2016 ANNUAL EVENTS
42st Annual Nantucket Daffodil Festival
April 29-May 1
19th Annual Nantucket Wine Festival
45th Annual Figawi Weekend
Serious fun, camaraderie, and sailing... that's what Figawi Race Weekend is all about. Over 240 boats & a thousand+ sailors will convene for the Northeast's first major regatta to kickoff every summer.
Nantucket Iron Teams Relay
A unique six-leg multi-sport race. Benefits Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Nantucket. Register onlinewww.bbbsnantucket.org
Nantucket Film Festival
For over ten years, the Nantucket Film Festival has been renowned for its eschewing of Hollywood glamour and its focus on the substantive art of screen writing. The festival boasts independent films, celebrity panels and readings and the annual screenwriters tribute. For more information, please call or visit NantucketFilmFestival.org
Fourth of July Events
228-7213 or 228-0925
Main St. festivities: 10am - noon. At Childrens Beach: community games, races & band concert, 5pm - dusk. Fireworks at dusk at Jetties Beach
8th Annual Nantucket Comedy Festival
A week of comedy events benefiting local charities. Last year's events were all sellouts, so please be sure to take advantage of our Patron Pass service to guarantee your tickets.www.nantucketcomedyfestival.com
Annual August Antiques Show
July 29 to August 3
Nantucket New School, 15 Nobadeer Farm Rd. 508-228-1894
Featuring a wide variety of top-quality antiques from around the world, managed by the Antiques Council.
ACK Race Week
Nantucket Race Week is an eight-day experience that marshals the entire Nantucket community together in a fun-filled week of regattas, awards ceremonies, and parties. For further information visit www.nantucketraceweek.org
Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra will be performing again on Jetties Beach to benefit the Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Tickets are now limited to 8,000 to keep the size of the crowd in line with the beach capacity. Reserved tickets are now on sale online only. General admission tickets ($30/adults and $10/children 12 and under) go on sale by phone in July.
Sandcastle & Sculpture Day
508-228-1700 Jetties Beach
The rules are simple - be creative! Tools and building aids, ornaments and decorations all may be used, but none are supplied. Contestants are urged to work with biodegradable items,and must take away any non-biodegradable items used. Pre-registration is necessary.
Nantucket Fall Restaurant Week
September 26-October 2
Experience exceptional food, wine and Nantucket hospitality in many of the island's great restaurants. Three course dinners offered at $25 and $45. For additional information visit www.nantucketrestaurantweek.com
October 8 11am-4pm
Milestone Cranberry Bog
Hundreds of acres of cranberry bogs are open to the public for tours. Special buses transport visitors from downtown to the area off Milestone Road, where they watch the process of harvesting plump, scarlet berries by floating them in the flooded bogs.
Festival of Wreaths
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street
Unique and creative wreaths donated by Nantucket artists, merchants and community members.
Thanksgiving Day Turkey Plunge
November 24 10am
Plungers should arrive between 9 and 9:30 a.m. to allow enough time to find a parking space. Contact Bess Clarke at the Nantucket Atheneum.
42th Annual Christmas Stroll
December 2 - 4
A weekend full of Holiday cheer. Enjoy decorated trees, shop windows and residential door contest. Town Crier greets Santa on the Coast Guard cutter as he arrives on Main Street.
21th Annual Festival of Trees
December 2 - 31
Nantucket Whaling Museum,
13 Broad St.
Opens to the public featuring over seventy brilliantly decorated trees also designed by local merchants, nonprofit organizations, community members, artists, artisans, and school children, the Whaling Museum will be transformed into a festive winter wonderland.