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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 50 events for Friday 29th of July 2016
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
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Early-Bird Bird Walk
Join the MMA's Field Ornithologist, Ginger Andrews, on a boutique birding experience. Birds are an important part of Nantucket's ecosystem and the island is known as an excellent birding spot. After a brief visit to the Museum's ornithology collection, you will head out to some of the best birding areas on the island and around town. Binoculars are available for loan while supplies last. Space is limited: pre-registration required. $25 (Members $10 ).
8:00 AM to 8:50 AM
Adult Open Stick
Open Stick for adults. Full gear required. 508-228-2516. Nantucket Ice, 10 Backus Lane. $20
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 to 9:30 AM
Fabulous Mansions of the Cliff & Brant Point
A 2-1/2 mi., 55 min., non-stop exercise walk with historic commentary past some of the most spectacular homes on Nantucket. Ends at The White Elephant, $15. Cash only. Meet 10 min. early at Main & Centre Streets. No Reservations necessary. 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 1:00 PM
Touch of Sun Shoes
Create a unique pair of shoes using a historical photographic process called cyanotype. $75 (members $50) pre-registration required: 508-228-1894. Held in the NHA 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
9:45 AM to 10:30 AM
Cosmic Creations
For children 4-8 years of age: Art and Science program with teacher Melanie Hajjar . Free admission. Program limited to the first 15 children. Tickets available at the Children's Desk 30 minutes before start of program. Held at Nantucket Atheneum Gallery, 1 India Street.
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
10:00 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 11:00 AM
Where's Waldo? party
Where's Waldo Local Party at Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street.
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 5:00 PM
Sara Campbell's Sidewalk Sale
Stop by for a 50% markdown on top of already reduced prices for apparel, jewelry, and accessories!.Stop in for great deals on Summer's hottest pieces and for a glimpse of our fall collection. 5 South Beach Street.
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
SuperKids Program
Skits, games, stories, prizes for Children 5-11 years old. Held at Jetties Beach, 4 Bathing Beach Road. Rain site will be at Summer Street Church. 508-228-4930
10:30 AM
Raven's Walk: The History of Nantucket
A walk though Nantucket's fascinating past. Hear about the founding settlers, Mary Coffin Starbuck and the impact of Quakerism, whaling as a global economy, the effects of 3 wars, and the tragedy of the whale ship Essex. Meet at the corner of Main & Federal sts. $20; Seniors & Teens $15; Kids $10.
10:45 AM
Glorious 'Sconset
A 2/3 mile, 90 minute historic walk through the radiant, beautiful village of Siasconset. $20 adults, $15 for seniors (65+) and teens, $5 Kids (7-12). Cash only. No reservations necessary. Catch the 10:15 am bus at the Greenhound Depot on Washington Street for 20 minute ride to Siasconset. Meet guide at rotary bulletin board in Sconset. 508-332-0953.
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.
11:15 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!
11:30 AM
"A Fish of Many Colors" and "The Boy Who Cried Wolf"
The Dreamland and Nantucket Community Music Center present another fun-filled summer season of Young Actors Theater Company. Come join students between the ages of 6 & 14 as they tell their versions of some of the most memorable and heartwarming tales around. These shows are fully created and designed by the imaginations of the casts themselves. With two short plays performed over 30 min. these performances are a wonderful way to spend your morning before heading to the beach. Tickets $8 The Dreamland's Main Theater, 17 South Water St.
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.
1:00 PM
Friday Muslim Prayers
Join us for Friday Muslim Prayers in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 11 Orange Street. All are welcome.
1:30 PM
Jeffery Lambert Performs Live
Live music at Cisco Brewers, 5 Bartlett Farm Road.
1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Hands on History for Children
Create lighthouses & signal flags inspired by artifacts in the NHA collection. Included with purchase of museum admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Held at The Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street
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!
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Buck-a-Shuck at Brant Point Grill
Oysters & clams for $1 each on the Brant Point Grill lawn overlooking the harbor. Plus live music by PJ Moody. White Elephant, 50 Easton Street. 508-325-1320
4:00 PM to 5:20 PM
Public Skating at Nantucket Ice
$5 youth, $8 adult, $5 skate rentals. 508-228-2516. Call for additional skating sessions. 1 Backus Lane.
