While anytime is a good time to visit Nantucket, there are numerous events, festivals, activities, and holidays during the year that you may want to specifically schedule your trip around! Starting with Daffodil Festival at the end of April and finishing up with Christmas Stroll in early December, read about the constantly evolving Nantucket events.
Nantucket Events Calendar
Any Time is a Good Time to Visit Nantucket
Opening for the 24th season!
Say goodbye winter and hello spring! See the millions of daffodils that cover the Nantucket grounds during the Daffodil Festival.
The 25th Annual Nantucket Wine and Food Festival is over the course of five days, the island comes alive with prestigious tastings, lunches, dinners and educational seminars.
The traditional start of Nantucket’s summer season!
Celebrate the 11th Annual Nantucket Book Festival! The Nantucket Book Festival celebrates writers and readers from June 15-18. Most of their events are free of charge, with a few special paid events.
The Film Festival’s Mission Statement: To promote the cultural awareness and appreciation of the art of screenwriting and storytelling in the world of cinema.
Spring Restaurant Week is a celebration of the superlative culinary tradition found in Nantucket. Experience exceptional food, wine and Nantucket’s hospitality in many of the island’s acclaimed culinary establishments.
Traditional games and activities are held on Main Street and at Children’s Beach for our Independence Day Celebration.
Amazing fireworks at Jetties Beach.
The Nantucket Garden Festival celebrates gardening through creative workshops, exquisite garden tours, children’s workshops, family activities and an opening night party.
Founded in 2007, the Nantucket Comedy Festival is an annual summer event that brings top comedic talent to Nantucket Island as the major fundraiser for Stand Up & Learn™, an island-based, year-round comedy education program serving Nantucket’s children.
Swim, bike and run at the Nantucket Triathlon – then rest up for the after party!
Join us for the fourteenth year of the Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival featuring Artistic Director Tyler Angle and world-class stars from the New York City Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. The festival includes free programs for all ages and culminates with two evening performances.
Swimmers of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in our Swim Across America annual event at beautiful Jetties Beach and help us support cancer treatment and patient care on Nantucket Island.
For the 48th year, the NISDA Sandcastle Contest takes place in the sun or fog at Jetties Beach – awards are based on CREATIVITY, CONCEPT, and DESIGN.
For more than 60 years, the Annual House and Garden Tour has become the venue to have a glimpse of many historic and new homes and gardens on the island.
At the height of Nantucket’s summer season, the NHA celebrates the island’s unique influence on American design with engaging lectures, previewing an antique show, lively panel discussions, and both intimate and grand gatherings at the NHA’s Nantucket by Design Week.
The Antiques Council Summer Antique Show will consist of 32 carefully selected fine antiques dealers from the US and abroad offering antiques in every category that are sure to thrill collectors.
For more than 20 years, the Boston Pops at Jetties Beach concert has been Nantucket’s premier summer event drawing 8,000 to Jetties Beach for music, refreshments and fireworks with Nantucket church bells accompanying the 1812 Overture.
Tim Russert Boys & Girls Club Summer Groove annual fundraising event and concert for the Nantucket Boys and Girls Club.
The Opera House Cup Regatta was the first all-wooden, single-hulled classic boat regatta on the East Coast, and attracts some of the finest sailboats in the world.
The ‘official’ end of summer – but not of the Nantucket season…
The Nantucket Project is an event filled with heart and wonder. Where fresh ideas are shared through live talks, original films, and unforgettable experiences. Where neighborhood is celebrated. And where humanity and ideas explode.
The Nantucket Fall Restaurant Week is a celebration of the superlative culinary tradition found in Nantucket. Experience exceptional food, wine and Nantucket’s hospitality in many of the island’s acclaimed culinary establishments.
Visit artists’ studios, watch the plein air painting, enjoy Nantucket’s wealth of creativity at the Nantucket Arts Festival.
In October we look forward to Nantucket’s Harvest Festival. What was formerly known as Nantucket Conservation Foundation’s Cranberry Festival, has now been combined with the popular fall community event, the Nantucket Island Fair. Head over to the Milestone Cranberry Bogs for a weekend of family fun.
Each year on Thanksgiving morning, hundreds of participants brave the icy waters of Nantucket in support of the Cold Turkey Plunge benefiting Weezie Library for Children.
At dusk, on Friday after Thanksgiving, join the Nantucket community for carols and the lighting of the 100 Christmas trees that line the streets of Town!
Now in its 48th year, the island’s world-renowned signature event lovingly dubbed “Stroll” takes place the first week of December featuring the eagerly anticipated arrival of Santa via his nautical “sleigh”.