Fall Family Fun on Cape Cod & Beyond! By: Brianna Cape Cod Moms Team Member
It's back! Our annual list of events, festivals, and places to visit on Cape Cod and the surrounding area to celebrate the season! Many options are off Cape, but worth the drive, as options are limited here.
Events by date:
Harwich Cranberry FestivalSaturday and Sunday, September 15 & 16 Arts, Crafts, Music and Food. NEW LOCATION, Behind the Harwich Community Center Harwich Center.www.harwichcranberryfestival.org Saturday: Crafts Fair, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Food Vendors 9:00AM-8:00PM CranJam Music Festival, 12:30 – 8:00 PM FIREWORKS… 8:00 PM
Cider Fest Saturday September 22nd 2-4pm Ring Bros Market, Dennis Join us as we celebrate Fall with samples of hard apple ciders & apple treats!
Celebrate Our Waters: Family Fun TentSaturday, September 22 10am-3pm Rock Harbor, Orleans. Don't miss these free, fun-for-all activities! - "Sharktivities!" for kids with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy - “Captain Awesome” with microscopes and plankton educational activities - Make your own fish print T-shirt using frozen bycatch - yucky & fun! - Discover Cape Cod Eco-Tales with Heidi Clemmer - Meet the Turtle Sisters with Susan Baur - A Lifeguard’s Job is Keeping You Safe with a Nauset Lifeguard - Nature art with Mary Richmond - Science fun with Lucy Gilmore of the Cape Cod Children’s Place - Hop on board and explore the motor lifeboat CG36500 - Filter ocean water - activity with “Krill” Carson - Can you recognize Cape Cod Frogs? - Pick up your “Geocaching” map at the Tent and explore around Town - Yummy ice cream and food trucks - Sand sculpture contest (starts at 3 pm at Rock Harbor)
Fall Harvest Festival at the Cape Cod FairgroundsSaturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23. Rte 151, East Falmouth, MA/Free Parking
Come browse our extensive arts and crafts marketplace. Give the kids a thrill on our amusement rides. Check out all the farm animals, and our horse show. Take in our agricultural exhibits. Don’t miss our pony rides and trolley hayrides. And of course, enjoy seasonal treats!
The gates open each day at 10am and the fun lasts all day until 4pm. The Harvest Festival - it’s everything you love about fall in one place!
The Harvest Festival will also be the host to the 6th Annual Cape Cod Comedy Festival on Saturday night! Doors open at 5 and the laughs starts at 7PM! A portion of each ticket sale is donated to the Barnstable County Agricultural Society, Inc. Scholarship Program Tickets for the comedy festival can be purchased at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3556236
ADMISSION: $7 Adults/$3 Kids ages 6-11/Kids 5 and under: FREE $6 Senior/Military discount available
Cape Cod Cranberry Day Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 11:00am to 4:00pm Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen, 6 Discovery Hill Road (off Route 6A), East Sandwich, MA 02537 Green Briar celebrates this native cranberry so prominent in the history of Cape Cod. See cooking demonstrations in the historic Jam Kitchen using traditional cranberry recipes. Enjoy a homemade cranberry dessert for a $5 fee served from 11am-4pm. Tour a neighboring cranberry bog at 11am and 1:15pm. Listen to "A Frog in the Bog" story time at 12pm. View the gallery exhibit featuring the life and works of children's author/naturalist Thornton W. Burgess.
Mashpee OktoberfestSaturday, September 29, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm Mashpee’s Annual Oktoberfest on the Village Green (across from the Mashpee Library)! The day long celebration includes authentic German music, a beer garden, kids' activities and exhibits by local crafters & restaurants. Rain Date: Sunday September 30; 11 am to 4 pm. This event is sponsored by the Mashpee Recreation Department For more info:email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Love Live Local FestSunday September 30th 11am-6pm Aselton Park, Hyannis The 6th season of our free and fun-for-all-ages event continues! The Cape may slow down in September, but LoveLocal Fest shows no signs of stopping! Same great vibe, tons of local vendors, food and beverage purveyors, kids' activities, and music from local bands Chantal Joseph and Bittersweet Band Cape Cod, all while enjoying the beautiful views of Hyannis Harbor.
