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
Brass Lantern Opens for the Season March 1 Isn't it time to plan your Nantucket getaway....
Daffodil Festival April 27-28 Enjoy the antique car parade - 100 antique cars and motorcycles - festooned with daffodils!
Nantucket Wine and Food Festival May 16 - 20 In addition to wine events, the Festival now include the marvelous food events at the Festival.
Memorial Day Weekend May 25 - 28 The traditional kick-off for Nantucket's summer season!
Spring Restaurant Week June 4 - 10 Great chance to try a new (or your favorite) restaurant with prix fixe menus
Nantucket Book Festival June 15 - 17 The Nantucket Book Festival celebrates its sixth annual event June 16-18 with an outstanding line-up of award-winning authors as well as local and regional talent.
Nantucket Film Festival June 20 - 25 For the 22nd year, and the Mission Statement says it all...TO PROMOTE THE CULTURAL AWARENESS AND APPRECIATION OF THE ART OF SCREENWRITING IN THE WORLD OF CINEMA
Fourth of July Holiday July 1 - 4 Enjoy a traditional Fourth of July with face painting, pie and watermelon eating contests and fabulous fireworks over Jetties' Beach
Nantucket Yoga Festival July 6 - 8 The Nantucket Yoga Festival is a community oriented celebration that brings together the very best world class yoga instructors, wellness experts and healthy living guides in a celebration of the spirit of the island.
Nantucket Comedy Festival July 11 - 14 The Nantucket Comedy Festival envisions Nantucket as a community connected by laughter - see if you agree.
Nantucket Triathlon July 14 Swim, run and bike Nantucket from Jetties to Madaket
Nantucket Dance Festival July 16th week Sponsored by the Nantucket Atheneum, this program offers both free and paid dance related events
Nantucket Island School of Design Sandcastle Contest TBA The 45th annual Sandcastle and Sculpture contest at Jetties Beach - great family activity!
Nantucket by Design August 1 - 5 Sponsored by the Nantucket Historical Association, this event is the latest evolution of the August Antiques Show
63rd Nantucket Garden Club House Tour August 8 The 'grand dame' of house and garden tours - be sure to carry your Nantucket basket and wear a straw hat!
Pops Concert on Jetties Beach August 11 Voted Nantucket's Best Summer Event - plan early...
Labor Day September 3 Usually a pretty quiet holiday on Nantucket and a nice way to wind down the summer...
Island Fair September 15-16 At Tom Nevers Fairground, a traditional late summer fair.
The Nantucket Project September 13 - 16 From the website...The Nantucket Project is about what matters. We search for the most energetic and curious people on earth.
Fall Restaurant Week Late September - TBA Participating restaurants will offer local fall bounty.
Maritime Festival September 29 The purpose of the Maritime Festival is to celebrate the joy of living on an island and to experience time-honored maritime activities on and beside the sea that surrounds us.
Nantucket Arts Festival Early October Celebrating all of the arts - multiple events in the Cultural District and beyond
Cranberry Festival October 6 A great reason to come to Nantucket for Columbus Day Weekend
Cold Turkey Plunge November 22 A great way to start Thanksgiving Day on Nantucket - and you may see Joe Biden...
Christmas Stroll November 30 - December 2 A magical time on Nantucket!
Nantucket New Year's Celebration December 29 - 31
Brass Lantern Closes for the Season January 2, 2019

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.