From Art and Oysters to Lederhosen and “Shangri-La”… Cape Cod Has it All in Early Fall

Summer of 2011 on Cape Cod is coming to an end. The crowds have thinned, the parking lots are showing more asphalt and the lines of people waiting to get into their favorite restaurant are gone. But now there is so much MORE of so many other things. MORE opportunity to have a section of the beach all to yourself. MORE jaw-dropping moments for “leaf-peepers” as they drive historic Old Kings Highway. MORE festivals!!! Here are just a few of the many upcoming late September and Early October events…

September 23, 24 & 25 is the “Secrets & Miracles” Standard Flower Show at Heritage Museum and Gardens.  Exhibits are inspired by the miracles of nature and secrets of the physical world. 36 floral designs include Op Art, Horizontal Creative, Framed Spatial, Victorian Floral Mass, Popular Table Designs, and Small Designs. Artistic crafts, made from plant material, are masks, botanical jewelry, and decorated boxes with secret tokens. Horticulture highlights include colorful dahlias, perennials, vegetables, plant collections, and horticultural educational exhibits. A don’t-miss exhibition will be “Shangri- La”, a miniature garden created with real plant material and a waterfall in a 3’ x 2’ x 2’ box!!

The 42nd Annual Bourne Scallop Festival will be held at Buzzards Bay Park, Main Street, along Cape Cod Canal in Bourne on September 23, 24 & 25. Over 125 Booths of juried American made arts, crafts and specialty foods. Award winning scallops, seafood and chicken dinners plus midway rides and games and terrific headline entertainment complete this picture perfect New England event. The Bourne Scallop Festival is never far from any of the Classic Inns of Historic Cape Cod Bay, and the Cape Cod Scenic Railroad, which picks up in nearby, centrally located Hyannis, can get you to the festival–so you don’t have to drive!

In celebration of the Cape Cod Museum of Art’s 30th Anniversary, the museum will host a new event, Cape Art Blooms, on September 30 – October 2. This event, organized by the Friends of the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the CCMA Docents, was inspired by the famous Art in Bloom event held annually at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Cape Art Blooms brings together floral designers from regional garden clubs Cape-wide and Plymouth to create vibrant floral displays interpreting the museum’s permanent collection and works of art from temporary exhibitions. Additional floral creations by professional designers will be on display throughout the museum.

The 4th Annual Fall for the Arts Festival is a month long, Cape-wide festival that highlights Cape Cod as an arts and live music destination. Free art festivals and free concerts are in abundance during October. In conjunction with Fall for the Arts, The SheArt Network presents an Art and Fine Craft Sale on September 30 and October 1. The sale will be held at The Brewster Ladies’ Library. Come and support local women artisans and crafters while finding unique and affordable gifts and treasures! Items for sale include paintings, unique jewelry, pottery, photography, textile designs, knitwear, prints, home decor, paper creations, and more. This is just once example of the dozens and dozens of craft fairs, both small and grand, during the Fall for the Arts Festival.

Cape Cod Beer is working together with the Chatham VFW Men’s Auxiliary and the Kiwanis Club of Central Cape Cod to bring you Cape Cod Oktoberfest, a day of fun with music by the Cape Cod Bavarian Band, German Food and Cape Cod Beer on the field at the Chatham VFW. Saturday October 1st Knockwurst, Bratwurst, Beerbrats, 8″ long hotdogs , hamburgers, sauerkraut, red cabbage and German Potato Salad. All meats from Grote & Weigel (one of the oldest meat companies in the US). Harvest Ale, Dunkel Weizen, Cape Cod Red, Cape Cod IPA, and Beach Blonde Ale will be on tap—as will some fun games and competitions!

Celebrate the dawn of October and the start of the fall holiday season at the annual Barnstable County Harvest Festival on October 1 and 2 at the Barnstable County fairgrounds. The weekend festival will include roving entertainment, barn animals, children’s games, a farmer’s market, exhibits and much more!
The Wellfleet OysterFest takes place October 15 & 16. Shucking contest, food vendors, educational booths, poetry readings, live music and lots and lights of fresh clams, seafood, fried, gooey stuff and…oh yeah…OYSTERS! Wellfleet is a quick and easy drive from any of the Classic Inns of Historic Cape Cod Bay. Meander Old King’s Highway, or simply shoot up route 6, but know that after shucking arm to arm with 20,000 or so of your closest bivalve-loving friends, your inn of choice will be a restful and quiet finish to a frenzied and fun afternoon.

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