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If the crowds and peak pricing keep you from visiting Nantucket during the height of the season, then visit us during the off-season!

Many consider autumn to be the best time to visit Nantucket: the weather is warm and so is the water, most shops and restaurants stay open at least till Columbus Day weekend, there are many fun events including theatre, live bands and concerts, tours, lectures, the Cranberry Festival, Fall Restaurant Week and the Junior Chef Competition, the Nantucket Maritime Festival, and a new Fall Birding Festival.  Halloween on Nantucket is fun for all ages!  Some inns offer discounts, and a number of stores have sales.

Thanksgiving, Christmas Stroll, and the winter holidays are celebrated here with old-fashioned charm.  The beautifully decorated 6-foot Christmas trees that line downtown streets are officially lit on November 25 during the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Community Caroling on Main Street.  Christmas Stroll, a weekend full of holiday delights begins Friday, December 2 and continues through Sunday, December 4. Holiday craft fairs and sales continue through the month, and on Christmas Eve the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce holds the annual Red Ticket Drawing, where lucky winners celebrate the holidays with cash rewards for shopping on Nantucket.  

January through March on Nantucket is known as the “Quiet Season.”  It’s perfect for long walks and reading by the fireplace, a dozen or so restaurants stay open and there’s never a wait for a table.  If you’d rather not be completely quiet, Trivia Night at the Rose & Crown is very popular and roudy, and there’s always something happening at the Nantucket Atheneum.  Other events include poetry readings, karaoke, poker night, winter Conservation walks, winter wellness lectures, and music at Cisco Brewery, Chicken Box, Rose & Crown, and The Muse.
In April, the island begins to wake after its winter sleep. Nature walks are offered.  The Whaling Museum opens. There are lectures and films and theatre.  The last full weekend of April is Nantucket’s famous Daffodil Festival to celebrate spring with a fun Daffodil hat contest, the Daffy Dog Parade, Children’s Parade, and the Antique Car Parade and Tailgate Picnic.  

While not exactly “off-season,” there are still some lodging and restaurant specials offered during May and June.   Art openings are held, The Nantucket Wine Festival is in May, the rest of the island’s museums and special exhibits open, and boats are in the water and ready to take you on sailing, cruising, and fishing trips. The Nantucket Film Festival adds celebrity to June with independent films and opportunities to meet screenwriters and stars at panel discussions, readings, “morning coffee with...,” and the Annual Screenwriters Tribute.

Check out the Nantucket.net Lodging Pages for accommodations.
For off-season dining visit our Dining Pages.
The Yesterday's Island Events Calendar will have a complete listing of events during autumn, winter, and spring.

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