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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 40 events for Tuesday 30th of August 2016
7:00 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. $45 (Members $30 ).
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
Historic Mansions of Main Street and the 1746 Windmill
A 2 mile, 45-50 minute, non-stop exercise walk, with historic commentary. Past historic mansions & beautiful gardens of Nantucket. $15, cash only. Meet at corner of Main Street and Centre Street, by bank steps. Arrive 10 minutes early. No reservations required. 508-332-0953
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
For Kids: Pirate Adventure aboard the Endeavor
Join Pirate Robin aboard the ship Endeavor and learn about the legends of the most infamous pirates. During your voyage, you will learn all about the pirate life and in the process, become Pirate Hunters. Our adventure will end with a pirate map and a search for treasure. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at The Endeavor's Slip # 1015 on the Straight Wharf. For Reservations call The Endeavor 508-228-5585
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Flat-Bottomed Skiff - Class 2 of 4
Mark Sutherland has been a professional craftsman since 1979, specializing in models of the nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century ships and boats, scrimshaw artifacts, and decorative ship carving and figureheads. He began building ship models at age eleven and began his professional career on Nantucket with commissions for models in bone and repair work. He has developed a unique style of half-hull modeling, based on the nineteenth-century "shipping office" style. In 1997 he was awarded the New England Foundation of the Arts Fellowship Grant Award. His work can be found in several shops on Nantucket and his ship model the Whaleship Hero hangs outside Zero Main Street, Nantucket. All materials provided. Maximum class size: 8 Held at The 1800 House, 4 Mill Street. Members $400 & Non-Members $450?; pre-registration required: 508-228-1894.
9:45 AM to 10:30 AM
Music in the Morning
Join Lizza Obremski for fun and engaging songs, singing games and movement activities aimed at teaching musical skills to the very young. For ages 2 - 7. Space is limited. Tickets available the day of the program when library opens. Held at The Nantucket Atheneum, 1 India Street.
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Seal Cruise to Great Point
A Nature's Lovers Dream! A cruise to Historic Great Point to see and learn about seals & birds with Shearwater Excursions. Reservations 508-228-7037 or
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 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
10:30 AM
Children's Pirate Walk & Treasure Hunt
Join Pirate Robin on a walk to the Brant Point Lighthouse. During the walk, you will hear tales of infamous pirates who sailed past our shores, lost sailing ships and pirate treasure. On our treasure hunt we will use tools ion our search of lost and buried treasure. Adults $20, Children $15. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations Required: 508-257-4586. Meet at The Nantucket Hotel, 77 Easton Street
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!
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 4:30 PM
Hands on History for Children
Create arrowheads & coral necklaces 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
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Free Stitching Gam
Bring your needlework project to this informal weekly gathering hosted by expert instructors in the NHA's historic1800 House, 4 Mill Street.
2:00 PM
Movie: Kubo and the Two Strings
Rated PG, Showing in The Dreamland Studio Theater, 17 South Water St.
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!
2:45 PM
Movie: Pete's Dragon
Rated PG, Showing in The Dreamland Main Theater, 17 South Water St.
4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
Mindful Meditation Group
Here+Now is a program highlighting the benefits of stress relief through mindful meditation. All levels of meditators welcome. Family Resource Center, 20 Vesper Lane, L-1 Gouin.
4:30 PM
Studio Two Performs Live
Live music at Cisco Brewers, 5 Bartlett Farm Road.
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Jacob Butler Performs Live
Live Music at The Rose & Crown, 23 South Water Street. 508-228-2595
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Front Porch - Live Music & Cocktails at The Nantucket Hotel
Make this an August event you don't want to miss at The Nantucket Hotel! Enjoy our Front Porch - Live Music, Drinks & Afternoon Light menu event. Sip your favorite drinks and sample lighter fare as you listen to live acoustic guitar music by Alan James. Afterward, join us for dinner at Breeze Restaurant, located at 77 Easton Street. For reservations 508-228-4730 OR
5:00 PM
Movie: Florence Foster Jenkins
Rated PG-13, Showing in The Dreamland Studio Theater, 17 South Water St.
5:30 PM to 6:20 PM
Squirts and Peewee's Open Stick
Open Stick for Squirts/Peewee's. Full gear required, $20. Nantucket Ice, Backus Lane. 508-228-2516
5:30 PM
Movie: Pete's Dragon
Rated PG, Showing in The Dreamland Main Theater, 17 South Water St.
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Yoga for Teens
Free yoga class with instructor Marjory Trott for yogis 11-18 years of age. No reservation required, but class size is limited to first 15 students. Held at The Atheneum Gallery, 1 India Street.
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 7:50 PM
Public Skating at Nantucket Ice
$5 youth, $8 adult, $5 skate rentals. 508-228-2516. Call for additional skating sessions. 1 Backus Lane.
6:45 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
"Human & Environmental Effects of Light at Night"
Dr. Mario E. Motta, cardiologist at North Shore Medical Center, will explain the effects of light pollution and will describe best practices for the change over to efficient LED lighting. The Maria Mitchell Association Science Speakers Series, 33 Washington Street. $10 (MMA members free). Parking in Town lot.
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Live Music at Kitty's
Enjoy the music of Yellowred at Kitty Murtagh's, 4 West Creek Road. 508-325-0781.
7:30 PM
Movie: Don't Think Twice
Rated R, Showing in The Dreamland Studio Theater, 17 South Water St.
8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Live Music in Brant Point Grill
Enjoy the music of PJ Moody in the Brant Point Grill Lounge in The White Elephant, 50 Easton Street.
8:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Author Talk with Dan Shaughnessy & Stan Grossfeld - Boston Baseball
Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy and editor Stan Grossfeld have been covering Beantown baseball for decades. The two partnered on the 1999 book Fenway: A Biography In Words And Pictures. The pair sit down for a conversation about New England baseball. Free Admission. Held at the The Nantucket Atheneum, Great Hall, 1 India 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.
8:00 PM
Movie: Equity
Rated R, Showing in The Dreamland Main Theater, 17 South Water St.
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
Sunrise: 06:09:19 AM
Sunset: 07:11:57 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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