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Summer 2021: What’s Back

Thursday, June 24th, 2021


After a year of social distancing and self-imposed isolation due to a pandemic that forced the cancelation of many of our most cherished events, Cape Cod is springing back to life in the summer of 2021 with the return of entertainment activities that will, hopefully, help erase the memory COVID-19.

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In and around Harwich, you will find a steady stream of options throughout the week with the return of the town’s Cape Cod Baseball League team, a weekly outdoor music series, band concerts, traditional parades and much, much more.


The Cape League’s Harwich Mariners kicked off a 40-game regular season schedule on June 20 that runs until Aug. 4, with nightly games featuring the country’s finest collegiate players. In operation since 1885, more than 300 current Major League players spent a summer in the Cape League, including Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale, Chicago Cubs infielder Kris Bryant, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge and New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman.


If the Mariners aren’t playing at home, you can make the short drive to see Cape League action in Orleans, Brewster and Chatham.

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The Harwich Town Band is back for its 46th season on June 29, beginning at 7 p.m., in Harwich Center. Bring your quilt and a picnic dinner to Brooks Park for free concerts that are held every Tuesday night through Aug. 31. Iconic town band concerts are also regularly held in Chatham. Check the town website for the most updated schedule.


Free concerts are back at the Cape Cod National Seashore’s Salt Pond Visitor Center with the “Evenings at Salt Pond” series, which will be held every Tuesday, from June 29 to Aug. 31, from 7 to 8 p.m. The series features a mix of local performers, and this summer will also include the Payomet’s family circus show and Kitty Hendricks-Miller from the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.


Another popular tradition that returns is “Music in the Port,” presented by the Harwich Chamber of Commerce. Stroll down Route 28 and listen to local musicians, while enjoying the scenery, doing a little shopping or popping into a restaurant for dinner. Local musicians fill the street every Wednesday, from 5 to 8 p.m., in July and August. Among the musical themes this summer are Rock & Roll Night (July 11), Family Fun Night (July 18), Country Night and Touch of Truck (Aug. 1) and Blues and Jazz Night (Aug. 15).


National performers grace the stage in North Truro at the Payomet Performing Arts Center, with evening shows throughout the week beginning in late June. Among those who have been on the bill in the past in the outdoor tent within the Cape Cod National Seashore are Rosanne Cash, Arlo Guthrie, Aimee Mann, Judy Collins, Mavis Staples, Dave Mason, Taj Mahal and Los Lobos.

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Everybody loves a parade, right? Chatham and Orleans host two of the Cape’s most long-running Fourth of July parades. This year, the Chatham parade, one of the oldest town parades in the country, returns on July 3, beginning at 9:30 a.m., with the theme: “From Shell-tering in Place by the Sea to Celebrating a New Beginning.” Enjoy the many parade floats that will be vying for honors in numerous categories, including “Most Patriotic,” “Funniest,” “Best Family,” Most Environmentally Conscious” and “Best Use of Technology.” A fireworks display will follow.


Orleans will hold its parade on July 4, beginning at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “America’s Back!” The annual Independence Day fireworks will be held at beautiful Rock Harbor on July 10.

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Orleans is also home to the “Artist Cottages” at Orleans Market Square, which return following a year’s hiatus. The cottages celebrate the creativity and talent of established and emerging Cape Cod artists and artisans, and are open on weekends, June 19-27, and Wednesday through Sunday, June 30-Sept. 6.


With summer upon us and the pandemic in the rear-view mirror, there’s no reason not to welcome back these Cape Cod traditions in 2021.

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