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Our Nantucket Calendar of Events is the most up-to-date listing of Nantucket special events, island festivals, Nantucket concerts, theater, entertainment, exhibits, lectures, art shows, antiques shows, and all Nantucket activities! The calendar is updated several times a week, year-round.

There are 47 events for Wednesday 29th of June 2016
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
NHA Member Morning: What a View!
Members of the Nantucket Historical Association are invited to join NHA staff for a behind-the-scenes curator tour of the Whitney Gallery, 7 Fair Street. Space is limited, so reservations are required: 508-228-1894, ext 116 or email
8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Birding Field Trip
Join Naturalist, Edie Ray, on Wednesday mornings for the LLNF birding field trip. Trips generally last 2 -2.5 hours and carpool to different birding hot spots around the island to observe birds and learn about their natural history. Please arrive 15 minutes early to sign in and meet the leaders. Binoculars are available for loan. Free for members of the LLNF; $10 for non-members. LLNF, 110 Eel Point Road
8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Whale Watch with Shearwater Excursions
Join us on this thrilling offshore adventure. Sightings guaranteed! Reservations 508-228-7037 or
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Whaling History Boat Tour
Learn about one of the most exciting times in Nantucket History on this 1-hour cruise with complimentary coffee. Offered daily by Shearwater Excursions. Reservations 508-228-7037 or
8:30 AM
Nantucket In Bloom
A 2 mile 45-50 minute non-stop exercise walk, with historic commentary past the historic mansions and most beautiful gardens of Nantucket town. $15 Cash Only! Meets 10 minutes early at Main and Centre Streets, in front of bank. 508-332-0953
8:50 AM to 3:00 PM
Discovery Camp - Full and Half Day Programs
The Discovery Camp Program provides science based, outdoor exploration classes for kids ages 3.5 to 12. Sign your child up for a Nantucket adventure. For registration information, camps by age group, and camp descriptions, visit our website at or call 508-228-9198.
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Wianno Senior Half-Hull Model
Carve a wooden scale model of this historic racing boat. All tools and materials will be provided. Experienced students should bring their favorite tools. Please bring your lunch. All materials provided. Maximum class size: 8, Members $500 & Non-Members $550. Held at The 1800 House, 4 Mill Street
9:00 AM
Natural History Discovery Tour
A guided oversand adventure tour. Discover the wonders of this remote Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge and Great Point. Pickup at 33 Washington Street or at the Wauwinet Gate House. 508 228 6799.
9:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Feeding Frenzy
Join the staff as they feed the ever hungry creatures at the Aquarium before it opens to the public! This program is very popular & designed to be very interesting for all ages, so register in advance or 508-228-9198. At least one adult must sign up with children. Held at Maria Mitchell Aquarium, 38 Washington Street. $7 Members & $12 Non-Members
9:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Carnivorous Critters
Before the museum opens to the public, join us for the unique experience of seeing the museum animals eat. See turtles, frogs, fish, snakes, and more! This program is popular it is limited to 12 people, so pre-registration is required. Sign up online at or call 508-228-9198! $5 - Members & $10 Non-Members
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Marine Ecology Field Trip
What sea creatures live in Nantucket Harbor? Find out as you help collect, identify and release fish, crabs, shrimp, and other marine life! The Harbor is filled with interesting animals that will amaze you in their shapes, colors, and habits. This program is part of a long term research project is interesting for adults and children alike. Limited to 30 people, so Pre-registration is required. Sign up online at or call 508-228-9198. Meet at Maria Mitchell Aquarium, 28 Washington Street. $10 Members & $20 Non-Members
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Whaling Museum Open
The Whaling Museum will be open from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. 13 Broad Street, 508-228-1894
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Harbor Tour & Ice Cream Cruise
A 1-hour narrated tour of Nantucket's inner harbor with complimentary ice cream. Daily departures with Shearwater Excursions. Reservations 508-228-7037 or Also at 11:15am, 1pm, 2:15pm, 4pm, & 5:15pm
10:30 AM
Notorious Nantucket Walking Tour
Discover the hidden history of Old Nantucket they dare not tell you anywhere else on this 2/3 mile, 80 minute walking tour. For ages 13+ $20, $15 Age 65+ & Teens. Cash Only. Meet at Main & Centre Streets by bank steps 10 minutes early. 508-332-0953
