Spring is Festival Season on Cape Cod

 

There’s little doubt that summer is prime season on Cape Cod. But there are plenty of reasons to visit in spring, when the crocuses, tulips and daffodils are blooming, many restaurants offer prix fixe menus and half-price appetizers, and there are festivals galore from Bourne to Provincetown.

We also offer a great deal at the Seadar Inn by the Sea, which re-opens for the season on April 24, with off-season rates continuing until May 21.

Spring could be called festival season on the Cape and islands. It begins with the Daffodil Festival April 24-26 on Nantucket. Held since 1970 to celebrate the beginning of spring, the festival includes art shows, exhibitions, contests, lectures and even an antique car parade. Of course, the main attraction is the Daffodil Flower Show.

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Daffodil Festival

There are activities for kids from 1 to 100, with a Daffy Hat contest, a children’s parade featuring decorated bikes, strollers and wagons, a window-decorating contest, a family picnic and the famous ‘Sconset Tailgate Picnic.

Nantucket will also host the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival May 13-17, where distinguished winemakers and chefs gather for a world-class epicurean celebration. Over the course of five days, the island comes alive with prestigious tastings, lunches, dinners and educational seminars.

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Nantucket Wine & Food Festival

Throughout the month of May, there will be a celebration of maritime-themed activities as part of the 27th annual Cape Cod Maritime Days. Across the Cape, there will kayak excursions, lighthouse and walking tours, nautical art exhibits and much more.

You could get started by checking out Maritime Meandering Tours of Cape Cod, which are four self-guided maritime itineraries that you can download for each region of the Cape. Sites are numbered to suggest a trail to follow. At your own pace, you can explore the Woods Hole Oceanographic Visitor Center, proceed to “Mad Jack” Percival’s Grave in West Barnstable, continue down Cape to see Chatham Light and the restored Coast Guard lifeboat involved in the dramatic 1952 rescue of the SS Pendleton, and end at Pilgrim Monument and the Provincetown Museum.

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Artweek

On May 1, ArtWeek begins with a 10-day celebration across the Cape. Produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek features hundreds of unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive and offer behind-the-scenes access to artists and their creative process. It has been called the “Bay State’s most creative festival.” Visit the ArtWeek website for a listing of what’s in store this spring.

Not far from the Seadar Inn is the Brewster in Bloom Festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 3. The streets of Brewster come alive with artisans, concerts and fun activities for the entire family. The Brewster Band will hold a concert, there will be a Kids Fest at Drummer Boy Park and at the Laurel School, and, of course, people will gather on Main Street for the colorful Brewster in Bloom parade. You can also tour the town’s many art and antique galleries, attend an ice cream social and, if you’re feeling especially adventurous, run a 5K race.

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The Sandwich Glass Museum’s second annual SeaFair will be on May 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the museum grounds. The fair is a celebration of sea glass, and on display will be a wide range of hand-blown sea creatures, mermaids and fish, all designed by talented local artists.

The following week, Sandwich will also be the site for the Rhododendron Festival at Heritage Museum & Gardens. Thousands of rhododendrons in more than 100 varieties will be on display. Visitors can talk with horticulture experts, and take home one of the signature plants from the special plant sale. The festival runs May 23-31, daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

So, even though it might still be a bit chilly to dip your toes into the ocean, festival time on Cape Cod transforms spring into a warm and welcoming season.

All photos from respective websites.