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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 60 events for Wednesday 23rd of August 2017
8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Whale Watch with Shearwater Excursions
Join us on a thrilling 6-hour offshore adventure--whale sightings guaranteed! Reservations at 508-228-7037 or ShearwaterExcursions.com.
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Birding Field Trip
Weekly birding field trips will take you to various habitats around the island, our leader will guide you to see what avian friends are around. You will learn about local breeding birds, migration, how to identify birds, and enjoy exploring Nantucket. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them but there are a limited number of binoculars available to borrow. No registration is required. Tickets $10; Free for Members. Arrive 15 minutes early at Linda Loring Nature Foundation, 110 Eel Point Road 508-325-0873
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
NHA Member Morning: "Out of the Box"
Members of the Nantucket Historical Association are invited to join NHA staff for a behind-the-scenes tours of iconic NHA sites & offerings. Member Mornings are open to NHA Members. Space is limited, so reservations are required: 508-228-1894, ext 116 or email membership@nha.org. Held at The Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street
8:00 AM
Smooth Hummocks Guided Walkabout
Graded relatively flat by glacial meltwater running out over the coastal plain to the ocean 75 miles away when the land mass that would become Nantucket was nothing more than a wide, low ridge of sand, gravel and glacial erratics (boulders), Smooth Hummocks is Nantucket's version of the Midwest's prairies, complete with rare wildflowers and grasses that thrive in sandy, nutrient-poor soil. Registration required: NantucketWalkabout.com
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Whaling History Tour
Enjoy complimentary coffee while you cruise through Nantucket Harbor and hear stories from the Whaling Era. Shearwater Excursions. Reservations: 508-228-7037 or ShearwaterExcursions.com.
8:30 AM
Hidden Parks of Nantucket Town
A 2 mile, 45 minute, nonstop exercise walk with historic commentary through the most beautiful hidden parks of Nantucket town. $15. Cash only. No reservations necessary. Arrive at 8:20 am at Centre St. & Main St. in front of bank steps. 508-332-0953.
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Rafael Osona Auction Consignment Drop Off
Bring items or photographs of items you are interesting in consigning to us Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday at the American Legion Hall, 21 Washington Street. We will provide you with preliminary auction estimates (what your items will likely fetch) and advise you regarding inclusion in an upcoming auction. osonaauctions@gmail.com Or 508-228-3942 for more information
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Art Camp - For Ages 6-8 with Rosemary Glidden
Explore creative possibilities of all kinds, drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and more! Campers will explore a new theme each week, so join us for more than one week of fun! Tuition $240 & Materials $50 Held at AAN Visual Arts Center, 24 Amelia Drive. Register at nantucketarts.org, 508-228-0722
9:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Feeding Frenzy
Feed the ever hungry creatures at the Aquarium with the staff before it opens to the public! This program is very popular, so pre register at www.mariamitchell.org or 508-228-9198. Held at Maria Mitchell Aquarium, 38 Washington Street. $12; $7 MMA Members
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Painting the Coastal Landscape with Joseph McGurl
"Painting the Coastal Landscape" is tailored to take advantage of Nantucket's unique environment. We will begin each day with a demonstration and the students will then apply what they've learned to their plein air landscape paintings. $645; AAN Members $585. Held at AAN's Visual Arts Center, 24 Amelia Drive. 508-228-0722
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Watercolor Painting with Kevin Dadoly
Join Kevin for his popular summer workshop. His approach to painting & teaching highlights his creative energy, extraordinary use of color & understanding of composition. All levels welcome. $330; AAN Members $300. Held at AAN's Visual Arts Center, 24 Amelia Drive. 508-228-0722
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Theorem Painting