10:30 AM
The Spirit and Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex: A Walking Play
The Spirit & Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex is a one-woman walking play that depicts the lives of Capt. George Pollard, Jr., First Mate Owen Chase, & Cabin Boy Thomas Nickerson and their harrowing experiences aboard the whaleship Essex. "Join" all 3 characters on our walk as they tell their stories of survival. Meet in front of the Whaling Musem, 13 Broad St. $20; Seniors & Teens $15; Kids $10. Reservations required: 508-257-4586
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
NHA Historic Sites Open
Old Mill, Oldest House, Greater Light, Fire Hose Cart House & Old Gaol are open daily; some sites will close during inclement weather.
11:00 AM to 2:30 PM
All-You-Can-Eat Buffet
Burger Bar + Nachos, Pizza & Salad Bar. Easy Street Cantina, corner of Easy St. & Broad St. 508-228-5418
11:15 AM to 12:45 PM
Downtown Walking Tour
Walk the Old Historic District with an NHA guide and learn about the people, places, and events that transformed Nantucket from a remote island outpost, to the whaling capital of the world, to a resort destination of international acclaim. Tour departs from Whaling Museum lobby, Rain or Shine, 13 Broad Street. No Reservations - first come first served!
12:00 PM
Rotary Luncheon
Weekly lunch meeting; visiting Rotarians are welcome. Faregrounds Restaurant, 27 Fairgrounds Road. $16.
1:00 PM
Natural History Discovery Tour
A guided oversand adventure tour. Discover the wonders of this remote Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge and Great Point. Pickup at 33 Washington Street or at the Wauwinet Gate House. 508 228 6799.
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Writers Group
Mitchell's invites all aspiring writers to share their work (all genres) and offer feedback to fellow writers. Upstairs at Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street.
1:30 PM to 2:50 PM
Public Skating at Nantucket Ice
$5 youth, $8 adult, $5 skate rentals. 508-228-2516. Call for additional skating sessions. 1 Backus Lane.
2:15 PM to 3:45 PM
In the Heart of the Sea Walking Tour
Explore the world of the Essex and its Nantucket crew, focusing on the survivors and their lives on the island in later years. Visit locations related to the crew and learn about the vital role that whaling played in the economy and social structure of 19th century Nantucket. Tour departs from The Whaling Museum Lobby, Rain or Shine, 13 Broad Street. No reservations - first come first served!
3:00 PM
Movie: Finding Dory
Rated PG, Showing in The Dreamland Studio Theater, 17 South Water St.
4:00 PM to 4:50 PM
Synchro Blast
Synchro Blast. Nantucket Ice, 10 Backus Lane. Register at Nantucket Ice
4:30 PM
Buckle & Shake Performs Live
Live music at Cisco Brewers, 5 Bartlett Farm Road.
5:00 PM
Page to Stage: "The Island House"
Charley Walters interviews Nancy Thayer, the author of twenty-three novels, including Summer House, The Hot Flash Club, Beachcombers, Heat Wave, Summer Breeze, and Island Girls, in The Dreamland Theatre, 17 South Water Street. Book signing follows. Tickets at
5:00 PM
Preservation Panel
A panel of experts will discuss preservation efforts at the Museum of African American History. Free event open to the public at the African Meeting House, 27 York Street. A Preservation Month event.
5:00 PM
Wine Tasting on the Wine Deck
Wine tasting on the wine deck at Cisco Brewers, 5 Bartlett Farm Road
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sean Lee Band Performs Live
Live Music at The Rose & Crown, 23 South Water Street. 508-228-2595
5:00 PM
Children's Ghost Hunt in Nantucket Town
Join Robin & her raven, Edgar, as we embark upon our ghostly adventure. Put on your ghost hunter hats as we stop by houses that have stories to tell. Learn what to look for and how to become a Ghost Hunter. Bring whatever tools you may need for our adventure. Educational, exciting, & lots of fun. Adults, Seniors & Teens $15, Children $10. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations Required: 508-257-4586. Meet at The Park at the corner of Main & Fair sts.
5:00 PM to 5:50 PM
Learn to Skate Class - Popsicles/Basic Skills/Free Skate
Learn to Skate. Nantucket Ice, 10 Backus Lane. Register at Nantucket Ice
5:30 PM
"Brilliant Beacons"
A special lecture on the history of American lighthouses with author Eric Jay Dolin in the Nantucket Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street. $10 at
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
June Farm-to-Table Dinner
A six-course family style dinner of farm-grown vegetables and sustainably sourced proteins under the stars in Garden Center at Bartletts Farm. Cost is $85, tax & tip Included. BYOB. Reservations are necessary: 508-228-9403.
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Lecture & Book Signing with Eric Jay Dolin
