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Nantucket Daffodil Festival

(April 25 – April 28, 2024)

The 48th annual Nantucket Daffodil Festival will be taking place on April 25 – April 28, 2024. As spring begins to bloom on Nantucket, so do millions of colorful Daffodils. Highlighting this three day event is an antique and classic car parade with over 100 vehicles decorated with daffodils.

Annual Figawi Race

(May 24 – 27, 2024)

The 52st annual Figawi Race will be taking place on May 24 – 27, 2024. Events include a boat race (power and sail) from Hyannis to Nantucket, a post race cocktail party, and a clambake and a return race from Nantucket to Hyannis. More comprehensive information can be obtained by visiting the official Figawi website. This race, which started over 30 years ago, has grown to one of the largest sailboat races on the East coast. This weekend is full of fun.

Nantucket Film Festival

(June 19 – 24, 2024)

The Nantucket Film Festival was founded by brother and sister team Jill and Jonathan Burkhart in 1996. The Burkharts lived on the island year round, and with their love of movies and the community, they knew it was the perfect place to begin a film festival. In 1997, Mystelle Brabbee joined the team and today serves as the Festival Director. NFF continues to thrive, always remaining true to its mission.

These days, NFF has become one of the premiere destination film festivals in the world. Visitors come from all over to experience our preview screenings, signature programs, and stand out hospitality on a magical island rich with history, a friendly atmosphere, and beautiful sandy beaches. For more information visit Click on the images below to see a larger photo (Courtesy of NFF).

Nantucket Film Festival
Nantucket Film Festival
Nantucket Film Festival
Nantucket Film Festival
Nantucket Film Festival
Nantucket Film Festival

Nantucket Comedy Festival

(July 11 – 13, 2024)

The 18th annual Nantucket Comedy Festival comes to Nantucket in 2024. Tickets can be purchased by clicking Here or Click here to visit the NCF website. Photos below are from the 2010 event. More photos can be seen by clicking here.

Editors note: Sadly the comedy festival is no longer held on Jetties Beach under the tent shown in the photos on this website. In 2014 it was at the Dreamland Theater. In 2015 it was split between the Dreamland and the VFW on New South Road.

Nantucket Comedy Festival Tent Jetties Beach A big crowd at the Nantucket Comedy Festival Fortune Managing Editor Andy Serwer, Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, MSNBC hardball host Chris Matthews, Comedian Lewis Black - Nantucket Comedy Festival

49th Annual Sandcastle & Sculpture Day

(TBA, 2024)

Islanders and visitors alike create masterpiece sandcastles and sand sculptures on Jetties Beach. This is an afternoon contest (1:30-4:30) and ribbons are awarded in various categories. For more information, please call 508-228-1700.

Boston Pops on Nantucket

(August 10, 2024)

The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra will be performing for the 27th summer on Jetties Beach to benefit the Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Past Pops concerts have had up to 14,000 people attend. This is a great social event that has grown to be the premier event on Nantucket and routinely sells out. Attendance is now limited to 8,000 people to keep the size of the crowd in line with the beach capacity. Click on the photos to see larger views or click here to see many photos from the 2023 event. The photos below were taken sometime around 1998. Not sure.

Boston Pops On Nantucket
Boston Pops On Nantucket
Boston Pops On Nantucket
Boston Pops On Nantucket

The 50th Nantucket Christmas Stroll

(December 6 – 8, 2024)

If you've never been to an 'off season' event on Nantucket, the Nantucket Christmas Stroll is the one to attend. Hope for cold weather and a little snow to go along with a nice warm place to stay at night. Main Street is closed to vehicles on Saturday and there are many events going on. Click on the following links to go to the corresponding photo gallery. 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

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