Nantucket Calendar of Events
From early April to mid-May, over three million daffodils of every color, shape and size will bloom on Nantucket. This blossoming, and the arrival of spring itself, is the focal point of celebration during Daffodil Festival Weekend. This year the festival will take place over the weekend of April 25-27. The Festival's grand event is the Antique Car Parade, which features more than 100 antique cars (decorated with daffodils, of course!) After winding through town and across the island to the charming village of Siasconset, participants join residents and visitors for the Daffodil Tailgate Picnic. This “Nantucket-Style” tailgate picnic showcases traditional New England fare ranging from gourmet meals served on fine china to boxed lunches and burgers.
Other Daffodil Festival Weekend highlights include the Nantucket Garden Club's Daffodil Show, The Annual Daffy Dog Parade, Children's Daffodil Parade, and The Daffy Hat Pageant. Click here for packages.
Nantucket Wine Festival, May 14-18, 2014
Providing a perfect excuse for wine lovers to head to Nantucket, the annual island Wine Festival is a multi-faceted exploration of food and wine. For more than sixteen years, Nantucket has played host to over 100 wineriesof international acclaim with a weekend filled with special events, including celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, seminars, a special charity gala, and auctions. Click here for packages.
Figawi Race Weekend, May 24-26, 2014
Recognized as a top sailing event in the Northeast (and around the World), the annual Figawi Race Weekend is considered to be the official kick off to the Nantucket summer season among the sailing community. Thousands of sailing lovers and visitors from all over the country make this event a fun weekend to enjoy Nantucket.
Nantucket Film Festival, June 25-30, 2014
The Nantucket Film Festival takes place over five days in June and has become a prestigious annual event within the international film community. Screening over 50 films of all genres, the Nantucket Film Festival draws 10,000 or more attendees, screenwriters, producers, agents, and movie stars each year.
Nantucket Book Festival, June 20-22, 2014
Nantucket has a storied literary culture indeed and we feel the time has come to celebrate and share it. This year we're drawing upon the talents of some of America's finest writers, together with the amazing people of our island, to create a multi-day cultural event celebrating the rich literary resources of Nantucket's past, present, and future. We will instill a renewed enthusiasm for books in our culture, connect authors and readers, encourage a love of reading and writing among young people, and celebrate Nantucket Island as an oasis and haven for the literary arts.
Independence Day Fireworks , July 4, 2014
Every July Fourth, Jetties Beach on Nantucket is the place to be to view spectacular fireworks.
Nantucket Yoga Festival, July 11-13, 2014
Nantucket Comedy Festival, July 16-19, 2014
This festive event brings great comedy to Nantucket while supporting local charities. Hosted by Kevin Flynn and other notable comedians.
Boston Pops, August 9, 2014
Every August, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops host a concert on Nantucket's Jetties Beach for an evening of music under the stars to benefit the Nantucket Cottage Hospital.
We suggest you book your accommodations early since this is one of the most popular events of the season.
Nantucket Race Week, August 9-17, 2014
Nantucket Race Week is an eight-day event that brings the entire Nantucket community together in an exciting week of regattas, award ceremonies, and parties. Perfect for all ages, this annual race provides fun and sport for all sailing levels.
Big Game Battle, August 14-17, 2014
“The Big Game Battle” is an invitational fishing tournament held in August on Nantucket for the past 12 years. Started by a group of “weekend warriors” looking for another excuse to spend time fishing on the water and participating in Nantucket's festivities, this event is now over eight years old and guarantees fun and excitement when fishing on island.
Opera House Cup Regatta, August 17, 2014
The Opera House Cup Regatta is a cherished tradition held on the third Sunday of August on Nantucket. This Regatta was the first all-wooden, single-hulled classic boat race on the East Coast, and, as a result, it attracts some of the finest sailboats in the country.
Christmas Stroll, December 5-7, 2014
Nantucket is particularly enchanting during the holiday season when New England's finest traditions come alive for the Annual Christmas Stroll weekend, which is part of Nantucket Noel a month-long celebration organized by the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce. Christmas Stroll weekend is a community holiday celebration attracting visitors from around the world. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on the island via a Coast Guard vessel and ride up Main Street in a horse-drawn carriage accompanied by the Town Crier. Carolers in Victorian costumes, bell ringers, student choirs, and other musicians perform on the Main Street stage as well as stroll through town performing; all the while visitors can enjoy Nantucket's unique shops and restaurants. The White Elephant Hotel, White Elephant Village and Jared Coffin are open.