to ring in the 4th on the 1815 Portuguese bell. Listen for the sound of the trumpets playing Reveille announcing that the Fourth of July Main Street Festivities are ready to start at 10:00 am. Dunk Tank, Watermelon Eating Contests, Face Painting,
Pie-Eating Contests, Matt Fee Tea Toss, Puppet Shows, Bike Decorating & The Water Fight. Come to Children's Beach for traditional games, including tug-o-war, 3-legged race, sack race, and more.
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 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
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.
November 22 & 24 – 26
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
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
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!
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.
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!