Create a pair of botanical paintings on velvet using stencils. Theorem painting dates back to the early 1800's when this lovely technique was used as part of a girl's curriculum in finishing school. A theorem painting relies on a series of carefully cut stencils which are overplayed to create a pleasing design. These paintings were done on cotton velveteen or watercolor paper and both oil and watercolor were used. Theorem painting using both mediums is now one of the categories in the Historical Society of Early American Decoration. $300; NHA Members $250 all materials provided, Preregistration 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. www.thetrustees.org/ccwr.
9:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Carnivorous Critters
Before the museum opens see the animals eat: turtles, frogs, fish, snakes, and more! Program is limited to 12 people, so pre-registration is required at mariamitchell.org or 508-228-9198 Held at Maria Mitchell Natural Science Museum, Corner of Milk & Vestal Streets. $12; $7 MMA Members
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Ice Cream Cruise & Harbor Tour
Enjoy ice cream while you relax during a narrated tour of Nantucket Harbor with Shearwater Excursions. Reservations 508-228-7037 or Shearwaterexcursions.com. 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 preregistration is required. Sign up online at www.mariamitchell.org or call 508-228-9198. Meet at Maria Mitchell Aquarium, 28 Washington Street. $25; MMA Members $10
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Whaling Museum Open
?Nantucket's world-class museum devoted to Nantucket history at 13 Broad Street, 508-228-1894
10:00 AM to 11:45 AM
Class: Fake News, Technology, Alt-Facts & The Fourth State
Peter Panchy discusses the ways that technology has upended traditional media outlets as well as impacted public opinion. Peter has taught history at Nantucket High School for over 20 years and currently is teaching AP American History. He has a B.A. from Harvard and a Masters of Education from Lesley University. In addition, for a period of 5 years Peter has provided instruction and professional development at the graduate level for teachers in Massachusetts under the federal Teaching American History grant program. Free admission, Registration requested Held at The Atheneum Learning Lab, 1 India Street
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Sail Aboard the Endeavor
Capt. James Genthner will acquaint you with Nantucket's maritime history & waterfront sights. $45. Again at 1 pm & 4 pm. Sunset sail: $60. 508-228-5585. Endeavor Sailing, Slip #1015, Straight Wharf.
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 Streets by The Hub. $20; Seniors & Teens $15; Kids $10.
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
?Book Signing with David Cleveland
?Meet the author of "Time's Betrayal" at a book signing in Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street.
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. No reservations required. 508-332-0953
10:30 AM
Cooking Thai Food with Kwan
In this luncheon & demon, Kwan will teach how to some classic Thai dishes. Tickets $70, includes class, demo, and lunch; nantucketculinary.com or 508-228-2665.
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
Nantucket Historical Assn. Downtown Walking Tour
Walk the Old Historic District with an NHA guide and learn about the people, places, and events that transformed Nantucket from the whaling capital of the world to a resort destination of international acclaim. Tours depart from the Whaling Museum lobby 13 Broad Street, and are offered rain or shine. No reservations - first come, first served.
11:30 AM
Free Fire Truck Ride to Breeze Restaurant for Lunch
Hop aboard our antique fire truck for a complimentary tour through Town and ride to Breeze restaurant for lunch and your favorite cocktail on their indoor/outdoor Breeze Terrace. Departs from Visitors Services Bureau on Federal Street at 11:30 am & 12:30 pm to Breeze at The Nantucket Hotel at 77 Easton Street. Reservations encouraged 508-228-4730 or fb@thenantuckethotel.com. Offered again at 12:30 pm
12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Millie's Food Truck
Food Vendor at Cisco Brewers, 5 Bartlett Farm Road.
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Wellness Wednesday
Join wellness expert Joanna Roche for a session and a healthy lunch. Today: Finding Creativity & Inspiration. Tickets $45; nantucketculinary.com or 508-228-2665.
1:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Lobster Trap Truck
Food Vendor at Cisco Brewers, 5 Bartlett Farm Road.
1:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Yoho Rawbar
Rawbar at Cisco Brewers, 5 Bartlett Farm Road.
