Top Ten Things to Do on Cape Cod in the Fall

You'll have a "shucking good time" at the Wellfleet OysterFest in October. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.

As summer fades away, so do the crowds here on Cape Cod. Autumn can be a great time to explore the Cape because the weather is still warm, the roads are far more navigable, and the changing season is spectacular.

Beaches may not be a top priority come fall, because although the weather is still nice and warm when taking a walk, swimming has already fallen by the wayside for many. Instead, visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous other things that the Cape has to offer, from scenic walks to pleasant festivals.

With the help of William DeSousa-Mauk, the PR Consultant for the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, we have compiled a list of the top 10 things to do on Cape in the Fall!

  1. Cranberry Bog Tours, Harwich: Few things are as quintessentially Cape Cod as a cranberry bog. The red berries that grow in the peat bogs are a true staple of the Cape and these tours offer a chance for families to learn about the process that gets the berries from the bog into their final juice or canned form. The tours are by reservation only, so be sure to call ahead.

  2. Pumpkin Picking, Falmouth and Barnstable: Gear up for Halloween by picking out your own jack-o-lantern, or just get some pumpkins to bring some of autumn back home! Cobwebb Farm in Barnstable and Bourne Farm in Falmouth both offer pumpkin picking to the public. Bourne Farm is also a nature sanctuary, so there is plenty to explore and Cobwebb Farm offers hayrides! A truly marvelous fall excursion!

  3. Scary Hayride at Tobey Farm, Dennis: The hayrides are actually available in scary and not-so-scary versions, so pick whichever is best for you and yours! There are also wonderful fall treats available.

  4. Wellfleet OysterFest, Wellfleet: Come and have a “shucking good time”! The annual OysterFest celebrates the bounty of the sea and provides plenty of entertainment, shopping, and tasty treats, as well as a shucking contest and a 5K Road Race. New in 2013, admission will be charged. Click here for tickets.

  5. Yarmouth Seaside Festival, Yarmouth: The Yarmouth Seaside Festival happens annually on Columbus Day Weekend. Attractions include fireworks, music, races, a parade, and other fun activities!

  6. Halloween in Provincetown, Provincetown: Mostly for adults, Halloween in Provincetown is spread over several days. There is a tour of haunted attractions, a showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show (don’t forget your rice!), and plenty of other events that are sure to thrill costumed partiers of all stripes.

  7. Fall for the Arts, Cape Cod: This annual Cape-wide arts festival is enjoyable for those who love all aspects of the arts (music, painting, dance, et cetera). “The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce works with local inns and hotels to create accommodation specials and packages” according to the website, so visitors are encouraged to shop around for great deals that will complete their stay.

  8. Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, Martha’s Vineyard: For fishing enthusiasts, the Derby is a great time to catch some keepers and maybe win a prize! Held in September through October, the Derby is an excellent experience for all. Check out the website for more info!

  9. Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival, Edgartown: For foodies, wine enthusiasts, and any one who enjoys a good time served up with a great meal, the Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival is a marvelous way to make the most out of the Vineyard in the fall. For a full list of the offerings, visit the website!

  10. Milestone Cranberry Festival, Nantucket: For folks who relish in the glory of Nantucket, the summer doesn’t have to be the only time to visit! The Milestone Cranberry Festival, run through the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, has music, family friendly activities, and more, all of which are sure to make for a great day!

About the Author

Contributing Writer

Mati Brown holds a Journalism degree from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She has written for several publications, including the Berlin Reporter, EDGE publications, and the Falmouth and Mashpee Bulletins. A current resident of Brewster, she is glad to be writing about the area she grew up in.