Theme Park Open: Not So Spooky HalloweenMonday, October 1, 2018 - 10:00am to Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 10:00am Edaville Family Theme Park, 5 Pine St, Carver, MA 02330 Hours: 10:00AM - 6:00PM Come RIDE, ROAR, and EXPLORE at the exciting world of Edaville! With 3 PARKS IN 1, you can ride through Cran-Central, roar throughout Dino Land, and explore with Thomas & Friends through the magical Island of Sodor! Admission includes all rides & attractions. Not So Spooky Halloween
Jack o Lantern Spectacular October 4th-Noevember 4th (Daily) @ Rodger Williams Zoo Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, presented by Citizens Bank, at Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village is celebrating 30 years of Halloween magic. Called EXTRAORDINARY by both CNN and USA Today, this year’s show includes more than 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins featuring scenes of wizards, fairy tales, and the luminaries of great myths and legends, alongside superheroes, and historical figures who changed our world. Revel in the sights and sounds of the season, and celebrate this otherworldly experience!
Pumpkin Day at Bourne FarmWhen:October 6, 2018, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Bourne Farm, North Falmouth Hgwy., North Falmouth Admission: Admission and parking are free; ticket sales per activity More Info: Get into the swing of autumn at Bourne Farm. Pumpkin Day is a great family outing featuring hayrides, pony rides, arts and crafts, kayaks and paddle boats, face painting ... and plenty of pumpkins ripe for the picking!
Cranberry Harvest Celebration Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 10:00am to Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 4:00pm 158 Tihonet Rd, Wareham, MA 02571 The Cranberry Harvest Celebration is a great way to see and learn about the picturesque cranberry harvest while enjoying some old fashioned family fun. Watch as we harvest the crimson berries continuously each day.
Family Fun DaySaturday October 6th 11am-4pm Cape Abilities Farm, Dennis Join the Fall fun at Cape Abilities Farm! Build a scarecrow, make a corn silk doll, decorate a pumpkin, or do the farm scavenger hunt. There will be apple and cider tasting too. We will move indoors if it's raining.
Taylor Bray Farm Fall FestivalOctober 6, 2018, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date October 7) Where: Taylor Bray Farm, 108 Bray Farm Road, Yarmouthport Admission: Suggested parking donation $5 Visit historic Taylor-Bray Farm for a wonderful day of autumn activities. Originally settled in 1639, the 22-acre farm will host all sorts of old-fashioned family fun including hayrides, games, hearth cooking, face painting, a free giant pumpkin raffle for the kids, live music, and refreshments.
Yarmouth Seaside FestivalOctober 6-8, 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat. & Sun., fireworks 8 p.m. Sunday, morning events on Monday with various events around town. Columbus Day weekend means it’s time for the Yarmouth Seaside Festival. This annual three-day extravaganza has tons of fun activities for the whole family including a craft fair, kids rides and games, a one-of-a-kind haunted maze, 5K road race, canoe and kayak race, sand-sculpting contest, a beach bonfire, and a fantastic fireworks display at Seagull Beach.
Pumpkin People in the ParkFriday, October 12, 2018 to Wednesday, October 31, 2018 Kate Gould Park, Chatham Travel & Leisure Magazine listed Chatham as the 4th in America’s Best Towns for Halloween, citing the Chatham Merchants’ Association’s Oktoberfest & Pumpkin People in the Park. A fabulous event where our members Chatham local businesses, and others create unique and fascinating display with Pumpkins. Every year the creativity gets better and better. Thousands of visitors pose for photo opps with the “People,” who are on display until Halloween
Lantern Tours. Saturday, October 13 Start at dusk. Meet the “spirits” of Harwich past on these guided lantern tours of the Harwich Center Cemetery, with costumed re-enactors. Admission & Registration Required. Brooks Academy Museum. www.harwichhistoricalsocity.org.
