The Best Summer Events on Cape Cod

One of the reasons we love Cape Cod summers is because there’s always something to do — from flower festivals to street parades to cultural celebrations. It’s so much fun to simply join the crowd and celebrate summer together. Here are a few of our favorite 2022 Cape Cod summer events. For more, visit the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce events calendar.

Father’s Day Car Show June 19, Hyannis

As the host of one of the largest car shows in New England, Hyannis welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each Father’s Day, as they throng Main Street to see more than 350 classic automobiles, from Model Ts to muscle cars.

Provincetown Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet June 23–26, Provincetown

In its 19th-century heyday, much of Provincetown’s fishing fleet was made up of natives of Portugal and their families. Today the town pays tribute to that legacy with a festival that has only grown since it was founded in 1947. More than 30 different activities are scheduled — including Portuguese music and dancing, a parade, and amazing food — but the crowning event is the annual blessing of the town’s fishing boats.

Cape Cod Melody Tent June – September, Hyannis

The Melody Tent is the place to go if you would like to see world-class entertainment. The tent is one of only two continuously-operated tent theatres in the United States. The theatre is a great place for a date night to see a famous musician or comedian. Enjoy a relaxed ambiance and intimate theatre experience where every seat is within 50 feet of the stage.

Cape Cod Baseball League Chatham Anglers, June 12- August 2, Chatham

Cape Cod Baseball league’s opening day kicks off at 7 p.m. on June 12 at Veterans Field with a home game against the Cotuit Kettleers. For a complete schedule and games, visit

Art in the Park, June 17- August 19, Chatham

Colorful whales designed by local artists are on display on the front lawn of Kate Gould Park. The whales will be auctioned to benefit the Chatham Chamber of Commerce.

Chatham Band Concerts, July 1- September 2, Chatham

Every Friday night, all roads on the Cape lead to Kate Gould Park and the Whit Tileston Bandstand, where the one and only Chatham Band performs. Attendees are encouraged to sing along, march around, and dance. This year the Chatham Band celebrates its 90th year! 8-9:30 pm every Friday night!

Independence Day Parade, July 4th, Chatham

Chatham’s parade, which started in 1908, is one of the oldest in the United States! This year’s theme is “Chatham: Salty as Ever!” After the parade, stop by First Methodist Church on the corner of Main Street and Cross Street for the Strawberry Festival, featuring homemade strawberry shortcakes and freshly whipped cream. The Independence Day Fireworks will be on July 2nd at Veterans Field! Pre-firework entertainment will begin at 6 p.m.

Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival, July 8-17, All Cape Towns

An annual celebration of the region’s blue, pink, and white signature flowers. This 10-day festival’s main attractions are daily tours of private gardens, each designed and maintained by the individual homeowners.

Mondays on Main, July 11- August 29, Chatham

Live music and entertainment Monday nights along Chatham Main Street from 5:30- 8:30 p.m. Shops, restaurants, and businesses will have specials, promotions, pop-up shops, and more.

Carnival Week August 13–20, Provincetown

Hands down, there’s no livelier place on the Cape in August than Provincetown, where parties, art fairs, a costume ball, and other celebrations of LGBTQ life all lead up to the vibrant spectacle of the Carnival Parade.

Cape Cod is one of the most recognized summer destinations in the U.S. and around the globe. Every year the Cape and Islands region draws an estimated 6 million visitors, most of whom come in the summer — all the better to soak up the endless outdoor diversions of this oceanside playground, from boardwalks to beaches to bike paths. There are classic lighthouses to visit, whales to watch, and holes-in-one to sink at golf courses. There’s handmade ice cream and amazing fried seafood practically everywhere you look. To top it all off you will find a full calendar of events from live music and parades to craft fairs and culinary fests. Cape Cod is the place to be this summer and The Old Harbor Inn in downtown Chatham is the place to stay! Ideally located in the middle of the Cape our luxurious Inn is a short drive or walk to all of the fun summer events! We hope to see you this summer.

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