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Nantucket Events

For every season, there's another reason to enjoy the beautiful island of Nantucket. You can find a wide array of special events for any occasion. This Fall, we're kicking things off with the BlueFin Tuna Blast, followed by the Nantucket Slam, Fall Restaurant week, and more. Whether enjoying Nantucket by land or by sea, there's so much to do for couples, families, wedding parties, and groups. So when you are not shopping, dining or relaxing on a comfy chaise, check out our calendar of events below.

2012 Event Calendar


Slip 14 BlueFin Tuna Blast, September 8 - 10, 2012 -

Created with the goal of giving fisherman a professional and fun tournament for anglers and guests alike, Nantucket's Bluefin Blast, is a weekend of fishing, sharing stories, and enjoying the beauty of Nantucket Island.

Nantucket Slam, Cystic Fibrosis Benefit, September 09 - 11, 2011 -

The Nantucket Slam Cystic Fibrosis Catch for the Cure Tournament is an all-inclusive two-day competitive fishing tournament, designed to please the recreational and avid angler alike. This catch and release tournament is two days of competitive fishing for Bluefish, Bonito, Striped Bass, and Atlantic Bonito/False Albacore. The object is to obtain a "Slam," the outstanding angling accomplishment of landing three of a designated species by one angler in the same day! All proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Fall Restaurant Week, September 2011 -

Nantucket's annual Fall Restaurant Week offers special menus and affordable price points, making this culinary delight not to be missed.

The Nantucket Project, October 5 - 10, 2012 -

As the host hotel, the White Elephant offers the backdrop for this incredible gathering of eminent and accomplished visionaries, thinkers, business leaders, innovators and cutting edge creative performers in one of the most storied places in the the United States, Nantucket Island.


Fall Festival TBD

Family Scalloping, October 1, 2012 -

An iconic island activity, October 1 on Nantucket marks the start of family scallop season. Island residents and visitors alike pull out their push rakes, waders, floating baskets, snorkel masks, flippers, and wetsuits and take to the water searching for scallops.

November Festival of Wreaths, November 22-26, 2012 -

An annual Nantucket tradition, the Festival of Wreaths mark the start of the island's winter holiday season. Held on Thanksgiving weekend, the festival welcomes more than 1,600 visitors, free of charge, to enjoy more than eighty beautifully decorated wreaths in the Whaling Museum's Peter Foulger Gallery.

Nantucket Noel, November 24-December 31, 2012 -

Nantucket Noel kicks off a month-long celebration of sparkling lights, tree trimming, decorations, activities, and events that unite the entire Nantucket community.

Commercial Scalloping, November 2011-April, 2012 -

The commercial scalloping season on Nantucket begins in November and runs until April.


Christmas Stroll, November 30- December 4, 2012 -

Nantucket is particularly enchanting during the holiday season when New England's finest traditions come alive for the Annual Christmas Stroll weekend, which is part of Nantucket Noel a month-long celebration organized by the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce. Christmas Stroll weekend is a community holiday celebration attracting visitors from around the world. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on the island via a Coast Guard vessel and ride up Main Street in a horse-drawn carriage accompanied by the Town Crier.
Carolers in Victorian costumes, bell ringers, student choirs, and other musicians perform on the Main Street stage as well as stroll through town performing; all the while visitors can enjoy Nantucket's unique shops and restaurants.

Festival of Trees, December 2-20, 2012 -

Opening Christmas Stroll weekend each year, the Festival of Trees transforms the Whaling Museum into a magical forest of about eighty beautifully decorated holiday trees. Ranging from traditional to whimsical, each tree is decorated by a member of the Nantucket community including schoolchildren, artists, merchants, and non-profits.