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. www.thetrustees.org/ccwr.
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Free Writers' Group
Aspiring writers of all genres are invited to participate in reading and discussing their original compositions. Nantucket Atheneum, 1 India St.
1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Hands on History for Children
Hands on History offers children & their companions the opportunity to create crafts inspired by artifacts in the NHA collection. Wednesdays craft is Scrimshaw. Free NHA members or with Museum admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Held at The Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street 508-228-1894
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Writing Group
Jan Glitzenstein leads a writing group open to the public. Held at The Learning Lab at The Nantucket Atheneum, 1 India St.
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.
2:00 PM
Guided Walkabout at Gardner Farm
Explore this former farm along Hummock Pond, now Land Bank property. Hummock Pond is a glacial meltwater river bed, home to painted & snapping turtles, ospreys, and mute swans. Registration required: NantucketWalkabout.com
2:15 PM to 3:45 PM
Nantucket Historical Assn. Downtown Walking Tour
Walk the Old Historic District with an NHA guide and learn about the people, places, and events that transformed Nantucket from the whaling capital of the world to a resort destination of international acclaim. Tours depart from the Whaling Museum lobby 13 Broad Street, and are offered rain or shine. No reservations - first come, first served.
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Dog Days with NiSHA at Egg & Friends
Meet and pet puppies available for adoption from NiSHA, taste ice cream from Jack & Charlie's, and meet Luke from Holidays for Heroes at this special event for families held at Egg & Friends children's boutique, 2 Harbor Square (behind The Gazebo).
3:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Farmers Produce Market
Farmers Produce Only Market at Walter F. Ballinger Educational Farm, 168 Hummock Pond Road. Weather Permitting.
4:00 PM
Movie: "The Emoji Movie"
Showing in The Dreamland Studio Theatre, 17 South Water Street.
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sean Lee Performs Live
Local live music at Rose & Crown, 23 South Water Street.
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 search. The Ghost hunt is educational, exciting, & lots of fun. Adults, Seniors & Teens $15, Children $10. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations Required: 508-257-4586.
5:00 PM
Movie: "Logan Lucky"
Showing in The Dreamland Theatre, 17 South Water Street.
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Front Porch - Live Music & Cocktails at The Nantucket Hotel
Spend a fantastic August evening relaxing at The Nantucket Hotel. Enjoy the Front Porch - Live Music, Cocktails & Light Bites Menu event! Sip your favorite cocktails and sample lighter fare as you listen to live piano music by Mollie Glazer. Afterward, join us for dinner at Breeze Restaurant, located at 77 Easton Street. For reservations 508-228-4730 OR fb@thenantuckethotel.com
6:00 PM
Theatre Workshop Presents: "Mamma Mia"
The international smash hit comes to Nantucket. Featuring the music of pop superstars ABBA, Mamma Mia! follows soon-to-wed Sophie desperately trying to track down her father by asking three men of her mother's past to return to the magical Greece island where they met. Showing at Bennett Hall, 62 Centre Street. Tickets at 508-228-4305 or theatreworkshop.com
6:00 PM to 8:00 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 S'mores" 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 pre-teen. For reservations, 508-228-4730 or fb@thenantuckethotel.com. The Nantucket Hotel & Resort, 77 Easton Street.
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Wheelthrowing with Beth Moyer & Tyler Levine
Explore the potter's wheel in this challenging, but fun clay class. All of the basic steps needed to create your own functional vessels will be covered. All levels welcome. Class held at the Visual Arts Center, 24 Amelia Drive. $350; AAN Members $315, Materials $50. Register at www.nantucketarts.org or call 508-228-0722
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Oil Painting with Ken Layman
This class is for all levels of painters, both traditional and contempory. Work alongside Ken and the other students in this cooperative environment where you will learn from Ken as well as the other students. So no matter where you are in your exploration of painting, use this time with Ken to clarify and explore new methods to tell your story. $180; $160 members & Materials $40. Held at AAN's Visual Arts Center, 24 Amelia Drive. 508-228-0722
