2018 Nantucket Festivals and Events Calendar

Looking for something to do this weekend? Nantucket is packed with festivals nearly year-round. Here’s a list of the can’t-miss events you can enjoy with friends, family, and visitors to the island.

Nantucket Daffodil Festival

April 27-29, 2018

Don’t miss late April’s Nantucket Daffodil Festival. Since the 1970s, this event has celebrated spring and acknowledged daffodils as part of Nantucket history. This three-day family-friendly celebration includes art shows, tours, an antique car parade, a tailgate picnic, garden exhibitions, contests, and more.

Nantucket Wine & Food Festival

May 16-20, 2018

Over 21 years, the famous Nantucket Wine & Food festival has become one of the nation’s top wine and food events. Enjoy a 5-day food and libation celebration with more than 50 individual events. Winemakers from around the world bring samples to share, and professional chefs prepare dishes from Nantucket and far beyond.

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Memorial Day Weekend/Figawi Regatta

May 26-28, 2018

Kick off summer with the famous Figawi Regatta, a Memorial Day weekend tradition on Nantucket. The multi-day event includes music, dining, a regatta ball, and a silent auction and raffle for charity.

Nantucket Spring Restaurant Week

June 4 - 10, 2018

Nantucket Restaurant Week is a celebration of Nantucket famous culinary art. Every Spring and Fall participating Nantucket restaurants will be offering three-course dinners menu for a fixed price. It is the perfect opportunity to taste something new or to dine with an old favorite. 

Sam Sylvia Pro-Am Golf Tournament

June 10-12, 2018

Sam Sylvia Pro Am Golf Tournament is a two-day event which starts on Sunday at the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club. The party offers exciting live and silent auctions accompanied by cocktails and appetizers. The golf tournament will be held on Monday morning at Sankaty Head Golf Club, followed by luncheon.

Nantucket Book Festival

June 15-17, 2018

Celebrate the authors and readers of Nantucket with this book-lover’s festival. The multi-day event includes talks, panel discussions, book fairs, and parties for people who love Nantucket books or want to learn more about them. Most events are free and within easy walking distance of local ferries.

Nantucket Film Festival

June 20-25, 2018

Support independent filmmaking in Nantucket by attending this movie-lovers’ festival. For more than 20 years, the NFF has promoted awareness of independent films and their impact on Nantucket. Learn more about screenwriting, filmmaking as an art form, and some of the genre’s best storytellers.

July 4th Parade on Main Street

July 4, 2018

Independence Day starts with traditional Main Street activities at 10 a.m., building to the famous water fight between fire departments. Children’s potato sack races, three-legged races, wheelbarrow races, and a tug of war commence at 5 p.m., and don’t miss the Balloon Wizard. Music starts at 6 p.m.

Independence Day Fireworks

July 5, 2018

There’s nothing like seeing the annual fireworks on Nantucket. Join the crowd at Jetties Beach and see the fireworks burst from a beachside barge. This popular event comes with special ferry times and traffic patterns, so check the website before you head out to the show.

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Nantucket Yoga Festival

July 6-8, 2018

Yoga instructors and other wellness experts come together to celebrate the impact of yoga on a healthy lifestyle. Take workshops and classes, meet health experts, and enjoy a spirit of positivity.

Nantucket Comedy Festival

July 11-14, 2018

Every year, the Nantucket Comedy Festival brings world-class laughs to the island for four straight days. This year, see big names like Steven Wright and Ron “Tater Salad” White, plus the Ladies’ Night Comedy Show and a kids’ fundraising comedy event.

Nantucket Garden Festival

July 17-19, 2018

Now in its 10th year, the Nantucket Garden Festival highlights the beautiful gardens of Nantucket, with a focus on conservation, sustainability, and education. Attend the opening night soirée, join workshops, tour gardens, and enjoy local blooms as part of Nantucket’s three-day garden party. 

Nantucket Triathlon

July 14, 2018

It’s a famous race, but it’s also a celebration of the natural resources and community spirit that Nantucket has to offer. This triathlon has a main event for serious runners, plus kids’ and family events.

The Nantucket Art and Artisan Show

July 19-22, 2018

Since 1991, the Nantucket Art & Artisan Show brings together over 60 nationally and locally recognized artisans. The show features a surprising selection of pottery, jewelry, textiles, carvings, handcrafted furniture, folk art, and many one-of-a-kind masterworks created by today’s most celebrated artisans and crafts people

45th Sculpture and Sandcastle Day 2018

July 21, 2018

Bring your family and explore your own creativity building a sand sculpture on Jetties Beach. Island and visiting professional artists will evaluate castle building's based on your creativity and design. 

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Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival

July 23-28, 2018

Celebrate dance with the Atheneum Dance Festival, where stars perform and you have the opportunity to meet them. Enjoy films, classes, and workshops during the entire event, and professional performances July 27 and 28.