Family Fun DaySaturday October 13th 11am-4pm Cape Abilities Farm, Dennis Join the Fall fun at Cape Abilities Farm! Build a scarecrow, make a corn silk doll, decorate a pumpkin, or do the farm scavenger hunt. There will be apple and cider tasting too. We will move indoors if it's raining.
Wellfleet Oyster Fest October 13-14th $10 admission. There is something for everyone at the Wellfleet OysterFest. There’s music, storytelling, cooking demonstrations, nature walks, oyster grant tours and much more. Take a fun fall weekend get-away and experience:
Local cuisine: Throughout the weekend, local shellfishermen and women come in off the flats to offer their briny, luscious oysters and clams. Alongside the rawbars, restaurants serve up chowders, stuffed clams, and other traditional New England fare. Check out 2018 food vendors here. Culinary programs and cooking demonstrations featuring local chefs cooking with local ingredients, of course including the Wellfleet oyster, are offered throughout the weekend. Click here for more info about 2018.
Music: Cape Cod has a great local music scene, and that includes the OysterFest! Enjoy local musicians playing everything from bluegrass and rock, and other family-fun music and performances, happening all day throughout the ‘Fest. Click here for the 2018 Entertainment Schedule.
New England brews: Enjoy New England beers and ales – considered classic accompaniments to oysters. Locally made wine is offered too!
Beautiful art and crafts: Over 70 carefully selected artisans and artists show off a stunning range of arts and crafts including handmade jewelry, pottery, ceramics, clothing, paintings, photography, furniture, and more. Find more info about 2018 participating artists here.
Oyster Shuck-Off: The OysterFest’s most popular attraction! Round one on Saturday afternoon and the final shuck-off on Sunday. Amateurs compete for the fun of it, and some of Wellfleet’s home-town shuckers have been fast enough to go on to compete nationally. Cash prizes for the top three winners. Interested in competing? Click here for 2018 info.
Recycling: The OysterFest strives to be a “green event” by recycling as much as possible, but most importantly all of the oyster and clam shells. It’s one of the most important things we do. Click here to learn more about our Oyster Shell Recycling or click here to Volunteer to help!
Family Fun: Children revel in an area set aside especially for them. The Family Fun area is located in the garden behind Wellfleet Preservation Hall. There is music, craft activities and the a new obstacle course this year! The Wellfleet Recreation Department holds a “fun run” just for kids and the Wellfleet Public Library‘s Spelling Bee has a special round just for kids too! Check back soon for more details!
Lots to learn: The ‘Fest includes educational talks, panel discussions and film screenings presented by top experts in the marine sciences on current research and issues that affect our environment. Click here to learn more!
Community Partnerships: Come enjoy lively, hands-on exhibits presented by Non-Profit Organizations in order to raise awareness about their important missions.
Harvest FestSunday October 14th at Southwick Zoo Celebrate Autumn at Southwick’s Zoo with our Harvest Fest! This fall festival will feature activities such as live music, face painting, touch a truck, a farmers market and craft vendors, and even a beer garden featuring beer, cider, and wine from local vendors. This event is included with admission*. Harvest Fest takes place during our annual Zoo Boo Days, so children ages 3-12 in costume will receive free general admission! http://southwickszoo.com/harvest-fest/ *Beer Garden will require a separate ticket.
7TH ANNUAL PUMPKINFESTSaturday, October 20, 2018 - 9:30am to 5:30pm Sandwich Glass Museum, 129 Main Street, Sandwich, MA 02563 Catch the fever and start building your own collection with the wonderful assortment found at the Sandwich Glass Museum gift shop and at the Museum's 7th Annual PumpkinFest on October 20, 2018! Free with Admission.
Halloween Candy ShowdownSaturday October 20th 2-3pm @ Brewster Ladies Library Halloween is almost here, and you know what that means—the great Halloween candy dilemma is upon us! Which to buy, which to give away, and which to save for ourselves? This year, the Library is doing the hard work for you. Kids of all ages are invited to come and sample a wide selection of Halloween candy, after which we will vote on our favorites. No tricks here—only treats!