Join the NHA for a special lecture and book signing with Eric Jay Dolin, author of Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse. Dolin tells the story of how American lighthouses contributed to the growth and prosperity of the United States, and shares the stories of the keepers and their families who kept the lights shining. Held at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street Tickets $10
6:00 PM
Movie: Finding Dory
Rated PG, Showing in The Dreamland Studio Theater, 17 South Water St.
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Maker Space - Knitting and Crocheting Circle
Join us in the main floor reading area for an evening of knitting or crocheting. We are making eight inch squares for charity and have patterns and yarn you may use and needles or hooks available for purchase. We send the finished squares to South Africa where they are sewn together to make blankets for Aids orphans. You are also free to bring your own project to work on. We can teach you simple patterns if you are a beginner. Our group meets all winter long . Held at The Atheneum Main Floor Reading area, 1 India Street.
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunset Cruise with Shearwater Excursions
Bring your favorite beverage and witness a beautiful Nantucket sunset. Offered daily. Reservations 508-228-7037 or (Time varies according to the sunset.)
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Atheneum Writer's Group: The Moving Pen
Do you like to write, but struggle with finding the time or finding the words? Are you interested in sharing written work with readers in a supportive, constructive environment? The goal of the group is to loosen up and get the pen moving on paper. The writer's group is a place to meet other writers and to flex your writing muscles. free admission. Come ready to write with paper and pen. Held at The Atheneum Learning Lab, 1 India Street
7:00 PM
Science Speaker Series - Dr. Andrew Fox
The Maria Mitchell Association hosts scientists and research experts on a wide variety of scientific topics. Tonight's talk is a Quarter Century of the Hubble Space telescope. Held at Maria Mitchell Science Center, 33 Washington Street. Free for members & $10 for Non-Members
7:00 PM
"A Quarter Century of the Hubble Space Telescope"
Lecture by Dr. Andrew Fox, Space Telescope Science Institute. Hear an overview of the telescope and its discoveries. The presentation will end with an introduction to the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor the Hubble, due for launch in 2018. The Maria Mitchell Association Science Speakers Series, 33 Washington Street. $10 (MMA members free). Parking in Town lot.
7:00 PM
Sunset Sail Aboard the Endeavor
Watch the sun set over Nantucket harbor. Capt. Genthner will acquaint you with Nantucket's maritime history & waterfront sights. Tckets: 508-228-5585. Endeavor Sailing, Slip #1015, Straight Wharf.
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Nantucket Curling Club Summer League
Nantucket Curling Club Summer League. Nantucket Ice, 1 Backus Lane. Call for additional information 508-228-2516
7:00 PM
Movie: Independence Day - Resurgence
Rated PG-13, Showing in The Dreamland Main Theater, 17 South Water St.
8:00 PM
The Raven's Night Walk: Ghosts of Nantucket's Past
A haunted history tour of Nantucket Town. During our walk, you will hear about Nantucket's fascinating history and the ghostly tales of its past. We visit the houses that have stories to tell, and you will view the mysterious pictures from Nantucket's most haunted places. Meet at The Hub at Main & Federal sts. $20, Seniors & Teens $15, Kids $10.
8:30 PM
The Original Nantucket Ghost Walk - Cemetery Route
A 1 and 1/3 Mile, 90 minute eerie evening stroll featuring the Old North Burial Ground, the Oldest House and Nantucket's 2 most haunted hotels. Since 1998 led by the original guide. $20. Adults, $15 Seniors (65+), Teens and $5 Kids (7-12) Cash Only. 20% off groups of 6 or more & 33% off groups of 10 or more. No reservations necessary. Meet at corner of Main Street & Centre Street, in front of bank by 8:15 pm. 508-332-0953
9:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Open Night
Join Maria Mitchell's professional astronomers for an impressive tour of the starry sky and for telescopic viewing of the Moon, planets, nebulae, & galaxies. Loines Observatory at 59 Milk Street Ext., weather permitting. All are welcome. Free for Members and $10 Non Members
Sunrise: 05:14:26 AM
Sunset: 08:13:53 PM
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2016 Annual Events

April 29-May 1, Daffodil Festival

May 18-22, Wine Festival

June, Nantucket Preservation Month

June 17-19, Book Festival

June 18-23, Dance Festival

June 22-27, Film Festival

July 3 - Independence Day Fireworks

July 4 - Independence Day Downtown Celebration

July 13-16, Comedy Festival

August 13, Boston Pops

Oct. 8, Cranberry Festival

Dec. 2-4, Stroll Weekend

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