Nantucket by Design Show

August 1 - August 4, 2018

Join this wonderful and inspirational five-day design event. There will be informative lectures, antique shows and cocktail party. 

Garden Club House Tour

August 8, 2018

Do you like gardening? Don't miss  your chance to participate in  Art And Blooms Gallery Walk. The Nantucket Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club of America. Get unique knowledge and inspiration with love of gardening, plants, flowers, and horticulture, contribute to the beauty of Nantucket, and support conservation initiatives that protect the island's and historic environment.

Nantucket Preservation Trust August Fete

August 9, 2018

This beautiful island summer event will give you an opportunity to celebrate Nantucket’s architecture and neighborhoods. Tour through historic houses and attend welcoming tented reception with food by  Nantucket Catering Company and Spanky’s Raw Bar, live music by the Chuck Colley Band.  

Boston Pops on Nantucket

August 11, 2018

A highlight of late summer in Nantucket, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra performs live at Jetties Beach. Tickets go on sale in July and children under 5 years of age can attend for free. Bring a blanket and beach chairs. This is a charitable event and 100% of proceeds benefit the Nantucket Cottage Hospital.

Nantucket Race Week/Opera House Cup

August 19, 2018

Nine days of Nantucket regattas, parties, and award ceremonies are kicked off on opening day, August 19. The entire island community comes together for this legendary celebration, and the boat races that welcomes sailors at every level.

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Nantucket Island Fair

September 15-16, 2018

Stop by the Nantucket Island Fair for food, music, arts, animals, contests, and all kinds of family-friendly entertainment - including the ever-popular dog show. Cost is $15/car or $5 for walkers and bikers.

Maritime Festival

September 29, 2018

Nantucket’s seafaring heritage is the focus of the Maritime Festival, where the coastal community comes together for boat races, harpoon throwing, line tossing, sea shanties, harbor cruises, and other seaside celebrations for people of all ages.

Nantucket Fall Restaurant Week

September 24 - 30, 2018

The Fall Restaurant Week on Nantucket is one of the favorite weeks on the island. The best restaurants are usually booked ahead of time with locals and visitors who enjoy great food for a fixed price. 

Nantucket Cranberry Festival

October 6, 2018

If you’re not familiar with Nantucket’s cranberry farming history, join this festival for a delicious lesson. See berries being harvested, participate in family-friendly activities, enjoy live music, and bask in Nantucket’s beautiful autumn scenery during the festival.

NantucketGrown Food Festival

October 12-14, 2018

This health-focused event brings together the fruits, vegetables, seafood, meats, and other foods of Nantucket. Enjoy the flavor of the island and learn more about nutritious, sustainable agriculture.

Halloween Parade

October 31, 2018

Adults and children alike enjoy the annual Halloween Parade on Nantucket. Dress up in costume and join the family-friendly fun.

Festival of Wreaths

November 21-25, 2018

Community businesses and organizations come together for this joyful celebration of wreaths. See wreaths from traditional to unconventional, and celebrate the start of the holiday season.

Cold Turkey Plunge

November 22
Brave the cold in the annual Cold Turkey Plunge, a fundraiser for the Weezie Library for Children. Don’t worry, you don’t have to get wet. Spectators are welcome.

Tree Lighting and Community Caroling

November 23, 2018

A Nantucket tradition. See the tree lighting and enjoy the holiday spirit downtown. Community carolers fill the streets with the sounds of the season.

Nantucket Christmas Stroll

First weekend in December

Get ready for Christmas with Nantucket’s original Christmas Stroll, sponsored by the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce. Step back into the past with Nantucket traditions and historic downtown decorated for the season. During the stroll, costumed carolers and bell ringers fill the town with old-fashioned holiday spirit.

Need more information about the year-round highlights of Nantucket? Contact Nantucket Broker, and we’ll be glad to help. If you are planning on visiting the island to take in one of our festivals we invite you browse our large inventory of beautiful rental homes. Download the our guide to why renting a vacation home is more advantageous than staying at a hotel.

Nantucket Festival of Trees

December 1-31, 2018

The Festival of Trees is one of the most beautiful Nantucket holiday tradition that begins during Nantucket’s Stroll weekend and lasts until New Year's Eve. Whaling Museum turns into a magic of winter spirit. The Festival of Trees brings local merchants, nonprofit organizations, artists and children together showing their creativity decorating trees.

Nantucket Red Ticket Drawing

December 24, 2018

Nantucket residents, visitors and charities have been collecting red tickets by receiving  one ticket for every $25 spent with over 80 participating local businesses. The evening before Christmas bring participants together on Main Street to try their luck and see who will win one of cash prizes. There are five $1000 prizes and one $5000 prize that will be awarded to 6 lucky ticket holders.

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