If your child has any other allergies we should be made aware of, please call the Library at 508-896-3913 and inform us at least one week in advance of the program. The Library will make every effort to accommodate any and all allergies, but ultimate responsibility rests with the parents in attendance.
Autumn Gathering at the Benjamin Nye Homestead & MuseumSaturday, October 20, 2018 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm Benjamin Nye Homestead & Museum 85 Old County Road, East Sandwich Free admission, docents in costume, antiques, fireplaces in use, hearth cooking, wool spinning and an Artisan Craft Fair will be held in the Grange Hall next door.
Lantern Tours. Saturday October 20th Start at dusk. Meet the “spirits” of Harwich past on these guided lantern tours of the Harwich Center Cemetery, with costumed re-enactors. Admission & Registration Required. Brooks Academy Museum. www.harwichhistoricalsocity.org.
Hyannis Open Streets October 21, 2018, noon to 5 p.m. Main Street and Village Green, Hyannis- Free! Remember when your parents told you, "Don't play in the street!"? Well, this is one day when it's okay - encouraged, actually - for you to do just that. Beginning at noon this Sunday, Main Street in downtown Hyannis will be closed to auto traffic, allowing everyone to walk, run, bike, dance and play in the street! All afternoon there'll be tons of family friendly activities on Main Street and at the Village Green, including: pumpkin decorating, face painting, a kids' bike rodeo, ballroom dance demos, a costume parade for kids and pets, balloon twisting, performances by Trevor the Juggler, and music music music. Fun for all ... and it's all free!
Boo Bash at Battleship Cove Thursday, October 25 Fall River Trick-or-treat aboard the historic naval vessels at Battleship Cove, and meet friendly costumed sailors as your tour the museum! Fun activities and more for the whole family! $9.00 per person. Members are free. Price includes candy, activities and admission to the museum. 4:30-7:30pm
Halloween Parade Thursday October 26th 10-11:30am @ Brewster Ladies Library Come celebrate Halloween at the Brewster Ladies’ Library! All ages are invited. Wear your costume! We will have a Halloween parade, walk over to the Brewster Store, stop for songs with Cathy Hatch, and then head to Kinlin Grover Real Estate for snacks.
Trunk or Treat Friday October 26th 5:30-6:30pm 239 Main St. Buzzards Bay at Bourne Community Center Volunteers from the community & local businesses decorate their trunks or bed of their trucks and hand out treats to the children! Limited amount of candy provided by the Bourne Recreation Department to the volunteers! To register your trunk please visit www.bournerec.com
Parking will not be available at the Community Building. Please park along Main Street, or in the parking lot at town hall. A police detail will assist you in crossing Main Street at the cross walk directly in front of the Community Building. This is a free family for residents of the Town of Bourne
Due to the large crowd of people at this event, please no dogs. Rain Date: Monday, October 29th
Halloween Family FestivalSaturday, October 27 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Heritage Museums & Gardens is the place to be for Halloween fun in the Sandwich community! We are proud to partner with the STEM Academy/Sandwich High School Parent Teacher Student Association and Sandwich Soul to put on (not-too) Spooktacular family festival! Activities included with admission: Join the Halloween dance party with DJ Ooch Snap a family photo in our spooky Model T Take a ride on the vintage carousel Create a Halloween-themed craft Participate in STEM activities at The Hundred Acre School Fee: $5 per person with a $25 family maximum; free for infants 2 and younger.
Sheep Pasture SpectuacularSaturday October 27th 3:30-6:30pm 307 Main St. N. Easton, MA Sheep Pasture Spooktacular A great family-friendly event that will have special fall activities for visitors of all ages! Everyone loves to get outside and do special fall family activities in October, and we are glad that people have come to love our late October programs at Sheep Pasture! Rain Date: Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3:30-6:30 pm Cost: $20/ family (up to 5 individuals) Additional people at $5/person. Price includes: All activities, hayrides, crafts, and events. Food items and pumpkins may be sold for an additional fee. Cash only.