6:30 PM
Film for Thought: "Sidemen: Long Road to Glory"
In the summer of 2008, a group of legendary bluesmen, some of the last surviving members of the Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters bands, were brought together by director Scott Rosenbaum for a cameo appearance in his feature film, The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll. Pinetop Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith and Hubert Sumlin were cast for their authenticity and ability to underscore the film's critical subplot, the evolution of rock 'n' roll through the blues. Showing at The Dreamland, 17 S. Water Street. $14 Adult; $11 Senior & Child
6:30 PM
Nantucket Walkabout Hike: Shawkemo Hills Sunset Walk
A hiking experience through a portion of the island dramatically shaped by the last glacier to cover most of North America. From a high spot on this hike, see and learn about the formation of Coatue, Great Point, the Haulover, Nantucket Harbor and inner harbor shores. Registration required: NantucketWalkabout.com
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Sunset Cruise with Shearwater Excursions
Bring your favorite snacks & beverages and enjoy a narrated tour ending with a Nantucket Sunset. Reservations: 508-228-7037 or come by Straight Wharf, Slip #1011.
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
"Plastic Pollution - A Global Problem with Local Solutions"
Join Laura Ludwig from the Center for Coastal Studies Marine Plastics Program and self-proclaimed "plastic reduction practitioner" to learn about regional initiatives addressing plastic pollution, including bag and polystyrene bans, recycling programs, infrastructure and transportation ideas, and policy prospects. In the Maria Mitchell Assn. Science Center, 33 Washington Street. Admission $10.
7:00 PM
Sunset Sail Aboard the Endeavor
Watch the sun set over Nantucket harbor as Capt. Genthner talks about Nantucket's maritime history & waterfront sights. Tickets: 508-228-5585. Endeavor Sailing, Slip #1015, Straight Wharf.
7:30 PM
White Heron Theatre Presents "Seawife"
A musical tale of monumental scope inspired by the stories of sailors and captains who sailed the whaling ships of old Nantucket. Percy, a sailor with most natural talent, rises to become the whaling era's greatest hero. An original musical by The Lobbyists. A treat for the whole family. Tickets at whiteherontheatre.org or 508-825-5268.
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 Streets. $20, Seniors & Teens $15, Kids $10.
8:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Geschke Lecture: Making a Difference in Africa
Three dynamic leaders share their experiences with nonprofit organizations which impact literacy, health care and economic innovation in Africa. Held at Great Harbor Yacht Club, 96 Washington Street Ext. Tickets $25 www.nantucketatheneum.org
8:00 PM
Movie: "Logan Lucky"
Showing in The Dreamland Theatre, 17 South Water Street.
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. No reservations necessary. Meet at corner of Main Street & Centre Streets,by bank steps 10 minutes early. 508-332-0953
9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Night Marine Ecology Field Trip
Nantucket Harbor teams with marine life at night that is not visible in the day. Join our Aquarium staff to learn about the fish, squid, crabs, and more that come out to feed at night in the shallow water. Limited to 20 people, so Preregistration required. Sign up online at www.mariamitchell.org or call 508-228-9198. Meet at the MMA Aquarium, 28 Washington Street. $20; $15 MMA Members
9:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Open Night at Loines Observatory
Professional astronomers will show you an impressive tour of the starry sky and for telescopic viewing of the Moon, planets, nebulae, galaxies & more. Held at the Loines Observatory at 59 Milk Street Extension. Weather permitting. $10; MMA members Free.
Sunrise: 06:02:06 AM
Sunset: 07:23:26 PM
(use calendar above for daily events)

2017 Annual Events

April 28-30, Daffodil Festival

May 17-21, Wine Festival

June, Nantucket Preservation Month

June 16-18, Book Festival

June 21-26, Film Festival

July 4 - Independence Day Downtown Celebration
& Fireworks

July 12-15, Comedy Festival

July 18-20, Nantucket Garden Festival

July 24-29, Dance Festival

August 12, Boston Pops

Oct. 7, Cranberry Festival

Dec. 1-3, Stroll Weekend

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