Nantucket Calendar of Events and Holidays

While anytime is a good time to visit Nantucket, there are numerous events, festivals 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.

Event Date(s) More Info
Memorial Day Weekend May 22-25 The traditional start of Nantucket's summer season!
Spring Restaurant Week June 1-7 Nantucket 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.
Nantucket Book Festival June 18-21 The book festival is going virtual this year! Stay tuned for more information. Eighth Annual Book Festival featuring a stellar line-up of exceptional authors who will inspire, enrich and engage readers.
Nantucket Film Festival Postponed -Updates to be Announced 24th Annual celebrating 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.
Independence Day Celebration July 4 Traditional games and activities on Main Street and at Children's Beach
Fourth of July Fireworks July 5 Amazing fireworks at Jetties Beach
Nantucket Comedy Festival July 16-18 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.
Nantucket Triathlon July 18 Swim, bike and run - then rest up for the after party!
Nantucket Dance Festival July 20-25 Join us for the eleventh 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.
NISDA Sandcastle Contest 2020 Date TBA For the 46th year, this event takes place in sun or fog at Jetties Beach - awards are based on CREATIVITY, CONCEPT and DESIGN.
NHA's Nantucket by Design Week July 30-August 1 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.
Garden Club House Tour TBA 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.
Antiques Council Summer Antique Show July 31-August 3 The 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.
Tim Russert Boys & Girls Club Summer Groove August 15 Annual fundraising event and concert for the Nantucket Boys and Girls Club
Opera House Cup August 16 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.
Swim Across America 2020 Date TBA Nantucket Island Open Water Swim. Swimmers of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in our annual event at beautiful Jetties Beach and help us support cancer treatment and patient care on Nantucket Island.
Labor Day September 7 The 'official' end of summer - but not of the Nantucket season...
The Nantucket Project September 10-13 TNP 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.
Fall Restaurant Week September 24 - October 4 Nantucket 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.
Nantucket Arts Festival Late September - Early October Visit artists' studios, watch the plein air painting, enjoy Nantucket's wealth of creativity.
Cranberry Festival October 10 The Nantucket Cranberry Festival is a popular event among adults and children alike – the Foundation’s Milestone Cranberry Bog is transformed into the most unique and beautiful of Festival grounds for this special event.
Thanksgiving Day Cold Turkey Plunge November 26 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
Christmas Tree Lighting November 27 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!
Christmas Stroll December 4-6 Now in its 47th year, the island’s world-renowned signature event lovingly dubbed “Stroll” takes place December 6 - 8 featuring the eagerly anticipated arrival of Santa via his nautical “sleigh” at noon on Saturday, December 7th.
Daffodil Festival April 30-May 2, 2021 Say goodby winter and hello spring! See the millions of daffodils and the Parade of 100 Antique cars on Main Street.
Brass Lantern Re-opens for 2021 Season March 1 Opening for the 22nd season under current ownership!
Nantucket Wine and Food Festival Postponed - Updates to be Announced Over the course of five days, the island comes alive with prestigious tastings, lunches, dinners and educational seminars.
Nantucket Yoga Festival July 9-11, 2021 The Nantucket Yoga Festival brings together the very best yoga instructors, wellness experts and healthy living guides for one inspiring weekend.
Boston Pops at Jetties Beach Cancelled for 2020 - Stay Tuned for 2021 Dates For more than 20 years, this concert has been Nantucket's premier summer event drawing 8000 to Jetties Beach for music, refreshments and fireworks with Nantucket church bells accompanying the 1812 Overture.
Nantucket Garden Festival July 13-15, 2021 The 12th Annual Nantucket Garden Festival celebrates gardening through creative workshops, exquisite garden tours, children’s workshops, family activities and an opening night party.

Daily Events Calendars

For specific information about what might be happening during your anticipated Nantucket holiday – theatre, concerts, live music, entertainment – read Yesterday’s Island and Mahon About Town.