Family Hayrides throughout the Event! Hayrides will be scheduled during the Spooktacular in both daylight and dark. This will be a family-friendly hayride, with no spooky costumed characters, frightening effects, or scary scenes. Hayrides last 10-15 minutes and take place completely on the grounds of Sheep Pasture's paths and fields. Last hayride begins approximately 15 minutes before the end of the event.
Skull Station!- Come explore NRT's collection of animal skulls and biofacts and learn what makes each one special!
Nature Hikes at Sheep Pasture!- Join an NRT educator on a 20 minute hike into the dark on the Rhododendron Trail or other Sheep Pasture paths and learn how to explore the dark with your senses. Hike will be accessible and appropriate for children and adults of all ages. Night Hikes will be scheduled throughout the evening.
Face Painting, Pumpkin Decorating (bring your own, or some will be for sale!), Arts & Crafts, Roast marshmallows by the fire pit, and more! Nrtofeaston.org for more info!
9th Annual Fall Harvest CelebrationSaturday, October 27th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Patriot Place The ninth annual Fall Harvest Celebration at Patriot Place begins behind Bass Pro Shops as Ocean Spray harvests the real working cranberry bog at Patriot Place on Saturday, October 27. The day is filled with fall activities for all ages including pumpkin painting, live music, sidewalk sales and more from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. www.patriot-place.com/fallharvest
Halloween Cruise Saturday October 27th 4-6pm 184 Onset Ave, Onset MA Come and join us dressed as your favorite Halloween character on a spooky cruise through the Cape Cod Canal. Tickets are available for $12.00 per person. Neatladyfishing.com Fall Wine Pairing Dinner / Parents Night Out Saturday October 27th 6-10pmSea Crest Beach Hotel 350 Quaker Rd. FalmouthSpend a picture-perfect evening at Sea Crest Beach Hotel at our Fall Wine Pairing Dinner! Our Chefs will lend their considerable expertise via a four-course meal highlighted by stunning seasonal wines. Providing a spectacular view of Buzzard's Bay, expect a true feast for the senses. $40 per person MAKE IT A PARENTS NIGHT OUT! Kids programs available for children 4-12 years old from 6-10pm for $25 a child. Dinner included. https://www.seacrestbeachhotel.com/explore/calendar-and-events/fall-wine-pairing Fall FestSunday October 28th 12-4pmSea Crest Beach Hotel 350 Quaker Rd. FalmouthGather your family for Fall Fest, where you'll enjoy a variety of seasonal activities including pumpkin painting, fall crafts, laser tag and a costume contest with access to the pool and hotel amenities. $20 for Adults $10 for Kids ages 4-12 Free for Children 3 and under https://www.seacrestbeachhotel.com/explore/calendar-and-events/fall-fest
Trick or TreatWednesday, October 31, 2018 Cape Cod Mall- Sears Wing, 769 Iyannough Road, Hyannis, MA 02601
Trunk or TreatOctober 31st 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre: Route 6, South Wellfleet. FREE and includes FREE HOT DOGS & CIDER
Lunch ‘n Learn Vampires of New EnglandOctober 31st 12:30pm @ Cape Cod Museum of Natural HistoryNew England’s vampire history emerged a full century after the region’s more infamous Salem witch trials, and although Rhode Island was ostensibly the epicenter, it was a region-wide phenomenon. Susan has been interested in legends and lores for many years. She first learned about New England’s vampires when her parents gave her a book that contained an article about them. Join Susan at our very special Halloween Lunch ‘n Learn for fascinating tales of true case histories and her analysis of Vampires of New England. For more information please call: 508-896-3867, ext. 133 Admission: Non-Member $25 / Member $15 / Includes Program, Box Lunch & Museum Advance Tickets Recommended: 508-896-3867, ext. 133 Sandwich choices include Roast Beef, Turkey Club or Tomato Basil
Fall Wine Pairing Dinner / Parents Night OutSaturday November 17th 6-10pmSea Crest Beach Hotel 350 Quaker Rd. FalmouthSpend a picture-perfect evening at Sea Crest Beach Hotel at our Fall Wine Pairing Dinner! Our Chefs will lend their considerable expertise via a four-course meal highlighted by stunning seasonal wines. Providing a spectacular view of Buzzard's Bay, expect a true feast for the senses. $40 per person
First Congregational Church Chatham. Pumpkins for sale! 10/1-10/31 508-945-0800 or www.chathamcongregational.org. Proceeds benefit the Chatham Children's Fund an church missions. (For sale on lawn, not pick your own) Location: First Congregational Church, 650 Main Street at the Rotary
CobWebb Farm Pumpkins October weekends to Halloween, 10-3. West Barnstable
Tony Andrews Farm Pumpkins September - October 7 days a week 10am - 6pm East Falmouth Also: For sale at farm store, tomatoes, apples, corn, zucchini and summer squash, cornstalks, winter vegetables, fall decorations, hay rides.
