Things to Do on Cape Cod This Fall

After an action-packed summer filled with plenty of activities in and around Southport, a premier Massachusetts retirement community, there’s no need to get ready to hibernate, just because fall is arriving. In fact, this is one of the most spectacular times to be on Cape Cod. Beautiful colors, sunny days, crisp nights, and lots of activities and events will ensure a full social calendar.

Dog lovers may want to attend the Cranberry Cluster Kennel Dog Shows, September 15-17 at Barnstable County Fairgrounds in Falmouth. Visitors will get to see a variety of breeds and classes competing to see who comes out as top dog.

The Bourne Scallop Festival takes place September 23-25 at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds. New England’s largest scallop festival attracts people from all over the world as they enjoy the food and entertainment to be found under the big tent and along the Cape Cod Canal. There are rides, games, a juried arts and crafts show, a wealth of entertainment options, and of course the delicious scallop and herb-roasted chicken dinners, as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, lobster rolls, chowder, salads, a raw bar, strawberry shortcake, beer, wine, and plenty more.

If you’re looking for a real celebration of jazz and blues, the city of Falmouth plays host to JazzFest September 30-October 1. Throughout Falmouth, you’ll find jazz strolls on Main Street and Queens Buyway, a variety of jazz concerts, and even jazz brunches on Sunday.

Beer aficionados – or just anyone who enjoys a tasty beer – won’t want to miss the Cape Cod Brew Fest in Falmouth on October 1. Visitors will get a chance to sample from more than 50 breweries and 200+ styles of beer at this festival that celebrates the American craft brewing tradition. As well as this amazing selection of beers, there will be food trucks on hand with delicious food to soak up some of the beer, and live music to keep you entertained throughout the event. The festivities take place from 3:30 to 7 p.m. All guests receive a custom glass, and a portion of every ticket sold will benefit the Barnstable County Agricultural Society.

If you can’t make it to Germany this fall, you can still enjoy a taste of the country and culture with the Mashpee Annual Oktoberfest taking place October 1-3. This free festival is held on the Mashpee Green, just one mile west of Southport, an outstanding Massachusetts retirement community. Oktoberfest celebrates authentic German music, and features a beer garden, along with exhibits from local crafters and restaurants. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.