In my humble opinion, fall is the ideal time to visit Cape Cod. The air is crisp, summer traffic has abated, and what remains is the true Cape Cod: salt, sand, sea, and sky in all their glorious perfection! As innkeepers on Cape Cod we start to turn our attention inwards in the fall, preparing for the cooler weather that will no doubt follow the waning days of Indian summer.
Myriad celebrations take place at this time of year that recognize our bountiful harvest and nature’s raw beauty. It is a time to give thanks for what we have and what we can share with others. But if you need more than just an opportunity to stroll our lovely beaches in relative solitude or sample the chef’s offerings at one of our noted restaurants without waiting endlessly for a table as an excuse to plan a mid-week or weekend getaway this fall, here are 10 good reasons to shake loose from your busy lifestyle and hectic schedule and come to Cape Cod this fall.
Oct. 8 – 11: 17th Annual Cape-Wide Walking Weekend.
Walking Weekend features short walks and longer hikes led by historians, naturalists and other outdoor enthusiasts.
Oct 8-10: By the Bay Fine Art & Craft Show, Brewster, 10am-4pm
A fine art and craft show located on Rt. 6a in Brewster overlooking Cape Cod Bay
Oct 9 &10: 7th Annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration
This fun family event features juried crafters, activities for children, animal shows, cooking demonstrations, food vendors, pony and wagon rides, and much more. The highlight of the day is an opportunity to witness a working cranberry bog.
Oct. 9 -11: 30th Annual Yarmouth Seaside Festival
The Yarmouth Seaside Festival has grown into a gala event which boasts a craft fair of more than 125 crafters from all over the country, a giant parade, continual musical entertainment, high-quality children’s events, kayak and canoe race, 5K road race, greased pole contests, pie-eating contests, and fireworks display
Oct 9 -11: Plimoth Plantation’s 7th Annual Harvest Festival Weekend, Plimoth Plantation
Enjoy hands on activities and family-fun crafts across each of the museum sites. Experience themed dining events and get a feel for the importance of the Harvest season at Plimoth Plantation!
Oct 9: Mashpee’s 24th Annual Oktoberfest, Mashpee Commons, Mashpee
Craft fair, live entertainment, food, kids activities and more. On the Village Green.
Oct 9-10: 2010 Sea Glass Festival, North American Sea Glass Association, Hyannis
Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-5pm at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis.
Oct 15 & 16: Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival, Martha’s Vineyard
The 4th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival is a celebration of food and wine including local harvests from both the sea and Island farms. Enjoy wines from around the world, and foods prepared by chefs from Martha’s Vineyard and New England.
October 16 & 17: 10th Annual Wellfleet Oyster Fest
7:00 PM Daily through November: Barnstable Village’s Haunted History Tour.
Walk the historic and haunted Old Kings Highway. There are over ten stops on the tour and eight have ghost stories including Cobb’s Hill Cemetery, the 1690 “Old Jail” and Cape Cod’s most haunted building, “The House of Eleven Ghosts”.
Nov 19-21: 15th Annual America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration, Plymouth
The celebration of Thanksgiving becomes history-brought-to-life as Pilgrims, Native Americans, Soldiers, Patriots, and Pioneers proudly climb out of the history books and onto the streets of Plymouth