Tobey Farm Dennis Pumpkins, mums, gourds, and more. Also- children's Not-So-Scary Hayrides in October. They will be Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1-4pm
Belkin Lookout Farm—South Natick Belkin Family Lookout Farm is one of the oldest continuously working farms in the country, but it's about as modern and organized a U-pick operation as you can find. Trains escort you to pick your own peaches, apples and pumpkins in the fall. Families can also enjoy a children’s play area, picnic tables, hay pyramid, and rides, and grown-ups might care to sample some of Lookout's hard cider in the taproom on the grounds. Note: You must pay a per-person admission fee to enter the farm, apple-picking is an additional cost. 508-651-1539
Boston Hill Farm—North Andover Boston Hill Farm offers pick-your-own apples on fall weekends from September 16 through October. There are apples to pick—including McIntosh, Ginger Gold, and Paula Red this year—but also cider doughnuts, live music, ice cream, and a petting farm complete with chickens, geese, bunnies, goats, sheep, and calves. 978-681-8556
Connors Farm—Danvers Not only apples, but a popular corn maze, too! And that's not all this farm has to offer: For younger kids, there's a play area, jumping pillows, hayrides and more. For teens, there's Zombie Paintball and a Haunted Farm. 978-777-1245
Davis Farmland—Sterling While this farm is a solid hour drive from Boston, we are confident it will not disappoint. Plan to spend the day, because along with a U-pick apples and pumpkins, this farm also boasts a splash pad, bounce pillow, multiple playgrounds, a tiny play town, an animal feeding area, and more. There’s even a special section where little farmers get to hold baby goats. Note: while the farm attractions are open daily, the U-pick area is only open on weekends. 978-422-6666
Honeypot Hill Orchard—Stow Honeypot's orchards yield about 12 varieties of apples, with different crops in the spotlight as they ripen throughout the season. The orchard offers other activities like hayrides, barnyard animals, and a hedge maze that’s great for kids ages four through 11. If you're looking for a simpler and less crowded apple picking experience, head down the street to Carver Hill (see above). 978-562-5666
Smolak Farm—North Andover After their berries and summer stone fruits are picked over, Smolak Farm offers plenty of varieties of apples for plucking later in September, across several demarcated orchards. Don't miss the private (secret) orchard nestled behind their Old Standard orchard. During fall weekends, enjoy the Children's Festival Area: Hop on a hay wagon ride and linger longer for time at the playground and petting farm, which costs extra but kids love. 978-682-6332
Brianna is a native Cape Codder and homeschooling mom of 4, a six year old girl, three year old boy, and twin 7 month old boys. She enjoys nature exploration, beach days, snowboarding, baking, fishing, travel, crafting, and writing, as well as geocaching, hiking, and picnicking with her children. She runs a blog and Facebook page called "The Mostly Crunchy Mama" and owns a children's consignment shop in Orleans called Little Codders. She enjoys staying up late long after the kids have gone to sleep to indulge in homemade desserts, to sew, write, coupon, and generally catch up on life without little hands needing help. An avid volunteer with 14 years of experience working with the American Cancer Society, as well as several other organizations, she has a background in business management but left behind her career after deciding self employment was a better fit for family life and a good work/life balance.