4:30 PM
Sparrow Blue Performs Live
Live music at Cisco Brewers, 5 Bartlett Farm Road.
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Timbukblues Performs Live
Live Music at The Rose & Crown, 23 South Water Street. 508-228-2595
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 8:00 PM
Nature Nights - Stars & Constellations
Drop your children off while you enjoy an evening out. Your child will play indoor and outdoor games, create works of art, complete scavenger hunts or go on a night hike. Each night will have a different theme related to Nantucket's land, sea and sky. Pre-registration required: or call 508.228.9198. Maria Mitchell Science Center, 33 Washington Street. Members $65 & Non-Members $80 for ages 5 and up.
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 7:00 PM
Front Porch - Live Music & Cocktails at The Nantucket Hotel
Live it up this summer at The Nantucket Hotel! Enjoy our Front Porch - Live Music, Drinks & Afternoon Light menu event! Sip your favorite cocktails and enjoy lighter fare as you listen to live acoustic guitar and fiddle music by Sean Lee & Bob McGuire. Afterward, join us for dinner at Breeze Restaurant, located at 77 Easton Street. For reservations 508-228-4730 OR
5:00 PM
MSNBC's Mike Barnicle Talks about this zany political season
Come hear MSNBC's veteran journalist Mike Barnicle discuss what is possibly the most unusual political season in America's history! Every weekday morning, Mike, along with his "Morning Joe" colleagues, talks with the major players in American politics. Listen as Mike shares his take on the 2016 election! Held at The Dreamland Main Theater, 17 South Water Street $25 Tickets at
5:30 PM
Farm Fresh Feast
A cocktail party followed by a locally-sourced, gourmet dinner served in the midst of the fields under an open sky, plus silent & live auction, live music, and dancing. This is a benefit for Sustainable Nantucket. Tickets $225 at
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Pocket Park Concert: Buckle & Shake
Free concert performed on Old South Wharf
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Complimentary Kids' Deck Program at Breeze Restaurant
Enjoy our complimentary Kids' Deck program! Dine as a family at Breeze Restaurant. Then, after your children are through eating, they can join Kid's Deck team members for a free, supervised make your own smores and coloring activity, while you liner over dinner or enjoy a cocktail. The Kids' Deck program is geared to children ages 3 (and toilet trained) to preteen. For reservations, 508-228-4730 OR The Nantucket Hotel & Resort, 77 Easton Street.
6:30 PM to 7:20 PM
Bantam / Midget Open Stick
Open Stick for Bantam's/Midgets. Full gear required. 508-228-2516. Nantucket Ice, 10 Backus Lane. $20
6:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Sunset Cruise with Shearwater Excursions
Bring a favorite beverage & watch a beautiful Nantucket sunset. Offered every evening. Reservations 508-228-7037 or
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Live Music at Kitty's
Enjoy the music of Jacob Butler at Kitty Murtagh's, 4 West Creek Road. 508-325-0781.
7:00 PM
TWN Staged Reading Series: Born Yesterday
Staged Reading Series. This Week: A 6 for 60 Reading - Born Yesterday. Held at Centre Stage, 2 Centre Street. Tickets $12
7:30 PM
The Velocity of Autumn
An explosive take on family dynamics, by Eric Coble. Showing at The White Heron Theatre, 5 North Water Street
8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Live Music in Brant Point Grill
Enjoy the music of Sean Lee in the Brant Point Grill Lounge in The White Elephant, 50 Easton Street.
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.
8:45 PM
The Original Nantucket Ghost Walk - Town Route
The Original Nantucket Ghost walk begun in 1998, Nantucket's first & oldest Ghost Walk features 5 of the island's most famous haunted locations. Led by the original guide, it is one mile long and lasts 80 minutes. No reservations necessary, $20. Adults, $15 Seniors (65+) & Teens and $5 Kids (7-12). Cash Only. Meet at corner of Main Street & Centre Street, by bank. Arrive 15 minutes early. 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
9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Live Music at Kitty's
Enjoy the music of Sarah Farley at Kitty Murtagh's, 4 West Creek Road. 508-325-0781.
10:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Local DJ
Party with a Local DJ at The Rose & Crown, 23 South Water Street. 508-228-2595
Sunrise: 05:37:34 AM
Sunset: 07:56:09 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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